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Not being a smartphone or tablet user myself and exclusively using my laptop for browsing the internet, it’s no wonder I’m a day-late-and-a-dollar-short in getting a mobile friendly version of The Poached Egg up and running. Shoot, I’m still trying to get used to not having a rotary phone. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but not being a tech geek can be a serious handicap when ones career involves keeping up with the latest in internet technology.
But thankfully, many of you have e-mailed to let me know I need to get with the times and have a more mobile friendly version of TPE, which I hope I’ve accomplished with the just launched www.thepoachedegg.net/mobile.
I played around a bit trying to modify the current desktop/laptop design of TPE to look better and be more navigable across all devices, but with my limited technical skills, all I managed to accomplish was a website that looked crappy and was less navigable on all devices. The solution? Start a completely stand alone mobile friendly version hosted on the same domain as the standard version of TPE.
I’ve been checking the look and feel of it on my wife’s iPhone and it seems to work well, but like I said, I’m no tech geek so it’s up to all of you mobile internet users out there to let me know what I’m doing right and/or wrong to help me make TPE as useful for as many people as possible.
As of now, you’ll only find the most recent posts but I’ll be moving more articles from our extensive archives (of over 7,000 posts and counting) as time allows. In other words, I’ll still be at it this time next year and likely beyond that. In the meantime, I hope you find the new mobile version of TPE useful and will take us with you wherever you go!
It was a couple of months ago while having breakfast at a local eatery with Ratio Christi Field Director Tom Gilson, and my friend Gary Mundt, a local Ratio Christi chapter director, that I ran into a woman that I used to work with some twenty odd years ago who happened to ask me what I was doing now. When I told her that I worked in the field of Christian apologetics, that blank look came across her face that I am all too familiar with whenever I try to explain to people exactly what it is that I do.
As someone who is heavily involved in the apologetics community, where explaining what I do or what apologetics is, is not an issue, it’s when I get out in the church community as a whole that it becomes one. My friend J Warner Wallace, in an article he wrote on discipleship, explains why this is the case:
Most Christians have still not been exposed to Christian Case Making (apologetics) and aren’t even aware of the evidence supporting their beliefs. They’re accidental Christians. It appears most of the Church is undiscipled, at least in terms of their ability to defend what they believe. It’s time for the Church to return to its roots…to return to a form of Christian discipleship celebrating the life of the mind as the foundation for all other aspects of the Christian life. Ideas have consequences and no Christian behavior or response is possible without a rational foundation in the Scripture. When we are properly discipled, we understand the reasonable foundation for our beliefs and are ready to engage the world as Paul did in the first century. It’s time to start using the word “disciple” as a verb.
Thankfully, many churches, pastors, youth leaders, teachers, and other Christian leaders are slowly starting to get on board with the vision that J Warner Wallace (among many others) and I share- a vision that I put this way in a previous post:
In the 16th century, one of my heroes of the faith, William Tyndale, had a vision that, “the boy that drives the plow” would have the same access to the scriptures that at the time was only available to an elite group of clergy and scholars. Tyndale needed the support of financial backers to be able to translate and print the Bibles that helped him make that goal a reality. My goal for apologetics is similar.
In today’s post-Christian culture that is increasingly hostile towards those who hold a Christian worldview, and where the majority of believers are sadly ill-equipped to make a firmly grounded stand in the midst of that hostility, my goal is that every church, student, pastor, teacher, missionary, and layman will have apologetics training available to them and that it will be easily accessible.
Although the movement is gaining momentum, there is still such a long way to go. The Poached Egg, is reaching thousands of people worldwide, but there are millions more to be reached. This Christmas season and the approaching New Year is a great time to partner with us financially to help us expand the reach of this ministry. Would you prayerfully consider becoming a monthly supporter or blessing us with a special gift right now? You can give others the gift of apologetics by donating online here.
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The Poached Egg website is currently averaging nearly 4,000 page views each day which is about double what it was this time last year. I think part of the reason for our growth is that so many Christians today are hungry for a more authentic faith and are waking up to the fact that learning and applying apologetics in their Christian walk in today’s relativistic and pluralistic culture is no longer an option set aside only for academics. The apostles who penned the New Testament, the earliest Christians and fathers of the church were all apologists who gave reasons for the hope that was within them—our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus! Not one of the biblical authors (including the Old Testament), nor Jesus himself ever condoned blind faith or faith based on emotional experience.
