Podcast on Defending the Faith with Truth and Love
Do we need a new kind of apologist?
Sean McDowell says “Yes!” As ambassadors of Jesus, we need to be equipped to lovingly speak truth to our broken and hurting world. He wrote a book called A New Kind of Apologist as a go-to resource you can use to effectively defend the faith in our changing culture.
That’s what this podcast is all about; being a new kind of apologist who defends the faith with truth and love—just like Jesus demonstrated in his own ministry. At Dallas Theological Seminary, we call that teaching truth and loving well.
On this episode of the Table Podcast, we discuss cultural engagement, focusing on the importance of truth and love in defending the faith. I was pleased to guest host the show a third time. This time, interviewing my mentor Darrell Bock and friend from my undergrad days at Biola University, Sean McDowell. Little known trivia: Sean lived a couple of doors down from me in college on the floor we affectionately called H.U.G.E. (Horton’s Upper Guys Even) in the original Horton Hall.
Key points of our conversation on the defending the faith with truth and love:
- The need for a new kind of apologist
- Defending the faith in a shifting culture
- Critical thinking in a world of information overload
- Training Christian students to engage skeptics with truth and love
- Balancing challenge and invitation on college campuses
- The importance of graciousness in engaging with skeptics
- The importance of apologetics and cultural engagement training for youth
- Key issues that often get Christians defensive
- The Apostle Paul’s cultural engagement strategy
- How pastors, professors and ministry leaders can develop ambassadors for Christ
Watch the video, download the audio or PDF transcript below.
Darrell Bock is the Senior Research Professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary. Sean McDowell is an Apologetics professor at Biola University.
Note: This Table Podcast episode first appeared on the Dallas Theological Seminary Web page: Truth, Love, and Defending the Faith. Mikel is the Cultural Engagement assistant at the Hendricks Center.