How did God use the National Conference on Christian Apologetics to transform a Hispanic congregation in San Antonio? In late August of this year hundreds of citizens packed into the San Antonio City Hall for the opportunity to voice their concerns about a proposed anti-bias ordinance. This ordinance would have the effect of silencing free speech by not allowing city employees to say that they oppose homosexuality or gay marriage. One of those who showed up was Maria Ines. She along with many other believers in attendance stayed until 1:00 in the morning to try to explain their reasons for opposing this ordinance.
As a result of their experience, they realized two things. First, they needed to be better equipped to defend the Gospel, and second, that Christians need to be involved in politics and culture. Because of these convictions Maria Ines began a search for training in apologetics, which led her to the National Conference on Christian Apologetics in Charlotte, NC.
Maria Ines gathered together 13 church members (some as young as 11 and 12) and drove in a church van for more than 20 hours each way. They split up and attended as many of the 130 sessions as they could and purchased all of the conference CDs to be sure they didn’t miss anything. On their bus ride home, they talked about what they had learned.
That next Sunday they stood before the entire church for five minutes each, sharing their newfound knowledge they received. Their story will both warm your heart and further convince you that apologetics is for everyone, not just intellectuals.
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