In the early to mid 20th century, people like G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Francis Schaeffer (among others) made apologetics accessible to the layman in the pews and brought Christianity into the public square. In the late 20the century through today we have people like Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, William Lane Craig and many others (the list goes on and is growing rapidly) continuing their legacy.
The post 9/11 resurgence of atheism, the rise of secularism the U.S. and the rest of Western society and culture has raised awareness of the need for apologetics as an integral part of discipleship. As liberalism, relativism, and pluralism, seeps its way into our churches and seminaries, many pastors, youth pastors, teachers, students, and laymen like you and me are waking up and embracing the discipline of apologetics and are engaging culture head on! When I started TPE just over four years ago, it was sometimes a struggle to find apologetics articles to post each day… today that is no longer a problem as they seem to be multiplying exponentially.
A big part of that is due to our technology and social media obsessed culture. Social media has its pros and cons, and like anything else with the potential for good it can be greatly abused, but for aiding in the cause of raising the awareness of the need for apologetics training as a holistic part of discipleship, it has become indispensible.
Not only do I spend many hours going through my news feeds reading and weeding through hundreds of article to find the best content to post, I spend just as much if not more time promoting TPE on various social media platforms… and this is where you, our readers, come in. If it were not for people like you sharing, ‘liking’, retweeting, and commenting on our posts, all the work I do would be mostly in vain and go mostly unnoticed.
For those of you who are already doing this, especially those who have been following from the beginning, I want to offer my sincerest thanks and appreciation. I don’t often get the chance to thank each and everyone personally, but trust me when I say that it greatly appreciated and does not go unnoticed! For those of you who are not so much into sharing, ‘liking’ or retweeting, I would like to encourage you and humbly ask for you to do so, as believe it or not, it can make a huge difference—even a handful of likes, shares, and retweets can make the difference between a post being seen and read by hundreds of people, or a post being seen and read by thousands of people.
So, think about it, you may not have time to teach a class in apologetics or lead an apologetics based small group, but if you’re reading this right now, I guarantee that you have the time to help promote apologetics via social media. The power of a share button, a status update, or a tweet recommending this and other apologetics ministries and websites is something that should not be underestimated or taken for grated. You have the ability to help us make ‘disciple making disciples’ right there at your finger tips and I cannot stress enough how important that is! Social media is a great tool, so let us utilize it in spreading the gospel!
There are those who spread the Gospel in the streets or going door to door, and those who share one on one with their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family—and this too, is as important as anything we do here—but with social media, each and every post has the potential to go viral and reach a worldwide audience with just the touch of a button, so again, please think about and consider that.
Having said all the above, in the last four years The Poached Egg, in partnership with my favorite apologetics ministry, Ratio Christi, has gone from being a simple blog with a Facebook and Twitter page to a full blown network of niched and specialized social pages for you to follow, bookmark, like, and share… with more to come as I am able to manage them. I hope you will take the time to check them out and follow the ones that might be of interest to you. So, again, a huge THANK YOU to those of you social media-lites who have been an invaluable resource to our growth and also to those of you who are starting today! Blessings.
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[Greg’s Note: I often get asked why I chose ‘The Poached Egg’ as the name for this blog. The answer is simple, 1.) It’s memorable and 2.) It alludes to a famous quote by C.S. Lewis from his book, Mere Christianity, where Lewis offers what has now become known as his ‘Trilemma Argument’. The passage from the book is about deciding who Jesus is, and really that’s what this website is all about, pointing people to Christ and to aid in bringing them to a place where they have to come to a decision about who he is. If he wasn’t who the scriptures claim, then all of the other arguments in the whole of Christian Apologetics are pointless- why argue for the truth claims of Christianity if it’s central claim, the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is false? Having that said, I ran across this post today (from a few years back) by Kevin DeYoung in which he takes a creative look at why Lewis used the image of a ‘poached egg’ to illustrate his point. Enjoy!]
