What is Apologetics? Apologetics is essentially encapsulated in verse 1 Peter 3:15, “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” The word, “defend” in Greek is “apologia.” This isn’t a fleshly defensiveness but instead a loving and respectful sharing of the reason for our hope in Jesus. So, why compile all of these videos, links, and audiobooks? Friends, it’s my genuine prayer that these resources (links embedded) point whomever sees them to Jesus, encourages hearts to pray (Col 4:2), and fosters a deepening thirst for His Word (Bible: Col 3:16). This page is to be a resource for anyone wanting to walk-out 1 Peter 3:15 in dependency upon God. Videos found here might also be seen via the Gal220Life YouTube channel as well. For an expanded explanation, please see the bottom of the page. Love, Mer
WHY TRUST THE BIBLE?
WHO IS JESUS?
Please read 1 Corinthians 15 as it contains a creed spoken by Paul and other believers within 5 years of Jesus’ Resurrection. Jesus’ fulfillment of Old Testament Scripture was a focal point of Paul’s letter to Corinthian believers. Paul was martyred sometime around AD 64, nearly 30 years after Jesus’ Resurrection.
Catalogued by Gary Habermas from Biola University, the following 12 historical facts are agreed upon by some of the most skeptical critics:
- Jesus was crucified. Verified as dead (stabbed in the heart)
- Jesus was buried
- Jesus’ death caused his disciples to despair and lose hope, believing His life had ended
- Jesus’ tomb was found to be empty just a few days later
- Disciples had experiences they actually believed to be literal appearances of the risen Jesus (basis of book Jesus’ Resurrection, debate by Wm Lane Craig and Gert Ludemann, who held the Hallucination Theory)
- Disciples were transformed from doubters afraid to identify with Jesus to bold proclaimers of His death and resurrection
- This message was central to the preaching of the early church (Acts 7; 1 Corinthians 15)
- It was especially proclaimed in Jerusalem, where Jesus died and was buried only a short time before
- As a result of the preaching, the church was born and grew
- Sunday became the primary day of worship, especially powerful considering early believers were all Jewish
- James, Jesus’ 1/2 brother and formerly a skeptic, was converted to faith when he also saw what he believed to be the resurrected Jesus
- A few years later, Paul likewise was converted by what he believed to be an appearance of the resurrected Jesus
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
Nabeel Qureshi’s Journey (>60 minutes)
Joni Eareckson Tada Story (<8 minutes)
Corrie ten Boom’s “The Hiding Place” (>2 hours)
Harriet Tubman’s Testimony (30 minutes)
Vaneetha Risner’s Story (<10 minutes)
Brittney Romero’s Journey (10 minutes)
Eva Whittington-Self’s Story (30 minutes)
Alisa Childers’s Journey (8 minutes)
Becket Cook’s Testimony (55 minutes)
Important: Be careful not to replace the Bible with devotionals (or any other book). Devos are merely shared as study materials, meant to prepare our hearts for what we need most: God’s Word. As C.H. Spurgeon once wisely encouraged, “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” God’s Word is sufficient.
Sisters, if Peter (an Apostle of Jesus) can be tempted to combine “old” practices with the Gospel of Jesus…so can we. God’s faithfulness in and through Paul lovingly confronted Peter, and Peter responded humbly. Paul didn’t stand from afar and criticize as do many of us via social media, but he prayerfully approached his brother with a loving encouragement to keep his eyes on the True Gospel. As stated eloquently by Oswald Chambers, “God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.” Please read Galatians 2 for more about this historical example of loving correction. Friends, let’s be devoted to prayer (Col 4:2), testing what we hear by getting into His Word often (1 John 4), as well as diving into Gospel-focused community (Hebrews 10:25). For with His help and by His strength, we will be ready to both receive and provide Biblical encouragement. 🙏🏼 – Mer
Acts17Apologetics – David Wood provides apologetics predominantly focused upon Christianity and Islam.
Adam’s Road Ministries – Biblical answers regarding Mormonism.
All the Things – The hosts embrace historic Christianity, reflecting the major streams of Christianity: apostolic, evangelical, and Spirit-filled. We platform Christians diverse backgrounds who are unified by the common desire to engage in conversations to promote unity in the Body of Christ. We desire to show the existence and character of God, not only with our lips but in our lives.
Answers in Genesis – AiG is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ effectively.
Apologia Studios – Welcome to Apologia Studios! Our mission is to get the Gospel into all areas of culture. From theology to politics. We discuss everything from modern culture, to mormonism and the cults and do it all in a reformed and relevant way.
Apologetics.com – Provides compelling and persuasive answers to the most challenging objections to Christian faith today in a manner that is most effective with inquirers and most glorifying to God. It is our vision to engage the church, the wider public, and the academy.
Apologetics Guy, with Mikel Del Rosario – Helping you to explain your faith with courage and compassion. Mikel is a Christian apologetics professor at William Jessup University and is also a podcaster at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Capturing Christianity – Loads of apologetics for everyone. Featured in the documentary (Netflix), “American Gospel 2.”
