Logic and Rhetoric In Christ

Ever watch a toddler, perhaps your own, eagerly ‘help’ dad with some activity like raking the leaves or going fishing? Think of the joy both can experience only together. Think of the growing understanding of both in what they are learning. And think of our heavenly Father and ourselves. The toddler isn’t really helping dad and we don’t help our heavenly Father. But in Christ, we do participate.

As Christian parents and teachers, we have the privilege and priority of participating in Christ raising children and training students to bear His image well into all facets of life. This is both wonderful and sobering because students are like their parents, and they become like their teachers. Thus, we rest and work in Christ as the Father continues to conform us, and we pray them also, into His image.

One of the wonderful and sobering PPA activities is teaching students logic, speech, worldview, rhetoric, and apologetics. And seeing God move students through these skills towards their highest application is a blessing!

Voddie Baucham has written, “In its simplest form, apologetics is knowing what we believe and why we believe it and being able to communicate that to others effectively.”1 How can any Christian do evangelism, make disciples, speak the truth in love, restore a brother, or even praise the Lord without using apologetics in its simplest form?

And what better to think, speak, or write on than God and His Word? In light of above and doing all heartily to the glory of God in the name of our Lord Jesus, every contemplation and communication may include apologetics. At a minimum, apologetics is a portion of the pinnacle of our logic and rhetoric.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 ESV

  1. Voddie Baucham Jr., Expository Apologetics: Answering Objections with the Power of the Word (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015), 20.
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