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Jamie Johnson

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We (Christians) have all this knowledge in apologetics, but my desire is to apply it meaningfully. Often, I am asked what apologetics is, if it is apologizing for the Christian faith. Apologetics is logically defending the Christian faith, not apologizing for it. It comes from the Greek words apoπο = "against") and logeia (λογεια = "reason"), forming the word apología (απολογíα), which translates to counter-argument ("defense" in Acts 26:2; "defending the Gospel" in Philippians 1:7, 16; "answers" in 1 Peter 3:15; and negatively appearing in Romans 1:20 as anapológetoi - αναπολóγητοι - "without excuse"). Apologetics offers logical counter-arguments to what the world would say or ask.

Yet, how can we engage the questions and statements of this world in a way that produces meaningful discourse - in a way that opens doors? We must look at the questions, understand the truth, and engage people where they are.

I asked a non-believer questions to ask of Christians. The response included the following: "Why can you not have a conversation without throwing around Bible quotes?" I think what this person desires is to have a meaningful conversation with someone. The Bible is not esteemed by many. You have to know your audience. Some will want to discuss the Bible. Others will not. Some will want to discuss logic. Others will not (and see a caution against leaning too heavily on logic as you read Hebraic Thought by Os Guiness). Some will want to share their stories and hear yours. Others will not. Among ourselves, we can easily discuss the Bible, logic, or stories. However, we must find a way to engage the people of the non-Christian world where they are, in a way that is authentic, meaningful, intelligent, and respectful -- in a way that will honor the person's human dignity while opening doors for the Gospel, Lord-willing. Then, an openness to the Bible may occur…or it sadly may not.

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Also, I have learned about a wonderful project from Focus on the Family called The Truth Project. To go beyond and deeper than even the topics here, please visit http://www.thetruthproject.org and learn about looking at all aspects of life from a Biblical worldview.

I have also encountered Conversant Life, an excellent resource for engaging the culture.

And You Shall Know the Truth, also known as Church World, is a site that provides the following description: "This is an interactive site where relevant Christian issues are discussed online. In this environment we welcome people who are desirous of learning from one another through the various experiences and knowledge shared. The different articles have been posted on the site for us to have genuine discussions and learn about issues affecting our faith as Christians. Unlike in a typical religious setting where you are not allowed to question things, this is an opportunity to let it all out without any fear of retribution."