Welcome to the Mondithokas' website
Welcome to our website. We hope that you would be challenged and blessed by reading the content from this website. Visit our blog Quest for Truth and let us know your comments.
June 6th and 7th -- Youth Camp in Ongole -- Going against the tide of contemporary culture -- Invitation Front
June 6th and 7th -- Youth Camp in Ongole -- Going against the tide of contemporary culture -- Invitation Back
Watch Sudhakar Mondithoka on TV as he answers tough questions on 18 different apologetics issues
The Program: “PROBE”
On: Aradana TV
When? Every Sunday from 4:30 to 5:00 pm (India time) for the next 18 weeks (starting from Sunday the 4th of May 2014). They will also telecast it another time for the sake of the US viewers and put it up on the website for a week (log on to www.aradanatv.com and go to video on demand and you can find it from Tuesday onwards)
(new) INVITATION–Seventh HITHA Community Get-together
On Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 6:30 pm until 8:30pm
At HITHA, 501 Surabhi Sapphire, Golkonda X-Roads, Musheerabad, Hyderabad (just the third building on the left hand side after the Golkonda X-Roads, while coming from Secunderabad)
We take pleasure in inviting you for the "Seventh HITHA Community Get-together" on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Rev. Sudhakar Mondithhoka (Director of HITHA) will speak on "Eqipping Christians in the Marketplace for Works of Service" (Ephesians 4: 11-13) and we will have interaction/Q&A Time, a brief season of sharing and prayer followed by FELLOWSHIP OVER DINNER. You are welcome as a Family. But PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR PARTICIPATION.
6:00 to 6:30 – Informal time of Fellowship over Tea/Cool drink
6:30 to 8:30 – Singing, Lecture, Q&A Time, Sharing and Payer
8:30 onwards – Dinner and Fellowship Time
HITHA Community Get-together is a regular monthly feature (First Saturday of every month and only this month we have moved it to the SECOND Saturday) with a Lecture on a topic of contemporary relevance for Christians in the Marketplace and others with eminent and qualified scholars/speakers in their fields.
(new) An Overview Of Ephesians 4:1-6 Sudhakar Mondithoka speaking on Velugu TV
Biblical Hebrew Course (Click here for more details)
We are delighted to let you know that we are offering a course on Biblical Hebrew at HITHA (Hyderabad Institute of Theology and Apologetics) for the first time. This course will be taught by a Practicing Jew from Andhra Pradesh and it will be finished in just two months (3rd week of July to the 3rd week of September). The class will meet twice in a week.
Please contact us for more details: email@example.com or 7382612933 or 040-27663133
Watch the many Episodes of the Live Q&A Session on Rakshna TV called Asalina Prashna Sisalina Jawabu in which I have been featured for almost two years now (it is done live from 5:30-7 pm on Saturdays and then re-telecast once or twice more)
Videos of the Refutation of the Islamic Arguments Against
the Death and Resurrection of Jesus by Naren & Sudhakar Mondithoka of
Sakshi Apologetics Network in India:
Invitation to Backyard apologetics in Sydney
Invitation to Apologetic seminar in Melbourne On March 16th
Encouraging feedback March 2013
Special Meetings with Rev M Sudhakar Auckland, New Zealand
Revival Meetings -- Universal Baptist church
Click here for detailed Itinerary
Itinerary for the month of December 2013
2-6, Bangalore: Completing the teaching (a Course in Christian Apologetics) at SABC
8, Guntur: Speaking in an Evangelistic Community Christmas meeting with over 400 people (mostly from Hindu and other religious backgrounds) being expected.
10 & 11, Nuzividu and Vijayawada: Speaking in Evangelistic Christmas meetings for College and University Students being organized by the Evangelical Union Students.
12, Warangal: Speaking in the United Christmas celebrations for which some IAS/IPS officers are also expected.
14, Hyderabad: Speaking in the wedding of a very close brother’s daughter.
15, Hyderabad: Speaking in an Evangelistic Christmas meeting for professionals from non-Christian backgrounds being organized by a Church (Zion Fellowship).
19, Nizamabad: Speaking in an Evangelistic Christmas meeting for students being organized by the Evangelical Union Students.
20, Hyderabad: Speaking in an Evangelistic Christmas meeting in Arts College, Osmania University (being organized by Life in Christ Ministry).
21, Hyderabad: Speaking in an Evangelistic Christmas meeting for/with the Friends of Other Faiths in the Oil/Energy sector (being organized by the Christians in the Oil/Energy Companies).
25, Hyderabad: Speaking in the Christmas Service (English) of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lakadikapool.
