Category Archives: Apologetics

The Mormon Missionaries by Janis Hutchinson

The Mormon MissionariesHutchinson, Janis.  The Mormon Missionaries: An Inside Look at Their Real Message and Methods.  Everett: Cross and Pen Ministries, 2011.  272 pp.  $14.95.  Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for much less.

Introduction

Janis Hutchinson has a heart for those who are involved in cults. Especially for those who have no idea they are in a Christian cult like Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.  She has written another book on the subject, Out of the Cults and Into the Church. She draws from her personal experience as a Mormon missionary and has completed both a B.Th and an M.A. degree in theology.  You can read more from her at her personal website.

Summary

Divided into 12 chapters, Janis offers what amounts to a theological biography of sorts as she details how she first encountered the Mormon church through their missionaries on her college campus.  Chapter two discusses the “sacred canopy” of their media campaigns on television and in print.  She next offers the underlying motive for why the Mormon church sends out so many missionaries.

The next few chapters seek to expose the strategies of their “gospel” and the importance of the first message of the “heavenly Father.”  Chapters 6 and 7 look a bit closer at the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith and how he brought together ultimately magic and the Masonic Lodge.  The final chapters look at the strategy of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th missionary presentations.

Review

Janis does indeed write from an “insider’s perspective.”  Some of this information was new to me, but most of it is known to those who have studied the cult ministry at any length.  Her third chapter on the underlying motive for the number of missionaries will cause some ripples (as evidenced by comments on various book sites) as she shows how the Mormon church is seeking a corporate and ultimate government monopoly.

This book is more than a “how do I respond to the Mormons.”  Rather, Janis attempts to offer insight into motivations and reasoning.  Her look at the founder, Joseph Smith, while is information that is readily available with a few strokes of the keyboard, offers keen insight into how a con man founded a religious movement.  Finally, as she offers the scripts and agendas of the first four missionary discussions, the reader will be equipped to engage with biblical acumen and derail the conversation in order to point them to the biblical Christ.

Recommendation

I appreciated Janis’ straightforward approach.  This work, The Mormon Missionaries, is a fine resource to add to one’s collection as they are seeking to deal with Mormons who just won’t go away.  Instead of slamming the door, you can read Janis’ work and be more equipped to defend your faith and scale their language barrier to get to the heart of the issue…that they worship a false god.

The School of Biblical Evangelism by Kirk Cameron & Ray Comfort

The School of Biblical EvangelismCameron, Kirk and Ray Comfort.  The School of Biblical Evangelism: 101 Lessons – How to share your faith, simply, effectively, biblically…the way Jesus did..  Alachua: Bridge-Logos, 2004.  768 pp.  $26.99.  Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for much less.

Introduction

I have been blessed to review a number of books and courses by Ray Comfort.  You can read those reviews here. I have also been able to interview him and have found him to be a godly and personable man who has much to teach and offer the local church.  You can learn more about Ray’s ministry at the website The Way of the Master.

Kirk Cameron is most known for his role as Mike Seaver on Growing Pains but also for his latest movies with Christian themes – movies such as Left Behind, FireProof and even some documentaries of late, Monumental and Unstoppable, as well as traveling around to churches for marriage conferences.  You can find out more a Kirk’s Website aptly named KirkCameron.

Summary

At 768 pages, this book is no joke!  There are 101 lessons geared toward equipping the Christian to share his or her faith with anyone and everyone.  The first 20 or so chapters are a rehashing of their Evangelism basic training course.  After those first twenty or so chapters, they spend the next thirty or so dealing with methods of sharing your faith (from testimony evangelism to open-air preaching) to dealing with the reality of the spiritual warfare that will take place.  They conclude this meat and potatoes section of the course with a look at essential Christian doctrine like the Trinity, th eDeity of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Resurrection, the Bible itself and then a quick lesson on apparent contradictions in Scripture.

Starting about lesson 61, they take the student on a journey of being able to witness to the skeptic, the scientist, the atheist as well as the philosopher.  From there, they move into equipping the student to witness to the various religions of the world as well as the numerous Christian cults.

