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Why Does God Allow Natural Evil? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, December 9, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

I Thank God for My Doubts: A Personal Reflection

Sean McDowell, December 2, 2018

    Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   It might sound crazy, but I can honestly say that I thank God for my doubts. It’s not that I always appreciate having doubts. Sometimes doubts can be a burden. But even so, I realize something deeper about the… Read more »

Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, November 25, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Does Christian Hypocrisy Undermine the Reasonability of the Faith?

Sean McDowell, November 18, 2018

    Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   Christian hypocrisy has done massive damage to the Christian faith. According to author and social critic Os Guinness, the challenge of hypocrisy is second only to the problem of suffering and evil, and is one of the main reasons… Read more »

Does God Have a Secret Will for My Life? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, November 11, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Advice for Aspiring Authors

Sean McDowell, November 4, 2018

    Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   Over the past 12 years, I have had the opportunity to write a number of different books for students and adults in the area of apologetics and relationships. As a result, aspiring authors have often asked my advice for… Read more »

Clearing the Fog: Is Christianity Blind Faith?

Sean McDowell, October 28, 2018

    Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   Many atheist critiques of Christianity claim that faith is blind, irrational, stupid. In his book The God Delusion, leading atheist Richard Dawkins asserts that faith opposes reason, and calls faith a “delusion,” which he describes as “persistent false belief held… Read more »

God’s Origin Story: Guest Blog

Sean McDowell, October 21, 2018

      Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   Along with my regular posts at SeanMcDowell.org, I am now featuring some of my former students in the Biola Apologetics Program. This post is by my friend Timothy Fox, who helped me with both the Awana Advocates curriculum and the updated… Read more »

Did Jesus Really Claim to be God? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, October 14, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Comics and Cosmic Origins: Guest Blog

Sean McDowell, October 7, 2018

      Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Along with my regular posts at SeanMcDowell.org, I am now featuring some of my former students in the Biola Apologetics Program. This post is by my friend Timothy Fox, who helped me with both the Awana Advocates curriculum and the updated and revised Evidence… Read more »

10 Biblical Reasons God Allows Suffering

Sean McDowell, September 30, 2018

    Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   The existence of human suffering is arguably the most common and difficult problem raised against the existence and goodness of God. It is a particularly thorny issue because people experience it both emotionally and logically. The problem of suffering has been… Read more »

How Can We Know Heaven Exists? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, September 23, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Is COEXIST a Biblical Command? Guest Blog

Sean McDowell, September 16, 2018

        Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Along with my regular blog here at seanmcdowell.org, I am now featuring occasional guest posts from some students in the Biola M.A. in Christian Apologetics that I personally had the privilege of teaching. This post is from my friend Tim… Read more »

How Could A Loving God Send a Good Person to Hell? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, September 9, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

What is the Most Powerful Evidence for the Christian Faith?

Sean McDowell, September 2, 2018

      Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   For the past three years I have been helping my father update his classic book Evidence that Demands a Verdict. There is no doubt that the evidence for Christianity has grown substantially since the book first released in… Read more »

Does Truth Even Matter? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, August 26, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Does God Just Want Me to Be Happy?

Sean McDowell, August 19, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Along with my regular blog here at seanmcdowell.org, I am now featuring occasional guest posts from some students in the Biola M.A. in Christian Apologetics that I personally had the privilege of teaching. This post is from my friend Ryan Pauly,… Read more »

What about Atrocities Committed In the Name of Christ? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, August 12, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

The Old Testament Is Embarrassing

Sean McDowell, August 5, 2018

  Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   This summer, I have been studying the book of Exodus. As I have been paying attention to the story of Moses and details of the Mosaic Law, it has become clear to me that the Old Testament is embarrassing…. Read more »

What are the Best Questions for Spiritual Conversation? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, July 29, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Interview: How Should Christians Think about Social Justice?

