The Scandal of Incarnational Apologetics

incarnationalUntil recently I had never heard the term “incarnational apologetics.” At its most basic, incarnational apologetics means that the way we live as Christians is as much a part of our defense of the faith as the historical reliability of the Gospels or the various arguments for the existence of God.

According to David Wheeler, professor of evangelism at Liberty University…

… both the incarnational and informational approaches combine to create an authentic message. The holistic combination of a Christian who is well prepared informationally to defend his faith, combined with one who actually lives out his beliefs incarnationally as a transforming expression of Christ, is what powerfully speaks to non-Christians and compels them to receive Christ as their personal savior.

It seems silly that, as Christians, we have to remind other Christians to live like Christians: Be kind. Be generous. Forgive those who hurt you. Help those who need help. Let the joy of Christ emanate from you like the light that shoots from the Doctor when he’s regenerating.  [Continue reading]

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“The Wind and the Lion” (1975) Taught Me that Some Things are Worth Fighting For

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"The Wind and the Lion" is loosely (and I do mean loosely) based on an actual incident that took place in 1904. The real kidnapping victim was a man named Ion Perdicaris, but the movie turns the he into a she, and a minor footnote in history becomes … [Continue reading]

What Jackson Browne Gets Wrong (and Right) About Christians


As a songwriter, Jackson Browne can articulate the jumbled longings of the human condition better than anyone else. Sometimes his lyrics are immediately accessible, as in his brilliant indictment of modern consumerism “The Pretender.” Sometimes they … [Continue reading]

Christmas has Multiple Personality Disorder, which makes Everything OK

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My life-long relationship with Christmas has gone through several phases. As a child, of course, my affection was based on waking up on Christmas morning and finding a pile of gifts under the tree. Our family was relatively poor compared to most of … [Continue reading]