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How to Answer Challenges to Your Faith (Part 1 of 2)

How to Answer Challenges to Your Faith (Part 1 of 2)

Greg Koukl provides concrete ways to take a stand for our beliefs. He focuses especially on issues within the culture that cause most Christians to falter when faced with challenges from non-believers. He trains us to use questions to whittle away arguments and bring God’s truth to light. (Part 1 of 2)
Original Air Date: October 25, 2023

Greg Koukl: If Christians want to make a bigger impact, they need to get a little bit more education about the issues themselves, and about some method… I offer one… some method that’s effective to move forward. And when they do that, they are going to see things change. I promise you, they will see things change, and they won’t feel so defeated, especially when they realize that their viewpoint, their view of reality is actually true.

John Fuller: That’s Greg Koukl. He’s our guest today on Focus on the Family. And, uh, thank you for joining us. I’m John Fuller. Your host is Focus president and author Jim Daly.

Jim Daly: John, as believers we’re called to share the message of Christ. That’s the Great Commission, to go and tell people about Jesus. And, uh, some people struggle with that because maybe their temperament isn’t built in such a way that they’re easily engaging people.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: You might say extrovert, introvert. I don’t know that that always applies, but it’s just some of the wiring that we have. Uh, we’re either comfortable or we’re not comfortable in talking to people who don’t know the Lord. We call it being a witness. Uh, there’s going to be, you know, non-Christians listening so that just really means to profess our faith in Christ to people who don’t know about Christ. And it’s that simple. The key is being prepared. And I’m excited to talk to our guest today because I think this will really help equip, especially those that may be floundering a little bit when it comes to sharing their faith, they don’t feel equipped enough or confident enough, uh, to do it. And the best thing, uh, about our guest, Greg Koukl, is doing it with a good heart.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: And I love that emphasis that he has.

John: Yeah, he’s really, um, eager to share faith, but not in a way that is overwhelming and, um, you’ll hear more from Greg here in just a moment. He’s an apologist. He’s the founder of, uh, the ministry called Stand to Reason. He hosts a radio show and podcast. He’s written a number of books, and, uh, he has a new one out called Street Smarts: Using Questions to Answer Christianity’s Toughest Challenges. Get your copy today when you call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. Or stop by

Jim: Greg, welcome back.

Greg: Hey, it’s good to be with you gentlemen. It’s always a treat for me.

Jim: Well, it’s good to see you.

Greg: Thank you.

Jim: Let’s start with that opening idea. You know, there is that, uh, hesitation or the lack of comfortableness in doing this. Talking to someone else about the faith.

Greg: Yeah.

Jim: Why is it important for us to do this?

Greg: Right. Well, huh, we have the message that saves the world.

Jim: That’s pretty good.

Greg: The only message, I mean, that’s a pretty good start, right? But I am very sympathetic to people who are, uh, reluctant to engage and you, you mentioned a moment ago that some are floundering a little bit. I think most Christians find engaging on controversial issues a bit discomforting. And, uh, I’m the same way.

Jim: It’s normal.

Greg: It’s very normal.

Jim: Yes.

Greg: And so this is why finding ways to do so effectively is so important, even for a guy like me. Because the message that we have is so important and I have never seen a time when the culture was so aggressively against virtually everything Christian. Every piece of the story of reality, the Christian worldview, is being opposed in every sector right now, which means Christians are pretty hard-pressed and they need a way to engage productively and graciously. Get off the bench and get into pleasant conversations that matter.

Jim: You know, often times when I’m in conversations with folks, they’ll mention, um, that engagement piece. The idea that, you know, it can be uncomfortable because people are so aggressive.

Greg: Yeah.

Jim: They really hate what we have to share.

Greg: Mm-hmm.

Jim: And you really have to mentally prepare yourself and emotionally prepare yourself to say, this isn’t a battle we need to win. We just need to put the evidence out there.

