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This podcasts explores apologetics and evangelism in practical terms in seven minute episodes. It is aimed at the ordinary Christian who wants to effectively reach unbelievers in an indirect, conversational and relational manner. The podcast is led by Dr. Mark Farnham (PhD, Westminster), the Founder and Director of Apologetics for the Church, a local church training ministry. Mark is also Professor of Apologetics at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA.

This podcasts explores apologetics and evangelism in practical terms in seven minute episodes. It is aimed at the ordinary Christian who wants to effectively reach unbelievers in an indirect, conversational and relational manner. The podcast is led by Dr. Mark Farnham (PhD, Westminster), the Founder and Director of Apologetics for the Church, a local church training ministry. Mark is also Professor of Apologetics at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA.
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This podcasts explores apologetics and evangelism in practical terms in seven minute episodes. It is aimed at the ordinary Christian who wants to effectively reach unbelievers in an indirect, conversational and relational manner. The podcast is led by Dr. Mark Farnham (PhD, Westminster), the Founder and Director of Apologetics for the Church, a local church training ministry. Mark is also Professor of Apologetics at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA.

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Episodes

When God Hands People Over to Their Desires

4/18/2019
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When unbelievers suppress the truth long enough and with great enough insistence, God hands them over to be enslaved to their desires. The freedom from God they demanded becomes slavery to sin. This episode explores how people who suppress the truth of God become slaves to their desires.

Duration:00:07:28

The Exchange of God's Natural Design for the Unnatural

4/10/2019
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Suppressing the truth of God causes unbelievers to exchange the glory of God for an image, the truth of God for a lie, and the natural design of the sexes for homosexuality. Paul's point in Romans 1 is that the most obvious example of people trying to deny the truth is when they practice sexual immorality in a way that clearly denies the physiology of the human body as male and female. In this episode we look at the ultimate exchange of God's natural design for that which violates nature.

Duration:00:06:01

Why People Believe Lies

4/3/2019
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If every person knows God and truth about him, as Romans 1 says, why do so many either deny the existence of God or believe things about God that are not true? The answer is found in the human ability to make a mental and spiritual exchange of the truth for a lie. In this episode we look at the common tendency of people who know the truth of God to reject it in favor of falsehood.

Duration:00:06:20

Why We Would Rather Worship God's Creation Than God

3/26/2019
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When a person rejects God to worship something else, that thing will be at best a dull reflection of the full glory of God for which we were made, and at best, a twisted and distorted substitute. God wants us to worship him in truth, but if we will not, then a created thing, like us, will be our master. This episode explores the way unbelievers would rather have something that is merely created than having the Creator himself.

Duration:00:07:27

Everybody Worships Something

3/22/2019
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The atheist writer, David Foster Wallace said, "There is no such thing as atheism because everybody worships something. You can't not worship." When a person. suppresses the truth of God, he doesn't worship nothing, he just worships something else. In this episode we explore the way suppressing the truth of God leads inevitably to idolatry.

Duration:00:07:45

The Irrationality of Unbelief

3/19/2019
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Why do those who suppress the truth of God think that they are rational and that those who believe in God through Christ are irrational? The fundamental problem is that the unbeliever makes reason his god and source of authority, when reason was never meant to be such. Rather, reason is a tool given by God to rightly know what he has revealed. In this episode, we explore the ways that unbelievers become irrational when they reject the truth of God.

Duration:00:06:30

The Consequences of Suppressing the Knowledge of God, Part 1

3/9/2019
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Every unbeliever suppresses the knowledge of God in one way or another to one degree or another. Suppression has devastating consequences to the heart and mind. By denying the truth they know, unbelievers seriously injure their ability to see the truth clearly. In this episode we explore the first consequence of suppressing the knowledge of God: self-deception.

Duration:00:07:30

Prove God Exists!

3/5/2019
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Have someone ever asked you to prove God's existence? Or maybe they have issued a challenge: prove God exists and I will believe in him! What do you say? What can you say? In this episode we examine the challenge of proving God's existence and how best to answer it.

Duration:00:07:13

Suppressing the Truth through Distraction, Addiction, and Denial

2/26/2019
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Why don't many people give themselves any time to face the pain of life or the guilt in their hearts? It is simply too painful. As a result, many fill their lives with distractions or dull the pain in their hearts with addictive substances. Others simply deny that there is any evidence for God. This episode explores three ways people suppress the truth of their guilt before a holy God.

