The easiest way for me to learn new things is to listen to interesting speakers on my CD player or on my iPOD as I drive (no don’t use the headset while you drive, use an FM transmitter attached to your iPOD so you can hear it on your car speakers).The best source for this is Stand to Reason’s “Ambassador Series.”
This is a set of CD’s that walk you step by step through all the basic issues of Apologetics and Reasoning. They are all easy to understand and the teacher, Greg Koukl is easy to listen to and very engaging. You won’t be bored and you won’t regret it. My wife says she likes his teaching even better than mine.
You can go to this website to order these CDs: www.str.org. Go to their “store,” select “Shop US” and enter this into the search field: “Ambassador Basic Curriculum.” You will see 3 sets of CD’s each set is about $25. It’s well worth it. You can buy all 3 for $70. (No I don’t get a cut…).
www.str.org has many other great resources and they also have a lot of information that you can search, to find answers to your questions. Anytime someone asks you a tough question, you can go there and look it up. There are also some great CDs with debates that will teach you how to answer many of the toughest questions.
Here’s a list of pages with Podcasts & MP3’s of talks and Debates:These links list multiple great PodCasts that you can download to your iPOD or MP3 player or play on your computer.
The Veritas Forum Podcasts: http://www.veritas.org
Phil Fernandes’s Talks: http://server.firefighters.org/fernandes.asp
William Lane Craig debates: http://www.stafforini.com/blog/william-lane-craig-a-complete-list-of-debates/
Resource 2: Books
If you are a reader of books, then here are the books I recommend you start with:
You can find most of these at a church bookstore or on Amazon.com or at a local Christian bookstore. There are lots more but this will get you started. Once you have read these, email me and I’ll suggest a few more. There are numerous books out today that deal with a lot of what the secular world tries to feed us.
Resource 3: Websites
Spend some time on these websites and you will be well equipped:
As I mentioned before this is a great resource. You can do a search for any topic to find out apologetics info on it. Greg even has a weekly radio show where he deals with the toughest questions the radio audience can throw at him. If you download the podcast on a regular basis, you can learn how to respond to the greatest critics of Christianity.
William Lane Craig is an excellent debater and has won numerous debates on the Resurrection of Jesus and on the existence of God. He has never lost a debate with an atheist according to audience polls. In fact, Craig is so good, and effective that when he is debating an atheist, you usually feel sorry for the atheist.
Lee has many great video clips on various topics. You can use his clips for Bible Studies as well.
Go to the pull down menus and select Sermons/General Topics. I recommend you read the following to start with. It will give you a good foundation for much of your questions. If you want to teach a Bible Study on any of these topics (and I highly recommend it) please email me and I can send you notes and slides for which ever one you are teaching.
Resource 4: If you live in the Silicon Valley Area: Local Mailing List for Apologetics Events
There are many occasions when well known apologetics teachers come into San Jose to speak or debate. These are great events to invite skeptical friends or kids to. If you want to get on a mailing list to be alerted whenever something like this happens you can sign up for this here.
Most of all have fun.
My email address is neil_apologetics@NoBlindFaith.com