Pastoral Apologetics

Pastoral Apologetics My approach to apologetics is founded in the assumption that most people are not asking the types of questions that philosophers are asking. They are not trying to work out if there are proofs that there is a God. We have been conditioned into thinking that this is a reasonable question to askContinue reading “Pastoral Apologetics”

Whose questions are we answering?

“Jesus is the answer” was a popular Christian poster back in the late 20th century.  “But what was the question?” was an equally popular graffiti response. Now as it happens, I believe firmly that Jesus is indeed the answer to the questions people have and to the root problem behind every problem this world faces.Continue reading “Whose questions are we answering?”

Giving advice

Here are some thoughts on giving advice and opinions, especially in a church context. The first thing to say is that it is best not to offer unsolicited advice, it is very rarely welcome. Indeed, often when people tell you something, they are not particularly looking for advice. They are looking for three things TheContinue reading “Giving advice”

Asking the unreasonable questions – Coronavirus

A little while back, I pointed out that we don’t ask the seemingly unreasonable questions and so we don’t get to do the real deep analysis that helps us solve problems. In that specific context, I was talking about the investigation into PHE’s reporting of COVID-19 related deaths outside of hospital.  I suggested that weContinue reading “Asking the unreasonable questions – Coronavirus”

Apologetics during a Pandemic

Yesterday at Afternoon Tea, we talked about how we share our faith at a time like this and particularly about apologetics.  Apologetics is about being able to articulate reasons for what you believe. It is about being able to answer difficult questions, defend your position and also challenge the beliefs and presuppositions of others. AsContinue reading “Apologetics during a Pandemic”