RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

Videos & Podcasts

Alissa Childers – Alissa does a lot of work to address the dangers and pernicious lies found in
"progressive Christianity." This movement is dangerous because it undermines the authority of God's word; denies important parts of the gospel including substitutionary atonement; replaces biblical sexuality with an entirely new morality; and tries to conform scripture to what is popular in contemporary society.

          Alissa's Testimony - Alissa tells the story of her Christian past and how, at one point, she ended

          up at a progressive church. At this church, the pastor sought to share some "special

          messages" with a core group of people. Alissa accepted an invited to join this group and she

          ended up being fed information that troubled her faith. After discovering apologetics, she was

          able to get focused back on Jesus and what the gospel is really all about.

Christopher Yuan – Christopher is a believer in Jesus who experiences same-sex attraction. As a result, he is in a good position to speak on issues related to homosexuality, and sexuality in general. He emphasizes the importance, not of heterosexuality over homosexuality, but rather "holy-sexuality" over anything else. 

          Yuan Family Testimony - Christopher grew up in a non-Christian Taiwanese-American home.

          When his parents found out about his homosexual desires, they were not happy. His mother

          became a believer later in life and this produced in her a new love and compassion for her

          son. She began to fervently pray for her son (and husband) to become followers of Jesus.

          These prayers were eventually answered when Christopher decided to believe. His story was a

          tumultuous one though; for several years he was in jail after being arrested for drug dealing.

Brady Cone - Brady Cone also focuses on issues surrounding LGBTQ issues. He has also experienced same-sex desires and so is also in a good position to address these issues. His podcast - The Great Exchange - covers a variety of different topics including pornography, singleness, transgenderism, preferred pronouns, etc.

David Wood - Dr. David Wood focuses a lot on Islam. He has a very strong approach that some find too harsh. However he does a good job of presenting his information in an interesting manner that is engaging for many people. He became well known after God used him to lead his Ahmadi-Muslim friend, Nabeel Qureshi, to Christ. I think David shares a lot of important information although I do wish he would spend more time explaining the gospel and talking about God's love for Muslims. David has moved his content off of YouTube but you can still find many of his videos through other people's channels.

          David's Testimony - David's youth was very troubled. At one point he even tried to kill his

          father. When he was in jail, the life of another inmate impacted him so deeply that he     

          gave his life to Christ. After that David was a changed man. He became passionate to share

          the gospel with everyone including his Muslim friend at university, Nabeel Qureshi.

Nabeel Qureshi - Nabeel sadly passed away in September 2017. He was still a young man. But during his short life he had a significant impact on many people. As a former Ahmadi-Muslim he spent a lot of time explaining the problems with Islam and the reasons he converted to Christianity.

          Series at Biola University

          Five years before Nabeel's passing he did a series on Islam at Biola University. This series is

          available in the list below. Be aware though that some of the subjects might be a little difficult

          to follow and understand if you don't know much about Islam.

          Nabeel's Testimony - Nabeel grew up in a devout Ahmadi-Muslim household. His family lived   

          in America but were of Pakistani heritage. While growing up, Nabeel memorized significant

          portions of the Quran and learned how to convert Christians. But one day he met a Christian

          who was unlike any others. His name was David Wood and David knew a lot about the 

          apologetic issues in respect to their two faiths. This led Nabeel into many years of study and

          debate with his friend. Eventually he decided to give his life to Christ. 

          Islamic Practices and Beliefs - title is self explanatory but keep in mind that some content can 

          be challenging to understand without any knowledge of Islam.

          Sharia, Hadith, and Islamic History - title is self explanatory but keep in mind that some

          content can be challenging to understand without any knowledge of Islam.

          The Text of the Qur’an - title is self explanatory but keep in mind that some content can be

          challenging to understand without any knowledge of Islam.

          Difficulties with the Historical Muhammad - title is self explanatory but keep in mind that

          some content can be challenging to understand without any knowledge of Islam.

          Understanding the Violence in Islam - title is self explanatory but keep in mind that some

          content can be challenging to understand without any knowledge of Islam.

          Jesus in Islam vs. Jesus in Christianity - title is self explanatory but keep in mind that some

          content can be challenging to understand without any knowledge of Islam.

Jon McCray - Whaddo you Meme? - Jon has a variety of different issues that he speaks about on his YouTube channel called "Whaddo you Meme?"

          Bible and Slavery - does the Bible support slavery? How should those "pesky" verses be

          understood?

