7 Steps to Become a Really Bad Apologist

Most people who are interested in Christian apologetics desire to be good apologists. For those of you who would prefer to be a bad apologist, here is my advice. Feel free to NOT follow it.

  1. Spend more time attacking other Christians than removing obstacles to non-Christians.
  2. Remind people who do apologetics a different way that they are heretics.
  3. Be more interested in winning the argument than winning the person.
  4. Remember that love is only for bleeding heart liberals.
  5. Tell yourself daily that there is only one valid interpretation and it is yours.
  6. Stop learning. You already know everything you need to know.
  7. See working on your relationship with God as a distraction from real apologetics.

Bonus advice: Whatever Jesus did, just do the opposite.

What would you add to the list?


5 Opportunities For Apologists

There has been a great increase in the number of Christians who are interested in apologetics. I think this is a good thing. I have encountered a number of new and extremely talented apologists over the past couple of years.

What does an apologist do? Well, apologetics of course. But what does that look like? What contexts are available? Here are five opportunities for apologists to practice their gifts.

1. Apologetics Speaker

You don’t need to begin by becoming the keynote speaker at a major apologetics conference. There are plenty of opportunities for someone just starting out. If you can’t find an opportunity, create one. Get as many small speaking engagements as possible and slowly work your way up to bigger events.

2. Professor

Many people interested in apologetics dream about teaching apologetics at the college or seminary level. That of course requires certain academic qualifications but it is a noble goal. I would suggest looking beyond just teaching apologetics. While I have taught apologetics, I more often teach biblical studies, but I include apologetics in those subjects.

3. Pastor

Unfortunately, many Christians often divide the pastoral role from that of apologetics. Sometimes that comes from pastors themselves. However, there is a role for apologetics in the work of the local church. Not every sermon should be based on apologetics but apologetics-related topics can be integrated into preaching and other pastoral roles. See my post Why Apologetics is Essential to Being a Pastor.

4. Blogger

There is still a need for good quality apologetics blogging. The opportunities provided by the internet have not been exhausted. If we don’t fill up the web with good answers to faith questions, then it will be filled with bad answers. You can start an apologetics blog with no cost to yourself but time and energy. See my post Is Apologetics Blogging Dead?

5. Author

This opportunity is related to the previous in that they both involve writing. But in this context, I’m talking about writing books, whether physical or eBooks. We have seen an explosion in apologetics-related books but there is still a need. The ultimate goal should be to find a reputable publisher, but there is nothing wrong with self-publishing. I have done both. I find a topic related to apologetics and start writing. There is someone waiting to hear what you have to say.


The A.P.O.L.O.G.E.T.I.C.S. of Apologetics

Apologetics is much more than simply defending the faith. To try and flesh out the fullness of apologetics, I will use APOLOGETICS as an acronym.


Apologetics shouldn’t just be about the pet interests of the apologists but should be applicable to the need of the audience.


We should be praying for ourselves and the people we talk to.


We should be open to hearing the other person and not just using the time to prepare our response.


We should have love as the motivation for our apologetics activity.


We should seek to uphold the orthodox Christian faith as revealed in the Bible and articulated by the historical church.


We should seek to bring glory to the one true God who is Father, Son and Spirit.


Although apologetics can be used with both Christians and non-Christians, apologetics should have a close relationship with evangelism.


We should seek to always proclaim the truth and this means doing the research to make sure our facts are accurate.


We are never done with the process of learning and we should seek to develop as intelligent ambassadors for the kingdom of God.


Although WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) has become a bit of a cliche, it is always good to ask if our apologetics activity is Christ-like in its nature.


We need to be prepared to stand for the truth and not back down in the face of opposition.

Each of these elements are important for being effective Christian apologists.


21 Things That Apologists Need to Know

I’m thankful for the renewal of interest in apologetics in recent years. There has been an increase in apologetics organizations, academic apologetics programs and individual apologetics activity. These are exciting times for apologetics.

I have been reflecting on my own experience in apologetics and the things that I have learned. Here are twenty-one things that all apologists need to know.

