Sharing Your Faith with Atheists Doesn’t Have to Be Scary
According to a 2016 Pew Research Center study, the number of Americans who identify as atheists has nearly doubled. As atheism has expanded, we’ve seen a rise of high-profile atheists. Outspoken personalities like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and the late Christopher Hitchens have proffered popular arguments against religion in general—and Christianity specifically.
The proliferation of atheist social-media groups has helped bolster the arguments of the average atheist, and empowered them to be more vocal about their beliefs.
While we shouldn’t be intimidated by vocal atheists, many in the church have found it difficult to defend their faith against them. They don’t feel prepared to debate an atheist, and when they try, it devolves into an argument.
The idea of talking to an atheist doesn’t have to fill you with fear. In fact, you can…
Why People are Reluctant to Talk about Their Christian Convictions
We recently sat down with Greg Koukl to talk about what prevents people from articulating their faith to non-believers. Take a look at what he said:
The best way to start
In the Tactics online course, Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver’s seat as you maneuver comfortably and graciously in any conversation about your Christian convictions.
In fact, we think this is so important that we’re giving away free access to the first lesson.
Two Competing Stories to the Christian Worldview
As Koukl explained, “[Christianity] is an account or a description or a depiction of the way things actually are” (23). And the way things actually are can be traced along a four-act story, familiar to many Koinonia readers: creation, fall, redemption, restoration.
Perhaps the most important part of this story is how it begins. Creation tells us how things began, where everything came from (including us), the reason for our origins, and what ultimate reality is like. Koukl explains it like this:
on the Christian view, God and the world—mind and matter—are two different kinds of things. Both are real. The first (God) is maker and sovereign over the second (everything else).…
What Is the Grand Story All About? – An Excerpt from the Story of Reality
In today’s excerpt from The Story of Reality, Greg Koukl explains that the main point of the story is God’s Kingdom. Read further to find out about our participation in it.
Did you ever wonder how to sum up the main theme of the Bible accurately in a single, simple concept? It’s right there in the first line: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Put simply, the Story starts with a Sovereign who creates a domain he benevolently rules over…There is a kingdom.
This is what the Story is all about. The main theme…
Koukl and Estes books Win in Outreach Magazine
Outreach Magazine Announces 7th Annual Outreach Resources of the Year
Outreach magazine is announcing the resources chosen for recognition in its 7th Annual Outreach Resources of the Year issue.
The Outreach Resources of the Year is a celebration of the best books, DVDs and curricula produced to help the Church and Christians reach out in areas such as evangelism, compassionate service and cross-cultural ministries.
Nearly 160 resources published between Nov. 1, 2008 and Oct. 31, 2009, were submitted to Outreach for consideration. Outreach editors narrowed the field to 110 nominees.
The magazine then enlisted the help of an expert for each of 12 categories. Each panelist independently evaluated the nominated resources in his or her area of expertise and selected the…
Greg Koukl Blog Tour Starts Today
Greg Koukl, author of TACTICS: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions, begins his blog tour today on http://www.challies.com He'll be stopping by a number of blogs this week to answer questions and share his passion for using "artful diplomacy" when discussing Christianity. The tour schedule is listed below:
Tues. 2/17 http://www.apologetics315.comTues. 2/17 http://rdtwot.wordpress.com/Wed. 2/18 http://www.truthbomb.blogspot.comWed. 2/18 http://www.apologetics.comThurs. 2/19 http://www.zondervan.typepad.com/koinoniaThurs. 2/19 http://midwestoutreach.org/blogs/Fri. 2/20 http://www.str.org/– he'll be answering questions via video-blog
Greg Koukl Blog Tour
—– TACTICS BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE —–Beginning Monday, Feb. 16 Greg Koukl will be touring the blogosphere in support of Tactics. Be sure to visit these sites and support Greg as he stops at each one to answer questions and share his passion for diplomacy instead of D-Day. Throughout the tour Greg will be answering questions provided by Koinonia readers. The tour will make a stop here on Thursday, 2/19.
Mon. 2/16 http://www.challies.com
Tues. 2/17 http://www.apologetics315.comTues. 2/17 http://rdtwot.wordpress.com/Wed. 2/18 http://www.truthbomb.blogspot.comWed. 2/18 http://www.apologetics.comThurs. 2/19 http://www.zondervan.typepad.com/koinoniaThurs. 2/19 http://midwestoutreach.org/blogs/Fri. 2/20…