28, Ongole: Attending a close brother’s son’s wedding and sharing a brief message in the reception.
1 January 2014, Ongole: Speaking in the New Year’s Day service at Jewett Memorial Baptist Church
Message Titles - Recorded/Yet to be Recorded for Velugu TV
Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka’s Message Titles - Recorded/Yet to be Recorded for Velugu TV (http://velugutv.com/), Feb. 2013 (being telecast every Friday from 6: 30 am to 7: 00 am from the first Friday of February 2013)Telecast in December 2012:
- 1. Christmas Message - The Christmas Story in Christ's own words (Hebrews 10: 1-14)
- 2. New Year Message - Pressing Forward Towards the Goal (Philippians 3: 7-14)
- 3. Doubtful or Disputable Matters - Maturity or Immaturity? - The choice is yours (Romans: 14)
- 4. Understanding the Genesis Creation Account (Genesis 1: 1&2)
- 5. Understanding the Genesis Creation-Account in the Age of Science (Genesis 1)
- 6. Understanding the Genesis Creation Account- Answering some Questions & Drawing out some Lessons (Genesis 1& 2)
- 7. The Great Commission and the Mission & Passion of Every Christian & Church (Matt 28: 16-20)
- 8. The Twelve becoming Eleven: Who is the missing one & what can we learn? (Matt 28: 16)
- 9. The Disciples of Jesus: What are they & What is their Identity (Matt 28: 16)
- 10. Worship as Integral to the Identity of Jesus’ Disciples (Matt 28: 17)
- 11. Doubt in the Life of a Disciple: How to Deal with It? What do we Learn from the Bible? (Matt. 28: 17)
- 12. The Authority & Presence of Jesus Christ: The Preamble and the Promise of the Great Commission (Matt. 28: 18 and 20 b)
- 13. The Great Commission: The Mission and Passion of Every Christian and Church (Matt. 28: 18-20)
To God be the glory!
FM 101.9 Radio Program featuring Sudhakar Mondithoka on 23rd from 5.30 pm
A Great Opportunity to do a Course on Paul’s Letter to ROMANS, A Great NT Book at HITHA (Hyderabad Institute of Theology and Apologetics) with an Oxford-Educated Scholar-Missionary (in Africa) and author of A Guide to Romans, Roger Bowen from Cambridge
Please hurry up and register for this course to be offered at HITHA from December 8 to 15, 2012. We will have full-day classes with breaks on the two Saturdays (8th and 15th) and from 7-9 pm on other days. The course fee is highly reduced. E-mail or call for more details and to register: firstname.lastname@example.org or Sudhakar@mondithokas.com and 7382612933 or 9949590212.
To ensure you are included, you can transfer Rs. 1000/ into the HITHA Educational and Charitable Trust Bank Account (30961428677, SBI, Red Hills Branch, Hyderabad – IFS Code: SBIN0002790) and inform us your details.
Answering the Dawah/Islamic Critics of Christianity Organized by Sakshi Apologetics Network and HITHA (31 July 2010) : Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka (Telugu) & Bro. Jerry Thomas (English)
Lent season - Apologetics Related Questions Asalaina Prashna, Sisalaina Jawabu (Telugu) : Live Q&A Session on Rakshana TV : Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka & Bro. Benhur Jakkula
Creation Related Questions Asalaina Prashna, Sisalaina Jawabu (Telugu) : Live Q&A Session on Rakshana TV : Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka & Bro. Benhur Jakkula
Is Jesus Christ just a Prophet? Asalaina Prashna, Sisalaina Jawabu (Telugu) : Live Q&A Session on Rakshana TV : Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka & Bro. Benhur Jakkula
Asalaina Prashna, Sisalaina Jawabu (Telugu) : Live Q&A Session on Rakshana TV : Answer to a Question about Cloning : Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka & Bro. Benhur Jakkula
Asalaina Prashna, Sisalaina Jawabu (Telugu) : Live Q&A Session on Rakshana TV : Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka & Bro. Benhur Jakkula
Search For Truth Series : Audio Sermons (in Telugu language)
The DVDs of the 5 Tremendous Messages of Rev. Sunder Krishnan on Living as Called People in a Driven World are available. Please contact for your set.
Written for and Published in The Greater Hyderabad United Christmas Celebrations' Souvineir. The Characters Around the First Christmas
Characteristics of a Christian Leader The Telugu translation of this article is now published in VJ, April issue.
A shorter version of the following article was written for Vidyarthi Jwala was published in the December Issue (in Telugu).
