The Art of Persuasion

Sharon Apologetics, Communication, Evangelism 0 Comments

Here’s a fun question to ask yourself: If you could sit down and have a conversation with the person you were 10 years ago, what would you say to your younger self? On what topics would you agree, and on what would you disagree? As I think about the ways in which I’ve grown in the last 10 years, I …

Your Body Matters

Sharon Apologetics, Evangelism 0 Comments

“Who you are speaks so loudly that I can’t hear what you say.” Those are the words of Mayor Cory Booker, who I discussed in my last post as part of my reflections on the Willow Creek Leadership Summit. Today I’m going to conclude those reflections by highlighting the life and message of another speaker, but Mayor Booker’s words were …

Experiencing God

Sharon Apologetics, Theology 1 Comment

About five years ago my pastor and I sat down to dinner with a young man who had questions about the Christian faith. I had been conversing with the man via e-mail, so my pastor decided to join us for a face-to-face chat. Our curious conversation partner was extremely bright and had a lot of great questions, but after an …

Christmas and Atheism

Sharon Apologetics, Evangelism, Seasonal 1 Comment

This week I happened upon a news story about the above billboard–posted in New Jersey by the atheist advocacy group American Atheists–and the subsequent backlash that ensued. As you look at this billboard (you can click on it for a larger view), I want you to pause for a moment and reflect on your feelings about it. What kind of a …

Why Christian Evangelism Sometimes Falls Short

Sharon Apologetics, Evangelism 9 Comments

In the last month I’ve written a couple posts incorporating my doctoral studies with the practical, every-day-life concerns of being a Christian woman. I was kind of nervous about those posts because I thought you all might get as far as the first paragraph and then say “YAWN”….click. Never to return again. Fortunately, my readers are amazing and y’all were …

Religion as a Human Reflex

Sharon Apologetics, Evangelism, Worldview 1 Comment

This week I heard a truly fascinating story on NPR about why ALL humans, no matter their skepticism, are inclined to sense or experience the supernatural. The story began with a scientist named Jesse Bering who was a confessing atheist but, upon losing his mom, had a supernatural experience. The evening after her passing, he heard the wind chimes chiming …

How to Talk About Sin

Sharon Apologetics 2 Comments

The title I initially wanted to give this post was “How to Talk About Sin Without Sounding Totally Self-Deprecating”–but I thought that was a little too long! Either way, this is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately. It all started several months ago when my husband and I were sitting in a Starbucks reading. Ike …

The Power of a Personal God

Sharon Apologetics, Evangelism 4 Comments

This past week I’ve been listening to an excellent sermon series by Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church in Atlanta. The series is entitled “It’s Personal,” and in it he makes the case for why people should become Christians. In typical Andy Stanley fashion, he approaches the topic from a completely fresh perspective, and I want to share one …

A Woman’s Response to “New Atheism”

Sharon Apologetics, Evangelism, Worldview 5 Comments

Today I read an interesting articled published in First Things magazine by David B. Hart entitled “Believe It Or Not.” Hart is a Christian apologist who specifically grapples with the beliefs of New Atheism, and he does so in his book Atheist Delusions. This most recent article is written as a response to a recently published book titled 50 Voices …