Don’t let anybody bully you. I meet Christians all the time who think all the smart people are on the other side. That’s not true. And if you don’t know how to defend your faith, that’s OK; we’ve got people who do. And we’re community; we don’t all have to know how because we have different roles to play. But we have people in our community who are as smart as the people on the other side and we know what we’re talking about. You don’t need to let anybody bully you because what the Scriptures teach at the end of the day makes sense and they’re reasonable and we have nothing to be ashamed of in believing in the Creator God that we believe in.
I can tell you from experience that when people learn what they believe and why, they become bold in their witness and attractive in the way they engage others in debate or dialogue.
— J. P. Moreland, from Love Your God With All Your Mind, kindle location 262
Have you been afraid to stand up for Christ when the opportunity presented itself? Or when you have done so, have you come off as shallow, reactionary, and defensive? If so, there is nothing magical about changing your life in this area. First, as with every other area of life, you have to study hard and gain an intellectual grasp of the issues so you can be confident and courageous. Second, you need to be sure that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life; that is, you are to serve His name, not make one for yourself.
— J. P. Moreland, from Love Your God With All Your Mind, kindle location 540