The What and Why of Apologetics: A Very Short Introduction of Christian Apologetics
Theology and Practice of Christian Giving
Renewed Mind and Transformed Life
Here are the first three of four messages delivered at regional graduates conference. The first article is now published in Harvest Times for Your Family, the GLS magazine.
Check back for the rest of the messages.
Message1-Being Holy Because God is Holy
Message2-What it means for us to be holy
Message3-Holiness in Thought Life
Unpublished Letters to Editor
Applied Apologetics: Conversations/Dialogues that Count
2 October, Hyderabad: Santhi spoke in a women’s full day retreat of a Church on “Women Shining for the Lord Jesus.” The women of the Church were thrilled to have a feast of God’s word. Praise the Lord for this blessing.
10 October, Warangal: I had a good meeting (on the 10th) for the NIT/REC (National Institute of Technology) students in Warangal. 15 people responded to the truth of the gospel as I spoke on "Connecting to LOVE beyond the Horizons" and 10 people rededicated themselves to the Lord and many spent time with me personally and in small groups (mostly from other faiths), sharing their struggles and seeking counsel and even relating the talk/truth to their own lives. Praise the Lord. This meeting was organized by the Evangelical Union/the Student-Campus Ministry in India.
12-25, Hyderabad: Professor David Talley (Talbot School of Theology, Biola University) started teaching on the 12th and finished his course (OT History and Literature) at HITHA on the 25th. We had 36 registered students - all professionals except for three from the full-time stream, including 4 professors, two doctors, many software engineers, etc.). We had people from different church and fellowship backgrounds – Assemblies, Baptist, CSI, Lutheran, Methodist, etc. Santhi and I took care of all the arrangements for the course and for the hospitality of Dave Talley while taking care of some ministry also. This course was an incredible blessing to the students who are now trying to finish up all their reading and writing assignments. Please pray for the courses we will be offering in New Testament, Hermeneutics and Homiletics and other subjects.
22, Hyderabad: Santhi spoke in the Women’s Sunday Service of New Life Associates Church on “Being the Closest People to Jesus” based on Matt. 12: 46-50 where Jesus says, “The one who does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, my sister, and my mother.” The whole Church was blessed as she systematically expounded this passage and showed that Jesus who did His Father’s will taught His disciples to know and do the Father’s will for them in different areas of their lives.
24-27, Pune: The Lord blessed the ministry - four lectures on "Reaching the Friends of Other Faiths, Especially the Upper Caste Hindus" and a Q&A Session at UBS (Union Biblical Seminary, which for a long time has been the leading evangelical seminary in India and now there is one other big and good one) in their Mission Conference. I got some very positive response and people were challenged. Even the preaching in the Church service (St. John's Telugu Church - CNI) went well on Sunday, the 27th October morning (I spoke on "Living Life With a Heart of Wisdom" based on Psalm 90 and Ephesians 5: 15-20).
29, Ongole: I did a scientific talk/lecture (evangelistic) on "Can Science Solve All Human Problems?" There were over 400 college and university students (mostly from non-Christian backgrounds and some professionals also) and the Q&A session was also good and over 25 of them responded to the invitation and many more met with me and asked many questions and thanked me profusely for the knowledge of the truth about God and our relationship with Him. Praise the Lord.
1-3 November, Kakinada: Santhi spoke in meeting for women (and also visited a good friend who has been undergoing treatment for cancer). She spoke in Church Services on Sunday, the 3rd. The Lord blessed her ministry greatly and many lives had been touched by the truth of God's word as she spoke from the second half of Ephesians.
2 November, Hyderabad: The Live TV Q&A Program (Asalina Prashn Sisalina Jawabu = Real Answers to Real Questions) on Rakshna TV went well. The subject was "Christians and Politics," and the questions that people called in and asked were very good and the Lord enabled me to answer in a biblically balanced way. This is the only Live Apologetics and Theology Q&A Session in India that I have been doing this for over 2 years now (on Saturdays from 5-6:30 pm). Many of these shows are now available on our website and also on the You Tube.
4-8 November, Bangalore: I am now in Bangalore teaching a course in Apologetics at SABC (from Nov. 4-8, 18-22, and then 2-6 December) to the M. Div., final year students. The teaching is going well and my students (over 35) are enjoying this learning experience.
8-10 November, Kurnool: I will be at the Stanton Memorial Baptist Church, for their Annual Meetings (including the Sunday Services in English and Telugu on the 10th) where I will be speaking on "The Church and Christians: What is it and who are they???"
