In our ministry and training we emphasize keeping things practical – advice that average Christians can understand and actually use. We don’t go for complex theological discussions. And we explain things in a way that Muslims can understand with their background and experiences.
SWAP Reason: Professional debaters have platforms that allow them to make a full, logical presentation. Realistically, you don’t. You have to use only 1 or 2 sentences to make a point.
Every word you say must count like 50! That is why we developed SWAP: Street Wise Apologetic and Polemics.
SWAP Definition: Street Wise Apologetic and Polemics
for Christians with poor listeners
- Apologetics means defending the faith
- Polemics means pointing out problems with other faiths
SWAP Goal: to get beyond the stumbling blocks and strongholds that keep Muslims within Islam
A. Our Example: Jesus
Fitting the Person, Setting or Need
- Woman at the well or Pharisee?
- Alone or in public?
Logos, pathos, ethos are the components of a message. They must be tailored to your audience
B. Our Guidance: Peter, Paul and Father Z
Speak the Truth in Love and patience Ephesians 4:15, I Timothy 2:24-26
- Always be ready I Peter 3:15
- Use gentleness and respect I Peter 3:15
C. Technique Train to the Gospel – tools to avoid head-on collisions and getting derailed
- Sit Tight, Earn the Right
- Hang Loose you’re the Caboose
- Less is More – Short, Sharp, Shock or Shake
- Practical, not Theological Turn Around
- Predict and Defuse
- Soft and Sideways
- Illustrations and Stories
D. Which “Hill to Die on”
Keep the train on track because The Main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
Note: This is only an introduction to SWAP and its techniques. For more information and examples, attend a full seminar or workshop on SWAP: Streetwise Apologetics and Polemics.
And you can watch a livestream discussion of SWAP with Al Fadi at: (3) Street Apologetics: Short Answers to Hard Questions – Dr. Cynthia – YouTube