Equipping Message for the New Year and welcome to a new chapter—make that a brand new volume—in the ongoing Reasons to Believe story, which you are helping to write. Before heading home from the DC area, my last trip of the year, I decided to go to Baltimore for the annual Evangelical Theological Society conference. At this gathering of nearly 2,500 pastors, professors, seminary students, missionaries, evangelists, and ministry leaders, my plan was to take in some lectures, interact with fellow conferees, and lend a hand at RTB’s booth. By divine design, this year’s booth was situated in a prime location, just outside the main meeting area on the way to food services. During my first visit to the RTB booth, a cluster of seminary students spotted me and stopped. “We have questions,” they said, and they meant it. Having just heard a panel discussion on Adam, they wanted to know whether the scientific evidence really does rule out the possibility that humanity descended from one human pair. I was glad to assure them it does not. Another group came by to discuss the notion of “middle knowledge,” which many evangelicals consider the best or only solution to the seeming contradiction of free will and predestination. Among the passersby who heard our discussion topic, one man stopped to recommend my book Beyond the Cosmos. He told the group it would help them retain their grip on God’s sovereignty without negating the reality of human choice. That’s what it did for him, he said. To my amazement, a contingent of pastors and theologians from Denmark approached the booth joyfully exclaiming, “You’re here!” It turns out they are fans of RTB. Our books and resources, they reported, have been vital to their outreach endeavors, especially among Danish students. All of these interactions brought me encouragement, but there’s one message I heard again and again that moved me deeply. I hope it touches you, as well. More pastors and professors than I can count approached me at some point during the conference to say, “Your ministry rescued my faith during a time of struggle and doubt. Please keep reporting new scientific support for the reliability of Scripture. And don’t forget that people both outside and inside the church need your ministry.” I want this flood of appreciation to drench everyone involved with Reasons to Believe, everyone who invests time and energy, prayer and money in our endeavors. May it also propel RTB forward, like a mighty wave, toward fulfillment of our vision to impact at least 5 million lives this year via media and in-person outreach. Our primary aim is to equip those who can and will influence countless others. With the help of new communications technology, we can accomplish more outreach than ever. We’ve seen the benefit of even simple tools such as Skype and tablet devices. Consider how much more we can do with media that transport our scholars into multiple, interactive seminary classrooms at once or into private homes and public meeting places around the world.
*** Will Myers
Please “Donate a penny” or any amount to support the ministry’s research and development. Just click the link below: