Monthly Archives: February 2013

How to Write an Apologetics Card, Part 4

Finally! The end is in sight. In this final video of the “How to Write an Apologetics Card” series, I complete the body of the card, create an introduction and conclusion, and finalize the details. By the end, we have a completed card.

 

The Easiest Way to Write an Apologetics Card

Sometimes you have to start from scratch. Sometimes you have absolutely no idea how to address a topic and just have to jump right in. I demonstrated this method in my “How to Write an Apologetics Card” series–but there’s a much easier way.

This past Sunday, my pastor exposited Matthew 4:23-25 — “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.”

My pastor discussed how Jesus focused on both mighty words and merciful works throughout His ministry. In the “merciful works” part of the message, he gave five purposes for Jesus’ healing miracles. That set off a mini-alarm in my mind–isn’t there an Apologetics topic about that? As a matter of fact, yes: one of the miscellaneous topics in the NCFCA’s Category 5 is “What was the purpose of the miracles that Jesus performed?”

I’m planning on taking the points from my pastor’s sermon and adapting them into an Apologetics card. (Yes, not even I have a card on every single topic–yet.) Earlier today, I emailed him to ask for his sermon notes so I can find some of the specific verses and quotes he used.

If I really wanted to, I could have started with nothing and worked my way up to a completed card. That’s the method I use for most cards–but when I can use the easiest way to write an Apologetics card, I do.

How to Write an Apologetics Card, Part 3

This is the third video of four in the “How to Write an Apologetics Card” series. In this video, I finish up the research and work on formatting it into a useable card.

How to Write an Apologetics Card, Part 2

Here’s the second video in the “How to Write an Apologetics Card” series. I’m working through the question, “What evidence is there for the historical existence of Jesus?” I’m coming directly from my last post and continuing the research and writing process. Enjoy!

 

Here are the other three posts in the series.

http://becomethoroughlyequipped.com/how-to-write-an-apologetics-card-part-1/
http://becomethoroughlyequipped.com/how-to-write-an-apologetics-card-part-3/
http://becomethoroughlyequipped.com/how-to-write-an-apologetics-card-part-4/

How I Won Apologetics

If you saw my last post, you know that I won Apologetics at the last tournament I attended. There are many factors that influenced that victory, many of which I discuss in the “Lessons From Listening” series of posts, but there is one other factor that I’ve never discussed: humor.

Humor is a powerful tool. If you can get the judges to laugh, they will be more receptive to their message. Using humor demonstrates to those watching that you are comfortable speaking–and that you’re having fun!

As I was waiting to go into Apologetics finals, I had the idea of starting with a joke. Due to NCFCA rules, I knew that the topics in finals would be taken from Category 2, Scriptures. I came up with a joke and told it to the people standing near me. I was somewhat ambivalent about starting with it, but (to give credit where credit is due) my friend Benjamin Absher basically forced me to tell the joke–he insisted that I start with it and came in to watch my speech. He convinced me, so here’s how I started and ended my speech in Apologetics finals.

“There are many books in the world, and people use books for many different purposes. Some use books for study, some use books for leisure, and some use books just to sound intellectual in front of their friends. But one young man had a very interesting use for the Bible, the foremost of all books. He was talking to a girl, and he said to her, ‘Last night, I was reading my Bible, in the book of Numbers. I like Numbers. By the way, can I have yours?’ [Pause for laughter.] This young man obviously didn’t realize that the Bible is not to be used for picking up girls, but is rather the inspired Word of God. But our knowledge that the individual books of the Bible were written by humans brings up a very interesting question: If the Bible was written by men, how can it also be written by God? That’s the topic I’ve chosen to speak on today. [Transition to roadmap.]”

I ended like this:

“Over the past few minutes, we’ve seen that although men wrote the books of the Bible, God superintended the process so that no errors were made. We base our lives and our eternal destinies on the truth of God’s Word–and because God is its Author, we know that it is authoritative and fully worthy of our trust. [Pause.] Just don’t use it for pickup lines. [Smile!]”

Several of the judges mentioned the joke on their ballots:
“Fantastic intro to hook in listeners.” [Ranked me 1st]
“Very effective intro story and transition to topic.” [Ranked me 1st]

I talked with the timer after the round, and I was the only speaker in finals who made an effort to be humorous. I don’t know whether I would have won Apologetics without the humor, but I have a greater understanding of humor’s power than ever before.

Go find some ways to be humorous in Apologetics–see how it improves your speaking!

I’m Back–Again!

I am back in Little Rock after a whirlwind couple of weeks containing two tournament only 10 days apart. I did well in both, not least by taking 2nd place Apologetics at the first tournament as well as 1st place Apologetics at the second tournament!

God was very gracious to me, and He deserves all the glory. The second tournament’s theme verse was Psalm 115:1 — “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!”

He was pleased to bless me for His name’s sake–so that He would be seen as the gracious, majestic, awesome God that He is.

Over the next days and weeks, I’ll post a few lessons I learned at the tournament as well as the other videos in the “How to Write an Apologetics Card” series.

 

How to Write an Apologetics Card, Part 1

This is the first video in the How to Write an Apologetics Card series. This raw footage shows exactly what I do when writing an Apologetics card. I hope this guide will be helpful to you in getting a general idea of my card-writing process. Keep a look out for the second video!

 

Here are the other three posts in the series.

http://becomethoroughlyequipped.com/how-to-write-an-apologetics-card-part-2/
http://becomethoroughlyequipped.com/how-to-write-an-apologetics-card-part-3/
http://becomethoroughlyequipped.com/how-to-write-an-apologetics-card-part-4/