You don’t have to be a jerk to be an apologist. In fact, if you’re being a jerk, you’re not doing apologetics in a biblical way, because biblical apologetics calls Christians to defend the faith in “meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15b). So how can you be an apologist without being a jerk? One of […][Read More...]
Garrick Bailey and Timothy Paul Jones: Resurrection-Centered Apologetics
This episode begins with the infancy of Jesus and ends with his resurrection. It’s Garrick who brings up the infancy of Jesus, and it happens in the Raiders of Church History segment in a manner that’s far more awkward than Timothy anticipated. This episode is the first—and hopefully the last—time that lactation has ever been […][Read More...]
Garrick Bailey and Timothy Paul Jones: Did the Council of Nicaea Choose the Books in My Bible?
The books of the Bible were selected in the year 325 at the Council of Nicaea, right? That’s what a lot of Christians seem to think. But is this story true? And, if it isn’t true, how did the tale of a council that created the canon begin in the first place?[Read More...]
J. Warner Wallace: What Could We Know About Jesus If Every Bible in the World Disappeared?
What if every single copy of the Bible went fluttering away, never to be seen again? If that happened, surely all of our knowledge about Jesus would be gone as well, right? Not so fast, says cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace.[Read More...]
Apologetics: Care for the Poor and the Parentless as an Apologetic for the Truth of God
This week, I am presenting a paper at the 2021 meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society entitled “‘Something Divine Mingled Among Them’: Care for the Poor and the Parentless as Ecclesial Apologetic in the Second Century.” For those who are interested, here is the paper and the slideshow: Slideshow: PDF slideshow of presentation Paper: Paper […][Read More...]
Jarvis Williams: Redemptive Kingdom Diversity and Apologetics
For the first time ever, Three Chords and the Truth: The Apologetics Podcast reveals the future! It’s the last episode of season 2, and it’s quite possible that your mind won’t be able to handle everything that takes place in this thrilling season finale. Your intrepid cohosts turn out to be not only pastors and […][Read More...]
Garrick Bailey and Timothy Paul Jones: Good Times with the End Times (Part 2) + “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” (R.E.M.)
Welcome to the stunning conclusion of this two-part series about the end of time! This episode focuses on four truths about the end times that matter far more than any particular perspective on how God will fulfill his eschatological promises. In the process of exploring these four truths, the dynamic duo considers how different views […][Read More...]
Garrick Bailey and Timothy Paul Jones: Good Times with the End Times (Part 1) + “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” (R.E.M.)
It’s eschatology and R.E.M. in part one of this two-part almost-the-end-of-the-season mega-episode. The topic is the end times. After discussing some of the greatest apocalyptic tunes in the history of rock and roll, your intrepid cohosts settle on a 1987 hit from R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine).”[Read More...]
Food Trucks in Babylon: Moral Apologetics, Prayer, and the Impassibility of God
A few months ago, one of our most faithful listeners and favorite supporters Tanner Billson asked a question about apologetics and the impassibility of God. It was a difficult dilemma, so Garrick and Timothy headed to the best place in the world to determine how to deal with difficult dilemmas: superhero comics. That’s because, in […][Read More...]
Apologetics: Final Examination for Christian Apologetics—Spring 2021
It’s final examination week at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary! That means another final examination in my favorite class in the world to teach, 28700 Christian Apologetics. What that means for students in the on-campus class is an opportunity to demonstrate and to apply what they’ve learned throughout the semester. What that means for those […][Read More...]
Apologetics: Were the Gospels Meant to Be Taken as Historical Testimony?
How do we know if the testimonies preserved about Jesus in the New Testament Gospels were intended to be taken as historical testimony in the first place? It is possible, after all, that the Gospels that came to be included in the New Testament were never meant to describe actual occurrences. Perhaps they were written […][Read More...]
Apologetics: How Can Presuppositional Apologists Use Classical and Evidential Arguments?
How do the classical arguments for God’s existence fit into presuppositional apologetics? Or do they? Is there any place for the teleological, cosmological, or ontological arguments in presuppositionalism? And what about historical texts, artifacts, and arguments? Can evidences from history help to make a presuppositionalist case for faith or not?[Read More...]
Josh Chatraw: The Apologetics of Blaise Pascal + “Superstition” (Stevie Wonder)
Faith happens, and this week’s episode of Three Chords and the Truth: The Apologetics Podcast is all about how faith happens. In the first half, Garrick and Timothy are joined by Josh Chatraw, the apologist extraordinaire who has been freshly forgiven for his many missteps when it comes to being conversant in the art of […][Read More...]
Sean McDowell: Getting the Gospel to Generation Z + “Baba O’Riley” (The Who)
“Generation Z.” “iGen.” “Centennials.” Whatever you happen to call this generation, the children who drew their first breaths in the years between Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” are the first generation of digital natives in human history. But how secure is the faith of these teenagers and young adults? And how […][Read More...]
Apologetics: Were the Stories of Jesus Based on Pagan Parallels?
Pagan parallels to Christianity! Is it possible, as some people claim, that the stories of Jesus were based on Pagan myths? It’s an accusation that’s been around a long time. Even in ancient times, critics of Christianity noticed some parallels between Christian beliefs and pre-Christian myths. In the late second century, a philosopher named Celsus charged, “The […][Read More...]
Apologetics: Who Wrote the Gospels?
Open your Bible to the table of contents and take a look at the list of books in the New Testament. There, you’ll find the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John leading the list. But were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John really the ones who wrote the Gospels? If so, how do we […][Read More...]
Culture: Why Pay Taxes?
This week, millions of Americans will once again endure the filing and, in some cases, the payment of taxes—three months late, this time around, due to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. Taxation has never been particularly popular among Americans, having once incited several dozen Bostonians to dress up as Mohawk warriors and toss tea […][Read More...]
Culture: How Scripture Became Part of the Story that Ended Slavery
For centuries, the Scriptures were twisted and distorted to provide support for racism and race-based slavery. It is no exaggeration to state that the enslavement of African Americans would never have persisted as long as it did without the support of persons who claimed to follow Scripture. At the same time, Christian ethics were also one […][Read More...]
J. Warner Wallace: A Cold-Case Detective Looks at the Gospels + “Another Brick in the Wall” (Pink Floyd)
What happens when a cold-case detective applies his investigative skills to the New Testament Gospels? Find out as Timothy meets up with award-winning detective and bestselling apologetics author J. Warner Wallace. In addition to being a detective and apologist, Wallace is also a guitarist, bassist, and—Timothy is thrilled beyond words to discover—a fan of Steve […][Read More...]
Timothy Paul Jones and Garrick Bailey: Is the Coronavirus Evil? + “Sympathy for the Devil” (The Rolling Stones)
It’s a new season of Three Chords and the Truth: The Apologetics Podcast, and Garrick and Timothy are serious about social distancing. They are, in fact, so serious about being socially distant that they’ve installed a mile-wide river to separate them. In the first half of this earthshaking season premiere, your intrepid cohosts discuss a recent […][Read More...]
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