I love writing. I the love the learning that goes before writing and the teaching that can happen through writing. Most authors love these two things too: learning and teaching.
I also love the craft of writing. This doesn’t make me a better person or even necessarily a better writer. But it makes me interested not just in communicating truth, but in communicating in a way that is winsome, clear, and memorable.
All of us appreciate good writing. We may not know that, and if we know that we probably don’t know why. But we all prefer to read something written well. There’s a way to communicate the truth and have it sound muddled. There’s a way to make it understandable. And then there’s a way to make it sing. That’s the difference between clear prose and great prose.
Let me give you an example from C.S. Lewis.
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. (56)
Almost every evangelical knows this paragraph. Many of us could just about recite it from memory. We all love the liar-lunatic-Lord trilemma. But what makes it so memorable?
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I was at a crisis point in my faith--did I really believe what I said I did? Why? When I couldn't answer those questions I was terrified. In my desperation I began to search for answers, and I came across The Poached Egg. I was relieved to find a whole DISCIPLINE of Christian ministry that welcomed The Big Questions...and set about to answering them not just from the Bible, but from logic and extra-biblical evidence.
Not only has apologetics bolstered my faith, but I believe it has helped me to "put a stone in the shoe" of several family members who are not believers. (the quote was from Greg Koukl). I learned what apologetics is and started studying in just as we were beginning to launch our kids off to college- so the timing couldn't have been any better. I love getting texts from my daughter when she is asked a hard question by a friend - like how can you trust the Bible when it has been handed down so many times, just like the game of telephone. What I love most is that I am now able to point her to the answer and that there ARE answers. I love your site! Thanks for helping me find relevant articles that I would no doubt miss if I was just browsing the Internet. I love that they just pop up in my newsfeed.
I believe apologetics is necessary for believers and for unbelievers. This is because through it, we believers are given a foundation for what we believe. More importantly, believers and unbelievers should realize that the strength of good apologetic arguments verify the fact that there is a God and that He is the God of the Bible. This is critical for establishing a Christian worldview that affects every aspect of life. If the God of the universe is the God of the Bible, this affects the way we see science, the arts, literature, gender, economics, and matters of morality, to name a few things. In other words, Jesus is Lord of morality and Lord of the molecules. The world we live in, then, is shaped by His lordship, and we are able to readily defend this.I thoroughly enjoy this site; keep the good posts coming!
If I am to "go on to perfection" (Hebrews 6:1), I need to wean myself off of "milk" (Hebrews 5:13), and start chewing on some hearty, "solid food," so I can exercise my senses "to discern both good an evil" (Hebrews 5:14); and mature in understanding (1 Corinthians 14:20) towards the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 2:5-7). The Poached Egg provides a menu of things that will cause "babes in the faith" to put some hair on their chest. Although I am determined not to know anything "except Jesus Christ and Him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:2)--for knowledge only "puffs up" (1 Corinthians 8:1)--maybe, just maybe, by studying apologetics, I may also be made "ready to give a defense" to anyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in me (1 Peter 3:15).
Apologetics is necessary in today's culture of secularism, scientism, and skepticism to help young Christians maintain their faith, grow stronger in their knowledge of what they believe and why they believe it and then reach others with the truth of the good news. I work with students at both the high school and college level and find so many young people who are eager to hear good evidence for their faith.
I am a pastor, and I have found apologetics to be biblical, helpful to my own faith, helpful in evangelism, and equipping the members of my church. The study of apologetics also sharpens my mind and shapes my Christian worldview. I like The Poached Egg because of the interesting posts I can see in my Facebook news feed, as well as links to books I may not have heard of. Sometimes I have more time to read these posts than others, but I appreciate being able to see them every day.
As I've recently become more interested in learning about apologetics and backing my faith, the Poached Egg has been an incredibly useful resource in learning more about what I believe. As Christians, we are called to be wise as serpents and yet innocent as doves - we are sent out amongst wolves! We need to know why what we believe is accurate, and know how to present it concisely and clearly. Apologetics is the answer to many of the roadblocks Christians hit when it comes to "practical proof" for the faith, but it is not a widely taught discipline yet, and I hope that soon it will make more of a comeback within the Church!