I need much grace from the Lord to present the truth in love, because of the controversies that surround this subject in India/Andhra Pradesh state where many write in the official records that they are Hindus and the same people think that they are Christians and often control things in the Church (being in leadership positions) and these days people are arguing that we should never tell people that they should ‘publicly and officially declare’ their faith - that they are Christians/Followers of Jesus Christ. I see this as ‘a tendency not to carry the cross and follow Christ who carried His cross for us’ or ‘an unwillingness to count the cost of discipleship to Christ and to pay the price’. I believe that we just cannot think of Christianity or Christian Discipleship without the Cross, which has historically become a symbol of Christianity.
*** Praise the Lord that these meetings went well - the Lord gave me grace and many came under the conviction of the Holy Spirit as I spoke 7 times on the theme of "The Church and Christians: What is it and Who are they?". About 25 from the so called 'nominal Christian background' responded to the gospel invitation.
HITHA (Hyderabad Institute of Theology and Apologetics) Update:
We would like to inform you all that we have taken a new and better place (rental) by the main road at Golkonda X-Roads and we will move into that place by the middle or end of November and will keep you posted on this. Please do pray for the move and for the increased rent (Rs. 25, 000/ per month from Rs. 12, 500/) from December. We believe this is needed to provide better facilities for our students and to provide more space for more students to come and be blessed. We will also be looking prayerfully by faith to buy a property for HITHA (as it was decided in the Board Meeting that took place on the 19th of October). Please do pray for these things and mobilize prayer and financial support as the Lord leads and enables you.
I also wanted to request you to pray about fixing the dates for my trips to New Zealand and Australia and then Malaysia and for my Oxford trip (for my research work and residency) from January to May 2014. I need to work on the many details for the Global Telugu Christian Summit (3 - 6, July 2014) hosted by GTCM in New Jersey.
Some Family News:
We are prayerfully considering the possibility of sending Shamuel to Hebron School in Ooty from next year (from 9th grade onwards). We are also prayerfully thinking of drastically reducing our traveling and speaking over the next two years so that we might be able to concentrate more on our research (Ph. D studies) and on HITHA. We need much grace from the Lord for these changes and please pray very specially about these matters.
16 November, Hyderabad: Please pray for the Live TV Q&A Program (Asalina Prashn Sisalina Jawabu = Real Answers to Real Questions) on Rakshna TV (5-6:30 pm in Telugu)
28 November, Vijayawada: I will be in Vijayawada for the GTCM (Global Telugu Christian Ministries) Executive Committee meeting where we will be discussing many important things related to the Global Telugu Christian Summit. We are unworthy servants. We have only done what we are asked to do by the Lord (Luke 17:10). So all praise to God alone. We cannot do anything good without His enabling grace and so I/we need much grace for these teaching/speaking engagements and other work. I/we would appreciate your prayers for us. Thank you for your prayers/partnership in the ministry of the Kingdom of God.
Please pray that we might have more students taking courses or doing full study programs at HITHA (Hyderabad Institute of Theology and Apologetics), so that the financial burden of running the college might be reduced and with the same investment of time and resources more blessing might result.
- Please pray that Santhi might be able to finish her work on the Commentary om the Book of Ruth for the South Asia Bible Commentary project (by the end of this month).
- Please pray for God’s blessing on all our speaking, writing, and other ministry engagements and also for Santhi’s Ph. D studies at/through SAIACS-Mysore University.
- Please pray for Shamuel as he is going to begin his new school year soon (from the 13th) and he is now going into class 6
- Please pray that I might get selected for the Ph. D program through OCMS (Oxford Center for Mission Studies) that I have applied for and for the financial support for me to pursue doctoral studies. If I do get selected I will have to be in Oxford for 10 weeks from October beginning and then six weeks every following year (may be three to four years in all).
Reason Vs. Faith -- Sudhakar's comment Published in Hyderbad Times, Times of India, October 7, 2007, p. 1.
God has given humans the ability to think rationally and the right to express themselves freely. The right to expression is also constitutionally guaranteed in a democracy. I am for that freedom. However, freedom comes with responsibility. I cannot do whatever I want to, particularly if it infringes upon others' freedom. When Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code was published, I argued for his freedom of speech, and so did many churches. It was not banned in Christian communities in Europe and America. However, highly qualified clergy and even secular scholars responded to his views in a scholarly way. So, it is about understanding each other in reasonable, logical ways. There can be a healthy debate. Reason has a valid role to play in understanding and communicating faith in a friendly and respectful manner. But Fundamentalism expresses itself in emotional outbursts and if we are emotional then our reason goes down. Loudness of an argument and low levels of logic generally go hand in hand and this is not good.