Sean McDowell, July 22, 2018

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   How Should Christians Think about Social Justice? SeanMcDowell.org This is one of the most important interviews I have posted in awhile. And I can think of no one more qualified than my friend and colleague Thaddeus Williams. He is the author… Read more »

There’s no God? How boring!

Sean McDowell, July 15, 2018

  Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   There’s No God? How Boring! SeanMcDowell.org Recently I showed my high school students the movie Expelled by Ben Stein, where he claims that intelligent design proponents have lost jobs, lost tenure and had their reputations smeared. One of the memorable scenes… Read more »

Interview: How Does Christianity Fulfill our Deepest Aspirations?

Sean McDowell, July 8, 2018

  Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission.   How Does Christianity Fulfill our Deepest Aspiration? Author Interview.   My friend and Biola colleague Greg Ganssle has written a fascinating new book called Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspirations. Professor Ganssle takes a unique approach to the… Read more »

How Can I Be Sure of Heaven? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, June 24, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Were Some Books Left out of the Bible? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, May 27, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Critical Tactic: Surfacing the Question Beneath the Question

Sean McDowell, May 13, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] One difficult lesson I have learned in apologetics and evangelism is to identify the question beneath the question. To be honest, I have spent considerable time answering questions I thought people were asking, but because I was operating under false assumptions, I missed… Read more »

5 Reasons Our Culture Is Obsessed with Sex

Sean McDowell, May 6, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   Western culture is obsessed with sex. Sex dominates our movies, music, television, advertising, conversations, social media and more. But the question many people fail to ask is: why? There are myriads of reasons for this. Some reasons are certainly more germane than… Read more »

Can We Know Anything At All? Quick Video.

Sean McDowell, April 29, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Why GQ Is Wrong. The Bible is a Must-Read.

Sean McDowell, April 23, 2018

GQ recently posted an article titled, “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” It includes many classics such as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. And it also includes the Bible. [Original post by Sean McDowell here.] It would be easy to criticize… Read more »

Making Apologetics Personal: A Quick Lesson from John 4

Sean McDowell, April 22, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   It’s no secret that I love apologetics. I love to read apologetics blogs, study apologetics books, and have apologetics conversations. But there is a constant temptation I have to battle that I believe is common among many apologists: the temptation to simply study… Read more »

How Do We Communicate with Winsome Persuasion in our Hostile Culture?

Sean McDowell, April 15, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   Tim Muehlhoff and Richard Langer are two of my colleagues at Biola University. Dr. Muehlhoff teaches Communications and Dr. Langer teaches Biblical Studies and Theology. They recently partnered up to tackle a vital issue for today—how do Christians communicate with winsome persuasion in a culture that seems… Read more »

Why Does God Allow Evil? Author Interview for Groundbreaking Book.

Sean McDowell, April 8, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   Dr. Clay Jones is one of my colleagues in the Biola Apologetics M.A. program. Although he has been teaching and thinking about the problem of evil for decades, he has just released a new book: Why Does God Allow Evil? Here is my endorsement that… Read more »

Why Are There So Many Translations of the Bible? Quick Video

Sean McDowell, March 25, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

The Absurdity of Moral Relativism: A Student’s Perspective

Sean McDowell, March 18, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   When I was a full-time high school teacher, one of my favorite assignments was to have my students develop a creative project to illustrate what would follow if moral relativism were true. Students wrote stories, composed songs, made short films, and more. My all-time… Read more »

How Do You Talk to Kids About God? Interview with Author Natasha Crain.

Sean McDowell, March 14, 2018

(Original post by Sean McDowell here.) With the popularity of her blog and books, Natasha Crain has exploded onto the scene as an important voice in the world of parenting and apologetics (and beyond!). Her story, which she briefly shares below, is both encouraging and motivating for those of us who deeply care… Read more »

How Do We Help the Next Generation Navigate Culture?