Apologetics are so important today. People - especially young people, want solid answers and they need to be equipped to defend their faith - we all do. Apologetics enable us to answer those questions that come up and share the Gospel more effectively. The Poached Egg is such a great resource.
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I find the study of apologetics to be fascinating in just about every way. I have been a believer for a long time, but always had a lot of questions too. When I met my husband (who has since passed on) and he had a lot of questions I couldn't answer, and I felt totally inadequate in defending my faith. I became very interested in any kind of apologetics study I could find. I know that faith is faith for a reason and there is only so much that God has revealed, but at the same time there is so much evidence out there to be examined and considered and marveled at... and I think often times it is this kind of evidence that may cause those not in the faith to consider... maybe there is something to all of this after all. TPE has been a great melting pot so to speak of this kind of information and I am thankful for it.
It was as a seeking, skeptical high school student that I encountered the field of apologetics. I know first hand the powerful effectiveness of the discipline both from my own conversion and from the discussions I've had with many friends. I'm so glad to find organizations like TPE that are willing to help turn back the tide of Christian anti-intellectualism and help seekers find the answers to questions the Church all too frequently brushes off.
I have been very thankful for TPE as I've just become aware of the evidences for the faith I have had for many years. With study I've become bolder in sharing my faith, and now I am concerned for the faith of my children and the children in our local churches and want to do more to help them build they're confidence.
As I teach my youth, there is usually not a week that goes by that some sort of apologetic defense doesn’t arise. They live in a culture of skepticism and one that is hostile towards Christianity. Apologetics and philosophy has been used by God in my life to deepen the wellsprings of trust and devotion to Jesus who is the truth. This also goes for my youth. The day that I realized that Christianity was not just a “truth” but THE truth was one of the most life-changing moments in my walk with the Lord. It contributed to my desire for Christian ministry and to serve the world around me. Apologetics is necessary because we cannot be ostriches with our heads in the sand. The world has objections and questions. We have Christ who lovingly points us to what’s real, right, and true.
Several years ago, my intellectual and emotional doubts were moving me away from believing the Christianity is true. God brought several apologists into my life who helped me answer my questions. Today I am more convinced of the truths of God's existence and Jesus Christ's death and resurrection than ever in my life. The Poached Egg has introduced me to many others who share a similar testimony and who use their experience to further the Kingdom.
Apologetics has shown me the intellectual side of Christianity and rescued my faith from a solely "experiential" brand of religion that did not fulfill or satisfy. I praise God for older brothers in the faith that labor to illuminate younger brothers' minds to the wonder of Christ. Apologetics as a pursuit has been wholly beneficial to me and those close to me.
I have been quite impressed with the articles and blog posts that have come my way via TPE and Ratio Christi. I'm not the sort of person that likes to post pictures of puppies and kittens on Facebook but your links are ones that get ones attention in a way that gets reactions from people that otherwise I would never talk to on such deep levels.
[The Poached Egg] was a Godsend years ago and to attempt to express how and why would fail to convey the love of Christ I felt with this website. It was the life raft Christ gave when nothing else was there to help. Thanks and many blessings!!!
As an apathetic agnostic, internet apologists showed me the error in my thinking and ultimately pointed me to the truth. Ironically enough, I actually began defending Christianity before accepting it as truth in my own relationship with God. Apologetics was vital to my conversion. Absolutely vital.
I have just recently in the last year or two become interested in Apologetics. I think it is extremely important not only as a witnessing and evangelism tool but also a way of reinforcing one's own faith and always being prepared to give a defense for not just "what" one believes but "why" also. If we cannot even say why we chose to follow Yahweh why would anyone take us or our faith seriously?
Apologetics changed my life in a very very large way. As a college student studying biology I am constantly surrounded by the naturalistic mindset. I can remember the first time I read about the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus and put the "the gospels are pure children's stories" myth to bed. Works of people like William Lane Craig and all the awesome articles I get from TPE on Twitter have been so crucial to becoming a real heartfelt Christian instead of just a "church sitter" as some would say. When you accept that Christianity is really true and you REALLY know it and feel it in your heart your whole life becomes absolutely changed. I will hold my Christian values in front of anyone and I will forever be able to "give a reason for the hope that is in me". God bless ministries like this as we continue to share our faith with the world! KEEP IT UP!
