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Brett Seybold Brett Seybold and his wife Heather served as missionaries in Germany for a decade. He is now currently working on his PhD at Liberty University where his focus is Jesus and the post Christian mindset while specifically highlighting skeptics' inability to get rid of the Biblical portrait of Jesus. Brett has just launched KAPOL (Kontakt Apologetics) which is a sub mission of Kontakt Mission. It is a non-denominational, European-based missions network and movement. His mission includes interviewing skeptics apologetically across Western Europe specifically the French, English and German areas and to use speaking engagements internationally in churches, campus ministries, camps and more to help plant seeds and help churches get their non-believers and skeptics more curious about Jesus. Brett's international apologetics YouTube channel is called KAPOL Kontakt Apologetics.
The Earliest Creeds in Christianity & What Conclusion They Point To What are the earliest creeds in Christianity? There are church creeds such as the Nicene Creed (A.D. 325) and the Chalcedonian Creed (A.D. 451), but the earliest creeds go back much farther—to even before the writing of the New Testament. Within the New Testament writings (all written within the first century A.D.), we find creedal... Brett Seybold
Is God Silent? Making Sense of “Divine Hiddenness” Is God silent when we can’t sense him? Although many who seek God find him, others experience him as hidden and absent. What are we to make of this “divine hiddenness”? Often, we struggle to believe in and trust God, not necessarily because we fail to recognize His existence or suppress evidence of His existence,... Brett Seybold
God’s Existence: Can You Explain God Away? God’s existence: is it something fixed in reality or something we can explain away? Here are some tools we might use to explain him away. Can you explain God away? There have been thinkers throughout history who have claimed to be able to explain God away. It’s no surprise that innumerable gods throughout history have... Brett Seybold
Exposing Our Self-Deceptions: Review of Daniel McCoy’s Mirage: 5 Things People Want from God That Don’t Exist What’s the best way to expose self-deception? Daniel McCoy’s Mirage: 5 Things People Want from God That Don’t Exist is a concise work which exposes some of our most potent self-deceptions through colorful story, paraphrase, and metaphor. The reader gains an enlightened concern for several deceptions currently plaguing the church in Western post-Christian society. Yet,... Brett Seybold
Lessons from the Church in Germany: Tsunami Q: Remind me of how influential German thinkers have been. Germany has always been on the cutting edge of various kinds of progress. For example, in the early 1900s, Germany was the most technologically advanced country in the world. Their engineering was way ahead of America’s and Britain’s. When I think of influential theologians, Germany... Brett Seybold
Lessons from the Church in Germany: Post-Christianity *Editor’s Note: As a missionary in Germany for a decade, Brett Seybold has been a student of the trends of post-Christian Europe and how these trends affect the church in North America. Although Brett loves Germany, his sober assessment of the German relationship with biblical Christianity is realistic and contains many lessons for the North... Brett Seybold
Is a Late Canon Bad News for Bible-Believers? Canon comes from a Greek word meaning “rule” or “standard.” Christians use the word canon to describe the authoritative books which make up our Bible. These books are our rule and standard. To review from the previous article, we don’t find all 27 books being labeled by the church as the definitive New Testament until... Brett Seybold
Making Sense of the Gap between the Writing of the NT and Its Compilation The 27 books of the New Testament were all written sometime in the 1st century AD. But when were all these 27 books first compiled into what we now call the New Testament? That’s a different question entirely. Were all 27 books compiled together in the 1st Century, when the books were written? No. How... Brett Seybold
Changing Times: Part 3 of a Conversation with Bob Russell *Editor’s Note: Brett Seybold recently sat down with Bob Russell to talk about the state of the American church in light of current events and trends. This is part 3 of that conversation. Here’s Part 1 and Part 2. Q. Most pastors are accustomed to being seen as the good guys in society. They’re the...
Ditches to Avoid – Part 2 of a Conversation with Bob Russell *Editor’s Note: Brett Seybold recently sat down with Bob Russell to talk about the state of the American church in light of current events and trends. This is part 2 of that conversation. Here’s Part 1 and Part 3. Q. In an election year, how can pastors keep Jesus the central figure for their congregations...
Racial Reconciliation & Church Unity – Part 1 of a Conversation with Bob Russell *Editor’s Note: Brett Seybold recently sat down with Bob Russell to talk about the state of the American church in light of current events and trends. This is part 1 of that conversation. Here’s Part 2 and Part 3. Q. Although the church should be the place the world looks to in order to find...
Do Prayers Work in a Pandemic? According to cage-rattling atheist Dan Barker, the answer is no. In an article called “The Coronavirus Proves that the Christian God Does Not Exist,” Barker writes, “It’s simple logic. The Christian god promises to answer prayer. Prayers to this god are not answered. Therefore, the Christian god does not exist.” You might have rolled your...
Uncertainty: Just What We Should Expect Uncertainty isn’t the same as unfaithfulness. Far from it! You are going to face tough questions about your faith. And even though you can find solid evidence for your faith, you aren’t going to find certainty. But is that really a problem? Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God,... Brett Seybold
Uncertainty Isn’t Your Enemy Rhett McLaughlin, half of the comedy duo Rhett and Link, wasn’t laughing much on February 9’s episode of their show “Ear Biscuits.” The topic was McLaughlin’s “spiritual deconstruction,” as he went public with how he had lost his faith in Jesus. The story was uncomfortable for him to tell and obviously agonizing for him to... Brett Seybold
Solving Arguments by Pointing to Context I recall a dialogue I had with a high school classmate of mine. It remained friendly, but it was also a tense conversation regarding the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam and between their respective texts, the Bible and the Qur’an. At a particular point in our dialogue, this old friend of mine shared... Brett Seybold