Sean McDowell: A Model of Grace and Truth in Apologetic Dialogue
by Haden Clark
I had a great time interviewing Sean McDowell last week on my podcast/YouTube channel. Sean is a well known Christian apologist who has written 18+ books, travels the country speaking, and teaches apologetics at Biola.
We talked about his most recent dialogue with Hemant Mehta on Justin Brierley’s show, Unbelievable. The show was live in Portland and you should definitely watch it if you haven’t already (watch here).
Apart from the content of the dialogue, we also discussed the spirit of the dialogue. We both agreed that the spirit of the dialogue with skeptics may actually be just as important, if not, more important than the actual content. Here’s what I mean.
Grace and Truth
The Bible says that Jesus came into the world full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Jesus embodied both grace and truth in his life, ministry, death, and resurrection. Specifically, I would like to focus on his dialogues.
Jesus’ ministry was relational. It was one full of conversations with people of all different varieties. He always knew what to say and how to say it. We can never be perfectly like Jesus, but we should aim for this model…