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Everyone has doubts. So the question isn’t really, “Can Christians have doubts?” but rather, “What should we do when doubts come?”
When most people think of evangelism, they think of leading a person to Christ, but there is more to evangelism than this. Before there can be a harvest, there is always a season of gardening. Know the season and know your role.
Over the last decade as a Stand to Reason speaker, I’ve been yelled at, cursed at, and even threatened. Somehow, though, I haven’t yelled back, cursed back, or threatened anyone. In fact, I respond to such attacks in a rather calm way. How do I keep my cool? Here’s my secret: I let God take the heat.
Melinda: Welcome to the STRask Podcast. That's #strask. This is the short podcast – I keep Greg on a timer – about ethics, value, and religion. This is Melinda the Enforcer with Greg Koukl. Hi, Greg. Greg: Hi. You seem like you're in a cheerful mood today. Melinda: I guess so. Greg: A bit out of the ordinary.
Quite often after I have given one of my talks, a few people in attendance will push through the crowd so they can talk to me one-on-one. My time at a recent conference was no exception. At this event I had a mother approach me with a concerned look in her eyes and a hint of frustration in her voice. She said, “I agree with everything you just said, but I have an unsaved son and he will not listen to me. I’ve given him good arguments for Christianity, but he refuses to believe. Where do I go from here?”
You can answer the harshest critic you’ll ever face. October 1, 2014 Let me tell you why every church needs to care about apologetics—about defending the faith—other than that Scripture commands it, Jesus and the apostles practiced it, and it works. (I’ll set those points aside for now.)
The key is to get out of the hot seat, but still stay engaged, deftly shifting control of the conversation back to you while shifting the spotlight—and the pressure—back on him. By now you’re probably aware of the virtues of an STR approach named after the infamous Lieutenant Columbo. This bumbling and seemingly inept TV detective’s remarkable success was based on an innocent query: “Do you mind if I ask you a question?”
If you are courteous and offer something of substance, sometimes even hardcore atheists will take notice. August 1, 2014 Last fall I had an unforgettable conversation with a former French atheist named Guillaume who told me how God found him and what got his attention. One particular detail of his story offers an insight you might find helpful as you engage others with the claims of Christ. Let’s just call it the “surprise factor.”
Alan explains what it means to have good character when engaging in conversations regarding ethics, faith, and values.
Even with the popularity of the so-called “new atheists” – Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins— it’s clear to me that it’s no leap of faith to believe in God. I noticed something stunning a few years back while paging through Frederick Coppleston’s landmark work, A History of Philosophy, for a class. Virtually every major thinker in the history of western civilization since Aristotle was a deeply committed Christian theist.