Sean McDowell, March 11, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   As a parent of three kids, I am frequently trying to help them best navigate cultural voices vying for their hearts and minds. This is why I am thrilled about the new book  A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next… Read more »

7 Fascinating Facts that Make the Bible Unique

Sean McDowell, March 6, 2018

The Bible is a unique book. There is no other book that even stands in its category. (Original post by Sean McDowell at SeanMcDowell.org.) Below are seven factors that show how the Bible stands apart from all other books in history. We list many more facts in the updated Evidence that Demands… Read more »

Do Christian Kids Really Understand the Gospel?

Sean McDowell, March 4, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   The longer I interact with Christian young people, the more I wonder how many truly understand the gospel. Of course, many know the story of Jesus, but this is far different from grasping the nature of the gospel. Let me explain: One of the… Read more »

What about Those Who Have Never Heard of Jesus?

Sean McDowell, February 25, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Everyone Loves Sex: So Why Wait? Interview with Author Bryan Sands.

Sean McDowell, February 18, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   I recently received a book in the mail called Everyone Loves Sex: So Why Wait? by Bryan Sands. Given that my father launched the “Why Wait” sexual purity movement in the 1980s, when I was in my early teen years, I was curious to… Read more »

8 Inconvenient Truths about Pornography

Sean McDowell, February 11, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   For the past few years, I have been speaking and writing about the dangers of pornography. Although I have read dozens of books about the effects of porn, I recently heard Matt Fradd discuss it on Unbelievable? radio and decided to pick… Read more »

How Do You Best Prepare Students for College? Interview with Author Jonathan Morrow.

Sean McDowell, February 4, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Jonathan Morrow is one of the top communicators for both students and adults on apologetics and cultural issues. He is adjunct professor of Apologetics at Biola University (with me!) and director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute where he teaches high school… Read more »

What is True Tolerance? Quick Video

Sean McDowell, January 28, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Is Jesus Merely a Myth? Interview with Author David Marshall

Sean McDowell, January 21, 2018

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] I first heard of David Marshall when I encountered his book responding to the claims of the New Atheists (which is excellent, by the way). Then I heard him do an excellent job defending the existence of Jesus in a radio debate with… Read more »

Unbelievable? Interview with Justin Brierley about His New Book

Sean McDowell, January 14, 2018

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   Justin Brierley is the host of ” Unbelievable?” the UK-based apologetics radio/podcast show (which is one of my personal favorites!). I have had the privilege of being on the program twice to discuss the martyrdom of the apostles and talk about… Read more »

Why Apologists Need to “Lower the Bar”

Sean McDowell, January 7, 2018

[Original Post by Sean McDowell]   There is a lot of talk about how we need to raise the bar in parenting, youth ministry, education and so on. This idea is that to create change we need to “raise the bar” of expectations. In other words, if we want people… Read more »

How Do We Identify Our Biases?

Sean McDowell, December 31, 2017

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Who Is the “Fool” that Denies God? Not Who You Think.

Sean McDowell, December 24, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] A few summers ago I was doing my “Atheist Encounter” at a large student Christian camp in the Midwest. While the interaction with the audience sometimes gets heated (since I role-play an atheist, after all) the students in this session were far testier… Read more »

Should Students Be Exposed to Arguments Against Christianity?

Sean McDowell, December 17, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Sheltering students from beliefs contrary to Christianity is a big mistake. Let me say it again, to be sure it sinks in: Sheltering students from arguments for other religions, or against Christianity, is a bad strategy for developing them as disciples in the… Read more »

Freedom Through Obedience: A Lesson from Star Wars

Sean McDowell, December 10, 2017

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Personal autonomy has become the reigning virtue of our day. If it feels true to you, then it must be true for you. As SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy famously said, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence,… Read more »

Atheists May Not Believe In God, But They Still Live in His World

Sean McDowell, December 3, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] A few years ago I hosted a student debate at my church. Three of my high school students debated three students from the local freethinking club on the historical Jesus, intelligent design, and morality. The church was packed! One of the freethinking students… Read more »

What is a Worldview?

