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Overview

In the Apologetics: Foundational Certificate Program you’ll learn how to clearly present a biblical defense for the Christian faith. You’ll study how to share the faith in a postmodern context, answer major objections to the Gospels, and discover the role of covenant in apologetics. These courses will help you understand how to point nonbelievers toward Jesus in ways that engage both the heart and mind.

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AP101 Introducing Apologetics

  • Instructor: Bobby Conway
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Video Hours: 5

Presenting a defense for faith in Jesus is central to the ministry and mission of all Christians. Dr. Bobby Conway leads viewers through his own personal story, biblical examples of effective witness, and clear reasoning that points to God’s activity in our world today. View descriptions of the Bible’s reliability and the implications of Christian claims about the resurrection. In this winsome presentation, Christians will find effective means to point unbelievers toward Jesus in a way that speaks to the heart as well as the mind.

Contents:

Unit 1: What is Apologetics
  • How I Got into Apologetics
  • What We Need to Know to Do Apologetics
  • Apologetics Quiets Objections
  • Lifestyle Apologetics
  • Doubt and John the Baptist
  • Doubt and Job
  • Different Approaches to Apologetics
Unit 2: DEFENSE Acrostic
  • Defending the Faith
  • Demonstrate the Reality of Truth
  • Demonstrate the Reality of Truth part 2
  • Demonstrate the Reality of Truth part 3
  • Exemplify how the Opposite of True is False
  • Frame arguments that Reveal God’s Existence part 2
  • Frame arguments that Reveal God’s Existence part 2
  • Frame arguments that Reveal God’s Existence part 3
  • Frame arguments that Reveal God’s Existence part 4
  • Frame arguments that Reveal God’s Existence part 5 human DNA
  • Frame arguments that Reveal God’s Existence part 6 Moral Argument
  • Frame arguments that Reveal God’s Existence part 7 3 Moral Observations
  • Elucidate How God’s Existence Makes Miracles Possible
  • Elucidate How God’s Existence Makes Miracles Possible part 2
  • Nail Down Claims that Demonstrate the Reliability Of the NT
  • Nail Down Claims that Demonstrate the Reliability Of the NT part 2 Internal Test
  • Nail Down Claims that Demonstrate the Reliability Of the NT part 3 External Test
  • State How the Scriptures Confirm Christ’s Deity
  • State How the Scriptures Confirm Christ’s Deity part 2
  • State How the Scriptures Confirm Christ’s Deity part 3
  • State How the Scriptures Confirm Christ’s Deity part 4
  • State How the Scriptures Confirm Christ’s Deity part 5
  • Explain How the Empty Tomb Confirms Christ’s Birth, Life, Death and resurrection
  • Explain How the Empty Tomb Confirms Christ’s Birth, Life, Death and resurrection part 2
  • Explain How the Empty Tomb Confirms Christ’s Birth, Life, Death and resurrection part 3
  • Explain How the Empty Tomb Confirms Christ’s Birth, Life, Death and resurrection part 4

Dr. Bobby Conway is lead pastor of Life Fellowship Church near Charlotte, NC. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), Southern Evangelical Seminary (DMin), and is a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham, England. He is the author of The Fifth Gospel andDoubting Toward Faith and is the founding host of The One-Minute Apologist.

Bobby and his wife, Heather, are speakers for Family Life’s “Weekend To Remember” marriage conferences. They live in North Carolina with their two teenagers, Haley and Dawson.

AP211 Show and Tell: Apologetics in the Postmodern Context

  • Instructor: Jim Belcher
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Video Hours: 6

Dr. Jim Belcher’s course offers a necessary look at postmodern culture and how living in this time affects believers, unbelievers, preaching, apologetics, and the future church. He begins with the philosophical and social background to postmodernism, considers characteristics of postmodern people, and suggests the consequences for these individuals and the community. Finally, Dr. Belcher provides a solution for sharing Christianity in this context.