Review

Even if you paid the full price of $27.00, you would be receiving what amounts to a seminary level training manual for evangelism.  The book is laid out in an order that will educate and equip the Christian to better share their faith with everyone they encounter on a daily basis.  While it would be difficult to call a book on evangelism exhaustive, The School of Biblical Evangelism comes as close as any book I have ever read or seen.

While the authors do place an emphasis on intellectual training, they also explain with great care the necessity of relying on the Holy Spirit to save the sinner instead of trying to argue them into the kingdom (hint: that can’t be done!).  Furthermore, this particular resource, while it would be advantageous to tackle it cover to cover will prove an invaluable companion and resource for the Christian as he seeks to brush up on the various methods and conversations to be had with the many different sets of beliefs in the world today.

Finally, if one were to use the Recommended Resources section as a guide to building a library, their library would not only be solid, but their theology would be built upon the Word of God once delivered to all the saints.  Specifically, the apologetics perspective would be solid and the ability for the Christian to better understand his own faith will be evident.  There was not a single resource I would not recommend myself.

Recommendation

If you are looking for an inexpensive “class” to equip yourself to share your faith, I cannot think of another that would do all The School of Biblical Evangelism does.  The fact that you can get it on Kindle for only $7.69 means the Christian can no longer say I do not have the resources available to share my faith.  I cannot recommend an evangelestic resource any higher than I do this one.  Do yourself a favor and purchase this book.  Truth be told, eternity is in the balance for so many.

God and the Nations by Henry M. Morris

God and the NationsMorris, Henry M.  God and the Nations – What the Bible has to say about Civilizations – Past and Present.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2005.  176 pp.  $10.99.  Purchase on Amazon or Kindle for less.

Introduction

I have reviewed Dr. Morris’ study bible also published by Master Books.  Dr. Morris is known to many as “The Father of Modern Creationism.”  He is a respected scientist and is the founder and president emeritus of the Institute for Creation Research in California.

Summary

God and the Nations is divided into 13 chapters over 168 or so pages.  Dr. Morris begins with what the Bible says is God’s purpose for the nations and how they began.  He then moves from the Tower of Babel to the chosen nation that God in essence creates from one man, Abraham.  The second half of the book looks at the nations today and the importance of the missionary mandate many refer to as The Great Commission.  He concludes with a discussion on the day of God’s wrath and what the world will look like in the New Heavens and the New Earth.

Review

Undoubtedly, many will disagree with some of Dr. Morris’ eschatology, but that is not the main subject of this book.  The main idea behind this resource is to look at what the Bible has to say about the nations of the world and the importance of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.  In that regard, Dr. Morris nails it.  He references the Bible as the authoritative guide to understanding the civilizations from biblical times and allows it to aid our understanding of what archaeology is discovering today.

It is refreshing to read any resource that holds to sola scriptura while allowing current findings to help understand Scripture better without capitulating to the current findings and jettisoning the Bible.  Ultimately, Dr. Morris beleives that if there is any contradiction between Scripture and current archaeology, it is a deficiency in archaeology and not the Bible.

Recommendation

If you are wanting to study the nations of the world, this resource is a great place to begin.  Dr. Morris has proven himself over and over again through his numerous writings and research as a first rate scientist.  To sit at his feet in God and the Nations and learn about the beginnings of the nations as we know them today is both fascinating and challenging.  I say challenging because Dr. Morris drives home the importance of sharing the gospel with all as well as the necessity of translating the Bible so that it may be read and believed.  I recommend this resource to all Christians as well as anyone wanting to understand what the Bible says regarding the beginning of the various people groups in the world.

KJV 400 Edited by Ray Van Neste

KJV 400KJV 400: The Legacy & Impact of the King James Version.  Edited by Ray Van Neste.  Mountain Home: BorderStone Press, LLC, 2012.  304 pp.  $34.95.  Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

Ray Van Neste is Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the R.C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union University. He served as author of the study notes for the ESV Study Bible for 1-2 Timothy and Titus as well as a number of articles for the same study Bible.  You can find more of Ray’s writings at his blog, Oversight of Souls.

Some of the contributors for this resource include Leland Ryken, Timothy George, James Patterson, and Hunter Baker.

