I remember accompanying J Warner Wallace on a speaking tour in the Vancouver, Canada area in 2013. One event that stands out to this day was an event called “Standing Strong.” This event was organized to encourage parents to train their youth in apologetics.
Unfortunately, I have not been able since then to locate the audio from that event; however, one thing was abundantly clear… Kids who are able to defend their faith are less likely to lose their faith when they get older.
He advocated moving away from merely teaching apologetics to youth to actually training them at an early age. We should not expect that this will be the job of a pastor somewhere down the road, or hope that they will find a general interest in apologetics once they are facing challenging questions in university. Parents need to get youth trained in apologetics before they go to university.
A Resource For Training Kids In Apologetics:
J Warner Wallace and his wife Susie have undertaken the task of re-writing his first book “Cold-Case Christianity” into an edition for kids. As usual, Wallace writes in such a way that is easy to relate and comprehend for kids. It’s no small feat to be taking a subject which, sadly, many mature Christian adults still ignore and then putting that into a resource which can be comprehended by kids. Wallace invites kids to investigate Jesus with a real detective.
But what do kids of think of Cold-Case Christianity For Kids? I wanted to investigate for myself, but investigations hit a road block when I realized that I am no longer a child nor do I have any children of my own. Thankfully, my wife has 2 young brothers that are of the age of the audience this book is intended for.
A Kids Perspective:
Upon reading Cold-Case Christianity For Kids, these 2 young guys who had no previous training in apologetics were able to articulate what a cold-case is, and the important difference between the words “possible” and “reasonable.” Just because something is possible does not make it reasonable. They talked about the importance of circumstantial evidence.
They enjoyed being a part of the story and volunteering to become a cadet to do investigations. The book works off of the premise that there is a skateboard found in a shed. It could be made to look old but that’s not reasonable. So where did it come from?
The kids I talked to enjoyed journeying with “Daniel” & “Hannah” (characters in the story) to investigate the case for Jesus using real detective skills. They meet a number of characters along their investigation. They also stated that there are Bible verses which make more sense once you actually open up the Bible to read the passage and investigate.
The Values Learned:
I highly recommend this training resource for any kids you may know. As they join the cadet academy, they will learn reasoning tactics, apologetics basics, and learn more about Jesus in the process. They even get a certificate of completion and can check out the online resources at www.coldcasechristianityforkids.com.
It is important that kids are able to defend their faith and this book proves that it is never too early to start! Why wait until they’re in university to encourage them in apologetics? I sincerely look forward to “God’s Crime Scene For Kids” and “Forensic Faith For Kids” which will be 2 more great resources to assist you in your efforts to train (not just teach!) young people in apologetics.
– Tyson Bradley