What is Apologetics?

Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used as a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it referred to a defense made in the courtroom as part of the normal judicial procedure. After the accusation, the defendant was allowed to refute the charges with a defense or reply (apologia). The word appears 17 times in noun or verb form in the New Testament, and both the noun (apologia) and verb form (apologeomai) can be translated “defense” or “vindication” in every case.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Looking Back at 2013, A Review and Evaluation

This past year has provided some interesting opportunities for ministry and talking with people who embrace varying world views, and not just a "Christian worldview."  This year we hope to do more than last year.  Here are some highlights. . .

Ratio Christi at Germanna Community College

This past year has been exciting to see the Lord work in bringing students.  This is something that we did not have last year with an attempt of a chapter start at the University of Mary Washington. That goal is still not done for UMW. We have the students, and we have our Constitution in place.  All we need now is a faculty advisor and we are off and running toward filing paperwork.

Speaking Opportunities

The speaking opportunities were thin this year. We are hoping to get this up and running again. Most of our speaking opportunities were with students in a discipleship setting or one on one conversations.  I am hoping to expand upon this, and launch out in some speaking opportunities.  If you would like to know more about what this ministry has to offer, please go to our website at http://www.roblundberg.org/contact and filling the form. I will be more than happy to help you with answers about this part of our ministry.

The roblundberg.org Website

Around this time last year we were just using this blog site. This was due to a raising of prices for our hosting that with the then salary of my full-time job, did not allow me the benefit to keep the site. Around August or September of this past year, I received and email and saw that we have an affordable (and may I say permanent discount) for our web service.  This was a huge answer to prayer and blessing.

Blogging

This year we focussed a lot on answering objections toward the issues regarding the subject of belief, and the Christian faith as a whole. The goal this year is to blog more regularly. I have to if we want to be able to reach out effectively.

Video Ministry

My YouTube channel now has four videos on it.  This has been a great victory in getting this jumpstarted.  You can check those by clicking on the videos on the left hand side of this blog page or go to the YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/christianthinker. Please let me know if you have a subject topic or question you would like to have answered in a future video.

Writing

This part of our ministry has been really shown some progress with two articles published in a Baptist journal here in Virginia.  I am currently working a paper on the subject of defending the definition of "faith."  Many atheists are following the "party lines of Richard Dawkins and the newest ambassador to the popular atheism, Peter Boghossian.  I will share more on this in later posts.

Goals for 2014 

Simply stated I am planning to check out "what I have in my hand" (Exodus 4:1-5) and then as J. Warner Wallace has recommended get more in the game.  I will be developing a plan to gain more exposure for this ministry through evaluation what we are using and doing now.  I want to make sure that we are focussed in what we have and what we are seeking to accomplished to the furthering of this equipping ministry and the defense of the biblical worldview.

My desire is to be more disciplined in this ministry and evaluate those things that are distracting and keeping ups from achieving the mission.

Pray for a faculty advisor for our Ratio Christi chapter at Germanna Community College, and if you know of any students that would come and be a part, send them our way.

Thank you for reading the Real Issue this year, and I look forward to doing more in 2014. Will you pray for us and share with us some ideas on what you would like to see.  If you have an objection that you are trying to tackle, send me an email at rob@roblundberg.org

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