How I Teach Apologetics In Our Homeschool

It’s no secret apologetics are a crucial part of our homeschool. I’ve shared on previous occasions the reasons why having a biblical foundation is critical to prevent losing our kids to the world. Teaching Apologetics Is A Priority in Our Homeschool I picked up Already Gone by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer after a conference a few years ago. In this book, Ken and Britt uncover the reasons why young people are loosing their faith, even while attending Sunday school. I’ve read it a few times over the years and the statistics are eye-opening. In the last three years, I’ve seen a rapid increase in the number of kids we once knew as good church kids, walk away from the church and from Christ. This realization, prompted me to be more intentional about preparing my girls to defend their faith in the event it would ever be questioned. I formally introduced apologetics in our homeschool this spring. How I Teach Apologetics and How You Can Too We spend a dedicated 30 to 45 minutes twice a week discussing topics like the reliability of the Bible, a literal 6 day creation, the existence of God, absolute truth, etc. We start our time with prayer, followed by a quickREAD MORE

This week I had the opportunity to preview the “Is Genesis History?” documentary. Is Genesis History? is a compelling documentary that makes a case for the reliability of scripture. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I’m a huge advocate of teaching children apologetics and defending a Biblical worldview. (I received a digital copy of this film for review purposes, all opinions are my own.) More importantly my goal is to encourage you to teach your children to take the Bible literally. Every. Single. Word. The Bible tells us that: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17  Go back and read that one more time, but this time read it out loud and focus on these three words: all, complete, every. These words speak of absolutes, therefore we must take them as such. The passage does not say “some scripture is given by inspiration of God….that the man of God may be unfinished, thoroughly equipped for a little bit of work”.  If it did not many of usREAD MORE

Am I Really Called To Defend The Christian Faith? defines defend as resist an attack made on (someone or something); protect from harm or danger.  When was the last time your faith was under attack? Turn on the news or log-on to any social media outlet and I guarantee your faith will be under attack immediately. When I originally expressed an interest in this thing called Apologetics, I got one of two responses from most people: Why does God need your help to defend the Christian faith? Is this just about proving you’re right and winning the argument? Obviously, God does not need my help, and it’s not about winning an argument, but it is about winning something else. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about defending our faith. While there are many passages in scripture with a clear call to defend the faith, one of my favorite calls to action is in the book of Jude. Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. I say this becauseREAD MORE

The Delightful Marriage Between Faith And Reason

(This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) Can faith and reason work as one? Some say “Faith begins where reason ends”. This statement implies that faith and reason contradict one another, that they are divided and cannot coexist. However, this statement is far from the truth. Faith and reason complement one another, and the bible calls us to have both faith and reason. “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” Galatians 3:11 So why are so many Christians divided between the two? Webster defines faith as a the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting on his authority and veracity, without other evidence and it defines reason as that which is thought or which is alleged in words, as the ground or cause of opinion. These definitions are not conflicting; on theREAD MORE

What is Christian Apologetics?

(This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) The word apologetics, originates from the Greek word apologia. Though it sounds like the English word ‘apology’, the meaning is significantly different. Apologia was the term used when making a legal defense in an ancient court. It is a careful defense of one’s beliefs or actions. It is not a regretful acknowledgement of an offense or failure. Christian apologetics then, is the defense of the Christian faith. We defend the faith through logic and evidence based arguments. We are called to love God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind. Therefore, if we are to love Him with our mind, we need to know and have the ability to articulate why we believe what we believe. As we embark on this year long series, we will explore the world of apologetics one small bite at a time. In the hope that parents will begin to teach young children more than just stories, and guide them to the feet of the Father. In this month’s apologetics posts, we will discuss the following topics: The Delightful Marriage Between Faith And Reason Am I Really Called To Defend The Christian Faith?READ MORE

Eleven years ago, I left a job at a company I loved, because my faith was under attack. I was mocked, and wrongly accused, yet the worst part was lacking the words to articulate my belief in Christ; and not having the ability defend my faith. This experience later inspired me to seek answers that would not just allow me to communicate clearly, but to have the ability to make a case for Christ and to even possibly persuade further discussion with an unbeliever. There are many reasons why apologetics should be a priority in every Christian home; last week I shared 5 reasons why you should teach apologetics to your children. If you haven’t yet, I urge you to read last week’s post. Now that you understand the importance of apologetics in your home, I’ll share my top 10 kid friendly resources. Cold-Case Christianity for Kids – This free interactive website allows kids to investigate Jesus and the case for God with a real detective (J. Warner Wallace). There is also a book companion for kids ages 8 to 12. The Truth Project – My favorite resource by far, due to the complexity of some of the topics, I’dREAD MORE

5 Reasons Why You Should Teach Apologetics To Your Children

Apologetics have become a very important part of my life. I’m the type of person that needs to fully understand the why, behind every because. For ten years I’ve read countless books on Christian theology, attended conferences, and taken classes at church. I can say whole-heartedly say that I know why I believe what I believe, however it wasn’t until recently that I felt a calling to share not only what I’ve learned, but to urge my family to always be ready. Studies show we are losing our kids to the world in elementary, middle school, and high school and not in just in college as previously thought. I want to challenge you into digging into God’s word deeper. I want to encourage you to teach your children more than Bible stories, and I want to help you promote a true desire for knowing God personally through His word and His creation. 1. Teach apologetics to encourage a well-rooted foundation. If you’re a believer, you’ve either read or narrated the Genesis account of creation to your children. We see it as history, as fact, as truth and we present it as such. When our children are young, they believe every word,READ MORE