Carl Kerby is the president and founder of Reasons for Hope. Prior to forming Reasons for Hope, he was a founding board member of Answers in Genesis and served there for 15 years. Carl is also a former air-traffic controller at Chicago-O’Hare. He is co-creator and host for the video series, ‘Weapons of Mass Instruction’ and presenter of the DVD series for teens, ‘Demolishing Strongholds’. He’s the author of ‘Remote Control: The Power of Hollywood on Today’s Culture’, ‘Absotively, Posilutely: The Best Evidence for Creation’ and ‘Reasons for Hope in the Mosaic of Your Life’.
What is apologetics? According to Carl it’s being able to give an answer for why you believe what you say you believe.
From that perspective, how does he see the state of the church today? He believes too many people are intimidated and nervous because they don’t understand science. Ask many Christians hard questions regarding where we come from, what is carbon dating, what about aliens, etc. and you’ll get what Carl referred to as ‘carp face’. However, he sees the same thing with non-Christians when you push back against them. Even unbelievers believe something but very few can give answers about why they believe what they believe. For the Christian we are to present that ‘why’ answer with meekness and fear.
What does he mean by that? Gentleness and respect is another way it’s translated. Carl realizes he needs to look at unbelievers the way Christ did in that Christ loved such individuals while they were rejecting him yet he died for them. He stressed the need for firm respect and explained that there’s nothing to be ashamed of when you stand on the Word and give an answer, understanding that some people will reject it. In rejecting it, the majority of the time it’s not because of the evidence but because of an interpretation. This is because believer and unbeliever have the same evidence, we just look at it from a different perspective.
From there, Jim had Carl break down the know it, live it and share it aspects of apologetics and the Bible. He covered a lot of ground and admitted, it starts with getting into the Word to understand it. Find out the rest, as well as what listeners had to say, when you review this edition of Crosstalk.