I think apologetics, especially in this postmodern, post-Christian Western society many of us find ourselves in, is a very needed tool in regards not simply to just evangelism, but also to discipleship. We want simply to not only show skeptics why Christianity is in fact a very reasonable faith, but also to equip fellow believers with rational reasons and evidences for the Christian faith.
After 20 years of having evolution shoved down my throat in schools and the media, creation based apologetics made the Bible real for me in new ways I'd never known before. Big thanks to TPE for reminding me that science isn't the problem, but bad science.
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Greg’s Note: At first glance this post may seem a bit long for a blog post, and perhaps it is—but in reality, it will only take a few minutes out of your day to read and carefully consider. It is my sincere hope and prayer that you will do so, and that you will read through to my closing comments.
Sometimes we would rather duck the responsibility of doing our homework, of wrestling with the problems and answering the objections, and simply say to people, “Oh, you just have to take it all in faith.” That’s the ultimate cop-out.That doesn’t honor Christ.We honor Christ by setting forth for people the cogency of the truth claims of Scripture, even as God himself does.We must take the trouble to do our work before the Spirit does his work, because the Spirit does not ask people to put their trust and faith and affection in nonsense or absurdity. —R.C. Sproul (from, Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics)
Apologetics has never been more important than it is now. People throughout our culture, including many of our friends, family members, neighbors, and co-workers, are becoming increasingly secular. They're moving farther and farther from Christian teachings and morality. The Bible mandates that we must be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks (1 Pet. 3:15), so this is not an optional activity for Christians or the church. We must confront the errors of our culture and present in their place the truth and gospel of Christ. So I hope Lee [Strobel] is right about it being a "golden age of apologetics" – and there are many signs that he is – but much more needs to be done. —Mark Mittelberg (from, Apologist on Movement to Bring Apologetics Back to Church)
People do not like to feel stupid. If you go out and share your faith with non-believers and they ask you how you can trust the Bible or who was Cain's wife or tell you that the Bible condones slavery, polygamy, genocide, etc., how many more times do you think you're going to open your mouth about Jesus? For most people, probably not very often. If, on the other hand, you have the proper training to handle and respond to these questions "with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15b), you will have effectively removed this hurdle so that you can more freely share your faith and talk to people about the Gospel. This by no means diminishes or devalues the role of the Holy Spirit, but merely presents yourself and your training as yet another means by which the Holy Spirit can draw people to Himself. —Daniel Carrington (from the article, Should Christians Use Evidence and Logic to Proclaim the Gospel?)
Arguments are good, and dispute is healthy. They clarify the truth and protect us from error and religious despotism. When the church discourages principled debates and a free flow of ideas, the result is shallow Christianity and a false sense of unity. No one gets any practice learning how to field contrary views in a gracious and productive way. The oneness they share is contrived, not genuine. Worse, they lose the ability to separate the wheat from the chaff. Simply put, when arguments are few, error abounds. —Greg Koukl (from, Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions)
We need to realise that we live in an age of pathological cynicism; our young people cannot stand (never mind advance) unless they can give tough answers to tough questions.—David Glass and Graham Veale (from the article, McAtheism and the McChurch)
I love opportunities to question, think and learn. I have spent most of my life in church, but by my midlife I realized so much I heard from pulpits was subjective, and one or two verse sermons that did not seem in context. I read the Old Testament, but I knew something was missing because I did not have a cohesive knowledge and understanding. People quote scriptures all the time to apply to their circumstances that taken in context have meaning to a certain people at a certain time in their history…That is where an acquaintance who himself was hungry began in depth study and has taught faithfully Bible History and Jewish culture that opened my eyes to a fuller understanding of the cohesive nature and purpose of His Story. That knowledge is life and the foundation that sustains me when life does not make sense…I want an honest thinking faith and in a lot of evangelical circles that is not the norm. We have to be willing to hear one another even when we disagree and weigh prayerfully what is true…I think we become a private club where we all have to say the same thing and think the same. Most people like that because then they feel they have pleased God and that often leads to an unstable foundation because they have little knowledge of Him and his purpose. —Shirley Riley (comment on our Facebook page used by permission)
