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Identifying Misinformation

  You’re scrolling through social media and someone shares a post that doesn’t sound quite right. Is it true, or is it another case of misinformation on the Internet?   What would you say?   Misinformation has always been around, but it’s even more of a challenge now that so much of our lives are

The Church is Full of Hypocrites!

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “The Church is just full of hypocrites!”   What would you say?   Have you ever met someone who claims to be a Christian, but doesn’t act like it? Maybe they are even outspoken about what the Bible says, or why a particular point of Christianity is

Why Would God Punish Jesus for My Sins?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Why would God punish Jesus for what I did? It’s barbaric and abusive for God to require a blood sacrifice from his own son for sins Jesus didn’t even commit. It sounds like ‘cosmic child abuse’.”   What would you say?   The next time someone says,

What’s the Point of Going to Church?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “I’m a Christian but I don’t go to church because I don’t get anything from it.”   What would you say?   Many Christians practice a do-it-yourself faith. While a majority of the population still claims to be Christian, church attendance is at a historic low. Clearly,

Which Bible Translation is Best?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “there are so many translations of the Bible. Which is the right one?”   What would you say?   A trip to the bookstore will reveal a number of translations known by an alphabet soup of initials: KJV, ESV, NIV, RSV, or NET. These versions are published

Was the Resurrection of Jesus Faked?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Jesus didn’t actually rise from the dead. The resurrection story was faked.”   What would you say?   Many ancient Biblical authors seemed to see and experience the risen Jesus, and it’s difficult to explain these varied group experiences as simultaneous delusions or coincidental errors. Maybe that’s

Should Christians Force Their Religion On Others?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “I’m a Christian, but I don’t want to force my religion on others.”   What would you say?   We live in a pluralistic world, and we all have the tendency to believe that our subjective opinions, what’s often called “our truth,” is the truth. So, it’s

Definitions Matter: Freedom

  You’re in a conversation about freedom, but quickly get the sense that not everyone in the conversation is using the word in the same way. You’re both using the word “freedom” but mean completely different things by it.   What would you say?   Definitions matter. For a good conversation to even be possible,

Doesn’t Religious Liberty Protect Extremists?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Religious ‘freedom’ is bad because it gives cover for violent religious extremists.”   What would you say?   Some people think that religious liberty allows religious groups to do anything they want to do. So, extremist groups are able to use religious freedom as a license to

Is Religious Freedom Just a Way to Protect Privilege?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Religion has been used to justify all kinds of bad things, like war and slavery. Claiming religious freedom is just about protecting privilege.”   What would you say?   Sometimes people think that standing up for religious freedom is really about clinging to power and privilege. They

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