The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 – “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I have also attended conferences and seminars where it has been my privilege to hear some of the leading apologists of today.
I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today.
In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him.
But being able to defend our faith means knowing what our detractors and non-believers believe. At times I will look at other faiths as well as what atheists say. I hope that in pointing out what they believe and how it contrasts to Christianity we will all be better able to give a coherent counter argument.
As to who I am, I grew up in the Lutheran Church as such I was baptizes as an infant. Shortly after starting college I became disillusioned with Church and stopped attending except for a few occasions. I may have left the church, but God never left me. I found myself unable to turn my life over to the secular humanist way and kept my belief in Christ. I eventually met and married a wonderful woman and had an instant family as she had a daughter from a previous marriage. After we had two more children, a girl and boy my wife got us back to attending church and loosed from the ritual of a liturgical church I found my way back. Eventually I began teaching Sunday school and small group Bible studies. I was baptized again, this time as a believer by immersion. Now I find myself writing these devotionals for people I work with and posting them to this blog so others can share.
Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority and always overrules anything I might write. I hope that reading these posting will in some small way bless you as I have been blessed in the writing. I would ask that my brothers and sisters pray for me in this endeavor. I would also ask that if someone with questions or maybe unbelief will post a comment, I will try to answer your doubts and if I cannot I will find someone who can.