Greg: Yeah, that’s a great distinction. Um, the winning of the battle is on God’s side of the equation, it’s not on ours. But think about Matthew 10 where Jesus sent the apostles out, uh, in their short term mission kind of enterprise. There are three times within about seven sentences where Jesus says, “Fear not.” “Fear not.” “Fear not.” Now, why did he say that?

Jim: Because we were fearful.

Greg: Not only were they fearful but there was something to fear.

Jim: Right.

Greg: He goes on to tell them, you know, you’re going, it’s going to be rough out there. You know, and you’re going to, you’re going to get persecuted for the truth, okay. But he told them that to prepare them, okay. And then he said, you got an ally in the Holy Spirit, okay. He’s going to help you. But notice he didn’t say that at the beginning of his training. Well, you got the Holy Spirit, that’s all you need. At the beginning of this training, he said, “I will make you fishers of men.”

Jim: Right.

Greg: And then after a year or so of working with him and training them so they had what they needed to face the challenges, then he began sending them out saying, “Trust in the Holy Spirit.”

Jim: Yeah.

Greg: So it’s the Holy Spirit doing the Holy Spirit’s work with the things that we have been able to learn as followers of Christ about the culture, about the issues. Um, and that combination is what’s going to make the difference.

Jim: You know, one thing that is, uh, I think modeled at times. I think we as Christians growing up, particularly in the United States, I think we’ve had it relatively easy in the US.

Greg: Oh, we have.

Jim: And there’s kind of been this social contract that Judeo-Christian principles are what we’re built on.

Greg: That’s right.

Jim: If you were to, somebody once said it to me, if you were to look at the, an hour on the clock. Christians living in a culture where they’re accepted and the norms are built on those principles, is like three minutes of that hour.

Greg: Right.

Jim: The other 57 minutes of Christian history has been usually hostile.

Greg: Right, right.

Jim: Speak to that realism.

Greg: Well, this is a very good observation and what it means is that American Christians have kind of gotten soft. And this last century especially the last 50 years, things have changed… In the last 20 years, things have really changed.

Jim: Right.

Greg: Radically, and now they, lots of times they don’t know what to do.

Jim: Yeah.

Greg: And, um, this is why the training part, the thing that I think is so important to emphasize, or what I work with a lot through Stand to Reason, is so important because it gets – Well, think of it this way. Most people don’t like to have tests. They don’t like taking tests, unless they know the answers.

Jim: Right.

Greg: Once they know the answers, then they’re fine and this is the same thing. Once we get the answers, then we can begin to step out, and by stepping out carefully and engaging, this builds our courage at the same time. We get tougher.

Jim: Yeah. Let’s get into it. Uh, I was struck by the fact that you say it’s a good thing that Christianity can be questioned and even considered to be unreliable. At first, I’m going, what? What are you saying, Greg? But I get it. Explain it.

Greg: Yeah. Well, I tell audiences that the fact is there are a lot of ways to show that Christianity is false. You know, they don’t expect me to say that, obviously.

Jim: Right.

Greg: But when you think about it, our story starts in the beginning, God. If there’s no God, there’s no story. We’re Christians, we’re followers of Jesus. If Jesus didn’t exist and there’s a big movement trying to say that nowadays, well then, we don’t get off the ground either. Um, if there is no Sheol, there’s nothing to, uh, survive the death of the body nor heaven nor hell, you know. Paul said that if, uh, Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, uh, people should pity us.

Jim: Right.

Greg: So the point is in principle there are lots of ways that Christianity’s actually falsifiable. Now this isn’t a bad thing. It’s a good thing because if a view is falsifiable, it’s verifiable. In other words, it can be shown to be true if it can be shown to be false.

Jim: Yeah. You know, Greg, one thing that I’ve encountered is, um, this idea that God built this on faith. He wants faith to be the demonstration that you believe.

Greg: Right.

Jim: So I, I think it’s very purposeful that you’re not going to find this concreteness. It’s not going to be like gravity.

Greg: Mm-hmm.

Jim: Because he himself wants to see that you have faith in him.

