Should Apologetics Be A Family Affair?
By Steve Kozak
If you have spent any time reading this blog, you know I talk a lot about apologetics—what it is, why youth need it, and how to make it an everyday part of ministry. It is a big part of my ministry and a big reason that I began to follow Christ. But even after a decade of learning and teaching on the topic, I have had a hard time convincing others that apologetics should be something the family is focused on.
That is until now.
Every once in a while I come across a must-have resource for myself, for youth leaders, or for families. This time I came across a resource for all of those. But, this time it was my wife who found it. She was recently invited to participate in a book launch campaign for a new apologetics book geared toward the family. The requirement was to carefully read, analyze, and provide tons of feedback.
It didn’t take long for both of us to realize that Natasha Crain’s, Talking with Your Kids about God is not just a good book, but also a necessary one. One that successfully makes the case that apologetics is not just a church thing, but also a family thing. This is a book that will help prepare the family to impact our post-Christian culture long before children even get to high school. But even if your students are all ready in high school, this book serves as a great compliment to AwanaYM’s Advocates curriculum with Sean McDowell.
But rather than take my word for it—the guy who never shuts up about apologetics, take it from the parent who is in deep waters with our kids theological education, their cultural influences, questions, and their doubts—my wife:
Do you really need one more book to read? In our home, we have well over 300 books stacked on our shelves. Between homeschooling and a husband who is a perpetual student of theology and apologetics, the thought of one more book about it pushed me off a cliff. I would rather play a game of Uno with my kiddos, or I find myself drowned by the beautiful and endless demands of being a mom. So reading just never makes it into my daily routine. In fact, it rarely even crosses my mind. But we need resources to help us raise our kids. We need resources to help us help our kids navigate a culture that is rapidly changing. Our kids have more questions than ever before, and they are asking the tough questions at a younger and younger age. I cannot ignore the world they are growing up in, and they cannot escape it. So I need to prepare and equip them—even if I don’t think I have the time…
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