The defense of our Christian faith is almost as important as believing it. When we do not how to defend, we step away from a key role in the Christian life: witnessing, whether through verbal or written word. As such, I believe that everyone who follows Christ must have quick access to some tools in the apologist’s toolbelt, so to speak. Below are my absolute favorite resources to help in this matter.
- Blue Letter Bible BLB is my go-to Bible app when I wish to read a chapter or two but don’t have the print text with me. However, I use it most for looking up solid commentary. For the most part, the commentators are trustworthy theologians, and their sermons and study guides (particularly David Guzik’s study guides) always help in drawing you near to God’s glory.
- YouVersion Although this app does not have many commentaries, concordances, etc., it’s wonderful for starting a devotional or selecting out of a wider variety of translations. I use YouVersion mainly for doing the former, but each case begs a greater level of discernment than is needed for BLB. For the devotionals, I’d recommend people like R.C. Sproul, John Piper, John MacArthur, and Timothy Keller; for translations, I’d recommend NASB, NKJV, and ESV.
- iWitness I have the iWitness Resurrection app on my iDevice, and the wisdom I’ve gained from doing so is incredible. I now know how to defend my belief in the resurrection in front of those who question it and from Satan himself. In addition, the app is optically engaging and excellently organized, specially designed for easy reference when conversing with others who see Christianity as unable to be supported by evidence.
- Stand To Reason After I met Gregory Koukl at a local apologetics conference, my love for his writings and ministry has simply flourished. Stand To Reason is his online HQ; I mainly use it for reading his blog posts and for listening to his podcast.
- Answers in Genesis Ken Ham’s apologetic ministry Answers in Genesis approaches biology, chemistry, and archaeology from a Biblical point of view, and it does so well. Though I don’t significantly enjoy science, the revelations this ministry reveals about the universe are fascinating and proves to be an excellent resource for those who are unsure if Christianity and science mix.
I firmly believe that, with two Bible apps at your side, as well as a few podcasts, articles, and books, you have a more than sufficient store of information to set you off toward living out the apologist’s chief goal in ministry:
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” ~First Peter 3:15-17, NKJV
A quick note—if you feel as if you have all the data you need to answer objections but feel almost too timid to speak when your opportunity comes, I greatly recommend Mr. Koukl’s book Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. Though I only finished reading it at the end of last month, it has already made an almost incomprehensible impact on my confidence and preparedness to converse with those who hold different worldviews.
May 11, 2018