Summary

This work is divided into two parts consisting of 18 chapters.  The first part looks at the setting from which the King James Version Bible emerged.  In this section, historian, Timothy George looks at the legacy of William Tyndale and his important contribution of having an English Bible.  Other chapters look at the political and philosophical climate surrounding the writing of the KJV.  In an interesting chapter, Steve Halla, Assistant Professor of Art at Union University, offers his reflections on the artistic design of the 1611 title page – a very fascinating read to say the least.

The second section is the main thrust of the work.  Here the contributors write on the impact of the KJV.  From chapters on the KJV’s impact on American poetry to Flannery O’Connor’s writings and even its influence on music, the writers make the point that the King James Version of the Bible has influenced more than a religious group.  Justin Barnard’s chapter on human nature and the veneration of the KJV might be a lightening rod for the KJV-only crowd but his words have warrant and should be carefully considered.

Review

Each chapter of this resource can stand alone as its own essay.  As a unit, the point is clearly made that the King James Version of the Bible has had far reaching effects on humanity and the cultures therein.  I, for one, was raised anti-KJV because my family was Catholic.  Having been born again and now a Southern Baptist minister, I still struggle with the KJV.  Resources like this help to open my eyes to the beauty that is the KJV translation.  The men who contributed to this have done their research and show how the Lord has used man’s translation (as faulty as it may be sometimes)  to influence the world.  It is safe to say that the far reaching effects of the KJV are not limited to just what these contributors share.  Rather, the KJV will continue to endure and impact the world until Christ returns.

Recommendation

We are indebted to Ray Van Neste for assembling the contributors and bringing this resource to fruition.  BorderStone Press has published an excellent tribute to the Book of books and the Word of words.  I recommend this volume to anyone wanting to learn more about the King James Version of the Bible from a historical perspective.  May this also drive you to want to study the Bible more.

The Person of Christ by Dr. Phillip Schaff

The Person of ChristSchaff, Phillip.  The Person of Christ: The Perfection of Humanity Viewed as a Proof of His Divinity.  Hannibal: Granted Ministries, 2011.  224 pp.  $16.00.  Purchase at Granted Ministries for $10.00.

Introduction

This work published by Granted Ministries is a combination of the original 1865 edition which was published by Bible House and the last edition which was published by the American Tract Society in 1882.  This is the second edition published by Granted Ministries.

Dr. Schaff (1819-1893) was born in Switzerland and educated in Germany.  He emigrated to the United States in 1844 where he served as a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York Seminary until his death.  During that time, he became a much respected church historian.  This work, in particular, takes a long hard look at the man, Jesus Christ, upon which the church is founded.

Summary

This work is divided into three sections.  The first section looks at the Person of Christ.  Over ten chapters, the reader will learn of the life of Jesus from His birth to his Crucifixion.  The last two chapters of the first section offer a summary of what was gleaned from Scripture as well as a look at what Christ had to say about Himself.

The second section studies false theories regarding the person of Jesus Christ.  First, the author offers a study on the denial of miracles before moving on to dealing with the hypothesis of imposture — that is, Jesus was pretending to be sinless.  The next false theory dealt with is that of self-deception.  Many might know of this as part of C.S. Lewis’ Liar, Lunatic, or Lord argument for the authority of Christ as both Lord and Savior. The final false theory dealt with is that of poetical fiction.  Here, Schaff looks specifically at two men who have attempted to promulgate this theory with different emphases.

The final section is a collection of many testimonies of unbelievers throughout the history of the church.  To our knowledge, none of the men Schaff quotes ever became a believer in Christ.  Nonetheless, they all spoke highly of Him.

Review

Written in the latter half of the 19th century, this work remains timeless in both its subject matter and usefulness for the church.  Dr. Schaff is, as usual, impeccable in his research and support for his arguments.  He also lays out such a complete and compelling argument that for one to walk away from this conversation and not believe is doing so willfully.  Even though the book was written some 150 years ago, the arguments remain accessible even if a bit weighty.  This work is certainly not beach reading but can definitely be read by anyone with a thirst to learn more about the person of Jesus Christ.

I appreciated the opening remarks for each section of the book by Granted Ministries.  These help today’s reader to better understand the implications of what is being read as well as how to apply it to every day life.