Greg: Oh yeah, let me speak to this because this is really important. Um, sometimes we can get the faith thing separated from the content or the evidence. I want you to, and the two actually scripturally go together. So if you think about the end of the Gospel of John. John tells us why he wrote the gospel. He said, “Many are the signs and wonders God has performed, or Jesus performed, that are not written in this book.” Seven miracles there in the Gospel in John. He said, “But these have been included in order that you would know that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and have faith in him and get eternal life through that.” So in other words, he’s connecting faith in Christ and eternal life with the evidence that’s being given, so there is not a leap of faith where a lot of atheists claim right now. There is a step of trust based on good reason, okay.

Jim: Yeah.

Greg: Now, it can all be gainsay. People can find all kinds of problems with it, and say, no, that didn’t happen. Here’s the reasons why. So there’s room for doubt. But there’s plenty and plenty of evidence, you know, many convincing proofs is the way Luke put it in the beginning of Acts.

Jim: Well, in a court of law, the preponderance of evidence in some of the cases are what is required to meet the test.

Greg: That’s right.

Jim: I would say that’s what Christianity…

Greg: Way over the top with Christianity.

Jim: There’s a preponderance of evidence that Jesus is who he said he was.

Greg: That’s right.

Jim: And they captured only a few of the miracles that he did.

Greg: That’s right.

Jim: In order to give us that insight.

Greg: John said, “All the books of the world couldn’t hold all that Jesus did,” right?

Jim: Right. Let me move to another kind of “what” kind of question, which is in 30 years, you’ve never actually been the one to lead someone to Christ.

Greg: Yeah, that’s another one that shocks audiences. But I haven’t prayed with someone to receive Christ in at least 30 years.

Jim: So you’re the tiller and the waterer.

Greg: But, well, yeah.

Jim: Not the reaper, the harvester.

Greg: That’s right, and so this is to shock people into considering another concept. Because I also tell them that I’ve never been more effective for the cause of Christ than I have in the last 30 years, and that’s because of a concept that I laid hold of that is thoroughly biblical. And that is that there’s a difference between harvesting, and what I call, gardening, you know.

Jim: Yeah.

Greg: Jesus talks about those who sow and those who reap. It’s in John chapter four, okay. And he tells the disciples, you’re about to reap where you did not sow. This is after his conversation with the woman at the well, right? In other words, somebody else did the heavy lifting and they get the easy pickings. But Jesus identifies there one field, Sychar, but he also identifies two seasons, sowing and reaping, gardening and harvesting is a way to put it. And two kinds of workers, gardeners and harvesters, sowers and reapers. And the problem, what I discovered is, is I looked at my life. I’m actually not a reaper. I’m, I’m not a harvester. I’m a gardener, and the things that I do in the writing the books and when I’m on campus. Spoken at more than 80 university campuses around the country. What am I doing? I’m gardening, gardening, gardening. And then I’m trusting God to bring the harvest in when it’s ready.

Jim: In fact, Greg, I think I saw a statistic, uh, based on research where it’s 12 harvesting touches before a person accepts Christ. Now I don’t know how they did the research, but that proves your point.

Greg: But…

Jim: It makes like a 12 to one ratio.

Greg: Absolutely. It may be even more than that in the culture now.

Jim: And that certainly is true. Me and my Christian football coaches in high school that made an impression on me. They, you know, that wasn’t there in the immediate moment.

Greg: Right.

Jim: It took time for me to, to be harvested.

Greg: Right.

Jim: If I can say it that way. So I totally get that and I’m sure that’s true of everybody’s experience in coming to Christ. Um, your method of debating someone with opposing views is to ask questions.

Greg: Right.

Jim: Now again, people are saying, well yeah, I’ve read the scripture. That’s what Jesus did too.

Greg: Yeah.

Jim: Explain that methodology.

Greg: Well, I, I took my cue from our old TV guy named Columbo and a lot of folks remember him.

Jim: Yes.

Greg: Lieutenant Columbo because he …

Jim: The detective.

