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Mikel’s Weekend at Biola University

I just got back from a weekend of training youth and visiting friends at Biola University—my alma mater. After checking in to Welch Apartments, I had dinner with Dr. Craig Hazen and dropped by the Collegium to connect with Dena Jackson and other students in the M.A. Christian Apologetics Summer Residency. I was pleasantly surprised to […]

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Five Summer Lessons: Part 2

Dena Jackson told me about five key lessons she’s learned at Biola University’s Apologetics Summer Residency. You’ve heard the first two. Here are her top three: 3. I don’t understand the Trinity…and that’s ok. I’ve spent much time trying to come up with an analogy for the Trinity so that I could better understand it. […]

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Five Summer Lessons: Part 1

I just spoke to my friend, Dena Jackson, who’s out of town at an exciting event: Biola University’s Apologetics Summer Residency. At the opening banquet, she and others in the distance-learning program were encouraged with words that apply to each of us involved in teaching accessible apologetics in our local area: “You are doing something that matters…Christians are walking […]

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Leading Youth Workshops at Biola

Next weekend, I’ll be leading apologetics workshops for the Regeneration youth conference at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. As a Filipino-American and a former missionary to the Philippines, I’ve got some unique ties to this event. Regeneration Ministries was started by Filipino-American students who saw their disillusioned peers, disconnected from Filipino-immigrant fellowships, leaving the […]

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Why Share Reasons to Believe?

*This article is also available in Spanish. [Leer en Español] Why Share Reasons? Maybe you’ve encountered well-meaning Christians who look down on the practice of providing evidence for the truth of Christianity. I used to get that a lot. How should you respond? Just Point to Jesus What’s his example look like? Turns out, Jesus provided […]

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Argue Without Being Argumentative

Who likes to argue? Depends what you mean. Unfortunately, apologists use words which could give people the wrong impression: “Apologetics” sounds like apologizing. “Defense” sounds like training for hand-to-hand combat. And “argue” sounds like the thing you hate doing with your family on the way to church! Clarifying key terms can help you overcome a few challenges associated with […]

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Biola Apologists Coming to Town

I was recently invited to collaborate with a team now organizing an awesome apologetics event right here in our area: The Bayside Apologetics Conference featuring J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig. I devour books by these guys and count it an honor to have studied under them during my Biola years. Joining them are two more hard-hitters from Biola University’s Christian Apologetics […]

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Three Conversation Tips

I recently caught up with my friend, Lance Amerman, whose local ministry–Worldview Questions–takes him around the streets of Sacramento armed with a camera, a microphone and thought-provoking questions about God, life and the world. After approaching people and filming their responses for the Web site, he often gets into off-camera conversations about the claims of Christ.   […]

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Defend Without Getting Defensive

Listen Up! Ever get uncomfortable listening to a religious view that’s different from yours? Sometimes, talking about morality and relgion can really get some people going—even to the point where you find it tough to get a word in edgewise. But allowing your skeptical friend to share their ideas or experiences is a key part of […]

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A Dead Guy’s Facebook Page

A couple of weeks ago, I got an alert on Facebook. One of my friends had a birthday coming up. But what Facebook didn’t know is that the guy had been dead for almost a year. A dead guy’s Facebook page is a freaky thing. His status hadn’t been updated since June 26, 2009. His last post: “Just saying, best night ever.” I […]

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