1st Peter 3:15 tells us to “honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to give a defense.” The Greek term used here is “apologia,” this is where we get the word “Apologetics.” This is a study in Christian theology that defends the faith. A champion in Apologetics is Dr. Alex McFarland.
Alex has spoken at over 1,500 churches throughout the years. A quick search on Youtube will show the many times he has appeared on Fox News and other programs debating Atheists. He has written several books on Apologetics, including his newest book, “21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask about Christianity: & How to Answer Them Confidently.”
Alex attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his Master’s Degree in Christian Thought/Apologetics at Liberty University and received his Doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary, where he has also served as President.
It was a true honor to sit down with Alex and discuss some of the basic ideas of Apologetics. Every Christian, at some point in their walk, will use Apologetics. When you are asked the question “why do you believe in the Bible,” how will you answer? This is why Apologetics is so important. In the culture we are living in today it becomes increasingly more important.
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In this episode we are starting a new series. We know that people misquote Scripture all the time. There is a danger in taking a verse out of the Bible and using it in a way other than how it was intended. When we misuse verses in the Bible our discipleship becomes misguided. Take for instance an archer as he is looking down his arrow. If he is just a centimeter off in his aim when the arrow is still on the bow, he will be foot off when it reaches the target. That is what happens when we misquote Scripture. It takes us off the path of what is meant by the verse and then our discipleship becomes misguided too.
Philippians 4:13 is one of the most misused verses. “I can do all thing with God who strengthens me.” We have all seen the guy at the gym with this tattooed on his arm. In his mind, he thinks he can change his body into a muscle bound meathead because he can do all things with God. Is that was Paul meant when he wrote this verse to the Philippians, or did he mean something else? This is what we discuss in this episode. How do you use this verse? Listen to see what Paul meant by this verse.
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Technology is a part of all of our lives. How do we know? You are either reading this on your phone or your computer. If you listen to the show, you probably listen to us on your smart phone. In this episode we interview the author of “God, Technology, and Us” by Marcus Hammonds.
Marcus was born in Detroit, MI, and went to school at Prairie View A&M University at Prairie View, Tx, were he received his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He later received his Masters Degree in the same field of study. He worked for Pepsi Co where he developed many different innovations in the beverage industry. All this leads us to say, that Marcus knows a thing or two about Technology in our lives. Later in his career he started http://bytesandbelief.com, a blog that discusses how we deal with technology in our lives.
Marcus felt called to write the book “God, Technology, and US.” Here he puts his thoughts down on how we, as Christians, should deal with technology in our lives. How can we deal with technology in a way that glorifies God and doesn’t control us?
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Can Christians drink alcohol? Everyone has an opinion for this question. There are two camps that people fit in. One is the John the Baptist camp. John made an oath not to drink. Jesus, on the other hand, did drink. This is obvious from the Wedding in Cana where Jesus turned water into wine. Jesus said that John was the greatest man to ever live, and Jesus is the Savior of the World, so either camp would be good to be in.
The question that is left is: what is the motive for being in the camp you are in? There are some who are in the John camp because of their past. It would be a sin for the person to take a drink because it would lead him down a path of destruction. There are others that would not have a problem sitting down and drinking a beer. The Laymen discuss these camps and the motives that lead people to be in each of them in this episode. Whichever camp you are in, listen and let us know what you think.
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