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Which Bible Translation is Best?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “there are so many translations of the Bible. Which is the right one?”   What would you say?   A trip to the bookstore will reveal a number of translations known by an alphabet soup of initials: KJV, ESV, NIV, RSV, or NET. These versions are published

Was the Resurrection of Jesus Faked?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Jesus didn’t actually rise from the dead. The resurrection story was faked.”   What would you say?   Many ancient Biblical authors seemed to see and experience the risen Jesus, and it’s difficult to explain these varied group experiences as simultaneous delusions or coincidental errors. Maybe that’s

Should Christians Force Their Religion On Others?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “I’m a Christian, but I don’t want to force my religion on others.”   What would you say?   We live in a pluralistic world, and we all have the tendency to believe that our subjective opinions, what’s often called “our truth,” is the truth. So, it’s

Definitions Matter: Freedom

  You’re in a conversation about freedom, but quickly get the sense that not everyone in the conversation is using the word in the same way. You’re both using the word “freedom” but mean completely different things by it.   What would you say?   Definitions matter. For a good conversation to even be possible,

Doesn’t Religious Liberty Protect Extremists?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Religious ‘freedom’ is bad because it gives cover for violent religious extremists.”   What would you say?   Some people think that religious liberty allows religious groups to do anything they want to do. So, extremist groups are able to use religious freedom as a license to

Is Religious Freedom Just a Way to Protect Privilege?

  You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Religion has been used to justify all kinds of bad things, like war and slavery. Claiming religious freedom is just about protecting privilege.”   What would you say?   Sometimes people think that standing up for religious freedom is really about clinging to power and privilege. They

Does Advocating for Religious Liberty Hurt Our Christian Witness?

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Standing up for religious liberty is bad for Christian witness. After all, aren’t Christians supposed to turn the other cheek?” What would you say? Sometimes people think that Christians who advocate for religious liberty do so at the cost of their Christian witness. They assume that defending religious

Has the Bible Been Corrupted?

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “The Bible we have now is not the same as what was originally written. It’s been corrupted over time.” What would you say? How has the Bible was passed down? Has it evolved over time? No. The next time someone says, “the Bible we have now is not

Don’t Impose Your Religious Beliefs on Me

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Religious people shouldn’t be allowed to impose their beliefs on others. Keep your faith between you and your God.” What would you say? Sometimes, people think that as long as the government doesn’t regulate what someone says or does inside a church building, they are respecting religious freedom.

Is Religious Freedom an Excuse for Discrimination?

You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Religious freedom is just an excuse for discrimination.” What would you say? Often, people assume that those who advocate for religious freedom really just want to be avoid the nondiscrimination laws that apply to everyone else. They assume that “religious freedom” is a way to make the rest

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