Becket Cook’s YouTube – Becket spends much of his time in ministry speaking at churches, universities, and conferences helping believers (and non-believers) understand this issue biblically, theologically, culturally, and personally. Balancing grace and truth when teaching on this subject is of primary importance. His goal is to challenge the current cultural narrative about sexuality in general and homosexuality in particular by demonstrating through his personal testimony and biblical truths that, yes, homosexuality is still a sin, and that following Christ is infinitely more satisfying and joyous.
Christian Answers for the New Age CANA – Headed-up by Marcia Montenegro, CANA provides up-to-date information regarding the New Age and how it compares to Christianity.
Cross Examined – Frank Turek’s Apologetics – CrossExamined.org exists to address the problem that 3-out-of-4 Christian youth leave the church while in college, many because they are intellectually skeptical.
Cultish (Apologia Studios) – “Cultish: The Aftermath” is a new after-show that gives a raw and up-close look into the world of the Cults & so much more. Jeremiah & Andrew put in hours of research into each series and this is an opportunity to get their immediate after thoughts. If you like Cultish your gonna love The Aftermath!
GotQuestions.org – “Got Questions Ministries seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by providing biblical, applicable, and timely answers to spiritually related questions through an internet presence.
Greg Koukl’s Stands To Reason – Stand to Reason trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square.
Isaiah 53 Project – “One For Israel” was established in 1990 as a Bible college and has since expanded to a multi-faceted ministry with the express goal of reaching Israelis with the Good News of Yeshua, training and equipping the Body of Messiah in Israel, and blessing our community with Yeshua’s love.
Impact 360 – Located in Pine Mountain, Georgia, Impact 360 Institute has been cultivating leaders who follow Jesus since 2006. Through biblical worldview education, community-based discipleship, leadership coaching, vocational mentoring, and missional opportunities, students are equipped to live as change-agents in the world. Impact 360 Institute serves High School graduates through their 9-month Impact 360 Fellows experience, teenagers for one and two weeks through Impact 360 Immersion and Propel, and young professionals pursuing a graduate degree through Impact 360 Masters.
J. Warner Wallace’s “Cold Case Christianity” – Relying on over two decades of investigative experience, J. Warner provides his readers and audiences with the tools they will need to investigate the claims of Christianity and make a convincing case for the truth of the Christian worldview.
Jana Harmon and the Side B Podcast – The Side B Podcast is a story-driven, conversational podcast that helps listeners understand why people dismiss or believe in God and Christianity.
Jews for Jesus: https://jewsforjesus.org – Many Jewish people have never heard that following Jesus is a viable and thriving expression of Jewish life. We want you to have the opportunity to experience the spiritual richness we’ve found in being Jewish and following Jesus.
John Lennox – Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and internationally renowned speaker on the interface of science, philosophy, and religion, leads us in a journey through the whole wondrous story of Scripture.
Jon McCray’s Whaddo You Meme – If you enjoy talking about Christianity, Christian Apologetics, current cultural issues, religion, politics, laughing, and stuff like that, we’ve got you covered! This page is dedicated to responding to anti-Christian memes, videos, breezy slogans, and Christian views on cultural issues from a thoughtful Christian perspective.
Jonathan Tremaine Thomas’s “Civil Righteousness” – We pursue restorative justice, spiritual, and emotional healing through prayer and Holy Activism. We address the spiritual dynamics of racism and injustice by connecting biblical resolutions to the issues.
Living Waters (Ray Comfort) – Living Waters seeks to train the members of Christ’s Body in the principles of biblical evangelism and to provide them with practical tools to proclaim the gospel.
Mama Bear Apologetics – Hillary Ferrer and the Mama Bear (MBA) team provide apologetics for parents navigating this post-postmodern time.
Mary Jo Sharp – Christian Apologist and Author.
Michael J. Kruger – Dr. Michael J. Kruger serves as the President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the Charlotte campus of Reformed Theological Seminary. His research interests include: Development of the NT Canon; particularly fourfold gospel collection; Gospels, General/Catholic Epistles; Christian origins; development of early Christianity in the second century; Apocryphal gospels and the transmission of Jesus tradition, and Palaeography, codicology, ancient manuscripts.
Midwest Christian Outreach – Speakers from Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc. (MCOI) can speak in your local churches, conferences and special events. Our topics: the Christian worldview, un-Biblical beliefs, cults, false religions and more.
Monique Duson and the Center for Biblical Unity – Co-founded by Chantal Monique Duson and Krista Bontrager. Their sisterhood in the Lord is the cornerstone of this ministry.
Nabeel Qureshi with Biola – For Muslim shares the fundamental distinctions between Christianity and Islam.
Natasha Crain – Natasha is a national speaker, author of four books, blogger, and podcaster whose passion is to help Christians think more clearly about holding to a biblical worldview in the midst of an increasingly challenging secular culture.
One Minute Apologist – Bobby Conway offers us credible answers to life’s most curious questions, by I address everyday issues and how they relate to Scripture.
Ray Comfort & Living Waters – growing your faith, answer tough questions, and help you in evangelism.
Reasons For Jesus – Started by Steven Bancarz, Reasons for Jesus is an apologetics-based website dedicated to providing justification for a Biblical worldview and a rational defense for faith in Jesus Christ.
