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Athletes and Apologetics

Can apologetics really play a role in talking with these sports-types? Many students think, “apologetics might be good for these intellectual-types, but it won’t help me talk to my friends in soccer.” Don’t discount the value of being ready with answers at the little league game, on the basketball court or even on the golf course. As a student ministries pastor, I used […]

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The Monthly Report

Ready for something new? Each month, you’ll hear about my recent opportunities to equip defenders of the faith. We’re in this thing together and I’d love to encourage you to bring apologetics training to your church and beyond. If God can use me, he can use you. August was huge. I shared a talk called, “Why Does […]

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A Lighthearted Approach

Does apologetics always have to be all stuffy? Craig Hazen says “No.” Last Friday, I attended a BBQ for area pastors before the Bayside Apologetics Seminar officially began. Dr. Hazen spoke to about 30 people who showed up to this event, saying that “apologetics is a tool in the hands of the Holy Spirit and we need […]

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Bayside Apologetics Report

About 1,350 people showed up to the Bayside Apologetics Seminar last weekend and about 200 of them packed out the Bayside Video Cafe for my 8:00 AM talk: “Why Does God Allow Suffering?” It was an honor to speak at a high-profile event featuring J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig—two of the top Christian philosophers in the world. My […]

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Thinking About Evil

I’ve been thinking, “Why does God allow evil?” Sometimes, this topic comes up in conversation looking like an intellectual problem. And you can deal with it on a logical, philosophical level just fine. Other times, it’s more of an emotional problem that requires empathy, a listening ear, demonstrated compassion, and wise, pastoral counsel. I’ve been on both sides […]

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Bayside Apologetics Schedule

Some people have asked me about the seminar schedule for the Bayside Apologetics Conference. Check-in begins at 6:00PM on Friday (8/27) and the doors open at 6:30PM. After the main speakers conclude, optional break out groups will meet for further discussion. The Video Café will also be open for coffee and conversation.   The next day (8/28), I’ll […]

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Mikel to Speak at Bridgeway

If you attend Bridgeway Christian Church, you might be thinking, “Isn’t it a little early for the Apologetics class to be starting up again?” Just a bit. But what I’m talking about is my invitation to speak to the young adult (18-30) group next Tuesday night at 7:00 PM (Aug. 3). I’ll be discussing the importance of knowing […]

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Who Made God? A Cosmological Argument for Kids

Who Made God? Here’s a Simple Answer Watching Phil Vischer’s Jelly Telly show with my little boy reminded me that accessible apologetics training is for kids, too! One day after church, we sat down to watch a little clip online. There was a puppet newscaster hosting a segment called “Buck Denver’s Mail Bag.” At first, I wasn’t too […]

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Mikel to Speak at Bayside

Update on the Bayside Apologetics Conference: I’ve just been invited to speak at a special pre-seminar breakfast entitled “Why Does God Allow Suffering?” happening right before Tim Muehlhoff and J.P. Moreland present on the second day of the conference. This is an important question I hear a lot of people asking, especially in light of our tough economic […]

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Do Faith & Reason Mix?

You just saw me use Lego Indiana Jones to begin a discussion about faith and reason. Here’s what came next. See how I help students discover that Christians don’t need to check their brains at the door in order to have faith. I take 5 minutes to teach a simple concept: biblical faith requires reason. But that’s not all. Biblical faith requires that we […]

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