From a Pastor to Pastors, An Apologetics Appeal
by Rick McGough
In 1982 at age 23, I moved to Moline, Illinois to pastor my first church. I knew the Lord had called me to pastor and was excited to get started. Secondly, I felt called to stay at the same church throughout my entire ministry. When a young whippersnapper announces something like that, the response is essentially a lot of raised eyebrows. But that’s how my 20-year-old bride, Val, and I moved to Moline with our 7-month-old son. We indeed stayed raising our 3 boys and pastoring the church for 34 years. My intention was to stay until I died, or until the congregation made me retire due to old age.
During those years, my heart was stricken by a void within the Body of Christ created by our culture’s intellectual skepticism and the outright attack upon Christian young people’s faith. When I first read Josh McDowell’s book Evidence That Demands a Verdict many years ago, I knew right away that I needed to begin incorporating pieces of evidence that confirmed the Christian faith in my preaching and I did so. My burden for what I now know as “apologetics” grew as my knowledge grew and as the attacks upon the Christian faith increased…