Duration:00:07:09

Why Are There So Many Religions in the World?

2/22/2019
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One of the most common objections raised against the Christian faith is the existence of so many religions in the world. How can Jesus be the only way when there are so many other religions that people sincerely follow? Where did all these religions come from anyway? This episode shows that one of the ways unbelievers suppress the truth of God they know is to create or turn to other religions.

Duration:00:07:57

Understanding Unbelievers: Why You Don't Have to Prove God Exists

2/19/2019
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The thought of having to prove God exists keeps many people from engaging in evangelism, as this objection is a favorite tactic of skeptics. But it doesn't need to be. In Romans 1:18-32 God shows us what is happening in the heart and mind of every unbeliever. When we come to see that the unbeliever already knows God and some things about him, it will relieve our stress about engaging him with the gospel. This episode begins to unpack the truth of Romans 1 that every unbeliever already knows...

Duration:00:07:40

Do I Have to Prove God Exists? Understanding Unbelievers, Part 1

2/15/2019
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One of the hardest challenges in apologetics is trying to prove that God exists. But what if you didn't have to? Romans 1 shows us that every unbeliever already knows that God exists and that he is guilty before a holy God. So how does that help us prove God exists? This episode examines what God says is going on in the heart and mind of every unbeliever.

Duration:00:07:39

How to Argue Without Being Argumentative

2/12/2019
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Some people are turned off to apologetics because they don't like to argue with others. They imagine that if we engage people with the gospel, we will necessarily have to be antagonistic and contentious. In reality, apologetics presents arguments for the truth without becoming argumentative. In this episode we look at the difference between arguing for the truth and being argumentative.

Duration:00:07:31

What Role Does the Holy Spirit and Prayer Play in Apologetics?

2/7/2019
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It would be easy to gain so much confidence in our ability to defend and share the faith that we forget that the Holy Spirit is the only one who can regenerate a lost soul. So what part does the Holy Spirit play in apologetics and evangelism? And how does prayer fit into that equation? Good questions! In this episode we explore the roles of the Holy Spirit and prayer in the task of apologetics.

Duration:00:07:01

Is Apologetics Even Biblical?

2/5/2019
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Some people resist the idea of apologetics because they do not believe it appears in the Bible. Since the fall of man into sin, however, God has been defending his glory and he calls his followers to defend it also. In this episode we explore the biblical warrant for doing apologetics to expose unbelief and answer objections.

Duration:00:07:25

A Better Way to Do Apologetics:The Power of the Presuppositional Approach

1/31/2019
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Many people are intimidated by apologetics because what they have heard of it requires learning massive amounts of very intellectual arguments that include philosophy and scientific design. While academic apologetics has its place, the average Christian will not be able to fulfill the command to always be ready to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15) this way. This episode explores the idea of a more practical way to do apologetics--the presuppositional way.

Duration:00:07:10

Wait, what? There are Different Approaches to Apologetics?

1/28/2019
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The number of Christians that know what the word apologetics means is growing, thanks primarily to technology. But many don't understand that there are different approaches to defending your faith. While some of these approaches overlap, some have important distinctions that affect the way we should defend and commend the faith. This episode explores the differences between various approaches to apologetics.

Duration:00:07:18

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Apologetics! Why Apologetics is Vital to Evangelism

1/24/2019
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Some people reject apologetics and think it is unnecessary to reaching unbelievers with the good news of the gospel. They argue that we should just proclaim the truth and leave it at that. However, if you cannot answer objections and provide an answer, as 1 Peter 3:15-16 commands, we weaken the message, as God has provided us many resources to defend the faith. In this episode we show the relationship between the two.

Duration:00:06:29

Say Something Nice: Commending the Christian Faith

1/21/2019
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Apologetics is about more than defending the Christian faith against objections raised against it. It is also concerned with the positive presentation of the gospel in words that are compelling and attractive. In this episode we learn how to positively portray the gospel in all its glory.

Duration:00:05:56

What, Me Defend My Faith? How?

1/17/2019
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Most Christians feel completely inadequate to defend their faith and share Christ effectively. Yet, 1 Peter 3:15-16 commands every Christian to be prepared to give an answer when challenged about their belief in Christ. If God commands us, he will also equip us. In this episode we discover more about our responsibility and the power and plan of God to carry it out.

Duration:00:07:25