Apologetics In Your Teaching: How to Handle the Hot Questions Without Getting Sidetracked
by Tom Gilson
Fifth in a series on “How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away.”
I just wrote on the questions and anti-Christian challenges that have overrun the media and the Internet the past few years. There’s a long list of them. And if your teaching or preaching touches on anything on that list, you should some of expect your listeners will start wondering what the answer is — or even if there is an answer.
Now, that might lead you to wonder if you can ever get anywhere in teaching your way through a topic, or a passage. It might sound like a recipe for eternally getting sidetracked.
Here’s the good news, though: You don’t need to give the answer right then. You can punt instead.
How to Punt Without Missing the Point
Just address the question very briefly. In fact, all you have to do is name the question.
Then say, “If anyone is wondering about this, I’ve got a web site or a book I can share with you on it.” Or, “I’ll be glad to sit and talk with about it later.” Or, “There’s this other church member who can talk with you about it.”
Then move on with what you were teaching.
This does six things for you and your people.
1.) It lets your church or group know that you’re aware of what’s going on in the world. Bible teaching that’s completely disconnected from current life feels, well, disconnected. And you could say the same for Bible teachers. We who teach the Bible need to show that we’re not unaware of challenges that come up outside the walls of our churches…