Brad Alles

Brad Alles is an Assistant Professor of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin. He graduated from Concordia University Nebraska with a Bachelor’s degree in education, and received his Master’s degree in Christian education from Concordia University Chicago.

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Worldview basics (Part 1)

A worldview is the truth claims that explain the world and reality. It helps people make sense of the world, like a map, so they can navigate through life. The worldview will tell them what is real, how to live, and answer basic questions. For example, Christianity teaches that God exists, that faith in Jesus [&hellip

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How to defend the faith (Part 2)

When I wrote earlier about defending the Christian faith, I mentioned that what we say (content) is important, but so is how we say it (delivery). Here is a good tactic: ask questions.  For instance, when issues come up, ask, “What do you mean by that?”  Or, “How do you know that to be true?”  [&hellip

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How to defend the faith (Part 1)

Apologetics is defending beliefs and actions. As Christians defend the faith, explaining why we believe in Jesus as Savior, what we say is important—the content of our apologetics must be solid. We must know the facts and be armed with knowledge. However, that is just one part of the defense. The other part of the [&hellip

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Apologetics Introduced

Christians believe that Jesus is the Savior of the world, the promised Messiah.  Are you a Christian?  If someone asked you why you were a Christian, what would you say? Would you say that you’re a Christian because you were raised that way, or would you say you’re a Christian because you “just believe it”? [&hellip

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Which Worldview “Map” is Correct? (Part 2)

You can see that to understand the times and witness effectively, we must understand worldviews.  But it is also imperative that we answer the ultimate question, “Is Christianity the right religion?”  That’s the key to testing any worldview: answering the query, “Is this true?” People can believe whatever they want, but that doesn’t make it [&hellip

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Which Worldview “Map” is Correct? (Part 1)

To defend Christianity, we need to grasp people’s worldview.  A worldview is the truth claims that explain the world and reality.  It helps people make sense of the world, like a map, so they can navigate through life. First, all worldviews begin with assumptions—even if they claim not to.  The worldview “map” needs to begin [&hellip

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Persecution (Part 5)

As this series on persecution concludes, the reality of suffering for Jesus is simply part of the Christian life.  The Bible is filled with examples of it.  Through the suffering there are blessings, and people can witness to their faith in the midst of it.  But the greatest promise that Jesus gives in the face [&hellip

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Persecution (Part 4)

With a culture that becomes more intolerant of faith in the public square, Christians need to be ready for persecution.  Although relatively unfamiliar in the United States, suffering for the faith is common for believers.  However, with this suffering comes unexpected benefits.  Another one is the opportunity to share the love of Christ. Persecution can [&hellip

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Persecution (Part 3)

As we continue to examine persecution in the lives of Christians, a biblical perspective yields some seemingly contradictory insights.  One such insight is that persecution is a blessing. As counter-intuitive as that may sound, remember that Jesus said that suffering for the faith showed approval by God.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus stated [&hellip

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Persecution (Part 2)

If we look at the Bible, as well as the history of the Christian Church, we will see that persecution is a normal part of the Christian’s existence.  However, American Christians for the most part have not really experienced this aspect of following Christ. Due to the wisdom of the Founding Fathers and God’s guidance, [&hellip

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