The greatest strength of Jared Wilson's new book Unparalleled is how it helps Christians to not simply win arguments, but to “win the man.”
Apologetics and thoughtful witness effectively takes place where there is real and loving presence with others.
The safe Jesus of modern evangelicalism is not offensive, but neither is He very compelling.
The role of apologetics is not to engage the mind in order to sway it but rather to use worldviews to weave past the mind’s defenses and confront the rebellious soul with the gospel of Truth. Once Christ is proclaimed as Lord within the conversation the person’s mind will engage in every manner of distraction to avoid confronting the uncomfortable truth that they are subject to a sovereign God.
While the study of apologetics can take you off into heady arguments, that's not all apologetics is.
I love apologetics for what it can do for you, but I hate apologetics because of what it can do to you.
When we face the enemies of God we would be well-served to remember that Jesus commanded that we take up the cross rather than the sword.