Apologetics

John F. Bettler  - Blog Post  - Aug 10, 2011

Christianity scandalizes the world. The cross offends (1 Cor. 1:23). But as the world changes, the cross shocks in different ways. To the Greeks, the idea that a dying man could save the world was foolishness. For the Jews, death on the cross was cursed by God. In medieval times, the idea of total forgiveness through the cross without meritorious works was unbelievable. To the modern man, it is simply irrational and unprovable.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - May 04, 2011

Biblical counseling has a history of being picky about words. Sometimes it sounded as if we had our own version of George Carlin’s dirty word list. For example, off limits were terms like: self-esteem, needs, psychological, or any psychiatric diagnosis unless you were going to critique it a bit first.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jun 17, 2010

And what if the Bible is a myth, like all other speculation about the unseen? Or, as someone said to me this week, “What difference does it make? Pray, don’t pray – Is there really a God who hears?” After all, we can’t actually see Jesus.

We are people who can doubt. I can, this man had his doubts, and I suspect we aren’t alone. A curious feature of hard times is that they bring out both the inner theist in people, as in “Why did God do this to me?” and the inner atheist, as in, “Where is God? Does he even exist?” They can even make their appearance simultaneously.

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Tim Keller  - Web Article  - Jun 01, 2010

SUMMARY

The works of the Puritans are a rich resource for biblical counselors because:

  1. The Puritans were committed to the functional authority of the Scripture. For them it was the comprehensive manual for dealing with all problems of the heart.
  2. The Puritans developed a sophisticated and sensitive system of diagnosis for personal problems, distinguishing a variety of physical, spiritual, tempermental and demonic causes.
  3. The Puritans developed a remarkable balance in their treatment because they were not invested in any one ‘personality theory’ other than biblical teaching about the heart.
  4. The Puritans were realistic about difficulties of the Christian life, especially conflicts with remaining, indwelling sin.
  5. The Puritans looked not just at behavior but at underlying root motives and desires. Man is a worshipper; all problems grow out of ‘sinful imagination’ or idol manufacturing.
  6. The Puritans considered the essential spiritual remedy to be belief in the gospel, used in both repentance and the development of proper self-understanding.
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Ken Sande  - Web Article  - Aug 18, 2009

Part 1 of 3

“As we interact with other people, we must constantly make judgments about their words and actions so that we can respond to them appropriately. But the Bible warns that we are prone to look for the worst in people at times, and we judge them more critically than they deserve. This article by Ken Sande provides practical ways to guard against this tendency and to follow Jesus' example of making accurate and charitable judgments about others.”i

I Knew It!

“I knew he was too proud to take criticism,” thought Anne, “and now I have proof!”

On the previous Sunday, Anne had dropped a prayer card in the offering plate asking her pastor to stop in and pray with her when she went to the hospital for some minor surgery. When he failed to come by, she called the church secretary and learned that her pastor had already been to the hospital that day to see another church member.

“So he has no excuse!” she thought. “He was in the building and knew I needed his support, but still he ignored me. He’s resented me ever since I told him his sermons lack practical application. Now he’s getting back at me by ignoring my spiritual needs. And he calls himself a shepherd!”

After brooding over his rejection for three days, Anne sat down Saturday evening and wrote a letter confronting her pastor about his pride, defensiveness and hypocrisy. As she sealed the envelope, she could not help thinking about the conviction he would feel when he opened his mail.

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John F. Bettler  - Premium Resource  - Jan 01, 1997

"Whereas consumerism appeals to greed, pop psychology panders to need.… The greedy self and the needy self flourish in a world that has lost its moral center." "In every age God calls His people to be champions for the truth." The standards of ministry needed to keep the truth alive are four: [1] exegetical excellence, [2] theological robustness, [3] apologetic awareness, [4] ministerial helpfulness.

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Jan 01, 1996

Raises points where frank, cordial debate and discussion is needed among those committed to biblical counseling: (1) How do we help non-Christians?; (2) what is the place of psychotropic medications?; (3) How much attention should we pay to situational factors that affect counselees?; (4) How do we interact with secular knowledge, theory, and practice? [Letter to the editor in response in 15:2]

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William P. Smith  - Premium Resource  - Jan 01, 1996

I needed the clarity, beauty, power, insights, and grace that biblical counseling provides, but I also needed apologetic  arguments to help convince me it is true and sufficient. The first section looks at various authors who have written defenses of biblical counseling or critiques of modern psychologies (Adams, Vitz, Kilpatrick, Bobgan, Powlison Ganz, Bulkley, Owen, and Almy). Identifies each author's central concerns and arguments, and the audience that each approach is likely to reach.

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David Powlison  - Premium Resource  - Jan 01, 1995

Introduction to special issue on doing apologetics with psychologized people. We want to persuade believers and practitioners of the "secular practical theologies" (the modern psychologies) to convert to biblical wisdom. There have been many searching and sophisticated criticisms of the field of psychology in general and of efforts by evangelicals to "integrate" psychology with Christian faith. How do we reach psychologized people? We must want to, in the first place. We must put ours elves in their shoes.

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