  1. Some people do come to faith through apologetics.
  2. Apologetics is as important for strengthening Christians as it is for speaking to non-Christians.
  3. Apologetics is not a product of the enlightenment.
  4. You do not have to take people through the full journey of faith. Moving a person a little closer to Jesus is enough.
  5. The purpose of apologetics is not to win an argument.
  6. It is important to embrace a habit of lifelong learning.
  7. Study of apologetics is no replacement for a good knowledge of the Bible.
  8. You need to pick your battles carefully.
  9. Prayer has an important place in apologetics.
  10. You don’t have to have all the answers.
  11. The tone you use can be as important as the content of your statement.
  12. Apologetics does not remove all mystery of the faith.
  13. Different people have different questions.
  14. Listening can be one of the most important skills for an apologist.
  15. You don’t have to be famous to be effective.
  16. A postmodern/post-Christian world still needs apologetics.
  17. You need to balance your apologetics activity with personal devotional time.
  18. You are not responsible for another person’s rejection of Christianity.
  19. It is important to train other new apologists.
  20. Apologetics is not about shoving religion down people’s throats.
  21. Sometimes it is better to not say anything at all.


4 Steps to Becoming a Better Apologist

We live in a time of unprecedented apologetics resources. With a few clicks on a smart phone, you can have the information that would have taken hours in a library just a decade ago. Schools and even some churches are providing apologetics training. There is so much information that is available.

But it takes much more than knowledge about apologetics and other related subjects to be an effective apologist. If you are serious about your role as an apologist and if you want your apologetics ministry to make an impact, I would encourage you to take the following steps.

  1. See your activity as being about the person and not the argument. There is an emotional high when you are able to defeat a person in an argument. But are you talking to the person to crush their argument or to point them to Jesus? Open your eyes to see the person behind the skeptic.
  2. Take time to listen to the other person. It is tempting to create a straw man that is just begging to be torn down. Before putting your arguments forward, take time to listen to the other person. You may have read a dozen books on Mormonism, but they may not represent the beliefs of the specific Mormon you are speaking to. When the person is talking, listen to their words rather than rehearsing your next attack.
  3. Be humble in all you do and say. Do not give in to the temptation of being looked at as the expert. If you do not know the answer to a question, admit it instead of trying to bluff your way through. As long as your are willing to let them research your questions, they should let you do the same thing. If you get caught making a mistake in one of your claims, admit it immediately instead of hiding it.
  4. Rely on God. Cover everything in prayer. Be praying for the person that you are speaking to. Pray that God would use your words and that God would bring others into their life as well. You may not see the change you want personally, but God could use you to bring the person to faith years down the road. Pray for yourself as well. Pray that you would have the right words, but also pray for your own walk with God.

Definitely work toward greater knowledge in apologetics. Read the books, listen to the podcasts and attend the conferences. But consider these four steps as key to bringing your apologetics ministry to the next level.

If you are interested in growing as an apologist, you may be interested in my eBook, The Apologetics Challenge. You can get it for free by signing up for my monthly newsletter.

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5 Reasons Pastors Should Consider Apologetics

One of the frustrations that apologists often express is the difficulty of getting the church to buy into the importance of apologetics. Unfortunately, this sometimes is influenced by the pastor’s negative view of apologetics.

As a pastor, I understand that pastors cannot drop all that they are doing and throw themselves into apologetics. Preaching, pastoral care, visitation, programs, meetings, they all require time. But it is possible for a pastor to acknowledge the importance of apologetics and to give encouragement to those involved in apologetics.

Here are five things that I would like to say to the pastor who says, “I’m really not into apologetics.”

