Ep. 192: What Does It Mean to Be “Unequally Yoked”?

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On this episode, Nate answered this question:

– What did Paul mean when he said to not “unequally yoke” yourself in 2 Corinthians 6:14 and how should I apply it today? (:28)

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Ep. 191: How Should Christians Engage Conspiracy Theories?

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On this first episode of 2020:

Monologue: A Clear Lens Will Help You Make a Difference for Christ (:28)
Nate welcomes Gene and Logan (7:16)
Book Giveaway: (10:16)
Game Time: Which Mandalorian Character Are You? (13:36)
Topic: How Should Christians Engage Conspiracy Theories? (20:03)

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If You Want Your Apologetics to be Effective, Don’t Skip this Step!

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As a public high school teacher, and a Christian, I’ve had to navigate difficult environments. I’ve taught gang members, students with behavioral issues and mental disorders, as well as students who just hate everything about school. They walk in, plop down in the back of the room, fold their arms, and sigh loudly. When I see that, I realize that I’m already at a disadvantage with these folks.

This is no different than our experiences as Christians in today’s culture. As soon as we tell people we are Christian, or talk about Jesus, the Bible, or our faith, they fold their arms and shut down on us.

Over the years I’ve learned how to get people engaged with my message. The first step is getting a person to trust you. If someone trusts you they will confer upon you the authority to speak. If someone does not trust you, they won’t listen. No matter how perfect or logically valid your message is, if you have not established their trust, people will dismiss you. This is often why nobody changes their mind in a disagreement on social media. The first, crucial step of establishing trust is skipped over to get right to the argument.

Don’t skip this important, first step! Trust opens the ears of your audience. You might be wondering, “How do I get somebody to trust me?” The answer is counterintuitive and yet surprisingly simple: Stop making speeches and start asking the right questions. Asking the right questions tests and tills the soil of a person’s heart to receive the Gospel. There are two reasons for this:

Questions develop relationship: The ancient Roman poet Publilius Syrus once wrote, “We are interested in others when they are interested in us.” If you treat your conversations like you would a first date and ask the right questions, you are instantly showing someone you care about them. Why? Because asking questions shows a person that you care enough about them and their thoughts to hear what they think. And you appreciate them enough to listen intently to what they have to say. Asking a question has the power to bring down walls of defenses and to keep the person you’re talking to actively engaged.

Questions can be an excellent teacher: Jesus, the ultimate Teacher, asked folks a lot of questions. Sure, He gave speeches but He also posed effective questions and let people wrestle with their implications. I think this is because Jesus knew that asking the right questions is an excellent method of teaching people what you want them to know. Galileo said it best: “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.” Sure, you can explain to someone why they’re wrong about their beliefs but there’s a great chance they’ll clam up, fold their arms, and shut down. If you ask a leading question that exposes a flaw in your friend’s thinking, and your friend can’t answer it, he is faced with an uncomfortable dread, what Francis Schaeffer described as standing, “naked and wounded before the truth of what is.” That is a much more effective teacher than any speech you could ever make!

Takeaway: If people don’t trust you, they won’t listen to your apologetic or evangelistic message. Develop trust first by asking the right questions and you’ll have easier and more productive conversations for Christ in today’s culture.

For more information on effectively communicating your Christian faith in today’s culture, check out First Date Evangelism.

Classic Episode: Countdown to the New Year

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Check out the great conversation on this classic New Year’s Eve episode (originally aired 12/27/17)!

Nate welcomes Gene and Logan (:39)
What did Nate get for Christmas? (5:35)
What are your plans for Christmas vacation? (9:31)
Talking to Amazon’s Alexa about apologetics, Christmas, Star Wars & other stuff (11:57)
Amazon’s Alexa Gives Top 5 Facts About The Last Jedi You Did Not Know (15:39)
Worldview Analysis: The Last Jedi (18:10)
Game Time: Ultimate 2017 Trivia (33:13)
Top 3 Movies/TV Shows of 2017 (43:28)
Top 3 A Clear Lens Posts/Podcasts of 2017 (57:02)
Top 3 Books of 2017 (1:04:54)

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Classic Episode: Christmas 2016

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So many fun goodies in this classic jumbo episode (originally aired 12/20/16)!

Brock Sleighs Christmas (Skit) (:01)
Nate welcomes Gene and Logan (3:22)
ACL Christmas Special (Skit) (9:25)
Q&A: Does Exodus 21 not think miscarriages are important? (19:26)
Game Time: Name that Christmas Song (26:37)
Topic 1: Should Christians help every panhandler on the street? (44:08)
Topic 2: What constitutes grounds for leaving a church? (1:08:34)*Extra: Nate & son singing Jingle Bells (1:34:16)

Helpful articles discussed on the show:

“Give to Street People in Christianity Today”
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/january/18.60.html?start=1

“Should You Give Money to Homeless People?”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/03/should-you-give-money-to-homeless-people/72820/

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Ep. 188: How Should I Respond When Someone Says Presuppositional Apologetics Is Circular?

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On this episode, Nate answers these questions:

– How should I respond when my family member keeps complaining that God let bad things happen to them? (4:10)
– Why does God think it’s wrong when others pursue their own religions sincerely? (18:12)

– What would you say to the non-believer who says that presuppositional apologetics is circular? (34:01)

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Ep. 187: How Did We Get Our Christmas Traditions?

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On this episode:

Monologue: What does Jesus want for His birthday? (:28)
Nate welcomes Gene (7:00)

Nate News (11:27)
Game Time: Christmas Movie Trivia (15:43)
Topic: How Did We Get Our Christmas Traditions? (27:50)

Enter to win a free copy of the 10th Anniversary of Tactics. Stay tuned to the end of the episode to learn how to win the book!

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Ep. 186: How Can I Get My Apathetic Kids to Lean Into the Gospel?

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On this episode, Nate answers these questions:

– God created the sun on Day Four in Genesis 1. So what was the light for the first 3 days? (2:18)
– How would you suggest I start an apologetics group at my local church? (11:57)

– How can I get my apathetic kids to lean into the Gospel? (23:21)

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Ep. 185: Wayne Grudem Changed His Mind about Biblical Divorce

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On this episode:

Monologue: Who Should I Spend Time Engaging (:28)
Nate welcomes Gene and Logan (6:59)
Apologetics 101: 3 Questions to Ask (10:13)
Topic: Wayne Grudem Changed His Mind about Biblical Divorce (17:16)

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Ep. 184: Why Did God Put the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden?

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On this episode, Nate answers these questions:

– How do I initially start conversations with First Date Evangelism? (2:48)
– My church wants me to evangelize everywhere I go. What do you think about that? (9:52)

– What effect has “moral relativism” had on evangelism? (17:30)
– Why did God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden? (24:20)

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