So look at the list below, choose three (or more if you desire) and meet the challenge! You will truly be a blessing to them and make a difference in the Kingdom.
- Apologetics 315
Ever since Brian Auten got the itch to blog his apologetics homework back
around 2007, Apologetics 315 has been one of the top resource sites for
gathering and disseminating apologetics information. The weekly
apologist interviews along with the Top 16 Apologetics podcasts and the
growing list of apologetics ministries and materials put Brian at the
forefront of internet resources for both apologists and lay people. Since my
last challenge, Apologetics 315 has completed its registration with the IRS and
donations are tax-exempt..
Support Apologetics 315 here
- Christian Apologetics Alliance
The Christian Apologetics Alliance is a relatively new group that formed
through social media as a way to help train budding apologists in ways to better
their craft. It has grown into a full-fledged ministry with a speaking referral
service, an online publication, a special apologetics for parents group, and
much more. They are still in the process of gathering funds to file for a
501(c)(3) tax-exempt license, but all gifts given to the org are deductible upon
its completion. The CAA currently accepts donations via PayPal.
Support the CAA here.
- Come Reason Ministries 1996 marked the beginning of the
www.ComeReason.org web site, one of the first apologetics sites on the Internet.
Since then, the ministry has grown to include a wealth of online resources like
podcasts, YouTube videos, articles, blogs, and live teaching events. Over 20,000
people each month access the site articles with visitors coming from most every
country on earth.
Currently, Come Reason takes up about 50% of my workday but provides only 10% of my income. As we receive more and more requests for help and materials, I want to be able to focus exclusively on providing answers and apologetics materials to those who need it.
Support Come Reason here.
- Evangelical Philosophical Society
If all your favorite apologists could be considered superheroes in
battling worldviews, the Evangelical Philosophical Society would be the
Hall of Justice where they all congregate. The EPS has done a stellar
job putting out one of the top-ranked scholarly journals on the philosophy
of religion (Philosophia Christi) as well as the annual EPS Meeting
where scholars can meet and discuss the latest issues in the field of
apologetics. Beyond the academic arena, they host the annual EPS Apologetics
Conference, where each of the over 30 speakers present for free in order to
keep the costs down for the general public. The EPS basically covers
their costs with memberships and subscriptions, so any donations provide a
bit of a cushion to the great work they do.
Support the EPS
- Illustra Media
We live in a visual age and if you want to get your message across, you
will need to do so visually. Concepts such as the irreducible complexity of
the bacterial flagellum or the origin of life are especially difficult to
discuss without a model. Luckily, apologists have Illustra Media to
handle the tough task of making compelling DVDs on such intricate topics -
and they do so with beauty and finesse. Using computer animation along with
interviews from high-visibility personalities such as Lee Strobel and Dr.
Stephen Meyer, Illustra makes a compelling case for the Creator that is as
faith affirming as it is awe inspiring. All this even though the two
founders operate basically out of their house!
Support Illustra Media here
JP Moreland/Eidos Christian Center
Another well-known figure in philosophy and Christian apologetics is Dr.
J.P. Moreland, who authored the phenomenal Philosophical Foundations of
a Christian Worldview (with Craig), Scaling the Secular City,
and many other popular books. However, most people don't know that Moreland,
as an in-demand speaker, also has his own nonprofit ministry, Eidos
Center. The main goal of the organization is to help support selected
speakers and authors who are doing great work in promoting the Christian
worldview. There are many churches and groups who may not be able to afford
a speaker the caliber of Moreland, but Eidos seeks to stand in that gap,
providing the funds necessary to get solid Christian thought into the minds
of the larger culture. JP's been a huge influence on me in my growth as an
apologist and his organization needs to be more recognized.
Support JP Moreland/Eidos Christian Center here.
- Ratio Christi
Ratio Christi is a unique organization reaching out to college students.
Rather than creating a whole new ministry, they leverage existing Christian
clubs and study groups on college campuses and universities across the
country, and pair them up with a trained apologist who can help answer the
tough questions that students or their professors will invariably raise. The
idea of meeting people where they are is practical and I love the idea of
empowering apologists to come out of the study (or away from the computer
screen) and meet real students with real needs. Their San Jose State University
club was just kicked off campus along with other Christian groups as part of the
university's draconian "diversity" policy.
Support Ratio Christi here.
- Mike Licona/Risen Jesus Mike Licona's
The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach delivers over 700 pages of support for the contention that the resurrection
of Christ is as strong a fact of ancient history as there ever can be.
Many talk about his
book replacing N.T. Wright's The Resurrection of the Son of God as
the new standard work on the topic. Licona has been very active in conferences
where he teaches on topics such as addressing so-called biblical contradictions
and how to understand the historical nature of the Gospels.
Support Mike Licona/Risen Jesus
- Mary Jo Sharp/Confident Christianity
Speaking of women in apologetics, Mary Jo Sharp has not only embraced her
calling, but she's running with full gusto. From conference speaker to
author to a couple of very stimulating debates against Islamic scholars, Mary Jo
and Confident Christianity are showing what an apologetics ministry with
focus and purpose can accomplish - even with a miniscule budget. Her clear
style resonates well with both students and women's groups. A donation here
could help Confident Christianity cover travel expenses so she can reach
even more people with a smart and winsome Christian faith.
Support Confident Christianity here
Stand to Reason's Brett Kunkle & Alan Shlemon
Stand to Reason is one of the flagship apologetics ministries in the
country. Led by Greg Koukl, the team there is always providing
top-notch teaching and material, whether on the radio, on the web, or
in person. While STR is pretty well known, less so is its powerful
student impact leader, Brett Kunkle and speaker Alan Shlemon. Kunkle
has been doing a remarkable job with junior high and high school students,
preparing them for the absolute war of worldviews they will face when
heading off to college. He is the originator of the Apologetics
Missions Trip concept; taking kids "in the field" to talk with atheists,
Mormons, and others hostile to Christianity. Shlemon has been cutting his own
path in focusing on cultural issues such as abortion, homosexual marriage,
and Islam. Both gentlemen do not get paid by STR, but must raise their own
support - so your gifts can mean quite a lot!
Support Brett Kunkle Support Alan Shlemon