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Diagnose before You Treat

Just as physical therapists can’t design a treatment plan for a patient unless they have a diagnosis, so we need to “diagnose” the reasons behind a person’s rejection of Christianity before we can respond.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | February 1, 2020

Upgrade Your Tactics with Knowledge

The Columbo Tactic – asking question – is powerful. But what if you could amplify the impact you make with it? In this episode, Alan explains how to upgrade your approach to create even more powerful questions.

Podcast Episode | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | December 19, 2019

What’s the Best Explanation?

Alan explains how to use a common yet powerful question to help point people to God.

Podcast Episode | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | December 7, 2019

Upgrade Your Tactics with Knowledge

The more you can learn about a person’s religion, the more likely you’ll be able to leverage that knowledge to ask informed and powerful questions. Here’s how Alan applies that principle to conversations with Muslims.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | December 1, 2019

Be Friends with People Who Disagree with You

Alan talks about Ellen DeGeneres’s statement about being friends with people she disagrees with, answers questions about evidence vs. Holy Spirit and submitting to authority, then talks to Scott Symington about science and faith.

Podcast Episode | Christianity & Culture | Alan Shlemon | October 23, 2019

Why Study False Ideas?

While it’s true that Christians should prioritize their understanding of Scripture and Christian theology, that doesn’t diminish the importance of also studying false ideas, as well. Here’s why we can and should do both.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | August 1, 2019

Answer Like Jesus

Alan points out that Jesus didn’t always answer questions directly. Sometimes He took a different approach. Perhaps we can take a cue from Jesus since He’s the smartest person in history. Alan explains three ways we can answer tough questions in the way Jesus answered tough questions in His day.

Podcast Episode | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | June 15, 2019

Answer Like Jesus

For someone with all the answers, Jesus didn’t always respond directly to challenging questions. Sometimes He answered a question with another question. Sometimes He answered a different question.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | June 1, 2019

More Thoughts on Holy Sexuality

Alan continues from the last podcast to reflect on the ideas in Christopher Yuan’s book Holy Sexuality, then he answers a question about the suppression of truth and talks about principles for churches navigating issues of homosexuality.

Podcast Episode | Theology | Alan Shlemon | May 31, 2019

The Bulverism Blunder

Some people will argue you’re only a Christian because of some psychological or sociological reason. Here’s why that argument doesn’t prove anything about Christianity.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | May 1, 2019