Sean McDowell, November 26, 2017

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.  

How Do We Make Theology Come Alive for Students?

Sean McDowell, November 19, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] How do we make theology engaging and interesting for students? While I certainly don’t claim to have it all figured out, and am always looking for some creative and new ideas, here are four lessons I have learned from roughly two decades of… Read more »

If God Has Done Such Great Miracles, Why Don’t More People Believe?

Sean McDowell, November 12, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Some time ago I was speaking on the evidence for intelligent design at a family camp in Michigan. Immediately after my talk—in which I discussed the evidence for design from DNA, fine-tuning, and more—a woman approached me and asked, “The evidence is really… Read more »

Cordial Disagreement is the Highest Honor

Sean McDowell, November 5, 2017

[Original Post by Sean McDowell]   We live in a time when impatience, personal attacks, and shallow criticism characterize much of the cultural dialogue. I can hardly ever post a blog without receiving personal criticism from someone to my left or my right. My concern in this post is not how… Read more »

Does the Bible Have Contradictions?

Sean McDowell, October 29, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Why Apologetics Has a Bad Name

Sean McDowell, October 23, 2017

(Original post by Sean McDowell can be found here.) In the updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict, my father and I lay out some of the most recent and compelling historical evidence for the Christian faith. And yet before we present the evidence, we offer some reasons why many Christians dismiss apologetics entirely…. Read more »

Does the Earliest Gospel Proclaim the Deity of Jesus?

Sean McDowell, October 22, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Scholars generally agree that Mark was the first written Gospel.[1] As a result, critics often claim that the doctrine of the deity of Christ does not appear clearly in Mark but emerges later in the Gospel of John. While there are certainly explicit… Read more »

Clearing the Fog: “Christianity Doesn’t Need Evidence Because Faith is Blind”

Sean McDowell, October 20, 2017

(Original post by Sean McDowell can be found here.) Many atheist critiques of Christianity claim that faith is blind, irrational, stupid. In his book The God Delusion, leading atheist Richard Dawkins asserts that faith opposes reason, and calls faith a “delusion,” which he describes as “persistent false belief held in the face… Read more »

How Do You Mirror the Greatest Person in History?

Sean McDowell, October 15, 2017

[Sean McDowell’s blog post originally appeared here.] Thaddeus Williams was a dorm mate of mine as an undergrad at Biola, and now we are both on faculty for our alma mater. Dr. Williams is also an author and frequent speaker at churches and conferences. He gave me the opportunity to endorse… Read more »

What is the Core Reason Kids Leave the Faith?

Sean McDowell, October 8, 2017

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] There has been a lot of discussion recently about why kids leave the faith. People have rightly drawn attention to the role of poor theology, the importance of kids owning their faith, the significance of intellectual issues such as the apparent tension between science and… Read more »

Unique Evidence for the New Testament: Interview with Lydia McGrew

Sean McDowell, October 1, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Lydia McGrew has written a fascinating book in defense of the reliability of the New Testament called Hidden in Plain View, which officially releases March 1. I first heard about it because she gave me the privilege of endorsing it along with William… Read more »

Was Jesus An Apologist?

Sean McDowell, September 29, 2017

(Original post by by Sean McDowell here.) A few years ago, I had a discussion with an influential theologian who claimed that Jesus was not an apologist. He pointed out that, except for 1 Peter 3:15, the New Testament appearances of apologia (“defense”) all come from the writing or ministry… Read more »

Is Biblical Teaching on Sex Hateful and Repressive?