Contents:

Unit 1: The Reason for This Course
  • Learning from Lesslie Newbigin and Tim Keller
  • Finding a Passage and Creating a Collection
  • Contextualization and Culture
  • Dangers of Contextualization
  • How Apologetics Helps Us Overcome Fear
  • Using Psalms Explorer to Study Fear in the Psalms
  • Paul as an Example of Contextualization
Unit 2: Philosophical Foundations
  • From the Medieval World to the Enlightenment
  • The Failure of Modernism
  • The Postmodern Turn
  • Pessimistic and Optimistic Postmodernism
  • Using Wikipedia and Combing Notes from Different Resources
Unit 3: Postmodernism: Five Characteristics
  • Morally Aimless: Moral Relativism
  • Using the Factbook and Creating Quote Slides
  • Morally Aimless: Morals Only a Social Construct
  • Morally Aimless: Moral Individualism
  • Morally Aimless: Blind to the Moral Dilemma
  • Captive to Consumerism
  • Broken Relationships
  • Binge Drinking
  • Lacking Interest in Social and Political Life
  • Postmodern Characteristics: Conclusions
  • Exploring the Ten Commandments
Unit 4: Postmodernism: Three Losses
  • Lost Horizons (Part 1)
  • Lost Horizons (Part 2)
  • Lost Sense of Self
  • Lost Freedom
  • The Losses: Bottom Line
Unit 5: Postmodernism and Apologetics
  • “Boosters” versus “Knockers”
  • Example of Culturally Sensitive Christian Apologetic
  • Healthy Contextualization: Confronting and Completing
  • Common Ground: Human Beings Are Moral Animals
  • Common Ground: Human Life Is Shaped by Liturgy
  • Common Ground: Examples of Social Liturgy
  • Denying Reality: Fear of Death
  • Denying Reality: Transference
  • Denying Reality: Is “Normal” Really Normal?
  • Denying Reality: The Solution to Facing the Fear of Death
  • Adapting Our Preaching to This Apologetic
  • Regaining the Ideal Self: Biblical Narrative
  • Regaining the Ideal Self: Illustrated by Eustace Scrubb
  • Using Clause Search to Find Where Jesus Calls
  • Regaining the Ideal Self: Dead to Sin but Alive to God
  • Creating a Custom Guide to Study a Book of the Bible
  • Calling: The Secret Signature of the Soul
  • Regaining Horizons: C. S. Lewis and the Power of Story
  • Regaining Freedom in Community: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Finding Information about Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Your Library

Dr. Jim Belcher is the president of Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California and former associate professor of practical theology at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is the founding and former lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Newport Beach, California, where he served from 2000–2010 and led a period of steady growth. He is the author of the award-winning book Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional (InterVarsity Press, 2009).

Dr. Belcher is the former founding and lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California, where he served from 2000–2010, and led a period of steady growth. He was the cofounder of the Restoring Community Conference: Integrating Social Interaction, Sacred Space and Beauty in the 21st Century, a conference for city officials, planners, builders, and architects. He and his wife, Michelle, have four children and live in southern Florida.

AP113 Objections to the Gospels

  • Instructor: Michael R. Licona
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Video Hours: 6

In his Objections to the Gospels course, Dr. Michael R. Licona explores the major objections to the reliability of the Gospels posed by modern critics. This course provides you with strong historical background to the text and authorship of the Gospels and a greater appreciation for these works.

Contents:

Unit 1: Answering the Major Objections to the Gospels
  • Having an Accurate View of the Gospels
  • The Basis of our Biblical Text
  • Conclusions of New Testament Textual Criticism
  • Why So Many Translations?
  • Is the Bible True?
  • Undesigned Coincidences
  • Criteria for Canonicity
Unit 2: Authorship of the Gospels
  • Who Wrote the Gospels?
  • Who Wrote the Gospels?: Mark
  • Who Wrote the Gospels?: Luke
  • Who Wrote the Gospels?: John
  • Who Wrote the Gospels?: Matthew
Unit 3: Dating of the Gospels
  • Evidence of Authorship
  • Gospel Dating: Mark
  • Gospel Dating: Matthew and Luke
  • Gospel Dating: John
  • Remembering the Past
Unit 4: Eyewitness Testimony
  • Gospels: Written Accounts of Eyewitnesses
  • Protective Anonymity
  • Oral Tradition
Unit 5: Objections to Miracles
  • Are Miracles Metaphysically Possible?
  • Balancing Argument from Hume
  • Bayes’ Theorem
  • Probable Explanations and Miracles
  • Near Death Experiences
  • Parallels
  • Gospels Are Novels
Unit 6: Contradictions
  • Putting Contradictions in Perspective
  • Genre of the Gospels
  • Genealogical Redaction for Theological Purposes
  • What Are the Differences among the Gospels?
  • Writing Ancient History
Unit 7: Why Are There Differences among the Gospels?
  • Plutarch’s Lives
  • Transferal
  • Spotlighting
  • Simplification
  • The Implications of Literary Devices in the Gospels

Dr. Mike Licona is associate professor of theology at Houston Baptist University. He holds a PhD in New Testament Studies from the University of Pretoria, which he earned with distinction and the highest marks.

