By Donnie Griffin
J Warner Wallace and his wife Susie have developed a great resource for parents, Sunday School teachers, Christian schools, homeschoolers, and anyone interested in teaching children to think critically and investigate the claim that Jesus is who he says he is and that he did what he said he did. That resource begins in the form of a book. Cold-Case Christianity for Kids is merely the beginning of an interactive exercise that helps children (and maybe even their teacher/parent) engage in apologetics-giving a defense for our hope as Christians.
“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15, ESV)
It’s engaging and interactive.
Not only does this new resource begin with a great book, there’s a wonderful website. At coldcasechristianityforkids.com, a child can go to investigate Jesus with a real detective. It’s truly an amazing site. J Warner Wallace, a retired cold-case investigator for the LAPD, and his wife Susie appear on several videos. They engage important questions to help a child discover the truth about Jesus. I sincerely can’t encourage you enough to visit this site with your child. It’s such an amazing resource for teaching.
Upon completion of the book and videos which is called the Cadet Academy, the cadet receives a certificate, etc. More importantly, after a child completes the Cadet Academy they’ll be equipped to think more clearly about truth claims. They’ll understand history properly and investigate on their own the great truths of Christianity.
What’s in it?
Cold-Case Christianity for Kids begins by inviting the reader to participate in investigating truth claims with an open mind. It’s really an exercise in epistemology. In a classroom setting, the story is developed engaging the reader as if they were in it. Jim and his wife asks them to think critically about questions that can often be stumbling blocks to finding truth. For example, the chapter Don’t be a know it all is an exercise in keeping an open mind and not making premature assumptions.
The book then builds on several principles of investigation that Detective Jeffries, the character who teaches the cadets in the story, reveals. He debunks false ideas like disregarding circumstantial evidence and differing perspectives equal contradiction. Jeffries teaches the cadets that their investigation of a skateboard is not unlike what an investigation of Jesus should look like…
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