A Defense of the Faith
Why is it so important to have good reasons for your faith? What does it take to be an effective ambassador for Christ? This topic generally covers both the biblical command and benefits of Christian apologetics, and why it should be a part of every Christian life.
The Case for Life: Understanding and Explaining the Pro-Life View (2-3 sessions)
When does a fetus/baby become a person with human rights? Is there scientific and/or biblical evidence to support the personhood of the fetus from the moment of conception? How do we respond to various objections from the pro-choice movement?
Creation: The Beginning of Time (3 sessions)
Why is studying creation so important? Is there evidence for six 24-hour days of creation? What about dinosaurs? Where did Cain find his wife? How did people age? It goes on to cover God’s Curses, Methuselah, the Flood, and ‘Creation vs. Evolution’ issues depending on time available.
Evidence for the Existence of God (~2 sessions)
Do we really have any good reasons to believe that God exists? This topic primarily covers three separate irrefutable sets of evidence to support a belief in God: “First Cause,” “Intelligent Design,” and the “Origin of Morality”
Who was Jesus?
Did Jesus really exist? Did He really claim to be God? Is there evidence that Jesus was, in fact, the Son of God? This all-important topic gives extra-biblical evidence of Jesus’ existence in history, His claim to Deity, and evidence of His being the Son of God. The Trilemma is also discussed, which states that Jesus could only have been a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord, but not a great prophet or simply a good man.
Where Did Jesus Go While His Body Lay in the Tomb?
One of my primary focuses of personal study, this topic uses scriptural evidence and diagrams to show where Jesus may have gone and what He did during the three days before His Resurrection.
The Resurrection of Jesus
Did Jesus actually die on the cross? Is there real, historical evidence for the Resurrection of Christ? This talk addresses the very foundation of Christian belief, all of which is in vain if the Resurrection was not an historical event. The topic explains the importance of the Resurrection, proof of Jesus’ death, proofs of His resurrection, and refutes popular objections.
The Problem of Evil and Suffering (2-3 sessions)
Why do bad things happen to good people? How could a loving God, if He exists, allow so much evil and suffering in the world? This topic gives multiple answers to the #1 objection to Christianity in the world today, even showing how the ‘problem’ helps prove God’s existence. The topic also explains the most effective way to discuss this with others.
Who were the Nephilim? (Gen. 6)
This is a very unique and thoroughly fascinating study on a little-known mystery of the Bible! A great amount of personal time and research has resulted in a solid case for the identity of these beings. Spiritual applicability is found in studying how ancient myths and legends, or even contemporary secular beliefs of today, can be distorted versions of Truth.
The Problem of Unanswered Prayer
How does prayer actually work? How do we understand scriptural promises concerning prayer when we know that some of our prayers seem to go unanswered? Can we ‘change God’s mind’ with prayer? This can be a troubling issue for many in their spiritual walk, and this topic uses biblical context to help listeners better understand the nature of prayer.
The Problem of Pluralism and ``What about those who never hear the Gospel?``
Is Jesus really the only way? Can’t all religions have an element of Truth to them? If Jesus really is the only way to heaven, what about all those who never had a chance to hear about Jesus? We will tackle this age-old question.
Study of Revelation (~2 sessions)
What can we expect? What does it mean? Are we in the End Times? Is reference to America in the Bible? Through the study of Scripture, timelines, and current events, we can gain a greater understanding of the Second Coming of Christ, Armageddon, the Antichrist, and other end-time events.
When Jehovah's Witnesses Come Knocking
What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe? How do I most effectively engage with them when they show up at my door? This topic will cover the theological problems with some of their beliefs and how best to question their beliefs in a winsome manner.
Biblical Roles of Men, Women, Husbands, and Wives
How do we understand these roles described in Scripture? Which verses are cultural, and which are currently applicable? A misunderstanding of these somewhat controversial verses can be very detrimental to both men and women.
Proof of Messiahship through Fulfilled Prophecy
Does the Old Testament foretell the coming of the Messiah? Does Jesus fit the criteria? This study delves into the undeniable ways in which only Jesus could have fulfilled the clear prophecies of Scripture, written hundreds of years before He was born. It also includes a mathematical proof of Jesus’ Messiahship through Daniel’s prophecy.
Homosexuality and the Bible
Is the Bible silent, condemning, or supportive of homosexuality? This topic covers both the biblical and physiological evidence which deals with the issue of engaging in homosexual activity.
Why would a loving God send people to hell?
How do we tackle this common objection when it comes up in conversations regarding Christianity?
Understanding God's Commands in the Old Testament
Why does God seem angry in the OT, but a loving father in the NT? How do we understand His commandment not to murder in light of His instruction for Israel to kill all the Canaanite men, women, and children in the Promised Land? Why does God tell Abraham to sacrifice his son (which seems certainly like murder), and then retract the command at the last minute?
Why did Jesus have to die for our sins? Why can’t God forgive humans without someone being killed (Jesus in this case)? If God requires human sacrifice (a perfect human in this case) in order to forgive sins, how come we humans can forgive someone without human sacrifice?
This topic investigates what the Bible teaches concerning this controversial practice.
Evidence for the Holy Trinity
The Trinity is a foundational doctrine of Christianity that states that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three Persons in One. This topic gives evidence to support this Christian concept.
The Greatest Book Ever Written
Is the Bible really still reliable after nearly 2000 years? What makes it so special? This topic covers how the Bible is unique in its continuity, reliability, circulation, translation, and accuracy.
This topic investigates what the Bible has to say about alcohol consumption. Isn’t wine in Scripture? How much is too much? This talk covers it all.
Speaking in Tongues
What does the Bible say about ‘speaking in tongues’ and what does it mean exactly? This topic explores the Biblical context of this practice, rules surrounding it, and its contemporary applicability.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
What does this actually refer to? Is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit a separate event from accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Is it biblical?
Women in the Bible
Does the Bible seem oppressive of women? Why do biblical instructions seem to treat women more like property than equals? Why would a loving God seem to condone this treatment in the NT? Are the instructions regarding women in the Bible supposed to be applicable today or do they simply reflect the culture of the time?
With greater notice the following topics may also be covered:
The Logical Argument for Christianity
Understanding God’s Relationship to Time
Christianity and Historical Violence
The Presupposition of Antisupernaturalism
The Root and Beliefs of Roman Catholicism
The Difference between Biblical Translations
Christianity Among World Religions
Major Differences between Protestant Denominations
The Creation of the Biblical Canon
Submersion vs. Sprinkling
An Understanding of Calvinism and Its Tenets