Seven Thoughts on Apologetics in a New Age

I recently had the privilege of presenting several workshops at the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville’s annual Pastor’s Conference. In particular, I was asked to speak on How Apologetics Can Strengthen Families and Youth.

I chose to focus on what I believe are seven new realities from when I grew up.

The Ubiquity of the Cell-Phone and the Arts.A Change in Values in Our Country.A New Minority Status.A Need for a Clear and Compelling Christian Sexual Ethic.We Need to Think Clearly about the Inoculation Theory.We Need to Think Clearly about our Goals.We Need to Think Clearly about our Strategies.

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Repentance: God’s Loving Invitation to Refreshment

We may think of the word repent as an outdated term, associated with men who walked around downtown with sandwich boards proclaiming, “Repent for the end is at hand.” The term seems odd, patriarchal, narrow-minded, and restrictive

I think what you will find in this short sermon is that it is a very relevant term. Relevant for your life, relevant for your growth and relevant for your family. 

To repent is to have a change of mind that results in a change of direction.  It admits there is a standard that we are not meeting up too. And it is a loving call to change. I think you will be edified as you listen to this podcast 

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Book Summary: Teaching to Change Lives

These words that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Teach them diligently to your children. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Fathers (and by implication mothers) are to teach the Word of God diligently to our children. Indeed a church has this divine responsibility.

Unfortunately, too often this teaching is B…O….R…I….N…..G. We think about what to teach but not how to teach.

The late Howard Hendricks was a beloved and influential teacher in the last quarter of the 20th century. His Teaching to Change Lives is a classic work not on what to teach but on how to teach. Though written a humorous style that may seem a little dated, this is a classic and accessible work. It will help you become a better teacher. […]

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Greater Than Do

I am a person who likes to work. I love ministry. I don’t work for validation, I work because I truly enjoy it. Indeed, we find that hard work is commended by the Bible.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. Eccl 9:10Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance. Col 3:23-24Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Cor 15:58

But there is a danger with this temperament as a Christian. That danger is to make myself the center of the story, to believe that it all who […]

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Dr. David Murray: Helping Our Children Read the Bible

Dr. David Murray has written a helpful resource to help children seven to twelve years-old read the Bible on a regular basis. It is entitled Exploring the Bible.

Listen in as we talk about it.

In addition, we talk about his book Christians Get Depressed Too.

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The Disciple-Making Parent will give you confidence in your parenting.

If you are a parent, God […]


Help! I Caught My Son Looking at Porn – Episode 2

Well, it happened again.

I received a call from a church leader I know fairly well
that lives in another part of the country. During a routine update of filtering
software, he and wife discovered his 16 year-old son had disabled it. In
addition, his son had been lying about other things including his schoolwork. Now
this was all out in the open and the family was in tatters.

Since I could visualize his situation with my friend, I expanded on some similar things I had said in this article to the mother of a younger son.

1. See this as an opportunity to pray fervently for his walk. The first question my friend asked was, “How can you tell if someone growing up in a Christian home is saved?” I […]


Valentine’s Day and Christian Dads or Why I Still Send Valentine’s Gifts to My Daughters

Valentine’s Day is coming up next week. And I am the poorer for it. 

There is something about knowing florists, card-makers, and restaurants make a killing off this self-declared holiday that drives me a little crazy. Each year I stare it in the face and waver. But my kind wife gives me a little push. And I am glad she does.

Each Valentine’s Day, my single adult daughters receive a significant gift from us. Why? 

Because the truth of the matter is that Valentine’s Day celebrates romantic love. That’s great if you have a valentine. But if you don’t, it can be a prolonged cultural reminder that you are somehow deficient. You are missing a valentine to care for you.  You are somehow less than complete. 

The Bible does celebrate marriage and romantic love. But it also […]


Love the Ones You’re With: One Way Jesus Shows Off His Glory

We all know that God calls us to love our family. But what if there was a reason deeper than we knew that could motivate our love? In this podcast we are going to spend some time thinking about Jesus’ command that his disciples should love one another as he loved them. 

This is a profound command and impossible apart from the Spirit. But it is even more profound when we start thinking about loving, not some person at church but my family. My husband, my wife, my child. It is vital we do love each other with an agape love. Our children and the world are watching. 

I think you are going to discover encouragement and a new perspective on loving those who may be the […]


Jen Wilkin – Building Community in the Home

I had the privilege of hearing Jen Wilkin at the 2018 ERLC Convention. Her talk on building community was excellent. It will be worth your time.

Jen Wilkin – Building Community in the Home

Her main points.

Community comes through shared rules.Community comes through shared responsibility.Community comes through shared language.Community comes through shared affection.Community comes through shared time. Community comes through a shared faith.

If you are a parent, God has given you eternal souls to influence. In today’s culture, you need a strategy.

The Disciple-Making Parent will give you confidence in your parenting.


Shepherding Your Spouse and Children: Ideas and Resources from David Michael

Do you want to grow in your role as the family shepherd? What are just a few tools that could equip you for this vital task? 

I sat down with my friend David Michael co-founder of Truth78 and talked about several things he has practiced, still practices, and encourages the church where he serves as Pastor of the Next Generation. 

Listen in to this podcast to hear how he prayed over his children as they grew up and how he equips parents, and particularly fathers, to help prepare their children for believer’s baptism.

You are going to be challenged by this conversation.

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