Greg: The detective, right. He would come in kind of under the radar, scratches his head, kind of feeling like you think he doesn’t know what he’s doing, right? But he’s stupid like a fox because he’s got a plan, and his plan is to ask these questions. And the questions that he asks are inconsequential at first. He’s just kind of generally gathering information. But what he’s doing is he’s building a case, little by little by little, this information, okay. And, and I’ve found that this to be the absolutely hands down, most effective way to move forward in a conversation, be effective for the cause of Christ, and still stay safe yourself. I, my comment is there’s a chapter in the book called Questions Keep You Safe. You’re in the, for a number of reasons, but you’re in the shallow end of the pool. What am I trying to do? I’m trying to get Christians off the bench and into the garden so they can do some gardening with a very simple but powerful technique, which is all explained in the book, of course. But that’s the key there. Questions.

Jim: Yeah.

Greg: Questions keep you safe and they are powerful for use by God to make an impact in peoples’ lives.

Jim: How, if you’re a closer, if I could use that example. If you’re the closer mentality.

Greg: Yeah.

Jim: You actually could do some damage if the fruit’s not ripe. You’re picking the fruit too early.

Greg: Right.

Jim: So how do you, if that is who you are and again, know who you are. How do you back up a bit and say okay, it’s not futile to ask questions. Because I think that personality type is like, why would I waste time asking questions? The only question that counts…

Greg: Yeah.

Jim: … is do you know Jesus?

Greg: Or do you want to receive him? Or something like that. But that isn’t the way Jesus approached it, okay. So when I look at the gospels, I see Jesus doing something entirely different than a lot of us do in our culture right now. Uh, we jump in with the Good News and we explain the Good News and we say something about sin occasionally, and then we invite people to receive Christ. But Jesus didn’t get to the Good News very often at all. A lot of times he spent time on the bad news. Look at the Sermon on the Mount, you know. I mean, there’s a lot of bad news in that first chapter.

Jim: There’s the woman at the well, I’m smiling because he’s like, “Woman, I’m in front of you. It’s me.”

Greg: Yes, but notice that he’s, he said that after he had…

Jim: Yes.

Greg: … talked to her about…

Jim: And asked the questions, right?

Greg: You know, you’ve had five husbands and the one you’re living with now. Now, this doesn’t mean that we’ve got to jump right in on top of people and talk about sin. The point is what Jesus was doing and we saw with Paul, is you’d almost never see them trying to close the deal, inviting people to receive Christ, having an altar call. Those aren’t in the New Testament. What do you see them doing? Responding to the need of the moment and the individual circumstance with the person. Paul said in Colossians four, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom towards outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your words be with grace, seasoned as it were with salt.” I mean, that’s pretty cool, right? And then he says, “So that you know how to respond to each person.” And this is the key.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Greg: With a tactical approach using questions, it allows you to focus right on the individual. You know, just bringing a generalized cookie cutter thing and dumping it on them. You’re listening to them talk, you’re getting to know that individual. And that’s powerful in peoples’ lives.

John: Greg Koukl is sharing from his heart and his new book, Street Smarts. We’ve got copies of that here. Stop by our website, or call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY.

Jim: Greg, we’ve talked about the theoretical here. Now, let’s get down to some practical examples that you have.

Greg: Sure.

Jim: One is with the waitress in Seattle.

Greg: Oh yeah.

Jim: I love that. Often times, I’ve been with people. I’ve done this a couple of times. You know, we’re about to pray over our meal. Can we pray for something for you?

Greg: Yeah.

Jim: It’s a nice way to get that out there.

Greg: Yeah.

Jim: But what happened with this waitress in Seattle?

Greg: Okay, one of the advantages of asking questions is it gets you going in a simple way. And what a lot of people don’t realize is just asking simple questions is going to also make an impact, even though you’re not preaching the gospel. So here I am in Seattle. I did an apologetics event on Friday night and all day Saturday. I wasn’t the only speaker but I worked really hard. That Sunday morning, I had to preach in a church, and uh, so I’m dragging my roller bag out of the hotel into the café, on my way out. I’m just going to get some coffee to wake up, and the subtext here is I’m not a morning person.

