During 2016, I began tweeting an “Apologetics Tip of the Day.” Some have to do with apologetics content, while others are tips for doing apologetics more effectively. Many of these were taken from my book A New Kind of Apologist or simply my own experience. And of course, some generated much more interest than others. Here’s the top 10 “Apologetics Tips” from 2016 in descending order:
10. Apologetics Tip of the Day: Remember, the Bible doesn’t approve of everything it records.
9. Apologetics Tip of the Day: Speak truth with gentleness. Avoid the temptation to compromise truth or speak harshly (Col. 4:6).
8. Apologetics Tip of the Day: You don’t have to have all the answers. Admit if you don’t know an answer, but then go find it.
7. Apologetics Tip of the Day: Don’t merely make the case that Christianity is true. Make the case that it is good and beautiful.
6. Apologetics Tip of the Day: We are called to make good arguments, but not be argumentative (1 Peter 3:15).
5. Apologetics Tip of the Day: You may disagree with others, but remember, people hold views for reasons they perceive as good.
4. Apologetics Tip of the Day: Approach others with the idea that you may have something to learn from them.
3. Apologetics Tip of the Day: Tolerance is no longer agreeing to disagree but the silencing of seemingly offensive views.
2. Apologetics Tip of the Day: Interpret your experience in light of Scripture, rather than Scripture in light of your experience.
1. Apologetics Tip of the Day: Make good arguments and defend truth, but remember, the deepest need of the human heart is for love.
Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, a best-selling author of over 18 books, an internationally recognized speaker, and a part-time high school teacher. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.
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