William Lane Craig - Reasonable Faith - Dr. Craig is arguably the top Christian apologist in the world today and his ministry is called "Reasonable Faith." He has lots of articles, books and videos available online. One area he particularly excels at is formal debates. You can watch these by simply typing his name and "debates" into YouTube. Be aware though that some of these interactions can be difficult to follow if you have little knowledge of the issues being addressed. His main focus has been on arguments for the existence of God, and historical arguments for Jesus' resurrection from the dead.

         Interview with Dr. Craig - a great and easy-to-understand interview in which Craig shares  

          about his life and addresses some key issues.

Websites

Stand to Reason – An apologetics ministry led by Greg Koukl and his team. The website has a number of articles on a wide variety of issues, great podcasts and an online store with some wonderful books, DVDs, etc. The podcasts are great for people who aren’t into reading books.

Unbelievable? – A podcast by Premier Christian Radio and hosted by Justin Brierley; features moderated debate/discussion between many of the top experts (both Christian and non-Christian) on a wide variety of issues. Some of the subjects can be difficult to understand but you can pick and choose which podcasts you listen to.

Reasonable Faith – A ministry led by Dr. William Lane Craig who is, arguably, the top Christian apologist in the world today. His website features two great podcasts (including his Sunday school class which teaches systematic theology from an apologetics perspective), many great articles (both scholarly and lay level), and more. If you want to watch some excellent debates just type his name into YouTube. Be aware though, that some of the stuff that Dr. Craig puts out is quite advanced and more suitable for those who want to get past the basics.

Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design - There are three main views that Christians take on this issue which are listed below. The fourth view (Intelligent Design) is an umbrella view encompassing both the Young Earth and Old Earth views.


Young Earth Creationism – Answers in Genesis  &  Institute for Creation Research

Old Earth Creationism – Reasons to Believe

Theistic Evolution / Evolutionary Creationism – Biologos

Intelligent Design – Discovery Institute  or  (https://evolutionnews.org)

Reasonable Faith with William Lane Craig
Living Out Ministries
Unbelievable? podast

Be Thinking – Lots of articles on many different issues (i.e. not just apologetics); a good place to start studying apologetics. 
 

Living Out – A website dealing with issues of homosexuality and related sexual issues.
 

Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry – Lots of information on a variety of issues.
 

A few more sites worth mentioning:

Jewish Apologetics: askdrbrown.org  &  realmessiah.com

Muslim Apologetics: http://www.unchangingword.com/ 

&   http://www.answering-islam.org/

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries: http://www.rzim.org/

One Minute Apologist: www.youtube.com/user/oneminuteapologist


Other good ministries:

www.probe.org ; http://www.aomin.org/ ; http://www.apologetics315.com/ ; http://www.gotquestions.org/; https://www.kirkdurston.com/

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Books

 

Beginner Level

Be aware  that some of these books are also available in audio form at places like audible.com.

Tactics book
Who Made God? book
Is God Anti-Gay? book

 

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions, by Gregory Koukl

This book is not so much about informing you of answers but rather a guide to navigating conversations so that you can disagree with others in a way that is respectful and civil. 

Thinking? Answering Life’s Five Biggest Questions, by Andy Steiger
A great book that deals with many of the most common issues that people raise. 

 

The Reason for God, by Timothy Keller

The title of this book is slightly misleading as it deals with a number of common objections to faith in Christ and not just the existence of God. (e.g. “There can’t be just one true religion.”)

 

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek

 

Who Made God? And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith, by Norman

Geisler and Ravi Zacharias

 

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels, by J. Warner Wallace

Wallace is a cold-case detective who converted from atheism to Christianity. 

 

God and the Transgender Debate: What does the Bible actually say about gender identity?, by Andrew Walker

Is God Anti-Gay?, by Sam Allberry
 

Intermediate-Beginner Level

There are many more books which could be listed here; these are just a small sampling.

Reasonable Faith book
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus book
Reasoning from the Scriptures book
God's Undertaker book

 

Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics, by William Lane Craig

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, by Nabeel Qureshi

 

Reasoning from the Scriptures with the ________, by Ron Rhodes

Note: This is a series of books that address religious groups like Jehovah’s Witnesses and

Mormons. For example, the title of one book is Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Mormons.

God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, by John Lennox

A response to the New Atheism and an excellent defence of design arguments for God’s existence.

The Case for ______, by Lee Strobel

Note: This is a series of books that address fundamental issues of the Christian faith such as the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, the existence of God, etc. The original book title was The Case for Christ

 

Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World, by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell

More Book Recommendations:
https://apologetics315.com/2009/11/recommended-apologetics-book-directory/
 

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