I want to see churches start their own apologetics ministries because it is our scriptural mandate to “always be prepared to give an answer.” Yet there often is very little preparation going on! When challenges to faith come, people struggle to find substantive answers. This may cause some believers to resort to a sort of “believe it anyway” mentality; for others it causes them to abandon the faith altogether. Research by the Barna Group has shown that a majority of young people walk away from the faith around the time they go to college or university. They simply have not been equipped to deal with the secular challenges that come against their faith. —Brian Auten (from, The State of Apologetics w/Lee Strobel)
The Bible says we should “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). Can you help someone work through the “Why does God allow suffering?” question? Can you help a university student see that science has not, will not and cannot disprove God? Do you know why it is logically impossible that all religions could lead to God? We need to be ready to answer these because the Bible commands us to do so. As Christians we have a tremendous heritage we have inherited from those who have taken 1 Peter 3:15 seriously. —Jon Morrison (from, 5 Reasons To Rethink Apologetics)
Since we as Christians are called and commanded to have a reason for the hope within them (1 Peter 3:15), it is the responsibility Christian teachers, pastors, mentors and educators of all kinds are remiss if they avoid, denigrate, or minimize the importance of apologetics to biblical living and Christian witness. —Douglass Grouthuis
Any and every other belief you hold, about anything whatsoever, if it is to be taken seriously, if it is to be of any value or worth anyone’s consideration, it must have in its favor more than your emotions, personal history or external circumstantial factors. It must have reasons.
—Clint Roberts (from the article, Believing for No Reason)
I was a non-Christian until the age of thirty-five. I was often frustrated by the few Christians I knew on the police department because they weren't able to respond evidentially to my skeptical (and often sarcastic) objections. I thought, "How can these folks who seem to have such high regard for evidence in their professional life, believe something about God for which they have no evidence at all?" I was similar to other atheists I knew at the time. I didn't think there was any good evidence to support the claims of Christianity. The more I learned about the nature of evidence generally, and the more I learned about the evidence for Christianity specifically, the more convinced I became that the claims of the Gospels were true. —J Warner Wallace
I suspect that most of the individuals who have religious faith are content with blind faith. They feel no obligation to understand what they believe. They may even wish not to have their beliefs disturbed by thought. But if God in whom they believe created them with intellectual and rational powers, that imposes upon them the duty to try to understand the creed of their religion. Not to do so is to verge on superstition.
—Mortimer J. Adler
Here is the sum of the matter: We must earnestly endeavor to know the truth of the biblical worldview and to make it known with integrity to as many people as possible with the best arguments available. To know God in Christ means that we desire to make Christian truth available to others in the most compelling form possible. To be created in God’s rational, moral and relational image means that our entire being should be aimed at the glorification of God in Christian witness. A significant part of that witness is Christian apologetics. —Douglas Groothuis
To be effective in equipping young people and professionals to face the challenges of a highly educated secular society, the church needs to redefine the mission of pastors and youth leaders to include training in apologetics and worldview.…Pastors must once again provide intellectual leadership for their congregations, teaching apologetics from the pulpit. Every time a minister introduces a biblical teaching, he should also instruct the congregation in ways to defend it against the major objections they are likely to encounter. A religion that avoids the intellectual task and retreats to the therapeutic realm of personal relationships and feelings will not survive in today’s spiritual battlefield. —Nancy Pearcey
Jesus argued with the Pharisees all the time. Even His enemies reported that "no man speaks as this man speaks." If Jesus merely relied on the power of God and the particulars of His speech were inconsequential, if His mind and intellect and cleverness didn't enter into it, then why don't we behold unimpressive, muddled, uncompelling words in His discourses? No, it was quite the opposite. When we look further in the New Testament we see heated and intense disputation-- polemic, argumentation--at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. We see Paul going after Peter hammer and tongs in Galatians 2:11. You can immediately see the problem with any interpretation of a verse to the effect that one must not use reason and rationality in the proclamation of the Gospel. Such a person runs smack into an army of counterexamples from the Scripture itself. —Greg Koukl
