You Want to Be a Good Apologist?

by Amy Hall

bible-reading apologeticsYears ago I was given a piece of advice that has proved to be more valuable in my life than anything else: Read through the Bible once a year.

There are so many reasons why this is a good idea (wisdom, knowledge, spiritual growth, love for and awe of God), but in terms of apologetics, it’s important to have a good grasp of the whole of the Bible–how things fit together, how one part explains another, and where you can find which piece of information in order to answer a person’s questions. Reading through the Bible regularly will give you the basics you need to work through some of the more difficult issues to explain (suffering, slavery, war against the Canaanites, judgment, etc.) in light of all the necessary information. And when a person objects to the God of the Bible based on a verse that was taken out of context, you’ll immediately recognize the problem and be able to correct it.

If you need to get started in this habit by following a one-year plan, then by all means do so. However, the best way to do this is to read as large a chunk at one time as you can manage. One book in one or two sittings is ideal. I can remember the first time I read through the Bible. I used a one-year plan and read such a little amount per day that I couldn’t keep track of the story‚Ķ


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