Dr. Licona was interviewed for Lee Strobel’s book The Case for the Real Jesus and he appeared in Strobel’s video The Case for Christ. He is the author of numerous books, including The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach and Paul Meets Muhammad: A Christian-Muslim Debate on the Resurrection, coauthor with Gary Habermas of the award-winning book The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, and coeditor of Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science. His next book will concern ancient compositional devices resulting in discrepancies in the Gospels and Plutarch’s Lives. Dr. Licona is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He has spoken on more than seventy university campuses and has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs.

AP120 Introducing Covenantal Apologetics I: Foundations

  • Instructor: K. Scott Oliphint
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Video Hours: 10

Dr. K. Scott Oliphint begins with the basics—what is covenantal apologetics and why do it? What is the basis for defending the Bible’s truths? He provides examples from the Old and New Testaments, and uses the doctrines of Scripture, God, man, and salvation as a biblical warrant for apologetics. Throughout the course, Dr. Oliphint focuses on humanity’s covenant relationship with God in all things.

Contents:

Unit 1: An Old Testament Defense
  • God’s Relationship with His Creation
  • Covenant and Creation
  • An Adversarial Relationship
  • The Lord in Battle: Preparation and Presence
  • The Lord in Battle: Praise in Victory
Unit 2: A New Testament Defense
  • Holy War in the Wilderness
  • The New Testament and the Wilderness
  • Christ’s Footstool
  • The Coming of the Kingdom
  • A Spiritual Battle
  • The Death of Death
  • Christ as Victor
Unit 3: The Apologetics Locus Classicus
  • Introduction to 1 Peter 3:15
  • God Is Our Shield
  • The Role of Suffering
  • A Christian Response to Suffering
  • Suffering as Blessing
  • Performing a Morphology Search for Kakoō
  • Setting Apart Christ as Lord
  • Finding Old Testament Allusions with the Passage Guide and Explorer Tool
  • Christ as Lord in Apologetics
  • All Christians Are Apologists
  • Researching Exegetical Issues in 1 Peter 3:15
  • The 3-Step Approach to Apologetics
Unit 4: Apologetics and 2 Corinthians 10:1–5
  • Biblical and Theological Foundations
  • The Sophists
  • Researching the Idea that Paul’s Opponents in 2 Corinthians Were Sophists
  • Paul’s Message to the Corinthians
  • Paul’s Personal Apologetic
  • Paul’s Life “In the Flesh”
  • Weapons of Christian Warfare
  • Searching for the Power of God in the New Testament
  • Destroying Strongholds
  • Taking Thoughts Captive
  • Summary of Paul’s Teaching in 2 Corinthians 10:1–5
Unit 5: A Theological Basis for Apologetics
  • Apologetics Rooted in the Bible and Theology
  • The Effect of Preunderstandings
  • The Hermeneutical Circle
  • Apologetics and Philosophy, Part 1
  • Apologetics and Philosophy, Part 2
  • Scripture as the Foundation of Apologetics
  • Explicit Presuppositions
  • Biblical Theology and Hermeneutics
  • Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology, and Exegesis
Unit 6: The Doctrine of Scripture
  • The Foundations of Existence and Knowledge
  • Revelation as the External Source of Knowledge
  • Knowledge and the Unregenerate
  • Knowledge and the Regenerate
  • Scripture’s Essence: A Divine Document
  • Scripture’s Essence: Its Self-Witness
  • Scripture’s Essence: Its Authority
  • Special Revelation: Necessary for Salvation
  • Exploring the Catholic and Protestant Canons
  • Special Revelation: Its Relationship to General Revelation
  • Scripture’s Sufficiency: Implications
  • Scripture’s Sufficiency: Glorifying God
  • The Sufficiency of Natural Revelation
  • Scripture’s Authority: Its Self-Attestation
  • Scripture’s Authority: The Word of God
  • Scripture’s Authority: Calvin’s Perspective
  • Scripture’s Authority: The Proper Order
  • Scripture’s Authority: The Church and the Text
  • Scripture’s Authority: An Illustration
  • The Authority of Natural Revelation
  • The Perspicuity of Special Revelation
  • The Perspicuity of General Revelation
  • The Implications of Revelation’s Perspicuity
Unit 7: The Doctrine of God
  • God’s Aseity
  • God’s Aseity: Simplicity
  • God’s Aseity: Sovereignty
  • God’s Condescension
  • God’s Condescension: Moses
  • God’s Condescension: The Burning Bush
  • God’s Condescension: Jesus
  • Studying Jealousy with the Bible Word Study Guide
  • God’s Condescension: Psalm 50
  • Examining Names for God in Psalm 50:1
  • Aseity and Condescension: Jesus
  • God’s Eternal Decree
  • God’s Eternal Decree: Mystery
  • God’s Triunity
  • God’s Triunity: Unity and Diversity
  • God’s Triunity: Equal Ultimacy
  • God’s Triunity: Categories for Interpretation
  • Studying the Trinity with the Sermon Starter Guide
Unit 8: The Doctrine of Man
  • The Image of God
  • The Image of God after the Fall
  • Image of God in Romans 1
  • Suppression of the Truth
  • The Image of God and Worship
  • Breath of God
Unit 9: The Doctrine of Salvation
  • Introduction to the Doctrine of Salvation
  • An Overview of Arminianism
  • Total Depravity, Part 1
  • Total Depravity, Part 2
  • Unconditional Election, Part 1
  • Unconditional Election, Part 2
  • Unconditional Election, Part 3
  • Limited Atonement, Part 1
  • Limited Atonement, Part 2
  • Limited Atonement, Part 3
  • Irresistible Grace
  • Perseverance of the Saints, Part 1
  • Perseverance of the Saints, Part 2

