Apologist of the Week: Sam Allberry

Pastor Sam Allberry is becoming a legend of faith. He is a sweet tempered, approachable man, from the English countryside. You would never guess that his determination to love while standing firm in Biblical convictions would frequently provoke angry responses from both liberal and conservative sides of the community concerned with human sexuality – regardless of their faith.

Sam Allberry

An Anglican minister in England, an editor for the Gospel  Coalition, a speaker with the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, who also happens to claim same sex attraction (SSA) and chooses a life of celibacy. He adamantly and openly affirms our identity as humans is not bound to our sexual preference, but is found fully in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

I had the privilege of serving alongside Pastor Sam while on a mission trip in Montreal, Canada. His life provides tools we all need in standing beside one another to recognize that we are not as different as we think we are. We are all broken and in need of a Healer. Check out his bio and 3 minute video addressing this subject to the General Synod (Church of England Leadership).

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Book of the Week: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Jesus speaks to listening hearts.

Nabeel’s story is the spiritual journey of a young American-Muslim whose cross-cultural life has set him up to be a faithful and even potential radical leader in his muslim community. However, he is drawn to Jesus and good friends with honest questions and clear minds encourage him to seek.

So he does, and this is his story…  seeking_allah_finding_jesus_tn_magentoRead it, buy it.  You will absolutely gain insight into the mind, culture, and commitment of Muslim people. Be encouraged, God is at work in those around you.

(Nabeel Qureshi will be featured as an apologist of the week soon. So I won’t spoil it for you.)

Apologist of the Week: Voddie Baucham

This Father, Pastor, Author has a big heart for apologetics and knows how to rock a bow tie!

Voddie

His tagline gives him away; “Equipping Believers to Walking Truth”. Born in Los Angeles, CA, Voddie Baucham Jr. (DMin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is currently the dean of the seminary at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia.

Below is one of his talks on Apologetics while speaking at the Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dr. Voddie encourages me to stand firm, hold fast, and speak with confidence the Truth of God’s word.

Go! Listen. Learn.

Book of the Week: Is God Anti-Gay?

 

Sam Allberry writes from a position of understanding. Allberry is a same-sex attraction, Anglican minister, who is choosing to live a celibate lifestyle. Through his story, he challenges us all in our often misdirected understanding of sexual identity. This short book will challenge you where you are today.  Just a few of the questions he asks… Where do you find identity? What is Sexuality? What does it mean to follow Jesus?

Is God Anti-Gay?

Reality: We all have people in our lives who are different than we are, Allberry’s book will give you guidance on how to lovingly approach others in the Spirit of Truth and kindness, because we are ALL broken. Not one of us is straightRead the BOOK for more. 

Is God Anti-Gay? is a must read! Study it. Discuss it.

If you’d like to know more bout Sam Allberry go to LivingOut.org

Apologist of the Week: Amy Orr-Ewing

Our featured apologist of the week is the brilliant, bible-smuggling, Mother of 3: Amy Orr-Ewing. Don’t let her ready smile and calm British manner deceive you! When she responds to questions, its as if the 92 year old professor, activist, and philosopher living inside of her come out while maintaining her youthful passion and 21st century relevance. I have learned so much from her and I am pleased to encourage you to learn from her also.

 

Click the links to see her in action.

Here is one of my favorite talks she gives on why we can trust the Bible.

And a response she gives during live Q&A

 

 

Apologist of the week: Ravi Zacharias

The man has his own Wikipedia page! In which he is decided as “an Indian-born Canadian-American Christian apologist. A defender of traditional evangelicalism.”

This man has devoted the last 40 years to teaching the thinker to believe and the believer to think. His brilliance, thoughtfulness, and passion are revealed within just a few minutes of spending time with him.

Author of over 50 books (check out the list!) His story of suffering to the brink of death and finding Life in Jesus Christ is one that most of us relate to.

I have had the privilege of studying under Dr. Zacharias and learning from him in person, through books, and over the radio for many many years. Throughout this blog you can expect his influence as we highlight people and authors he has influenced over the years.

See below, for a bite of Apologetics with his picture.