Apologetics

You Don’t Need Graduation to Wear a Tassel

After countless hours of meticulous work, they were finished. 600 tassel key chains all custom adorned with a SHINE tag that had been hand-stamped by a member of our team. Every.single.letter. — hand-stamped. That is 600 tags x5 letters each, totaling 3000 gentle taps of the little hammer thingy-mar-bopper, not to mention attaching the tassels to the tags and adding the chains and clips. Like I said, COUNTLESS hours. I wasn’t a part of this particular process, but boy did…

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Soak up the SON

I feel like I’ve been in recovery for the last nine days.  March 10th came and went like a SHINEtastic whirlwind of emotion, exhilaration and exhaustion.  Ministering to over 500 teen girls and their mamas is no easy task, but so very worth it. Every time I invest myself in planning and executing an event, really of any scale, I always learn more than I’m privileged to teach.  This time was no exception.  While I could carry on for hours…

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The World’s Gone Nuts!

“The World’s Gone Nuts! A Seminar on How to Engage a Post-Christian America” will be hosted by First Baptist Church in Potosi, MO on Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the church auditorium. Christian apologist and Potosi native, Klinton Silvey, will present this free seminar. In this seminar, attendees can expect to learn: how to avoid intellectual traps in the not-so-civil-movement tips for discussing Biblical principles effectively where we fit in the big picture why…

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Why College students are Really Leaving the Church

I’ve read several articles on the subject of  “Why the youth leave the church.”  Usually the articles give reasons such as, “They were never really saved,” or “they were never taught the importance of fellowship,” or “they weren’t discipled,” and the lists go on. While I don’t think the points made in the articles are incorrect, I do believe most of the lists are incomplete and do not adequately address one of  the biggest reasons people leave the church after…

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Unacceptable Answers for Your Thinking Teens

I spent Dec. 29–31 at the Youth Alive conference in St. Louis. About 300 students from Missouri youth groups were in attendance. It’s been more than a week since the conference, but I’m still recovering as I was a room sponsor for my home church, was on the Questions and Answers panel, taught a breakout session and played bass in the band. I’d like to share with you something I learned at this conference. The youth group students in your…

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This is Really Just a Facebook “Rant”

I’ve noticed a really strange trend in popular Christianity. Many people will say that people who hold to certain interpretations of things like Genesis, Revelation, free will/irresistable grace are crazy/nuts/dumb/heretics or at the very least incredibly dangerous to the faith. BUT THEN, I see these same people quote and laud and applaud popular teachers such as Keller, Piper, C.S. Lewis, or Ravi Zacharias and more about how great they are not knowing that these guys would hold to many of…

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What I learned at the Truth Revealed Conference

On Sept. 14 and 15, Central Baptist Church hosted the Truth Revealed Conference featuring nationally known speakers and authors Dr. Al Mohler, Dr. Robert Smith and Dr. Mac Brunson. Worship was led by the Central Baptist Church choir and orchestra. The theme for the sermons of this year all dealt with living out the Christian faith in a post-Christian culture. It would be impossible for me to provide an adequate summary of each session, but I would like to express…

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The Giant Hole in My Apologetic

Although I believe that apologetics ministries are very important in our world as a way of “preparing the soil” for evangelism, I think there is another area that is much more important. While the specialty field of  “apologetics” often involves using philosophy, science, existential experience etc. to defend the reasonableness of the Christian faith, an apologetic is simply an explanation or a defense of a belief. Any time someone tries to explain why they believe — or even clarify what…

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No-bite Christianity

As John David Smith reported at the BMA of America National meeting, the United States is one of the only countries in the world where, overall, the church is in decline. There are plenty of theories available  as to why this is happening, but here is one more anyway. As a whole, I think American churches fit the cliché “all bark and no bite.” I actually think there are a great number of pastors who preach good doctrine. We have…

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House of Cards Christianity

Have you ever built a house of cards? It isn’t easy because it doesn’t take much to knock the whole thing down. If you pull out one card, even if that card is on the top of the “house,” you have a good chance of making the entire thing collapse. Unfortunately, sometimes I see the Christian faith taught in a way that makes it look like a house-of-cards faith. Let me explain, starting with the good news. There is only…

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