Dr. K. Scott Oliphint, is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and the author of numerous articles and books, most recently Covenantal Apologetics. He is also coeditor of Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics.

AP121 Introducing Covenantal Apologetics II: Applications

  • Instructor: K. Scott Oliphint
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Video Hours: 5

In this follow-up to AP120, Dr. Oliphint turns to the applications of covenantal apologetics for today’s world. He begins with the elements of common grace and God’s mercy, describes the covenantal view of sin and human nature, and offers responses to the most common apologetics issue—the problem of evil. Dr. Oliphint provides ample biblical and theological support throughout.

Contents:

Unit 1: Common Grace and Apologetics
  • Common Grace Defined
  • God’s Good Gifts to the Unregenerate, Part 1
  • God’s Good Gifts to the Unregenerate, Part 2
  • God’s Restraint of Evil, Part 1
  • God’s Restraint of Evil, Part 2
  • Using Calvin’s Institutes in Logos
  • Religious Righteousness of the Unregenerate
  • Common Grace and Apologetics
Unit 2: Worldview and Apologetics
  • Defining “Worldview”
  • The History of the Concept of Worldview
  • James Orr
  • Surveying James Orr’s Impact on Apologetics
  • James Orr on Worldview
  • Abraham Kuyper
  • Abraham Kuyper’s Notion of Antithesis
  • Abraham Kuyper and Apologetics
  • Herman Dooyeweerd
  • Postmodernism and Worldview
  • The Demise of Postmodernism
  • A Definition of Worldview, Part 1
  • A Definition of Worldview, Part 2
  • A Definition of Worldview, Part 3
  • A Changed Heart
Unit 3: A Covenantal Apologetic
  • Defining Covenantal Apologetics
  • Brute Facts
  • Covenant Apologetics and Traditional Apologetics
  • Natural and Special Revelation
  • The Apologist’s Task
  • The Starting Point for Apologetics
  • The Starting Point for Rationalistic Apologists
  • The Starting Point for Covenantal Apologists
  • Creating a Clippings File to Record Quotes by Calvin on Apologetics
  • Reason, Logic, and God
  • Studying Logic in Apologetics by Creating and Searching a Custom Collection
  • Logic in the Christian Context
  • The Background of the Transcendental Approach
  • Kant’s Transcendental Approach
  • Transcendental Argumentation
Unit 4: Apologetics Applied to the Problem of Evil
  • Stating the Problem
  • A History of the Problem of Evil
  • Contrasting Two Hebrew Words for Knowledge in Genesis 2–3
  • The Free Will Defense, Part 1
  • The Free Will Defense, Part 2
  • A Response to the Free Will Defense
  • The Evidential Problem of Evil
  • A Christian Context for the Problem of Evil

Dr. K. Scott Oliphint, is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and the author of numerous articles and books, most recently Covenantal Apologetics. He is also coeditor of Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics.

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  • Title: Apologetics: Foundational Certificate Program
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 5
  • Video Hours: 32

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