Always be prepared…

Doesn’t science disprove God?

Why would a ‘good’ God allow so much evil and suffering in the world? And would He really send people to Hell? Doesn’t that make Him a moral monster? And was Jesus really resurrected? Is the Bible even reliable, historically? How can there only be one true religion?

You may have wrestled with these questions at some point in your faith journey. These are important issues – and they are HUGE hurdles to get over for people who have not yet made a decision to follow Jesus.

Oh, who am I kidding? I wrestle with some of them too, and I’m a missionary!
The VERY good news is, there are convincing, well-reasoned responses to those questions. In a letter written to churches scattered throughout what is now the nation of Turkey, the Apostle Peter wrote: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”  (1 Peter 3:15, NIV)

Our team is currently between major outreach and worship projects, and I have time to squeeze in a class. As part of my ongoing theological development with Cru, I’m working through a course on Apologetics – which is all about being able to present a rational defense of the Christian faith. And, as Peter’s letter advises, to do it with gentleness and respect.

That last part can’t be understated. No one is ever argued into faith – but they can be lovingly persuaded with sound, empathetic reasoning.  It has been good for me, but really challenging, to examine the arguments both for and against our faith in Christ in greater scientific depth.

Of course, I can’t begin to unpack all of those defenses here, but I wanted to pass along a GREAT resource if you’re interested in reading more about them. Tim Keller’s book “The Reason for God (Belief in an Age of Skepticism)”, which is one of the texts for our class, is a GREAT resource to examine the reasons why faith in Christ is rational and logical, and to be able to defend our beliefs from the things that seem to be arguments against it.
I’m glad I get the opportunity to dig into to this, and I hope you’ll check out that book!  We’re grateful, as always, for your partnership, and am glad we get to have seasons of great work, and seasons of growth as well.

Next month is Cru’s biennial National Staff Conference in Colorado; Rachel (our oldest) is already away all summer as a camp counselor, and Sarah is home but working at her job too. Please pray that we can get some quality, if not quantity, family moments this summer before our nest is completely empty!