Sean McDowell, September 29, 2017

(Original post by Sean McDowell here.)Let’s face it; we live in a world saturated with sex. Our movies, music, novels, politics, and even advertisements are dominated by sex. Essentially, the celebrated view of sex in our culture is: if it feels good, do it. According to the ideas propagated by the… Read more »

5 Earth-Shattering Events Linked to the Bible

Sean McDowell, September 28, 2017

(Original posted by Sean McDowell here) In the recent update to my father’s classic book Evidence that Demands a Verdict, we begin with a chapter on the uniqueness of the Bible. Unquestionably, in comparison to every book ever written, the Bible stands out as unique in a number of areas including authorship, literary… Read more »

​Apologetics Is Not Saying You’re Sorry

Sean McDowell, September 25, 2017

(Original post by Sean McDowell found here.) As a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, I (Sean) help prepare students to answer tough questions raised against the Christian faith. One day someone from outside the Biola academic community called our university to ask why we offer classes on apologizing for the… Read more »

Humorous Bible Translation Errors…and What They Mean for Biblical Reliability

Sean McDowell, September 25, 2017

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Jewish and Christian scribes took inordinate care in copying the Bible from one generation to the next. For a variety of reasons, we can have great confidence that our present Bibles have considerable fidelity to the original writings.[1] Hands down, the Bible is the most… Read more »

Do Miracles Still Happen Today?

Sean McDowell, September 24, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Interview: Updated and Revised “Evidence That Demands a Verdict”

Sean McDowell, September 19, 2017

Original post by Sean McDowell here. Used with permission. My friend Timothy Fox at Freethinking Ministries recently interviewed me regarding the updated version of Evidence That Demands A Verdict, which I had the opportunity to co-write with my father. He asked some great questions about the history of the book, its impact, and details regarding… Read more »

How Do We Cultivate the Art of Listening Well?

Sean McDowell, September 17, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Along with asking good questions, cultivating the art of listening well is one of the most important skills for Christians to develop today. And it is especially important for those who want to be effective apologists in our “argumentative” culture. Here are three… Read more »

Richard Dawkins Really Does Believe in Design

Sean McDowell, September 10, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Richard Dawkins is perhaps the most well known atheist in the world. For the past few decades he has been one of the most vocal critics of religion (and especially Christianity) as being both dangerous and delusional. In his popular book The God… Read more »

Book Review: Growing Young

Sean McDowell, September 3, 2017

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] We have all heard the grim news: Church attendance is declining across denominations and young people are disengaging the church.[1] In an effort to address this problem, the team at Fuller Youth Institute has released a new book: Growing Young: 6 Essential… Read more »

How Do We Determine the Truth of a Worldview?

Sean McDowell, August 27, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Does Jesus Promise Us Whatever We Ask For In Prayer?

Sean McDowell, August 25, 2017

[Original posted Sean McDowell here]   Not long ago I had the chance to preach at my home church on John 15:1-17, which is the well-known passage about the vine and the branches. The meaning of this passage is mostly straightforward and uncontroversial until you get to these words of Jesus:… Read more »

2 Lessons from Living on Skid Row

Sean McDowell, August 20, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Recently I had the opportunity of co-leading a trip of 30+ high school students to stay at the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row for three days. The students served meals in the kitchen, played Bingo with Mission residents, cleaned, played with children,… Read more »

Where Social Justice and Apologetics Intersect

Sean McDowell, August 13, 2017

  Recently I had the opportunity of leading 30+ high school students to live at the Urban Rescue Mission on Skid Row for 3 days. We helped serve meals, paint walls, play with kids, pray for people, and much more. To say the least, it was life changing. The trip… Read more »

Why Being “Blessed” is Better than Being “Happy”

Sean McDowell, August 6, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Our culture is obsessed with happiness. From the movies we watch, the purchases we make, and our obsessive use of technology and social media, it is clear that many people today live for happiness. You might be thinking, “So what? Isn’t happiness a… Read more »

Why Are Christians So Easily Offended? Quick VIDEO

Sean McDowell, July 30, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.

Has the Church sought out Unbiblical Power to Further the Gospel?

