Well there aren’t that many times that my lips are welded shut but I can assure you, this is one of them (only my fingers are moving). I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. I really don’t know where to start but here goes …..
J Warner Wallace from coldcasechristianity.com published a post back in June 2013 entitled “Why You Should Write Your Own “Apologetics” Curriculum” and in this particular post he casually talks about the difficulty he encountered finding the right Christian Apologetic Training Course Curriculum material for his group at that time. In this particular post he speaks about the advantages of writing your own curriculum material and his recommendations are obviously valid. But ….. (don’t you love that word), there are a lot of us that don’t have the time available to do that or we don’t have the background experience to tackle something this big. In the aforementioned post Jim mentions about how he has provided free curriculum materials at his PleaseConvinceMe.com web site.
So, being the inquisitive guy that I am, I take a look and I literally can’t believe what unfolded before my eyes. The FREE course curriculum material Jim provides (did I mention that it is FREE!) is exceptional and something that I have been looking for myself for I can’t remember how long. The amount of time and effort that obviously went into this massive project is undoubtedly noteworthy and the spectrum of the course material presented is nothing short of excellent. Here is the direct link (make sure you bookmark it): http://pleaseconvinceme.com/academy/
I’ll provide you with a quick once over lightly on the courses he provides. Please note that EACH LESSON covers a specific topic within the particular course and each of the 6 courses includes Bonus material at the end of the particular course.
Please Convince Me Academy: Course 1
Answering the Objections of Atheists
The “Popularity of Atheism” Curriculum. This Complete Academy Download includes 16 lessons, plus PCM Academy Bonus Materials!
Please Convince Me Academy: Course 2
Making a Case for God’s Existence
The “Plausibility of Theism” Curriculum. This Complete Academy Download includes 13 lessons, plus PCM Academy Bonus Materials!
Please Convince Me Academy: Course 3
Articulating the Gospel Message
The “The Promise of Christianity” Curriculum. This Complete Academy Download includes 16 lessons, plus PCM Academy Bonus Materials!
Please Convince Me Academy: Course 4
Embracing the Christian Essentials
The “Principles of Christianity” Curriculum. This Complete Academy Download includes 16 lessons, plus PCM Academy Bonus Materials!
Please Convince Me Academy: Course 5
Affirming the Bible’s Reliability
The “Power of the Book” Curriculum. This Complete Academy Download includes 10 lessons, plus PCM Academy Bonus Materials!
Please Convince Me Academy: Course 6
Studying the Person of Jesus
The “Person of Jesus Christ” Curriculum. This Complete Academy Download includes 14 lessons, plus PCM Academy Bonus Materials!
Plus Additional PCM Academy Bonus Materials
Materials to Help You Take it to the Next Level (includes 3 inserts)
So we are talking about a total of 85 lesson plans, each of them with their own individual Bible Insert.
I’ll show you what just ONE of these lessons look like.
To really appreciate the wide spectrum of lesson plan subjects and the amount of work that went into the putting something like this together, you’ll need to look at the complete list of courses Jim provides and all of their applicable lesson plan training materials.
The fact that Jim actually put this together is amazing and then to make if free to everyone says a whole bunch. And you’ll note that each lesson is presented in a PDF format, with a Bible Insert and accompanying MP3 Audio files covering the lesson material and objections so Jim has covered the complete reading and hearing considerations concern, should blindness or deafness disabilities be involved.
Please note that the files you download are large (we’re talking gigabits) so you might want to stagger the downloads during the quiet hours of the late evening or early morning. We don’t want to be over loading the workload on his server.
If you frequent Jim’s coldcasechristianity.com website you will know that Jim is thorough, very thorough. Jim is also logical, taking logic to the ultimate conclusion of evidential truth. I don’t know about you but in addition to going through these lessons that Jim has graciously provided, I intend to make a binder book with all of the Bible Inserts readily available. Obviously these courses are not all encompassing but they are without doubt an excellent starting point on which to build.
I’m going to include a direct quote from Jim’s PleaseConvinceMe.com website where this material is readily available.
‘Why should people even want to use these PleaseConvinceMe Academy materials to learn how to convince others?’
“Well, Scripture tells us that God wants us to love Him with all our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37), and using our mind to reason out the things of God can actually bring us closer to Him. But even more than that, when we think about all that God has done for us, we can’t help but want to share this truth with others. Paul is a pretty strong role model for us as Christians, and he regularly “reasoned” with people and many people were ultimately “persuaded” (Acts 17:2, 4). Peter also shared the truth through reason, even in hostile environments (Acts 2:14-41). They were simply following the model of their Lord, Jesus Christ, who was also in the business of sharing “convincing proofs” (Acts 1:3). While I do believe that it is GOD alone who changes the hearts of those around us, I still think it is our responsibility as Ambassadors for Jesus Christ to do our best to provide answers to life’s big questions, and these materials are intended to help Christians do just that.”
Should by chance, you ever read this post Jim Warner Wallace, I for one want to thank you for this gracious gift you have given us and express to you my gratitude and appreciation.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!