The deficiencies of some (and, in the final analysis, all) apologists should not, however, cause us to object to apologetics in principle any more than the deficiencies of some evangelists should cause us to reject evangelism. It may, rather, challenge us to rise to the task of engaging in Spirit-filled apologetics. We do this, as Paul did, as part of our spiritual warfare, recognising that arguments set against the knowledge of God reflect spiritual strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Apologetics is not inherently unbiblical and ungodly. We need more godly believers who will engage thoughtfully in a biblically informed way with other worldviews, who will graciously make the positive case for faith and who will be ready to share the gospel with people who need to know Christ. — Paul Coulter (from, 7 Reasons Why Apologetics Might Be Good)
The need for apologetics today is crucial. Believers must realize that we are living in a post-Christian era with a host of worldviews vying continuously for people's commitments and, indeed, for their very lives. We must face these challenges head-on. Apologetics does not supplant faith, it supplements it. Nor does it replace the Spirit's working. Rather, the Holy Spirit uses apologetic arguments as vehicles for clarifying the truth of God's Word. The same verses commanding us to preach the gospel also instructs us to constantly be prepared to correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction (2 Tim. 4:2). - Hank Hanegraaff (from, Witnessing by Defending the Faith?)
I often encounter devoted, committed Christians who are hesitant to embrace an evidential faith. In many Christian circles, faith that requires evidential support is seen as weak and inferior. For many, blind faith (a faith that simply trusts without question) is the truest, most sincere, and most valuable form of faith that we can offer God. Yet Jesus seemed to have a high regard for evidence. In John 14:11, He told those watching Him to examine 'the evidence of miracles' (NIV) if they did not believe what He said about His identity. Even after the resurrection, Jesus stayed with His disciples for an additional forty days and provided them with 'many convincing proofs' that He was resurrected and was who He claimed to be (Acts 1:2-3 NIV). Jesus understood the role and value of evidence and the importance of developing an evidential faith. It’s time for all of us, as Christians, to develop a similarly reasonable faith. – J Warner Wallace (from Cold-Case Christianity)
If our culture is to be transformed, it will happen from the bottom up - from ordinary believers practicing apologetics over the backyard fence or around the barbecue grill. - Chuck Colson
It is not only reasonable to question when it comes to matters of faith, but also responsible. If we are not open to investigating dogmatic sacred or secular beliefs, whether they be our own or those of others, and placing them under scrutiny, then we are destined to be tossed about on the waves of popular opinion and become potential victims of those wolves in sheep’s clothing who prey on the ignorance of others.—G.S. West (from Christianity Without the Shell)
In closing: The purpose of much of the content of The Poached Egg is to give Christians reasons to believe so that they may be more confident in their own faith and also that they might be more confident in sharing that faith. I have received countless messages and e-mails which confirm that we are accomplishing this mission—but another purpose of TPE, to which much content is also devoted, is to bang the drum for the awareness of the need for apologetics ministries in our churches, schools and universities, and in our own homes and communities. Just three short years ago we only had a only a few dozen visitors a day. Due to a lot of hard work, prayer, and God’s blessings, the daily number of page visits is now at an average of about 3,000 per day (we fast approaching 2,000,000 lifetime page views). This is a good number, but we could greatly increase that number with the proper resources. Here at The Poached Egg, there is so much that is not getting done that I could write another entire blog post on it. I am the only full time employee and I work a part time job on top of that. I could honestly put half a dozen people to work full time, but we’re setting a short term goal of putting two people to work full time with full time salaries. With our current monthly donors (for whom we are very thankful) and commissions from our Amazon sales, we’re currently bringing in around $500-$700 a month. We are encouraged by this as we have only been fundraising as a nonprofit for a short time, but even so, we are still in urgent need of people like you to give financially to this ministry to keep it going and growing, and I ask that you would prayerfully consider becoming a monthly financial partner. We’ve made it easy to give directly online at our donation page which can be found here. Thank you so much for your consideration!
—Greg West (Ratio Christ Internet Resources Director /founder and editor of The Poached Egg)
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
I urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. Jude 3
You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me. John 18:37
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 2 Peter 1:16
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