Equipping Message from Hugh
Im writing to you today to share something that brings both excitement and a deep sense of urgency to me. My excitement comes from reading the scientific literature where I see a continual flow of discoveries supporting the case for our transcendent Creator. As the work on my next book progresses, I see more and more evidence for divine design.
Recent findings about our Moon, for example, show such intricate fine-tuning (for lifes sake) that nontheistic researchers are experiencing philosophical disquiet, to use their own words. It seems to me God has tossed a pebble (perhaps a Moon rock!) into their once comfortable naturalist shoes. But I cant help but wonder whos going to point them toward the logos, the reason for the amazing design they see? Where can they find a trustworthy explanation?
Here is where my sense of urgency kicks in. Reasons to Believe can and does provide credible explanations for the data, but these researchers wont know unless someone points them in our direction. Most still have no idea were here!
This urgency drives my request for your help. Your support becomes an opportunity to amplify our kingdom impact and yours! Your gift today provides critical resources for initiatives like:
Our Visiting Scholar Program, which allows us to interact closely for weeks or even months at a time with committed Christian experts in a wide range of scientific and theological disciplines. These visiting scholars invest their time and talents (researching, writing, and speaking) on behalf of RTB, and RTB invests in them, as well, equipping and encouraging them for effective outreach as they return to their own personal mission fieldin research, teaching, etc. One young research scientist commented, Being here has helped me deepen my apologetics understanding and widen my toolkit as well as renew my vision and strength to see people come to Christ.
Our online training program, Reasons Institute, offers an array of relevant apologetics courses. Here is a cost-effective way for people of all ages, occupations, and backgrounds to become better equipped to engage the culture and advance Christs kingdom. Last month alone, our apologetics trainees activities included
teaching a group of young adults about science and faith,
speaking to a Mensa International gathering of 1,600 people,
opening doors for RTB with a church that was formerly closed to us,
representing RTB at a regional festival that draws 50,000 visitors,
interacting with junior high students whose enthusiasm for RTB is contagious, and
collaborating in a spiritual renewal movement in Boston that is impacting thousands, some of whom are Harvard students.
You make these ministry initiatives possible through your support. You help us multiply the number of laborers God can send out into the fields—where they are reaping an eternal harvest. You lend a hand in preparing the soil for the seeds of Gospel truth to take root and grow.
As I continue working on my next book, my motivation to share reasons to believe in the truth of Scripture and in our living hope, Jesus Christ, intensifies. My hearts prayer is that you will join me in this effort to amplify RTBs impact.
RTB Live! vol. 16: The 4 C’s of Science Apologetics – How can I be a more effective witness for Christ? In this DVD, Dr. Zweerink shares four characteristics needed to engage people with the gospel. This practical message will equip Christians to become credible spokespersons for their faith in an effective and compelling manner.