by Greg West
When I started The Poached Egg in 2010 I honestly had little-to-no-idea of what I was getting into. What I did know was that I had a little experience in website publishing and a passion for Christian apologetics…a passion that came from the result of apologetics being a primary factor in my return to Christian faith after being raised in a good Christian home and church, but then floundering as a self-proclaimed agnostic for many years.
When I began my study of apologetics, I was not familiar with the term nor did I even know what it meant. Needless to say it wasn’t long before I found out. As I was devouring every book I could find on apologetics, I often wondered why none of what I was learning had been taught to me during my upbringing in church or by my parents at home. Had it been, I might not have been so quick to use “doubt” as an excuse to go my own way and declare myself agnostic in regards to all things religious.
Thankfully, things have started to change in the past decade or so. Due to the post 9/11 rise of the “New Atheists”, there has been a resurgence in the discipline of Christian apologetics, which has been around since the founding of the Church and can arguably be traced back to the time before Moses. But somewhere along the line, the focus shifted from “training” Christian young people to “entertaining” Christian young people.
I cannot begin to count the number of pizza parties, skate nights, lock-ins, etc. etc., I attended growing up in church and not once do I remember being taught why I should believe what I or the church professed to believe. I was simply living out my parent’s faith based on a string of emotional experiences. Like the house built on sand, this was a recipe for disaster. Once I was out on my own out of and away from the Christian “ghetto” in which I was raised, when the rains and floods came, my faith collapsed like a house of cards because it was not built on a solid foundation.
Today, apologetics resources are abundant, and I am thrilled to have a part in that—by using The Poached Egg as a vehicle to point people to as many of those good resources as I can. I was even more thrilled when I was approached by the student and campus ministry, Ratio Christi (RC), about a partnership. I first came on board with RC as a part-time supported missionary, which grew into a position as a full-time member of the national staff. Ratio Christi recognized the value of The Poached Egg, not just as a great resource for students, but for other apologetics ministries, and all Christians in general as well.
Many people use The Poached Egg for different reasons and in different ways. For a few short examples from our readers, see this post here. I recently received a photo from a Christian high school teacher in Lake Mills, WI showing a class of high school seniors using the Poached Egg website in class (below).
Our reach is not just national, but world-wide as well. Below is a screenshot of our live worldwide visitors map which shows where each visitor is accessing the website from (you can view the live real-time interactive version of the map here). As you can see, while although the majority of our traffic comes from western English speaking countries, you can see that we also get traffic from countries where Christianity is either restricted or banned altogether.
It would be hard to argue that this is not a vital ministry, especially in a world where “post-truth” is Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2016.
This is the time of year when I ask you, our readers, to dig deep for a year-end gift to help us end 2016 in the black. I hope and pray that you will do so, but now more than ever, I am in need of considerably more monthly financial partners than I currently have. Will you not only prayerfully consider a generous year-end gift to The Poached Egg but also consider becoming a monthly partner to help me be able to continue this ministry full-time? You can help right now by donating (tax-deductible) online via my donation page here. Thank you all so much—Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!