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Applying Concepts Video Series

Concepts are a powerful way to reduce your workload while understanding each topic more deeply. If you have a proper understanding of concepts, you are well on your way to Apologetics card-writing success. The key is being able to take that knowledge and apply it while you are writing your cards. Practically speaking, how do you take the multiple topics found within a concept and weave them together into one outstanding card?

This video series shows you how to unite the diverse topics within a concept, ensuring that your concept cards deeply and accurately address each of the topics they cover.

These videos are only available to VIC members of—those who have purchased Thoroughly Equipped. If you are among that group, head on over to, log in, and click on the “Video Series—Applying Concepts” link.

Armed with the understanding of how to apply concepts in the card-writing process, you will be more thoroughly equipped than ever before.

Lessons From Semifinals #2: Verses and Quotes

(This is the second post of a three-part series. Click here for part 1.)

As I was watching the Apologetics semifinal round a few weeks back, one of the things I noticed was that the top competitors included a lot of verses and quotes in their speeches. Out of the six competitors in the room, the speakers who placed highly used more quotes and verses than the speakers at the bottom of the room. One speaker had three verses and four quotes, another had five verses and one quote, and another had four verses. Those were just the verses and quotes that I jotted down—there were probably even more!

Verses and quotes strengthen both your logos and your ethos—your reasoning and your credibility. They increase your logos by providing support for your arguments. An appropriate verse or a well-placed quote from a respected theologian nicely substantiates the point you are making. Also, verses and quotes further your ethos by showing that you are not a single teenager making miscellaneous theological statements. Rather, your speech agrees with Scripture and with eminent theologians.

So, during your preparation, make sure that you include enough verses and quotes on your card. Also, no amount of card preparation can replace Bible memorization. If you have God’s Word in your memory, you can use it whenever you want. Also, Scripture recited from memory is powerful. One of the semifinalists recited a section of Romans 7 from memory during his speech—it was very impressive. In contrast, my mother once remarked to me that she was very unimpressed with a competitor who read John 3:16 off of his cards during an Apologetics speech. At the very least, you should be familiar with the verses most commonly quoted by Christians, and hopefully able to recite them as well.

Use excellent verses and quotes in your speeches, and—like these competitors—you are well on your way to Nationals!

The Power of Concepts

At the core of the Conceptual Organizational System is the idea of “concepts.” Ideas are interrelated, and some are so interrelated that they just belong together. The 100+ topics of the NCFCA and Stoa are not 100+ concepts—rather, these topics belong to a mere 25 concepts. By writing 25 cards—one for each concept—you can cover the vast majority of topics with much less effort. Moreover, the quality of your speeches can also increase: isn’t knowing 25 concepts extremely well better than barely grasping 100 different topics?

The trick is applying this idea of “concepts” while you are actually writing your cards. How do you make one card work for multiple topics? As one practical starting point, you can watch the video on this page. Also, I created a three-part video series where I deliver three speeches on three different topics using the same concept card. You can click the links below to watch each video in the series:

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Also, I am soon going to make a video series that will be available only to VIC members—those who have purchased Thoroughly Equipped. In that video series, I will go through each of the 25 concepts and explain how I would work the topics together into one concept card. If you want to see that series, purchase Thoroughly Equipped—it will be worth every penny.

When you understand how to apply them, concepts are a powerful tool!