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April 30, 2012

Apologetics is Making a Comeback

Our April Journal is coming out soon, and I’m excited about its focus on a resurgence of interest in apologetics – led largely by our Summit faculty. I hope you enjoy the article, but in the meantime there are nine steps you can personally take to help this growing movement gain traction:

Dig into God’s Word
In John chapter eight Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Truth exists and can be known. But if you want to know the truth, you have to be a disciple of Jesus, and to be his disciple you must abide in his word.

Build Your Library
Acquire an excellent library and use it to turn your home into a nerve center for leader development. You never know when the CD, DVD, or book you share with someone will spark life change. Summit regularly offers packages of books, DVDs and CDs at a special price for Journal subscribers. Over time you’ll build an impressive worldview library for a fraction of the retail cost.

Speak the Truth in Love
In the absence of truth-speaking, people default to believing lies. All the equipping in the world is in vain if we don’t articulate what we know. I listen to the Summit Lecture Series over and over again, learning how to articulate truth. www.summit.org/ resources/summit-lecture-series.

Send Students to Summit
Our recent study of 1,500 Summit graduates shows the profound impact Summit has on students. In February we sent you a 24-page catalog. Sit down over coffee with the parents of an eligi­ble student and share it with them. Yes, kids today are busy, but be persistent. At $995, Summit is an excellent value, especially when you consider spiritual and leadership growth that takes place. More at www.summit-student.org.

Send High School Graduates to Summit Semester
Summit’s program at the breathtaking Wolf Creek Lodge in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, features intensive instruc­tion in biblical worldview from favorite Summit professors Dr. Michael Bau­man, Dr. J.P. Moreland, and Dr. Don Williams. John Stonestreet and I also help with the instruction. In both the summer and fall terms students can re­ceive college credit. www.summit.org/ institutes/semester.

Send College Students to Summit Oxford
Summit Oxford combines tutorials with Oxford dons with intensive world­view training and academic and spiri­tual mentoring. A semester at Oxford University is a life-shaping experience and a boost to students’ graduate school and job applications. Summer, fall, and spring terms are available and students earn college credit. www.summitoxford.  org.

Help Students form a Ratio Christi Club on Their Campus
Ratio Christi is a campus apologetics club started by Summit grads. It’s grow­ing rapidly and doing a wonderful job strengthening students’  faith and teach­ing the art of Christ-honoring cultural engagement. www.ratiochristi.org

Bring Axis to Your Church or Christian School
Axis is a vibrant biblical worldview ministry that puts Summit graduates in front of your group to move students from apathy to action. It’s perfect for a weekend retreat. www.axisworldview.  org.

Bring a Group to the “Truth for a New Generation” Conference
North Greenville University in Tiger­ville, South Carolina, will be the site of an exciting worldview and apologetics conference September 28-29. Thou­sands of adults and teens will gather to hear Josh McDowell, Dinesh D’Souza, Ken Ham, and others. Summit is a co-sponsor and I’ll be there along with John Stonestreet, Mark Mittelberg,  Brett Kunkle, and J.P. Moreland from the Summit faculty. Participants will be significantly equipped to take an intelli­gent stand on the vital issues of our day. www.truthforanewgeneration.com.


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