Setting Expectations

But first, to set some expectations. This is going to be an interactive course, so you can expect to be involved in discussion. You don’t have to speak up if you don’t want to, but you’re strongly encouraged to.

Second, I’m doing this here at Fairhaven as a pilot course for a series on apologetics to be published broadly for small group use. I’ll have written materials published before and after the sessions, drafts of what I intend to finally publish, and you could help me greatly by commenting on what’s good, what isn’t, what methods work, what topics matter, what topics don’t, and so on. 

Third, each of these sessions is stand-alone. We’ll be running this for six weeks, and you can come to any or all of them.

Fourth, since I believe it’s sin to teach apologetics in a boring manner, I’m going to do everything I can to keep this lively. Your participation is a big part of that, but I’ll take my responsibility for it, too. I’ve sat through presentations — by one of the most revered apologist in the world, even — that were just reading from PowerPoint slides. I hate reading from PowerPoint slides. At least if it’s overdone, which doesn’t take long to get there. 

Fifth, I think it’s sin, too, to teach apologetics without connecting everything to the heart, to worship, that is, as well as to the most current questions all of us are concerned with. Apologetics, like all Christian study and ministry, is an act of worship. May God guide me and all of us to go there together.

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