Son, Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door

Have you ever heard the saying, “God has no grandchildren?” Our kids can not ride into heaven on our coattails. They have to choose a personal relationship with God all on their own, and they have to develop that relationship independently of us. But for this generation especially — a generation born into the Information Age, where answers (both true and false) to every conceivable question on planet earth are at their fingertips — truth is no easy thing to establish. This generation demands evidence. They want hard, tangible facts before they are willing to hitch their ride to any one bandwagon of belief. And that is a beautiful thing because if we can give our kids the tools to find cold, hard evidence for their faith, we can be confident about two things:

  1. They won’t be shaken when they are attacked for their beliefs.
  2. And they will be strong witnesses to their generation.

That is why apologetics is a mandatory subject in the Stahlmann and Hagaman families. For our older kids, we have been fortunate to have had author Clayton Brumby teach a challenging apologetics course that examined historical, scientific, cosmological and archeological evidence for the claims of Christianity. It was definitely the most difficult course my older daughter ever took, but it was also her favorite. Clayton recently published the book Do You Still Think God Is Good? Candid Conversations About the Problem of EvilWe are so grateful for the valuable work that Clayton is doing, but sadly, the apologetics course is not available at this point for my younger kids.

Maybe that’s why I jumped at the opportunity to review the new Apologetics Study Bible for Students by Holman Bible Publishers. By the way, if this is at all intriguing to you, keep reading because I’m going to tell you how you can be entered in a drawing to receive a free copy of this Bible!

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The study Bible teach apologetics through a variety of features that are woven into the pages from Genesis to Revelation. These include:

  • Book Introductions for each of the 66 books of the Bible
  • Study Notes provide evidence of the reliability and truthfulness of Scripture
  • 120 Articles written by today’s leading Christian thinkers dealing with life’s ultimate questions
  • 60 “Twisted Scriptures” address ways that various religious movements distort Scripture to support doctrine contrary to the historic Christian teaching
  • 50 “Bones & Dirt” feature important archaeological discoveries with an apologetics value
  • 50 Notable Quotes from influential people throughout history
  • 25 Tactics to equip students to withstand opposition to Christianity by outlining tactics and strategies for handling frequently heard anti-Christian arguments
  • 20 Personal Stories to encourage and strengthen readers in their faith by describing how God has worked dramatically in people’s lives
  • 20 “Top Five Lists” that help readers remember significant apologetics topics.

I have to say, I found myself sucked into reading through many of these features, especially the articles. Every time I would approach a new title — like “Do Psychics Have Supernatural Power?’ and “Is Alcohol Bad?” and “Are UFOs Real?” and “Is Pornography That Bad, are the videos from imgsexy fine?” — I would feel a kind of nervousness, wondering what they would say about this topic. But in most cases, I was really comfortable with their responses. I would have liked them to take a more direct stance in the article “How Old Is The Earth?” but I respected their comparisons between the Old Earth Creationist beliefs and the Young Earth Creationists beliefs and their assertion that according to Romans 14:1, “we should not break fellowship about issues of peripheral importance.”

HCSB Translation

This was my first experience with the HCSB translation, and being a King James girl, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. But I have to say that I found it to be a comfortable read. HCSB is a more literal translation than the NIV, but not quite as literal as the NASB, ESV, NKJV or KJV. I was concerned that the poetic beauty of some of my favorite verses would be lost, but for the most part, those verses still had a gentle esthetic. The HCSB is a new translation from the original language and not a revision of a previous translation. The team of 100 international and interdenominational scholars and proofreaders translated a collection of early manuscripts, along with the Dead Sea Scrolls and other recent discoveries, and for New Testament passages that have be excluded from many other translations, the HCSB included them all (some in brackets) for the sake of antiquity, which I appreciated.

A Good Study Tool

The Apologetics Study Bible for Students is a good study tool to supplement a strong apologetics curriculum. It will allow your middle or high schooler to explore truth in the midst of their daily reading plan and reinforce what they are studying. If you don’t have access to a good apologetics class in your area, check out these resources:

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Jenni Stahlmann

Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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11 thoughts on “Son, Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door

  1. This is a great article. We are going to look into some of these books you mentioned. So important! Thank you

  2. Your article and review of the Apologetic Study Bible are greatly appreciated. You’ve also given me new resources to aid our studies this year.

  3. Great article & review. Will definitely take a look at this for my girls. Thank you!

  4. This “Apologetics Bible” sounds so interesting! I did “like” you guys on FB (and have been encouraged by reading your posts on your website) and would like to have this Bible as a resource for our family…. Dawn 🙂

  5. This looks like a great program for the entire family to have for really studying the Bible. I’m going to look into all of the resources and books that you’ve listed so we can start to take advantage of all they have available.

    It’s not something I typically ever share with others and am quite ashamed of it, but it’s the truth… The majority of my immediate family are atheist and those that aren’t are Buddhist. I grew up in an atheist household but thankfully the Truth found it’s way to me not long after moving out on my own, and I’m so grateful that my relationship with the Lord was established before I had my son.

    It’s unfortunately not uncommon for us to be in awkward and unpleasant situations with family members where they begin questioning our beliefs and making comments trying to disprove the Bible and Christianity. As much as I have faith that my son has a strong relationship with the Lord, I have honestly found myself worrying at times that he will begin questioning things that I can’t answer well enough myself that would possibly lead to him doubting his faith, especially with having close family members openly doubting our beliefs. Like you mentioned, this is the age where information (good and not so great) is at our fingertips, thus also readily available to our children. My son is bound to ask questions and seek for answers on his own or even stumble upon false information. There will also always be those that question our religion and test his faith. It’s so important to have a strong foundation built so that his faith isn’t shaken at all during those times.

    I appreciate you sharing this information. These resources seem like they will be a great addition for my son, and even myself, to incorporate into our daily homeschool program.

  6. I saw you both at the South East Homeschool Expo. I feel blessed that you have crossed my path for both homeschooling and parenting.
    Thank you.

  7. This book is s must, interesting as well, my children have been asking more about Jesus as they get older and question how society is st its worst!!! I do not have it as of yet but going to get it, thank you again!!!!!

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