The Lord is good and faithful and all glory and praise be to Him alone. Here are the comments from some who sent 'thank you notes' after different conferences & meetings over the past two months:
- For the first time in my life I realized that I should reason out my faith and grow stronger- deeper in and more confident about my faith
- I realized how important apologetics is for me as a Christian both in my life and in my ministry
- I realized that in the present world being a Christian without the knowledge of apologetics is very difficult
- It was liberating to know that it is alright for me to have doubts and that I could share them with others and receive help from them
- My approach to Christian life and ministry has been changed for better as I have been exposed to the scriptural teaching on the place of mind in Christian discipleship
SAIACS News, Dec. 2005 carried this News Item about the Modular Course that Rev. Mondithoka taught in the month of Sept. 2005 to the M. A 2nd year students:In Defense of Apologetics
Christian Apologetics, since its appearance in the realm of theological education, has continued to be one of the much sought after subjects by students world over. Guess what! SAIACS offered a full module on 'Contemporary World Religions and Christian Apologetics' to the MA second year students in September. The course instructor, Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) from Chennai was brilliant. He taught us from his wide experience and knowledge. Through his dynamic, befitting, and at times even forceful lectures, Mondithoka made the students realize the importance of knowing other religious faiths and the uses of Apologetics for effective communication of the Gospel. As a part of the course requirement, the students were sent in small groups of three or four to meet and share the Gospel with people other faiths outside SAIACS Campus. This turned out to be an outstanding module.
-(Sam K. John, MA II)
One of the students in the class wrote . . .
. . . I take this privilege to thank you for your commitment for us. We have learnt so much from you. Before sitting in your class, there seemed to be so many gray areas in life. But now, everything seems to be more black and white. You have made ethical issues so much simpler. We will always remain indebted to you for your efforts. I am always impressed by your energy!
I hope we will have the opportunity to sit in your class again soon. God bless.
Response to the talk on the Da Vinci Code:
Once student wrote the following (many others had similar things to say in their thank you notes)
I am raju, came to JESUS as my personal Saviour in 2003.i am doing my engineering in bhimavaram. i am a member of iceu bvrm. i attended a seminar on dvc (Da Vinci Code) at our city center. i was in hyd last Sunday. It was very useful for me as i got good information about dvc and i thank GOD for dvc bcoz now i can answer my friends questions.
Anna, I really thank GOD for ur family. i want to know some more information regarding dvc and other contemporary issues. Please send me the names of the sites, which i hope will help me to worship my Lord with my whole mind.
ur thammudu (= younger brother)
ANNA (big brother), Praise the Lord. Anna, your way of expression and manner of treating people and their questions is excellent. I like you very much. Some collection of your sermons and your articles is helping me in knowing God. You are my spiritual master. My name is Koteswar Rao. I am about 32 and am working as a teacher. Anna I am very happy because of you. Presently I am living in Hyderabad at Borabanda.Encouraging feedback
Greetings to you in His Holy Name!
I am glad that I could attend the Sunday service on last Sunday i.e. 11.01.2009 and could hear the message on Families and God’s purposes. It was wonderful. After my completion of M.Th, now I am involved in teaching ministry at COTR Theological Seminary in Visakhapatnam. I was there in Secunderabad for 5 days to attend the personal Contact Programme of MSW through Annamalai University. It was Prabhu who told me that there is English service at Centenary Baptist Church. As soon as I heard that you are going to preach there, I rushed to the Church. Now, I am tempted to attend the service just to hear the series of message that you started last Sunday. But practically I am not able to make it possible. Anyhow, I have received the written message from your website but I am really missing the opportunity of hearing from you directly.
Sir, the recent persecution made me to change my ministry place and now we are preparing prayerfully to move to Orissa. Therefore, may be by next April or May we will move from here. Please pray for us. Along with one Oriya brother who is a business man living in Hyderabad have discussed to conduct a meeting and to take you as main speaker to our hometown (Utkal Baptist Church – Prabhu Kumar has visited our Church) Church in Orissa. Pray that God may grant us His grace to fulfill our plan for His glory. Please continuously pray for us. We are praying for you. Now, if you are in SABC, please convey our regard to Jyithikanth Sadhu and Sanjukta. Thanking you. Please convey our regard to Santhi madam.
In His Grace,
Lalit Kumar Bardhan
COTR Theological Seminary,
Dorathota, Box- 3
Visakhapatnam – 531 163.
*** It is all the Lord's doing and we are privileged to be His servants – we are His servants and we have just done what we are called to do, that is, our duty. So all glory to Him alone.