Tim is a Bible-believing Christian, husband, father, teacher, apologist, author, and cancer survivor. Tim started Midwest Apologetics in 2005, a ministry dedicated to defending the word of God from the beginning to the end. Having long been interested in the creation v. evolution controversy and the corresponding age of the earth battle, Tim co-authored his first book, Old-Earth Creationism on Trial: The Verdict Is In in 2008 with Jason Lisle, Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Read more
Every older generation looks at the one rising up and at times wonders “Just what are these young people thinking?” And the younger generation looks at its predecessors as stodgy and set in their ways, vowing they will be the ones to change the world for the better.
But as time goes on younger generations tend to follow step with the previous generation and life marches on. But is that still true with this next generation of adults and leaders? Are we seeing this up and coming generation ushering in ideas principles that will change America and the professing Church in a very profound way? Jeff Strommen of HopeNet 360 joins us for a discussion on “generational differences”.
We’re also joined by Tim Chaffey of Midwest Apologetics to look at making certain when we “stand up for the truth” that we are standing on what the Bible says and not what we think it says.
Jesus’ teaching was not the main point of his mission. He came to save people through his death for sin and his resurrection. So his important ethical teaching only makes sense when you don’t separate it from these historic doctrines. If the Resurrection is a genuine reality, it explains why Jesus can say that the poor and the meek will “inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). St. Paul said without a real resurrection, Christianity is useless (1 Corinthians 15:19).
Telling your teenagers to invite their friends who don’t know Christ to youth group isn’t wrong, per se. But as a PRIMARY (or worse, THE primary) strategy for encouraging your students to share the Gospel, it’s actually not your best foot forward.
And yet, the mentality is pervasive. If I’m being transparent, I’m guilty of it myself. There have been times in the past where, in the context of a discussion on sharing the Gospel, I’ve encouraged students to get their non-Christian friends to youth group.
Again . . . Am I saying this is wrong? Of course not! Should we want our students to involve friends who don’t have a relationship with Christ in our ministries? Of course we should. So what’s the problem?
The problem is when this becomes the main thing our students hear when we talk about evangelism.