Jim: (Laughing).

Greg: I quit. Before my first cup of coffee, I’m an atheist, right?

John: (Laughing).

Greg: So I do, honest to goodness, I do not want to talk to anybody about Jesus.

Jim: I kind of know that feeling from time to time.

Greg: Yeah. I don’t want to talk about God. I don’t want to talk, okay. And this waitress comes up to the table and she is way too energetic for that time of the day for me. “Hi, good morning. What are you doing here in Seattle?” So I figured I’d get rid of her. “Um, I’m going to preach in a church in two hours.” “Oh.” I thought she’d be scurrying then. “Oh, that’s great.” I say, “Why is that great?” I said, “Are you a Christian?” And she said, “No, I used to be a Christian but I’m not.” By the way, notice that I’m asking the question.

Jim: Yeah, right.

Greg: I’m confused by her response.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Greg: So I’m just asking a question, all right, and that’s the Columbo tactic. And the first question is, “What do you mean by that?” That’s the general question and here I am asking, “Why is that great?” which is Columbo. I’m not trying to witness. I’m just trying to figure out what she’s talking about. And she said, “No, I’m no longer a Christian. Now the universe takes cares of me.” And I’m thinking, huh. You know, what does that mean? So I asked her, “How can the universe take care of you? Is the universe a person?” She goes, “Oh no. No, it’s not a person.” “Well, how can it take care of you?” And that made her think. And then she says, “Well, um, God takes care of me.” “Oh, okay. That makes sense.” And then she says, “God is the universe.” And I’m thinking, huh. You know, kind of, but I didn’t say that. I’m being polite to her and I’m trying to figure out what she means. Now notice. I am not trying to witness.

Jim: Right.

Greg: I don’t want to witness.

Jim: You’re trying to figure it out.

Greg: It’s my inner Columbo that’s just coming out, you know, with simple questions of clarification and trying to figure out what she’s talking about. So I asked her some more questions. I didn’t have the slightest impact, or so it seemed, on her frame of mind. She was completely comfortable with her New Age thing. And then she trots off and brings my order and then when she brings my check, and this is the key. She says to me, “No one has ever asked me questions about my view before.”

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Greg: And it got me thinking, which is exactly what the Columbo tactic is meant to do.

Jim: Yeah.

Greg: And I said, “Well, if I had more time, you know, I could ask you more questions and you could do more thinking.” You know, I was kidding with her. It turned out I did have a copy of the Story of Reality in my bag which we’ve talked about here in the past, and so I gave her the copy, so I left something behind for her. But here’s the takeaway. I didn’t want to witness. I didn’t want to get involved in a conversation. I didn’t want to talk at all. But I couldn’t help myself in this conversation, just asking a couple of clarification questions, and it turned out God used that in her life, to get her thinking about her own view. And of course, that’s all I want to do. That’s my goal. It isn’t to close the deal. I’m not swinging for the fences. I just want to put a stone in their shoe. I just want to get them thinking. And that’s all the time I had for her.

Jim: No, that’s really good.

Greg: And now she’s in God’s hands.

Jim: Let me ask you this Columbo approach. I love it and we’ve mentioned that before, you and I, because I fell into it talking to people in DC. I kind of used that same approach. I’m not an attorney. I could meet with Supreme Court justices and others, and go, I don’t know much about this, but where do these rights derive from?

Greg: Right.

Jim: And they are very professorial or fatherly when they say, “Well, Jim, this is how it happens,” which is great.

Greg: Yeah.

Jim: Giving me a little, uh, tutorial. But you also in the book mention how lies and deception play into all this. And I’m not talking about DC directly, like nothing this refers to.

Greg: No. Yes.

Jim: But, but generally, how do lies and deception play into these conversations?

