Season: 5 Episode: 064
Shanda’s husband, Dean, is on the podcast and they discuss how apologetics have caused them to challenge each other in conversations and equipped them in parenting their children to face opposing worldviews. They also share what they learned about their own inabilities to explain the faith and why every Christian needs to be an apologist.
“You have to know what you believe and why you believe it.”
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Hey guys! Welcome back to another episode of Her Faith Inspires podcast where we take cultural issues and align them to Biblical truth. Before we get into todays episode, I want to remind you of the Apologetics 101 class beginning March 4th. To hear more about it, listen to the bonus episode that gives all the details and go to shandafulbright.com/links to register. The class caps at 20 and I might open up a second class but that’s not determined yet.
Ok, today I have my husband back on the podcast. I like to have him on at least once every few months because I really feel it’s important for the current culture to hear from good men. And not only that, I get a lot of positive feedback whenever Dean is on the podcast. He is an advocate for good men, present fathers, and the preservation of masculinity.
You’ve already done an intro before but just so people get an idea of who you are, I have a few questions for you:
- What is your favorite past time?
- What book of the Bible is your favorite?
- If you could be any animal, what animal would you be?
- What’s your current favorite song?
Today we’re talking a bit about apologetics and how we got into it.
And the reason for this is because:
1) I’m teaching an online class next month on apologetics 101.
2) it has brought some new and interesting conversations into our marriage.
Last summer, in the heat of the pandemic and race riots and the nation hitting a wall with all of these challenges, you began to realize a few things about yourself.
Not only did you realize a few things about yourself, you began to challenge me to explain my beliefs outside of the appeal to biblical authority when defending the faith.
I used to have expectations that you needed to lead bible studies, initiate prayer time and sit down with the boys and teach them formal lessons in order to be considered the leader of our family. But what I’ve realized is that when you and I discuss apologetics, God’s word, and even what to do with our kids and what they deal with (which we’re going to get to soon), we are partnering with one another and actively engaging in leadership alongside each other.
I also want to be clear and not give the impression that we think all couples should get into apologetics, but I do believe all couples should be discussing what’s being said in culture, what’s going on with your kids, what the word of God says … and that requires both to be on the same page and headed in the same direction.
How important is it that the husband sets the example of going to church and engage in these conversations with their family? I mean, let’s be honest, men need a voice in this culture but they also need to be willing to speak up.
Our boys have been bombarded with ideologies in contrast to the biblical worldview almost weekly this school year. And we have 3 boys, so that’s a lot of work as their parents. You’ve taken the lead on contacting the school. I’ve taken the lead on how to teach the boys why these ideologies are in conflict with the Bible, and how to articulate their rebuttal to them.
I don’t think we’ve ever been as prepared to handle these issues as we are this year.
Raising The Next Generation:
The purpose of this episode is to talk about how important it is to communicate as couples and to really walk side by side in our walk with the Lord. It’s not that apologetics has necessarily caused us to have deeper and more meaningful conversations. It’s the willingness to grow individually and then challenge each other as we did.
Advice for Men:
For the men listening to this episode, what advice would you give to them about following God alongside their wives?