Recommendation

Again, though this is an “advanced” book (Granted Ministries has it labeled as a “level 2” book of 3 levels) I would not hesitate to offer it to a new believer or even someone who is wanting to know more about Christ as an unbeliever.  Ultimately, faith is from God and to God through the power of the Holy Spirit and no one can argue another person into the kingdom.  That does not mean that resources outside of Scripture can be used to this end.  Dr. Philip Schaff’s work, The Person of Christ, is one such resource that can be used for this end.  It deals with one topic and one topic only — Jesus Christ.  There is no better topic for either the believer or unbeliever to study.  I recommend this work to all regardless of faith.

The Genius of Ancient Man Edited by Don Landis

The Genius of Ancient Man: Evolution’s Nightmare.  Don Landis, General Editor.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2012.  112 pp.  $16.99.  Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

Pastor Don Landis is the founding chairman of the board of Answers in Genesis as well as a graduate of Moody Bible Institute.  More importantly, he serves as Pastor of Community Bible Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he also is the president of Jackson Hole Bible College.  More to the topic at hand, Pastor Landis has taught on ancient man for many years.

Summary

Rooted in presuppositional apologetics, this work is divided into 12 chapters that provide a mountain of evidence that what commonly think of as an unintelligent ancient man (ancestor of modern man) is actually surprisingly more intelligent than we could ever imagine.  Chapter one offers various perspectives and makes the case that one’s worldview (presuppositions) will determine how one interprets the information presented.  Here, the team from Jackson Hole Bible College make the case for holding to a biblical worldview.  Chapter 2 offers a discussion on presuppostional apologetics as well as a few starting points from which to base the discussion.

Chapters 3-12 offer one piece of evidence after another culminating in a picture of ancient man being far more intelligent than modern man.  Throughout these chapters, a case is made for a biblical understanding of God’s priority of sequence and time as well as a look at the various structures and their precision crafting without the convenience of modern tools and computers.  They look at the music and art from the ancient past as well as their advanced technology and architecture in accordance with astronomy and the seasons of the Earth.

The final two chapters argue that Babel is alive and well today and if we are not careful, we are going to lapse back into forgetting that God exists completely.  The last chapter whets one’s appetite for further study in the subject of ancient man from a biblical perspective.

Review

Not only does this resource show beyond a shadow of doubt that ancient man was, in fact, more intelligent than we care to admit, it shows explicitly how.  Through pictures and scientific evidences, Landis has compiled many instances that have left the worldly scientist baffled.  Consequently, he has also shown how sin has corrupted man’s ability to think and act and be creative.  While not the main thrust of the work, the reader quickly can surmise that when sin came into the world, it’s impact was far more reaching than we thought.  (I speak in general terms.)

I appreciated the timelines and the challenge the evolutionary premise has in trying to understand the evidence in order to fit into there presupposition.  Ultimately, the case is made, successfully in my opinion, that if one were to look at the evidence without any preconceived notions, they would have to, at the very least, accept the truth of a Designer who created all things including man and that something went very wrong somewhere early in the history of this creation.

Recommendation

This is certainly a book to consider purchasing for your high school or college student.  It is not only engaging because of all the information but also the photographs and the charts help in digesting the information being presented.  Also, this work will provide a rudimentary education for the Christian to be able to have a conversation with the evolutionist to the point of showing the he is not a religious fanatic opposed to science.  Rather, he will show that the evidence indeed points to a Creator and that presupposition ought not be jettisoned in light of science and should be considered in the discussion.  I highly recommend this resource to all.

Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? by C. John Collins

Adam and Eve ExistCollins, C. John.  Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? Who They Were and Why You Should Care.  Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2011. 192 pp.  $15.99.  Purchase at Westminster for less.

Introduction

Dr. C. John Collins is professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.  His research is in Greek and Hebrew grammar, science and faith, and biblical theology (different from systematic theology).  He has written a couple other books that are worth your time.  They can be found here.

Summary

Dr. Collins has organized this work in a fairly straight-forward manner.  Divided into six sections with a couple appendices, he delves into a most critical and necessary discussion that is fraught with emotion on both sides of the conversation.  He first introduces the subject before entering into a discussion of worldview from historical, mythological, and biblical perspectives.

