What I Learned in Texas
A young man quickly approached me after I finished delivering our Biblical Worldivew/Apologetics talk on the reliability of the Bible at Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. He was a graduate student and excited about my presentation, Standing Firm (you can view the Southcrest talk here, scroll to the Wednesday 10-18 video and start at 22min). Several of his professors frequently attacked the reliability of the Bible and ridiculed Christians. It had been rocking his faith. Just weeks before, it hit him that he needed to get more resources so he could defend his faith more effectively. Then he walked by a flyer at his church advertising my upcoming presentation at Southcrest. God’s timing was perfect. This young man was hungry for resources and took our handout on the reliability of the Bible as well as several book recommendations. He left encouraged.
While in Lubbock, I also gave my talk on Navigating Public Schools at an event hosted by Christians For Education Reform. Multiple parents, teachers, and administrators said they had no idea they had so many rights in the education system. I gave away an entire case of books in one night. One active military dad I met in Lubbock said he was very concerned about his kids in public schools. Military families often have challenges with other options like homeschooling or private schooling. His kids were young but after watching our talk, he felt like he should start now to get himself more equipped to shepherd his kids. We gave him our book and directed him to more resources.
I had a lightbulb moment in Texas. The worldview crisis that Prepare the Way Ministries addresses all the time is not only in areas like the West Coast and the East Coast, where church attendance is on average lower. Students across the country are getting hit hard by a cultural tidal wave of anti-Christian arguments that are rocking their faith. This trend is especially obvious in secular schools and universities, but we can also tell you story after story of students who were homeschooled or attended Christian schools who derailed from a Christian worldview. Our students need churches and ministries to come alongside and equip them to defend their faith in an increasingly hostile culture. Please help us continue this work.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5, The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.