Introducing the Think Institute

I (Joel Settecase) started blogging on apologetics in 2012. But that wasn’t my first foray into the sharing (evangelism) and the defense (apologetics) of the faith. Back in high school I would engage my fellow students and wrestling teammates with the Gospel and why I believed the Bible’s message was true. I also sought out… Continue reading Introducing the Think Institute

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On Staying Salty

How should Christians answer those who ask us about our beliefs or our lifestyle? There are many ways we could respond. When Paul addressed that question, though, he told the Colossian believers to keep their speech gracious, and to keep it salty. "Salty" in our day means getting upset over something unimportant. But in the… Continue reading On Staying Salty

The Shepherd’s Sheep-finding Mission

Whether we are sharing the Gospel, explaining the biblical worldview or defending the faith, we can be confident in what this verse promises. Those who are Christ's sheep—whom God has chosen beforehand to be saved—will, in God's perfect timing, hear the Gospel and believe it. As limited, very finite human beings, we don't know whom… Continue reading The Shepherd’s Sheep-finding Mission

Ends, Means and Evangelism

My son has been in the hospital for over two weeks now. My wife posts updates on her blog, but I have not written much about him (outside of social media). However, as Lukas has been hospitalized, I have been doing a lot of thinking about God's sovereignty, and I want to share my thoughts.… Continue reading Ends, Means and Evangelism

Video from the ARISE Interfaith Panel Discussion

Last night I participated in an panel discussion as part of the ARISE festival in Chicago. ARISE was put on by Northside College Prep H.S. senior Ibraheem Khan as part of the requirements for a scholarship he's receiving. Ibraheem and his partners Jonathan Lee (who attends my church) and Jacob Yosowitz did a fantastic job… Continue reading Video from the ARISE Interfaith Panel Discussion

Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: Christianity’s Best Representatives Are Bad

Christians must address Muslim misunderstandings through conversation based in relationships with Muslim people. I'm reading through a document by Dr. Sabeel Ahmed called "Effective Dawah," written in 2010 to equip Muslims to engage in outreach of non-Muslims to Islam, and the descriptions of Christianity and its various sects is very troubling. In a section on… Continue reading Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: Christianity’s Best Representatives Are Bad

Six Misconceptions About Christianity

The core of Christianity is the Gospel. However, the Gospel has many implications, and these are often misunderstood. Therefore, it can be easy to misunderstand Christianity's core or conflate it with its implications. Christians should be able to articulate the Gospel and recognize when Christianity is being misunderstood or misrepresented.  My preparation for an upcoming… Continue reading Six Misconceptions About Christianity

Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: The Bible Has Been Corrupted

 When spending any amount of time talking with Muslims about faith, the topic always comes up, “But the Bible has been corrupted!” We can use the Qur’an and the Muslim worldview in a way which points to Jesus and the Bible, the true authority! The Qur’an states 348 times to follow the signs. Show them… Continue reading Overcoming (Muslim) Objections: The Bible Has Been Corrupted

What Kind of Church Outreach Works?

Since I started in ministry back in 2011, I have been a student of church outreach methods and practices. What is outreach? Outreach is simply the activity of extending one's attention beyond one's church community in order to bring the Gospel to outsiders, and to bring outsiders to faith in Christ and into the church.… Continue reading What Kind of Church Outreach Works?

What About Those Who Don’t Believe in God?

As I prepare for tomorrow's message on the book of Jonah--the man who was plunged into the abyss, into the belly of a giant fish, and returned after three days--one concept has really shocked me. In this incredible (though not un-credible) story, there are two groups of people who become worshipers of the Lord, namely the… Continue reading What About Those Who Don’t Believe in God?