Getting Equipped: Attending the Int'l Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights

Questions, always questions

Where is that in the Bible? Where did you get that interpretation from? Has anyone else ever taught this in the Christian Church? What Scriptures back this teaching up?

Such were the many, many questions that ran through my mind as I sat on the beautiful oak pews in the church I grew up in. If you’ve read my blog you have seen that my theological travels (some may say travails) began in the Pentecostal church in which I grew up. In 1986, though, after years of not attending (my parents instead attending a bible church in upstate NY), God saw fit to convict and convert me and I became a believer. That is when and where it began; The questions…and, sadly, not being given satisfactory answers. So, most of the time I would keep those questions to myself but they never quite went away.

A few months after my conversion to Christianity, working in Mid-Town Manhattan, I had to take the subway to and from work and walk through the long corridors of Grand Central Terminal. Along those walls would be men and women of different religions holding out their books and trying to garner the attention of quick-walking folks trying to catch their train. When I would go home I would make it a point to stop by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and show them their errors from the Scriptures. Though ill-equipped and a baby in the faith, persistence drove me to ask them, Where is that in the Scriptures?

Eventually I was responding to those who rang my doorbell and would ask them the same questions: Where is that in the Bible? Has anyone in the Church ever taught that before? It did not matter whether I was sitting through sermon in my own church or sitting on the steps in front of my apartment with someone from another religion or cult (e.g. Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon or Seventh Day Adventist), questioning their belief, their teachings, their ideas was what I did.

Not Critical but Thinking Critically

“Nancy, you’re too critical.” “You ask too many questions.” “You think too much, you should just take it by faith.” “You have a religious spirit and need deliverance.”

Fast-forward 20 years and God’s providential leadings brought me back to school to earn my degree. At first, I went back to work on a Biblical Counseling degree, but it was the remark made by the grader on my first paper which both caused me to question and actually answered why I question. “You wrote this paper like a legal brief. Have you ever considered apologetics?”