Reasons.org – We make every effort to help people discover that sound reason and scientific research consistently affirm the truth of the Bible and of the Good News it reveals.
Red Pen Logic w/ Mr. B – A wealth of apologetics videos. Red Pen Logic began out of Stand To Reason Ministries.
Remnant Radio – educates believers in biblical theology and a Christian world view.
Stand to Reason University– STR U is an online training program designed to produce a particular kind of person: an effective ambassador for Christ. Using short, interactive, and engaging courses, STR U equips Christians to make an even-handed, yet gracious defense for Christianity and Christian values in the public square.
Stands To Reason – Stand to Reason trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square.
The Apologetics Guy, with Mikel Del Rosario – Helping you to explain your faith with courage and compassion. Mikel is a Christian apologetics professor at William Jessup University and is also a podcaster at Dallas Theological Seminary.
- Educate the public on a child-centric perspective of marriage and family.
- Represent the rights of children on policy matters.
- Translate core TBU messages into every language.
Wesley Huff Apologetics – “Making the evidence for Christianity more well known to more people than ever before.“
Women in Apologetics – Women in Apologetics (WIA) is a Christian non-profit organization whose sole focus is to equip, encourage, and educate women in Christian apologetics. We have a passion for encouraging and equipping other women in the church who are interested in learning how to think more deeply and intelligently about their faith. Here at Women in Apologetics, we strive to live into Luke 10:27, which is why it’s our featured verse: He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (NRSV)
The philosophy of Pragmatism originated around the turn of the 19th century here in America with Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey. Per Merriam-Webster, Pragmatism is a doctrine that promotes the search for meaning “in their practical bearings, that the function of thought is to guide action, and that truth is preeminently to be tested by the practical consequences of belief.” The basic premise suggested is that something is “True” if it is observed to work.
Pragmatism, at the heart of it all, has always been a struggle for humanity. The battle cry of “whatever works is true” is something in which our sin nature finds comfort- “How could this be wrong if it is helping me?” And then we process “helpful” as “good.” Our emotions lead and our feet follow. In these post-postmodern times, both the admonition to “You do you,” and the attitude that “anything goes” are promoted with fervency! This soil of self only amplifies the growth of pragmatism. And with doing “whatever works” often comes a compromise of spiritual syncretism. But when it comes to Truth, we know it is not an emotion nor an experience…but a Person. (John 14:6) A quote that hits to the heart of spiritual pragmatism is this one by Dr. Michael Rydelnik:
“Faith in Christ is not true because it works, rather faith in Christ works because it’s True.“Rydelnik
Friends, most of us were born into Postmodernism… a heart-centric, individualistic time when movies reign and linear dialogue is seemingly rare. With this in view, it is genuinely crucial that we slow down and think logically about what we are reading and hearing…or rather (mostly) seeing and feeling. For example, when someone refers to the “differences” between the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, do not worry. “Differences” no not signify “inaccuracy.” The differences cited often are related to the intended audience of a Gospel as well as to the personality of the writer. For example, Mark was writing to Jewish readers and John to Greek. The Jewish day began at 6am and the Greek day began just after midnight. Each sited events accordingly. John wrote more chronologically but Mark wrote thematically. The styles were unique, but the message was the same. The events pointed to the Gospel of Jesus…Christ and Him Crucified. God is so intentional in His design… He is sovereign over every detail. For this reason (by God’s doing), we have excellent evidence to sustain the idea of Scriptural inerrancy. Please research and be encouraged by His care and faithfulness.
Part 1: https://youtu.be/PlAmaBToyrI
Part 2: https://youtu.be/kXKzxLoSneA
Part 3: https://youtu.be/XiBvftLrqs8
Part 4: https://youtu.be/7S8IczGYJd0
Part 5: https://youtu.be/cB7VXi1valc
Part 6: https://youtu.be/pSELNOkO5qc
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WHY THIS PAGE?
We need Jesus… We need to be praying loads and reading The Bible often. (Col 4:2) Friends, it’s incredibly important to remember that Satan (“the Father of Lies”) is well-versed regarding scripture. One profound example out of the pages of Biblical history was when Jesus went into the desert for 40 days. Satan approaches Jesus there and arrogantly questions Jesus’s identity as God’s own Son (mind-blowing). He then quoted scripture to Jesus in ways that would benefit Satan’s own agenda… But Jesus endured without sin. Succeeding where Adam and Eve had failed. (Matthew 4)
Friends, Satan does the same today- he takes what is true and twists it, adds to it, or promotes doubt re: God’s character. Possibly the most salient scheme he promulgates is placing the focus upon ourselves (the “self”) instead of upon God. But despite his continuing efforts to alter our understanding of Truth, He can’t change Truth. We need to test the spirits (1 John 4:1), pray without ceasing (1 Thes 5:16-18), read His Words daily (Col 3:16; Hebrews 4:12), and get into community (Romans 12; Galatians 6). As stated above, it’s my genuine prayer that these resources point whomever sees them to Jesus… We can (and should) trust Him with every detail. ♥️🙏🏼
In His Love!