Sean McDowell

Critical Tactic: Surfacing the Question Beneath the Question

By Sean McDowell Jun. 19, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics

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 the heart of their query. Have you ever made this same mistake?

Here are three examples from my own life and ministry, and the brief lesson I learned from each of them ...

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

By Sean McDowell Jun. 12, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Marriage and Family

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 and college students. Check out his website and Twitter account: jonathanmorrow.org and @Jonathan_Morrow.

We co-authored the book Is God Just A Human Invention? together in 2010. Last week he released an update of his classic book Welcome to College. This has been one of the top books I recommend for future college students to read so they can experience relational, emotional, academic, and spiritual success. Check out this interview and if you are an aspiring college student, or you know one, consider getting a copy of his excellent book ...

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5 Game-Changing Books to Read this Summer

By Sean McDowell Jun. 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Christian Education, Culture, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

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 were all “game changers” for me that either led me to act or see the world differently ...

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Who Is the "Fool" that Denies God? Not Who You Think

By Sean McDowell Jun. 5, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics

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 and argumentative than normal ...

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How Do We Make Theology Come Alive for Students?

By Sean McDowell May. 22, 2017 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

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 teaching and speaking to students on theological issues ...

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Does the Earliest Gospel Proclaim the Deity of Jesus?

By Sean McDowell May. 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, New Testament

Scholars generally agree that Mark was the first written Gospel. 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 claims to deity in John, such as when Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am” (8:58), this critical challenge overlooks distinct proclamations of the deity of Christ throughout the Gospel of Mark.

Here is my contention: From the first chapter until the end, the Gospel of Mark proclaims that Jesus understood himself to be God. Consider six brief examples ...

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An Often-Missed Example of Media Bias

By Sean McDowell Apr. 29, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

It’s no secret that the mainstream media consistently skewers left. On social, cultural, and political issues, the mainstream media regularly biases stories against the conservative viewpoint (all while feigning balance).

But there is an example of media bias that many people often overlook—the very selection of stories itself is biased. In other words, while the media often spins stories towards the liberal perspective, there is a deeper kind of bias that operates on the level of which stories are even covered in the first place ...

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