The third section looks at the many particular texts that speak of Adam and Eve.  Texts found in Genesis, the rest of the Old Testament, the four Gospels, the writings of Paul, and the general epistles.  He also looks at what historians and theologians call Second Temple Jewish Literature.  That is, literature from outside the Bible.

Next, in section four, he offers a discourse on the uniqueness and dignity of humankind versus all other “animals.”  Section five may be the most controversial as it is here that he looks at whether or not science can actually help us “pinpoint ‘Adam and Eve.'”  In his concluding section, he states why he believes it matters what we believe about Adam and Eve and how this should impact our worldview.

Review

To be honest, I was not sure what I was getting into in reading this work.  I am fairly conservative in my understanding of Genesis 1-11 and therefore very conservative in my understanding of Adam and Eve.  I was prepared to get argumentative with the text and, by extension, the author.  To my surprise, I did not.  Not so much because I agreed with his conclusions, but because Dr. Collins allowed the Bible to speak plainly for itself.  He logically showed the importance and the repercussions of one’s beliefs concerning Adam and Eve.

He is clear and concise and lacks the emotional rhetoric that many use when having this discussion.  His humility in handling the subject is notable though his convictions are plain to see.  Furthermore, he helps to show the reader why it is important that they know what they believe and to do so with conviction and consistency.  In essence, think critically about what you believe.

Recommendation

I greatly enjoyed reading this work.  It is not for just the theologian, but for every Christian who has questions concerning Adam and Eve.  I highly recommend this book to all believers.  After all, it is extremely important that you know why you believe what you believe.

 

Applying God’s Word More Fully in Your Life by Edward D. Andrews

Andrews, Edward D.  Applying God’s Word More Fully in Your Life: How to Broaden and Deepen Your Understanding of God’s Word.  Cambridge: Bible-Translation.Net Books, 2012.  296 pp.  $14.95.  Purchase at Amazon.

Introduction

Edward is the President and CEO of the Bible Translation Magazine.  This online magazine was started due to a conversation he had with a few co-workers, at their invitation to discuss the Bible.  That conversation turned out to be a full-frontal assault on the Bible to which Ed had no answers.  The magazine exists for the “everyday Christian” to be able to defend the Bible as the inerrant Word of God.  You can spend hours on his website and still not exhaust all of the information available.

Summary

Divided into 16 chapters with two appendices, Andrews explains to the reader the importance of studying and applying God’s Word.  Chapter one lays a foundation for fully trusting in the Bible as being divinely written with chapter two offering a challenge to seek after God.  The third chapter looks at the person of Christ with four and five explaining the necessity of salvation in Christ alone.  The rest of the book offers point by point applications for the Christian on issues such as baptism, living a life of holiness, worry and stress, and the importance of love. Each chapter concludes with a “Questions for Meditation” section that aid the reader in applying what they are reading both in the book and in the Bible.

Review

Despite some editorial errors, Applying God’s Word is an excellent resource to offer a new Christian.  Though not exhaustive, this work is very thorough.  There are many facets of walking with Christ that are confusing and often not explained to the young Christian.  Edward helps to ease that problem.  The book is written more in a Sunday School fashion than an author writing from a desk never having actually dealt with these issues in real life.

While reading this work, you will feel as though he is answering the question you want to ask and then having a conversation based upon his answer.  Truly, Andrews has written a fine work that will be used by God for many young believers  wondering just how they should apply this huge book called the Bible to their lives when there is a 2 1/2 century gap.

Recommendation

This is an excellent resource to have on hand when someone comes to you and asks “why?” While Edward D. Andrews may not be a household name in many apologetic circles, he certainly has the education and knowledge to be included.  Reading this work will help you to do just what the title says, “Apply God’s Word More Fully in Your Life.”

Made in Heaven by Ray Comfort and Jeffrey Seto

Comfort, Ray and Jeffrey Seto.  Made in Heaven: Man’s Indiscriminate Stealing of God’s Amazing Design.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2012.  80 pp.  $15.99.  Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

I have been blessed to have many interactions with Ray Comfort from an interview to reviewing many of his books.  He has always been spot on in his writings though I know he and I disagree on a few secondary issues.  Nonetheless, his ministry has had a major influence in mine – especially when it comes to evangelism.

