Brett Kunkle is the Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. He is passionate about seeing students and adults “transformed by the renewing of their minds.” Brett has more than 18 years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college students. He spent 11 of those years as a pastor to students and young adults at Chino Valley Community Church in Southern California and Creekside Church in Colorado.
A dynamic communicator who engages both heart and mind, Brett speaks to thousands of students and adults at churches, conferences, and college campuses across the country. He has worked with such groups as Summit Ministries, Campus Crusade for Christ, InterVarsity, Saddleback Church, and Biola University. Brett has participated in debates and public forums on secular university campuses, and he is a regular speaker at the Evangelical Philosophical Society’s annual apologetics conference. In addition, Brett was a contributor to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, has a chapter on truth in Apologetics for a New Generation, and wrote the Ambassador’s Guide to Mormonism. He has been interviewed on radio and television, and has been a guest host for Stand to Reason’s weekly radio show.
Brett has developed a groundbreaking approach to mission trips, creating a one-of-a-kind training experience that immerses participants in real-life apologetics, theology, and evangelism. He orchestrates interactive trips to Berkeley, California; Boulder, Colorado; and to various parts of Utah where participants are equipped to engage atheists, Mormons, university students, and other non-believers.
Brett received his bachelor’s degree in Christian education from Biola University. He is currently completing his master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics at Talbot School of Theology.
Brett lives with his wife and five children in Newport Beach, California.
See Brett elsewhere:
• Stand to Reason
• Brett on Twitter
Do Christians bear the burden of proof for our claims about truth?
How do we respond if someone is questioning our beliefs and demands evidence for what we believe? “The way that the burden of proof works is that the person who makes a claim generally has the burden of proof,” says Brett Kunkle, Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. Everyone has beliefs of their own, and the burden of proof is also on the other person for their beliefs. “Ask me why I believe what I believe, but I can also turn those tables and your views are fair game as well.”
How do we know if dark art and films like Harry Potter are okay for our kids?
“When it comes to art, I use three categories to evaluate those kinds of things,” says Brett Kunkle, Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. “The three categories are (1) truth (2) goodness (3) beauty.” Discern what the message is and whether or not it is true. “If there’s a message that a certain lifestyle will bring you joy and happiness, but I know that from God’s word this is clearly an immoral lifestyle that won’t result in that…that’s a false message.”
Are deceptions that seem harmless (like Santa Claus) bad for my kids?
“There’s a distinction I make between deception and lying,” says Brett Kunkle, Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. Hiding to play a joke on a friend and faking out an opponent in a basketball game are both examples of justified deception. When it comes Santa Claus, not everyone is going to have the same opinion. “Everyone’s going to take a different approach to this… Whenever they ask us a serious question, we tell them the truth.”
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