Relational Apologetics is about your life becoming a defense of the Christian faith. Every relationship you have is an opportunity for you to connect people to their creator by displaying your hope, both in word and deed. Defending your faith is not just about answering questions and proving that God exists. It is about showing that He is real by the way you live. It is about demonstrating the power of God through your holiness. And it is about drawing people to Jesus through your kindness.
Using stories and drawing on personal experiences, Sherrard teaches the importance of holiness, treating skeptics with respect, engaging in authentic conversations instead of shouting matches, and having well thought out answers to the skeptic s questions. The book doesn t delve deeply into the scientific and philosophical arguments for the existence of God and the validity of Christianity. Rather, it provides solid, simple, and easily remembered reasons why one should believe in each. It will also teach essential relational skills that are necessary for talking to skeptics and maintaining healthy relationships with them.
Michael C. Sherrard is the director of Ratio Christi College Prep, Preaching Pastor at Crosspoint Community Church in Peachtree City, GA, the author of Relational Apologetics: Defending the Christian Faith with Holiness, Respect, and Truth, and an indie electronic musician who has released two albums Down with the Darkness and What Comes First.
Mike has a B.A. in Religion and a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Apologetics from Luther Rice Seminary and University, and is a PhD Cand. at Radboud Universtiy Nimjen under renowned New Testament scholar Prof. Jan Van Der Watt.
"I wish every believer would read this book. Relational Apologetics challenges, convicts, and equips us to lovingly reach out to people with the gospel and to live as the kind of humble and gracious apologists Jesus wants us to be. This will officially be one of the top books I recommend for those who really want to make a difference." ~Sean McDowell, PhD, Biola University professor, speaker, and author
"All too often, our approach to Christian case making (apologetics) relies heavily on 'case making' but less so on Christian character. As an evidentialist, I do believe the facts and evidences for Christianity are critically important, but I also know cases are lost when prosecutors and communicators fail to develop a relationship with their jury. Michael Sherrard has a pastoral heart and an evidential mind. He understands the critical role our personal lives have in communicating the gospel and he’s written a book to help others grasp the importance of our relationships when making the case for what we believe." ~J. Warner Wallace, cold-case detective, and author of Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene
“Michael Sherrard combines a profound Christian mind with a deep love for people. Throughout the pages of this book, you will see a winsome defense of Christian theism that engages rather than repels. In a ‘gotcha’ culture obsessed with caustic sound bites, Sherrard challenges Christians to do better—to love not only the truth but the ones who need it most.” ~Scott Klusendorf, president of Life Training Institute, and author of The Case for Life
"Evangelism simply is Relational Apologetics. Sherrard's new book clearly explains the Christian approach to sharing your hope in Jesus. It‘s a must-read for everyone who loves God and people." ~Andy Steiger, director of Apologetics Canada
“Rather than a text of Christian evidences, Sherrard has penned a how-to manual that contains numerous suggestions regarding such aspects as confidently sharing the Christian faith by using apologetics, including beginning a conversation, asking the most appropriate questions, encouraging interest, avoiding dead ends, and opening avenues for future discussions. Altogether, the work is well-written, fast-paced, easy-to-read, as well as being insightful in a wide variety of other ways. It even includes a chapter on the neglected area of teaching children about apologetics. Recommended.” ~Gary R. Habermas, distinguished research professor and chair, department of philosophy, Liberty University and Theological Seminary