Greg: Well, um, this is more a backstory for us as followers of Christ, okay, and I talk about the spiritual battle on the street. Um, as Paul says in Ephesians six, “Our battle’s not against flesh and blood.” I mean, those are the points of contact and confrontation, but the real battle is in the spiritual arena, of the forces of wickedness in heavenly places. And the, when you look at the scriptures and it talks about the devil. It says over and over again, the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. He’s blinded the eyes of the unbelieving, you know. They can’t see Christ because of the blinding that he’s done. And so what the devil does is he blinds peoples from the truth by telling them lies.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Greg: And, um, Jesus said, “The devil is the father of lies.” He lies from his nature. So we take this insight then, we go to the culture and it helps to inform us that there are schemes going on and lies we see everywhere, and we see them and they’re obvious. A person says there is no truth. I mean, my quick response is, “Really, is that true?”

Jim: (Laughing).

Greg: It almost seems glib to say it but I try to weave it in with some other things but the point I’m making is this is obviously false, but people think this all over the place.

Jim: Well, you got to slow down a minute there.

Greg: Okay.

Jim: Because people need to hear what you said. When somebody said, “There is no truth,” and that’s the truth.

Greg: Yes.

Jim: They’re claiming a truth claim.

Greg: So last week, last weekend, I was giving a talk in a church in Denver and a woman came up to me and she said, her daughter went to university and the professor told the class that there is no truth, okay. Now I said she should ask for her money back, you know, kind of thing. But think of us. When somebody says that to you, I ask them, “What am I supposed to take away from this? I think you want me to believe you. I think you want me to affirm it. I think you want me to think you’re right in what you say, but the minute I try to do that, I’m being told by you that I can’t do that.”

Jim: Yeah. There is no truth.

Greg: I can’t believe what you said is true because there is none of that stuff. Now the point I’m making here is this is a way that a lot of people talk. People should know better, and it’s obviously false but they don’t see it.

Jim: Right.

Greg: Why don’t they see it? Because they have been blinded by the devil, all right. You talk about the gender issue right now. The gender issue, it’s hard to believe what’s happening in our country on the gender issue. Yet what, why can’t people see reality in this regard, okay? And the reason is is because there is a scheme that blinds the world to what is obviously so. Christians can see it, okay. The world doesn’t. So our job then is to go in graciously, understanding the enemy is up there or out there. He is the devil. The schemes, we see the schemes and then we maneuver graciously with questions. This is what I found to be the most effective, and in the book, I have lots of examples of specific questions for specific issues. Um, in order to help them to see, trusting that God will take the truth that we’re communicating to them and open their eyes.

Jim: Yeah. And that is so good, and I think that’s one of the difficulties we’re in right now in our country particularly is that the, the truth divide is getting bigger. You cannot say this is a hand. Well, you may say it’s a hand but I think it’s a foot.

Greg: Mm-hmm. That’s right.

Jim: Right? And that’s going to create great difficulty or bigger challenges for us to talk to non-believers.

Greg: That’s right.

Jim: Because it’s going to be harder to…

Greg: And you can’t parody this stuff. You just gave a little parody. Down the line, six weeks from now, somebody’s going to be doing that. They’re going to have a website all about it. That’s what’s so crazy.

Jim: Yeah, and followers.

Greg: Oh, and followers.

Jim: So in that context, uh, right at the end here. One of the obvious questions is as a Christian trying to equip him or herself to be able to do these things. What if they’re consistently feeling defeated? Even when you say, remember it’s not your battle. It’s God’s battle.

Greg: Yeah.

Jim: But it feels like you’re on the arena floor, spiritually, and so you walk away from a confrontation feeling like the score was 21-14 and I lost the game.

Greg: Sure, sure.

Jim: How do we get away from that scoreboard mentality, and just trust that God will use what you’ve done?

Greg: Right.

Jim: Your little mustard seed is sufficient.