Sean McDowell, July 23, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Apologist Sean McDowell interviews author Kyle Strobel on his new book. Kyle Strobel has been a friend of mine since we were classmates in the M.A. Philosophy program at Talbot in the early 2000s. Now we are both professors at Biola (he’s at… Read more »

Are Questions Better Than Answers? No Question About It!

Sean McDowell, July 16, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Although it might surprise you, given that I grew up with a famous apologist father, my parents asked me more questions than they gave me answers. My parents did not want me to believe something simply on authority, but because I had good… Read more »

Announcement: New Apologetics Curriculum for Students!

Sean McDowell, July 16, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here]   Recently I had the chance to partner with Awana to create a yearlong, systematic, top-quality apologetics curriculum for students. It is the product of my work with students for the past two decades. My friend Tim Fox (Orthodox Fox) at Free Thinking Ministries was kind enough to… Read more »

The Story of Reality: Apologist Greg Koukl Discusses His New Book

Sean McDowell, July 9, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] Although I first heard of Greg Koukl as an undergrad at Biola University in the mid 90s, we became good friends in the early 2000s as students in the M.A. Philosophy program at Talbot. Greg is one of the leading apologists of our… Read more »

5 Game-Changing Books to Read this Summer

Sean McDowell, July 2, 2017

[Original Post by Sean McDowell]   I love reading. And what better time is there to read than summer? While there are certainly plenty of good books to read, here are five of my personal favorites. While they tend to be in the category of apologetics and culture, these books… Read more »

How Do You Watch Media with Wisdom and Discernment?

Sean McDowell, June 25, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here] Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California. Follow him on Twitter: @sean_mcdowell and his blog: seanmcdowell.org.  

How Do We Understand and Reach Generation Z?

Sean McDowell, May 4, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] For the past few months I have been reading every study I can find on Generation Z, (those born between 1995-2010). With the help of a graduate student who did some research for me, I found over 350 pages of research on Gen… Read more »

What is a Christian Worldview of Aging?

Sean McDowell, April 14, 2017

[Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] This goal of this blog is for me to soak up wisdom from my father and share it with you. I have been blessed to have an incredibly influential father, Josh McDowell. He has written over 150 books and spoken to more young… Read more »

What Is the Unique Worldview of Students Today?

Sean McDowell, March 17, 2017

  [Original post by Sean McDowell found here.] As a high school student, I went to a two-week worldview experience in the mountains of Colorado Springs called Summit Ministries. I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. Looking back now, over two decades later, I realize that… Read more »

What is the Best Evidence for Intelligent Design? Interview with Brian Johnson.

Sean McDowell, February 6, 2017

[Original Post by Sean McDowell]  Last year, when I was speaking at a church in South Dakota for a Heroic Truth Event, I met Brian Johnson. He invited me on his Podcast, and we had a great conversation about “hot” cultural issues today. Brian is one of the founders of… Read more »

5 Reasons You Should Get Apologetics Training

Sean McDowell, January 30, 2017

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] The purpose and nature of apologetics is often misunderstood. Some people think it’s about arguing for the faith. Others think it’s about apologizing.   In reality, apologetics simply refers to the defense of what you believe to be true. Tweet But isn’t apologetics someone else’s… Read more »

With Endless Information, Can We Know Anything At All?

Sean McDowell, January 1, 2017

  [Original Post by Sean McDowell  Recently I was speaking to a group of pastors, youth pastors, and other church workers in Idaho. One pastor asked a question that, in my experience, perfectly captures the thinking process of many students today. He said, “My younger brother, a Millennial, is constantly… Read more »

Do We Really Live In A “Post-Truth” World?

