There were many excellent entries! I want to thank everyone for participating. You gave me a lot to think about and provided a great example to anyone else wondering what the value of apologetics is all about.
@c3vanzyl, I really appreciated your heart to share, “Apologetics has brought me closer to my Lord and to my community.” And also, that you have learned apologetics to serve others, “to answer people instead of their protests.” These are really beautiful words and insights.
@Swest, thank you for sharing the story of your own doubts. It is telling how hypocrisy leads to doubt: “Everywhere I looked I saw peers and adults making claims of faith, but their lifestyles reflected something very different.” I am so encouraged that when you dug in to relearn what Christianity is about and search for the evidence, you found that this faith was worth living for - and now you are passing this down to the next generation!
@MCSchmidt, I loved this line, “In summary, apologetics is how God designed me to love and understand Him.” It is encouraging to see how our default ‘wiring’ to the world can sometimes fit so well with a particular discipline like apologetics.
@Kiran, thank you for telling us the story of your own depression. There are so many resonances with Ravi’s own story - and how you have both found the hope and the life that is in Jesus! I liked your sentence, “This gives me hope that my heart still loves God”! May you continue to know God’s hope.
@Billie, I appreciate your heartfelt reflections on how apologetics has strengthened your marriage. What a blessing!
@Patrick, I can relate to the honesty of wondering, ‘when did this get started?’ The stories of our lives start to mingle together. I also loved how you brought out the emotion and insight of the Psalms:
The ‘Psalms of David’ are loaded with screams of:
We all have similar questions.
@gyasika, it was good to see how apologetics has strengthened your faith. As you put it, “This new level of confidence has inspired me to want to share my faith more and be bolder than I have in the past.” It is also good to see from your story how apologetics can make us better spouses and parents!
@Steph_Hughes, I appreciated the dramatic effect your words achieved. Also, apologetics is often thought of as removing mystery, but you had great insight: “Since I was a young child, I had always sensed a sort of mystery to life, a magic found in fantasy that I desperately longed for in my diurnal living.”
@tony_mercurio, I can identify with your struggles. I admire your confession and the acknowledgment that, “The more I learn about God the more humble I must become.”
@Daveswatch, I’m praying for you as I write these words and you battle cancer. I appreciate the tenderness of how you put it, “Apologetics is more than knowing answers. It is being able to answer people.” May your witness to other patients and the medical team be beautiful and inspired by the Holy Spirit!
While each of these entries were excellent, the one that stood out the most to me was @Jennifer_Wilkinson’s contribution. I loved that you opened with a good story and an insightful quote. Further, I thought you spoke poignantly to how apologetics integrates our life experience and enables deeper worship. You also spoke to the central theme of Christianity - the cross. And finally, you circled back to love of your neighbor. The clarity and scope of your entry really engaged my heart and mind. Please enjoy your free access to the Church Leaders Conference livestream!