Greg: Well, there’s a couple of thoughts that come quickly to mind. One of them is you read through scripture and you find these small things that people did, ended up being used for great effect in other peoples’ lives, okay. And I’ve seen that myself. But part of the difficulty is, is, look, everybody starts at the beginning. Everybody starts at the beginning. You want to start engaging culture, okay. We have the truth. How do we communicate that in a way that makes sense to the people that we’re talking to? Where there’s a learning process here. This is why in Street Smarts, I start out with a few chapters that kind of gets people going and then we talk about specific topics to give insight in the problems, and then once you have insight in the problems, having some dialogic kind of cues, asking questions to move forward. And then you start to do that, okay? Now what I tell people though, and I did this last weekend at the end of a talk, I said look, this is a great way to engage and it’s really, really productive, but if you don’t do it, it don’t work, okay.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Greg: What I’m trying to do is provide a way of allowing Christians to stay in the shallow end of the pool and still make a difference, but the key is the way we use questions. So if Christians want to make a bigger impact, they need to get a little bit more education about the issues themselves and about some method, I offer one, some method that’s effective to move forward. And when they do that, they’re going to see things change. I promise you, they will see things change, and they won’t feel so defeated, especially when they realize that their viewpoint, their view of reality, is actually true. And this is one of the greatest things…

Jim: Yeah.

Greg: … about Christians, apologetics. It helps Christians to face the toughest critic they’ll ever face and that’s themselves.

Jim: No, that’s good. Greg, this has been so good and there’s more to cover. Next time I want to come back and get real specific on the topic of abortion and some of the big cultural topics.

Greg: Okay.

Jim: Maybe do a little banter with you playing the opposition and we can go through that discussion just to equip people again on how to answer these questions and be engaged. But, boy, for the listener, for the viewer, this is a must read. I mean, these, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. I think I’m an evangelist at heart.

Greg: Mm-hmm.

Jim: So I get excited about this kind of equipping. It doesn’t intimidate me. I’m hungry for it, and if you’re in that spot or maybe you’re thinking maybe I can be in that spot, give us a call. Go to the website. Get a copy of Greg’s book. If you can join us in ministry and help us monthly, we’ll send you a copy of the book as our way of saying thank you for being in and helping other families. If you can only make a one-time gift, we’ll send you the book and to say thank you. The bottom line is get a copy of this book and begin that great challenge, and I like to think of it that way, of being equipped to ask the questions and answering some questions that people that don’t know the Lord are going to deeply benefit with.

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Helping Your Child Develop Resilience (Part 2 of 2)

Dr. Kathy Koch explores the importance of resilience in our lives and how we can nurture that trait in our children. As a parent, you are the key to your child’s resilience! Through intentional modeling, ongoing conversation and observation, and encouragement, you can help them learn to bounce back from struggles, get unstuck, and move forward with courage and confidence. (Part 2 of 2)

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Helping Your Child Develop Resilience (Part 1 of 2)

Dr. Kathy Koch explores the importance of resilience in our lives and how we can nurture that trait in our children. As a parent, you are the key to your child’s resilience! Through intentional modeling, ongoing conversation and observation, and encouragement, you can help them learn to bounce back from struggles, get unstuck, and move forward with courage and confidence. (Part 1 of 2)

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Trusting God As a Family Through Adversity

Rebecca St. James, and Joel and Luke Smallbone from the band, For King & Country, share how God provided for them in their time of need through family prayer and the support of other believers. It’s an inspiring story of faith, pointing to their new movie, Unsung Hero, releasing in theatres on April 26.

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A Legacy of Music and Trusting the Lord

Larnelle Harris shares stories about how God redeemed the dysfunctional past of his parents, the many African-American teachers who sacrificed their time and energy to give young men like himself a better future, and how his faithfulness to godly principles gave him greater opportunities and career success than anything else.

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Accepting Your Imperfect Life

Amy Carroll shares how her perfectionism led to her being discontent in her marriage for over a decade, how she learned to find value in who Christ is, not in what she does, and practical ways everyone can accept the messiness of marriage and of life.