Jeffrey Seto, on the other hand, I have never heard of until now.  If you are like me, then you will be stunned to discover that he works as an aerospace engineer in experimental research and development.  His specialty is supersonic boom suppression, structural and system testing in both civilian and military areas and synthetic vision approach systems.  To be honest with you, what he does is beyond me!

Summary

Divided into 32 chapters over 63 pages of text, this book is fast moving compiling much evidence showing how we have in a very real way stolen from God’s creation to design materials to better our lives.  These two authors look at everything from shark scales to cat eyes and mosquitoes to show how we are looking to creation.  Watch this video to better understand what this resource attempts to show:

Review

My mind was blown thumbing through this book.  I had no idea where some of the inspiration came for many of the items I use every day.  The only criticism I had was the lack of cited resources to support some of the claims but the conclusions drawn were logical nonetheless.  The diagrams were extremely helpful in explaining some of the tougher concepts.  Page after page left me spell bound with God’s creative power and saddened by man’s feeble attempt to play God and not give him any glory whatsoever.  Ray Comfort and Jeffrey Seto offer a resounding apologetic giving God all the glory and helping us to shift our perspective and to seek how we can further give God glory while using every day items in our homes and as we travel.

Recommendation

I have always enjoyed studying science and how we as humans come up with some of the things we do.  Unfortunately, I have never really considered the claims made in this resource.  That has changed.  My mind was blown and I have been challenged to radically change my perspective and for that I am grateful.  This book is highly recommended to all believers and even to non-believers.  This would be an excellent coffee table book in the home or for the Christian business man or even doctor.  It will stimulate your mind and enable to you further worship God in an area (or areas) that you never considered.

IndoctriNation edited by Charles Laverdiere

IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity.  Edited by Charles Laverdiere.  Green Forest: Master Books, 2012.  384 pp.  $14.99.  Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

This book is a companion to the DVD by the same name.  You can purchase the DVD here.  Colin Gunn, Co-Director of the video, states, “In presenting this book as an accompaniment to our film, one of our objectives is to equip the homeschooling public with the ammunition necessary to effectively defend our educational choices….using these resources to graciously challenge our brothers and sisters who are still deceived by the public school system.”

Ultimately, the contributors, directors and editors are seeking to sound an alarm and wake the rest of the world up to what is happening in out public school system.

Summary

Consisting of 23 chapters and 5 appendices over 384 pages, the reader is treated to a fairly in depth study of what is taking place in the public school system.  There is practically no stone left unturned and they certainly hit the ground in a dead sprint.  By the second chapter, the reader is already confronted with the reality of why kids are being drugged (see ADD & ADHD) and how they are being dumbed down (ch. 3).  The rest of the book looks at the various and many ways in which the government is now running the public schools and turning our children into mindless young men and women who are told what to think and become incapable of thinking for themselves all the while proclaiming their independence and ability to think and make decisions for themselves!

Review

Initially, this resource seems to be as though preaching to the choir.  If you are homeschooling, it is more than likely because you are frustrated with the public school system for various reasons – many of which are detailed in IndoctriNation.  Nonetheless, there are so many reasons to not send your child through the public school system that even the most knowledgeable of homeschooling parents may not be aware.  this resource will offer sound reasoning for each “issue” that the parent (and child) will be better equipped to deal with the consistent and continual attacks on the homeschoolers.

While this book (and DVD) does serve as a rally cry and a call to arms as we engage in what amounts to a war for our children and nation, it does not do so disparagingly.  The key word in the above quote by Colin Gunn is “graciously.”  They are able to accomplish this much better than I anticipated.

Recommendation

For those considering homeschooling, I highly recommend this resource.  For those who are homeschooling, I highly recommend owning a couple copies of this resource as you are sure to give away a few copies!  The truth is, we are engaged in a war of worldview and with the massive amounts of resources by the worldly, we must be shrewd and wise in our dealings.  IndoctriNation offers a quality resource that equips the parent, child, and Christian to defend not only their personal decisions, but also to defend the faith given to us once for all.  It starts in the home.  May we be cognizant of this fact.