Defending the Christian Faith with Holiness, Respect, and Truth
Defending the Christian faith by demonstrating its reality
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.
"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 hes 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
"Evangelism simply is Relational Apologetics. Sherrard's new book clearly explains the Christian approach to sharing your hope in Jesus. Its a must-read for everyone who loves God and people."
--Andy Steiger, director of Apologetics Canada
"Relational Apologetics is a much-needed work that I heartily endorse. This book not only tackles the major challenges to faith but also illustrates how apologetics should be done--with humility and respect. Michael Sherrard's unpretentious style and proletarian approach is ideal for those who lack the academic prowess required by many scholarly works in Christian apologetics. His book draws on the conviction, exemplified in the lives of Jesus and the apostles, that apologetics, as pre-evangelism, is most effective when it is done relationally."
--D. Scott Henderson, PhD, associate professor of philosophy and apologetics, Luther Rice College and Seminary