Peace-Loving Believers in an Age of Violence, Part 1

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Scripture disallows seeking peace at any price. Some apologists argue that even believers must draw the line somewhere to stand up to the forces of evil. Wherever one stands, Christians need to be pro-active. As Friesen, Langan, and Stassen observe in their introduction to Just Peacemaking: Ten Practices for Abolishing War, “terrorism requires more than an ethic that says terrorism is unjust, it requires an ethic that points to practices that prevent it.”[1] Some events create a time for war rather than a time for peace — when it would be un-Christian to not act unspeakably toward someone, perhaps a terrorist or terrorist organization.… Continue reading

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Should Archaeology Matter to Bible Believing Christians?

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Archaeology_TrowelWhen Christians think and speak about defending or sharing the Christian faith with the people around them—the Scripture itself must be our first line of defense and reasoning. Scripture stands by itself as the infallible, inspired and inerrant Word of God. Scripture is God’s conduit by which He redeems lost sinners and changes the hearts of man (Romans 10:17). Even with holding the authoritative Word of God as the ultimate resource, there are still many who endeavor to defend the faith by first turning to archaeology, philosophical arguments, scientific proofs and rebuttals, canonicity or textual criticism to defend the veracity of the Bible and add to its credibility in the eyes of the unbelieving world.… Continue reading

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Back to the Basics: Apologetics

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Apologetics ShieldContrary to a popular opinion apologetics has nothing to do with saying, “I am sorry.” In other words apologetics is not concerned with apologizing, at least not in the manner folks from a Western cultural background might think. If apologetics is not about apologizing, then the next logical question is, “What exactly is apologetics?”

The English term apologetics is derived from the Greek word apologia which can be translated as ‘defense’ or ‘vindication.’ In the time period contemporary to the writing of the New Testament an apologia was a formally presented courtroom style defense of something, whether it be an idea or an action.… Continue reading

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The Nature of Apologetics

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What Do You Believe Because Scripture is inerrant and inspired by God, it is the Christian’s sole authority concerning matters of life and godliness. Therefore, whatever the Bible teaches on any topic binds the Christian’s conscience. Christians are obligated then to believe what the Bible teaches and to obey what the Bible prescribes (having been rightly interpreted of course). Because of the nature of Scripture, people attack the many claims of Scripture and its life-giving doctrine. Consequently, defending of the Christian faith is necessary. I desire to conduct a brief overview on the nature of apologetics in Scripture, extrapolating some practical lessons for us as we engage the culture with the life-changing power of the gospel and as we defend our faith.… Continue reading

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