Letter to An Aspiring Christian Apologist | J Warner Wallace


I don’t have the experience, knowledge or broad understanding that J Warner Wallace possesses but I can recognize sound biblical advice when I see it. Every Christian should be a Christian Case Maker, regardless of how unprepared we may think we may be. It’s much like learning to ride a bike, you’ll make mistakes but after due time and some dedicated effort and lots of Bible study and heart felt prayer, you can make a difference, both to others and also to yourself. This is a win win opportunity and you will learn much more than you have ever imagined.

This is a WordPress repost of J Warner Wallace’s advice to an aspiring Christian Apologist. Please take it to heart.

I was encouraged by your note and your desire to become a Christian apologist. I must confess that I hate that word, “apologist” and wish we would decide, as a group, to strike it from our vocabulary. I know, of course, that you understand the meaning of the original, Greek word, “apologia,” and the way it was used to describe the process of defending, or “speaking away” (apo—away, logia—speech), an allegation made against Jesus or Christian believers.

Unless we take the time to define the term for everyone we encounter, however, most people think Christian apologists are trying to apologize for something, given the sound of the word. For that reason, I’ve personally replaced the term, “Christian Apologist” with the expression, “Christian Case Maker.” In essence, this second term accurately describes my Christian calling without inviting the confusion.

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  1. Excellent! I’ve always felt a little awkward about the word “apologist,” too.
    I love sharing Truth with a true seeker, but I hate those times I get sucked into a heated argument, a no-win situation. (I wrote about this in a post called “Mud Wrestling.”) You’re right, it takes years of effort, Bible study, prayer, and learning from experienced saints. It also takes discernment to see opportunities – and avoid the traps.

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