Apologetics: What We’re Learning from Pastors
by Tom Gilson
We’re spending time listening to pastors, learning how they think apologetics can best serve the church. This listening phase will continue at least through this summer.
I’ve been pleasantly — though soberly — surprised to hear how concerned pastors are. They see the changes in society, the rising anti-Christian hostility, the increasing youth defection rate. It used to be harder than this to get pastors’ attention on these issues. That’s no longer as difficult.
For the role of apologists in church, what we’re hearing so far is that there are three main things that will advance their ministries. This applies to local-level apologetics-interested persons as much as it does to regional or national traveling/speaking/writing apologists. It boils down quite simply to…