Sean McDowell, December 27, 2016

PHOTO CREDIT MIKE LICHT [Original Post by Sean McDowell  It’s official. The 2016 word of the year is “post-truth.” Last year it was an emoji. In 2014 the word was “vape.” And in 2013 it was “selfie.” With the truth twisting, emotional appeals, and personal attacks that characterized this past… Read more »

Should Christians Be Tolerant or Intolerant? Interview with Josh McDowell

Sean McDowell, December 18, 2016

[Original post by Sean McDowell] SEAN: Dad, what is tolerance and how should it properly be defined? JOSH: A traditional definition has been to respect and honor another person’s beliefs and values without endorsing them or accepting them. In other words, tolerance involves loving someone with whom you may totally disagree…. Read more »

9 Important Insights about Generation Z

Sean McDowell, December 8, 2016

Move over Millennials. A new generation is here. For the past decade, there has been considerable discussion about how to understand and reach Millennials. But now there is a new generation, roughly those born between 1995 and 2010, which are the newest focus. [Original Post by Sean McDowell] While the… Read more »

Truth is a Person—Not Simply An Idea

Sean McDowell, December 8, 2016

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] Truth matters. And in our moments of honesty, we all know this. Minimally, we all live as if truth matters. It’s unavoidable. Truth matters in religious matters too. All religions (including atheism) claim to present a true depiction of reality. And this includes Christianity. But… Read more »

Is It Okay to Have Doubts? Sean Interviews His Father Josh

Sean McDowell, December 8, 2016

This goal of this blog is for me to soak up wisdom from my father and share it with you. I have been blessed to have an incredibly influential father, Josh McDowell. He has written about 150 books and spoken to more young people live than anyone in history. But what… Read more »

How Did Christianity Prevail in Ancient Rome and What Can We Learn from It?

Sean McDowell, December 5, 2016

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] What was unique about Christian practices and teachings in the first three centuries of the church? And how did such a minority faith—which was considered irrelevant, extreme, and at odd with the role “religion” is supposed to play in a pagan society—ultimately prevail? In his recent… Read more »

What are the Best Questions for Meaningful Spiritual Conversations?

Sean McDowell, December 1, 2016

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] I love having conversations with people about spiritual matters. If we treat people with kindness, charity, and show a genuine interest in how they see the world, most people are open to discussing religious matters. In fact, in my experience, many people are eager for… Read more »

A Few Thoughts on the Hatmaker Position on LGBTQ

Sean McDowell, November 3, 2016

[Post by Sean McDowell] [Article by Sean McDowell] For a variety of reasons, I [Sean] rarely respond publicly to other Christians. But in this case, I feel compelled to do so. Last week, in an effort to be compassionate and loving, popular Christian author Jen Hatmaker came out in support of… Read more »

Why Are Christians So Defensive?

Sean McDowell, October 17, 2016

PHOTO CREDIT STEPHANE LAVOIE [Original Post by Sean McDowell] In case you are wondering, this is not a post in which I am going to bash the church. Far from it. I love the church. But I am going to point out a “weakness” that we urgently need to address… Read more »

New Intelligent Design Film Just Released! Creator Interview.

Sean McDowell, October 10, 2016

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] Illustra Media is the premier production company for the creation of video documentaries exploring the scientific evidence for intelligent design. Their movies include Unlocking the Mystery of Life, Darwin’s Dilemma, The Privileged Planet (my personal favorite), and many others. I use these videos regularly in my… Read more »

Allah or Jesus? Is God One? Interview with Nabeel Qureshi

Sean McDowell, October 10, 2016

[Original Post by Sean McDowell] Nabeel Qureshi is one of the leading apologists today on Islam. Raised in a devout Muslim home in the United States, Nabeel became a Christian in college. He records his faith journey in his first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (2014). His second book, Answering Jihad,… Read more »

Forgiveness: The Most Powerful Apologetic

Sean McDowell, September 23, 2016

PHOTO CREDIT STUART TRACTE Forgiveness: The Most Powerful Apologetic Posted by Sean McDowell SeanMcDowell.org We apologists love to offer evidence for the existence of God, the reliability of the Bible, and the resurrection of Jesus. These are powerful truths that have convinced many to personally trust Christ. Yet amidst our… Read more »