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Why Apologetics Should Be Relational with Michael Sherrard

Some people think apologetics is about winning arguments and showing people that they are wrong. Others think that apologetics is purely intellectual. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Michael Sherrard, the author of Relational Apologetics, joins me to discuss how apologetics is all about relationships. Listen below as Michael gives practical tips on how we as Christians can make a difference as we defend the Christian faith with holiness, respect, and truth.

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You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

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Starting Faith Conversations

Over the last two weeks I have had multiple questions about how to get people to think about Christianity. How can we motivate students to think about other people and future decisions? What can we do when they are apathetic? How can we initiate conversations about Christianity with friends or family members? This week I answer these questions by giving a few practical steps that we can take to discuss Christianity with those around us.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number only for questions).

Evangelism and the Big Bang with Dr. Jeff Zweerink

Dr. Jeff Zweerink, an astrophysicist and research scholar at Reasons to Believe, joined me to talk about what Christians need to know about Big Bang cosmology. It was interesting that he was able to show how the Big Bang can be useful when it comes to Evangelism. Listen and see how he connected the two!

You can find last week’s interview on the integration of science and faith here.

What are your thoughts on the Big Bang? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number only for questions).

Discussing The Story of Reality with Greg Koukl

Today, I had the great privilege of spending an hour talking to Greg Koukl, the President and Founder of Stand to Reason, about his new book. The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between was released yesterday and it is a must read! This incredible new book will introduce you to the most important topics of the Christian story (God, Man, Jesus, Cross, and Resurrection), explain them in a way that is clear and accessible, and then put the pieces together so you can see the complete picture. You will learn something from this book no matter if you have been a Christian your whole life, you’re new to the faith, or you don’t even believe in Christianity. This book will help you see Christianity in a new way and help you make sense of reality.

“If you are a Christian, this is your story. If you are not a Christian, this is also your story, because this isn’t a religious fairytale. This is the Story of the way things really are.” – Greg Koukl

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Enjoy my two part discussion with Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT. This broadcast is also being live streamed every Wednesday on Facebook Live at 5 PM PT immediately following the radio show.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number only for questions).

Trust Your Instruments with Claudia Kalmikov

This week’s post was written by my friend Claudia Kalmikov. Claudia recently graduated from Biola’s MA in Apologetics program and is producing great content at straighttalkwithclaudiak.com. I hope you enjoy this article and go check out her other work!

At our church, my husband and I co-teach an apologetics class with our missions pastor, Kevin. Recently, the discussion evolved from the subject of how some people think with their emotions rather than what we know to be true, to how we sometimes feel unworthy to serve because we don’t feel close to the Lord.

Kevin was an MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) pilot years ago. He told us a story about how he used to train new pilots. He’d take them up in a plane, put a hood over their head so they couldn’t see out the window, and make them fly the plane with instruments only. Sometimes he would take over the controls, crank the plane to the right, climb it way up, then put it into a dive and say, “Here you go, it’s all yours now.” The student had to get the plane level again just by looking at the instruments. Kevin would continuously tell them “Always trust your instruments.”

Sometimes the plane would be level but the student’s body would be leaning way over with their head on Kevin’s shoulder saying, “It doesn’t feel level.” Kevin would again say, “Trust your instruments.” Pretty soon, the student would straighten up and realize the plane was level. They had let their feelings control them rather than the facts in front of them that they knew to be true.

When we behave in any matter because of what our emotions tell us, we are letting our emotions rather than facts, dictate our behavior and our decisions. If one is not willing to listen to truth because they are emotional, one can miss the truth and the consequences can be devastating.

When we feel unworthy to serve in church or anywhere because we haven’t completed the checklist that Christians like to complete such as daily devotionals, regular prayer, irregular church attendance, etc… we forget what we know is true. That God created us in His image and sees us as someone worth dying for. That he sees us as righteous because of the blood of Christ. We are forgiven of our sin. Jesus paid a high price for us with His blood, forgiving all of our past sins, present sins and future sins. To feel we are not worthy is to fly the plane with our feelings rather than to trust the instruments. We must trust what we know about our salvation. We are loved and we must remember what the Bible tells us about God’s promises, for they are our instruments. Trust your instruments.

Why You Should Be Open and Listen to Opposing Views (Podcast)

Being closed minded doesn’t help in a discussion. In fact, as one student pointed out, being close minded may cause you to miss the truth! Plus, why would we expect anyone to change their mind after talking to us if we are unwilling to change ours? This week I discuss a few reasons why I think we need to be open minded and listen to opposing views, yet at the same time learning to think critically.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT. This broadcast is also being live streamed every Wednesday on Facebook Live at 5 PM PT immediately following the radio show.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number only for questions)

The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist with Dr. Andy Bannister (Podcast)

Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of Solas Centre for Public Christianity and speaker at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, joins me this week to discuss his book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist: Or the Dreadful Consequences of Bad Arguments. Listen as we discuss arguments from atheism and why tolerance is disrespectful, and then frame it all in a picture of evangelism and pointing people to Jesus.

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You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Listen to the Coffeehouse Questions radio show on Active Reliance Radio every Wednesday from 4:30-5 PM PT. This broadcast is also being live streamed every Wednesday on Facebook Live at 5 PM PT immediately following the radio show.

Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. Send in your questions on FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number only for questions).

Is Jesus eternal? Responding to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses (Podcast)

Has Jesus existed from all eternity past or is he a created being? This is a very important question to ask. John 1:3 and Isaiah 44:24 help us see that Jesus cannot be a created being. Listen as I explain how these verses can only be understood in the context of Jesus being the eternal God.

Also, I begin this podcast by responding to a listener question that was submitted on Facebook. I was asked how to reconcile 2 John 10-11 with my conversation last week when I mentioned that we should welcome Mormons into our homes for a discussion.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

This podcast is also being live streamed every Wednesday on Facebook Live at 5 PM PT. Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with me by asking questions and commenting.

Send in your questions on Facebook or use #AskRyanP on Twitter.

Is God unchangeable? Responding to Mormons (Podcast)

What do you do when Mormons knock on your door? Do you act like you aren’t home? Do you politely say that you are not interested and shut the door? Do you argue with them and tell them that they are wrong? The Mormons that frequent my house tell me about people yelling at them and saying that they are of the devil! I know that not every person responds in this way, but it breaks my heart. I believe that Christians are able to have a fruitful, friendly, engaging discussion with Mormons. I will give you one simple tool that is very easy to remember and very effective. Just remember this and instead of shutting the door, calling them names, or hiding, you will be able to engage the Mormons in a fruitful discussion and help them see the True God.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

This podcast is also being live streamed every Wednesday on Facebook Live at 5 PM PT. Like the Facebook page, watch live, and interact with me by asking questions and commenting.

Send in your questions on Facebook or use #AskRyanP on Twitter.

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