Apologetics Road Trip:
(n.) journey to track down the very best answers to questions about Christianity, Jesus, and the Bible.
Truth or Bust!!
Going wherever it takes!
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A collection of Tips, Tricks, Tools – resources you can use – now!
The plan is simple: keep track of the best, most useful apologetics resources & tools we discover (we being the community of genuine truth seekers and honest questioners. Angry skeptics can come too, so long as they either listen once in a while or buy the coffee and Snickers bars. Thanks.).
I’m thinking short videos, tips and tricks from the gurus, and simple explanations of the deeper stuff. And graphics. And art. Cool, 5-minute things you can show a friend without being weird.
The peeps I most hope to help are Perplexed Believers and their Not-yet-believing Friends:
#1: Perplexed, already-believing peeps. (If you’re sure of your faith but less sure about how to present it effectively in a short amount of time, read on…)
This blog’s probably mostly for Christians like me who are confident in their faith, know for sure they’re going to heaven and have a real, vital relationship with Jesus. But who are perplexed by the unbelief of their friends and, more often than not, stymied about how best to present the truths of Christianity in effective ways. My goal is to help outfit this particular tribe by tracking down premium, free, and accessible tools and resources.
Ugh! There are so many books and videos out there…
It’s true – there are tons of books, videos, training courses, podcasts and who knows what else on topics like evangelism and apologetics – but it’s hard to find the right tool, let alone know how to use it at the right time.“You can’t just say, “Here, read this book” all day long.”
CS Lewis? Isn’t there… well, not to be rude or anything, but…
The tides of culture have definitely turned against Christianity, and it’s not hard to argue that most rank and file Christians are just not that well prepared. Of course, there are the heavyweights – CS Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, Ravi Zacharias, Ken Ham… and they’re faithfully out there on the frontlines. Well, not Lewis, but Mere Christianity and Narnia still are. But is that all? Isn’t there anything newer, and, well, shorter? Or is Lewis still right about Apologetics being “where the line is thinnest?”
Enter the New Atheists – and the Hip Young Apologists
Happily, there is good news for you and the people you care about: in response to the dismaying challenges of the New Atheism, there has arisen the New Apologetics – an edgy brand of argument and counter-argument expertly deployed by a growing cadre of talented young minds.
In my haphazard search for answers over the past several years, I’ve come across a few of these newer ministries and resources, but others are just coming across my radar now.
Brian Auten of the apologetics mega-site, apologetics315, said a while ago that there is reason to be encouraged about the state of apologetics because of the stream of new publications and the growing online presence. Similarly, veteran apologist, Lee Strobel, believes that we are on the cusp of a golden age of apologetics.
All of which is good news – I’ve been greatly cheered, myself, to find out firsthand that there is lots of really good stuff out there! The Apologetics Road Trip is on a mission to ferret out these treasures and bring them home to you. (!)
The very best answers for our times
Thus, our main goal: track down the best of the best out there, “out there” being on the highways, byways, and backwaters of the internet.
#2: The Landscape of Unbelief: what do real unbelievers really believe?
The second goal of the Apologetics Road Trip is to slow down and really listen to the people who, perplexingly, don’t believe Christianity is true. I want to find out more precisely what they believe and why.
It’s possible our road trip will wind around a whole lot as we survey this landscape of unbelief. We’ll be on the lookout for hitchhikers to engage in conversation – perhaps we’ll learn something from them. I definitely hope we’ll leave them somehow better off before we say good bye. Even if we “just” pray with and for them.
Real life road trips: Quest, Discovery, and Serendipity
I hope this virtual trip will be just as exciting as a real-life road trip – that we’ll get to meet a host of other travelers, have encounters that turn strangers into friends, come back changed, and make some difference in the world. I am so looking forward to this adventure of heart and mind and soul! Let’s go, already!
We’d genuinely love to hear from you
If you’re one of the honest souls out there looking for answers to questions about Christianity for yourself or for others, we’d love to hear from you, share part of your journey, and learn from you.
Let us know if you think we can help find a specific tool or answer (or if you have great answers to questions about Christianity, Jesus, and the Bible!); we’ll be on the lookout or spread the word.
Again, the Quick Contact box is probably the best way to do that. Or you can drop by our Facebook Fan page and leave a comment. Thanks!
Wait! One last thing: Mind if I pray for you before we head out?
Thank you for the person who made it to the end of this post – the one you see right now and whose name you know intimately.
Thank you for this life you have given, the customized plans you have for each of us, and the deep love you offer. I pray that you will supply daily bread, steadying guidance, and sweet assurance. I pray that the welcoming lights of Home would shine through even the darkest times and that, one day, we will meet in your beautiful Kingdom. And there have endless, glorious adventures. Thank you, Lord. A-MEN!