  1. Apologetics is found in the Bible. I am not just talking about 1 Peter 3:15. Look at what Paul does in Athens in Acts 17. The New Testament assumes that Christians will give reasons for why they are followers of Jesus.
  2. Non-Christian apologetics are everywhere. Flip through documentary stations and you will find dozens of radical redefinitions of who God and Jesus are. Do a few internet searches and see how many blogs and other sites attack Christianity. Take a look at some of the bestselling books and what they say about religion.
  3. People in your congregation with an intellectual bent need to be fed in this way. It is not right to tell them to be satisfied with emotion and experience because that is what the “experts” say they really want.
  4. Seekers want to know that the church has wrestled with the tough questions. Apologetics may not be the reason they follow Jesus, but it may keep faith on the table long enough for them to meet Jesus.
  5. Confident Christians are more eager to get involved in ministry. People have questions, whether they express them or not. Those who are held back with doubt are less likely to get involved. If people were introduced to all the powerful reasons for the truth of Christianity, the confidence boost would benefit the entire church.

I am not arguing that every pastor needs to get an apologetics degree. I am only saying that I hope pastors will be open to a role of apologetics, even if they do not personally connect with apologetics.

Reason for GodMy recommended book is by a pastor who sees the importance of apologetics. I suggest you read Tim Keller’s The Reason for God.


10 Things Apologists Should Remember

Ten ThingsI am so thankful for the growth in Christian apologetics. There are so many apologetics books, blogs, podcasts and conferences. More apologetics information has gotten into the hands of more people. It is a great time to be an apologist.

As we get involved in apologetics-related activities, we need to remember the basics. Here are ten things we need to remember as apologists.

  1. God should be glorified in all that we do.
  2. Apologetics is not about winning the argument.
  3. How we present ourselves is as important as what we present.
  4. We must present the truth with love.
  5. Make sure our statements are true and not just convenient for our position.
  6. Our message must be grounded in the Bible.
  7. We cannot judge what God is doing on the inside by what we see on the outside.
  8. We are just one piece of the puzzle. We do not have to do everything. As Greg Koukl says, we should be content to put a stone in their shoe.
  9. We can’t afford not to pray.
  10. Apologetics benefits both Christians and non-Christians.

These may seem basic but it is often the basics that get forgotten. As we research the historical Jesus and the teleological argument, let us not forget the basic principles that will make the more advanced principles work.

Recommend Book: Mere Apologetics by Alister McGrath (USA) (Canada)


5 Mistakes Apologists Make

Apologetics has never been easier. Not only is there an abundance of apologetics resources (books, podcasts, conferences, etc.), with the internet there are countless opportunities. It takes almost no effort to enter into an apologetic conversation.

But just because it is easy to do apologetics does not mean that it is easy to do good apologetics. Here are five mistakes that apologists often make.

Apologists1. Try to do too much

What is the goal of an apologetic conversation? Do you have to demonstrate the existence of God, the historicity of the resurrection, lead someone into conversion and start the road to discipleship? Some people seem to think so. There is that nagging voice, “What if they never talk to a Christian again.” The apologist then feels far more pressure than they should. I really like what Greg Koukl says about putting a stone in their shoe. If you have got them to think a bit more about the Gospel, you have done your job. The next person will take them a bit farther.

2. Spending too much time with the wrong people

It is important to be ready with the reason for our hope for all those who ask. But not everyone is a seeker or an open skeptic. There are people that I call “career skeptics” that just love to take up all your time. They are not looking for answers, they are looking for arguments. My policy is to express my position, clarify any misconceptions and then to let the conversation end if I sense they are a “career skeptic.” I have other things that I need to be doing.

3. Having too narrow of a focus

I have no problem with apologists being specialists. I specialize in the Jesus myth. But it is also important to read outside your area. New Testament comes easy to me while philosophy is more of a challenge. That is why I read philosophy. I will never be a philosopher, but it is important for me to have some generalization.

4. Taking things personal

Some skeptics can make things very personal. Some Christians can do the same thing. When someone rejects the apologetic arguments, it is easy to feel as if it is against you. Apologists of course must strive for excellence in every apologetics presentation. But there are some people at certain points in their life that have no interest in Jesus. No matter how tight your arguments, they will mock your beliefs. Don’t take it personal, it is exactly what Jesus promised would happen.

5. Attacking other Christians

Some apologists fall into the trap of going after other Christians. I firmly believe that we have to stand up for historical Christianity and that there is a line that if crossed leads to heresy. But some apologists, out of love for the argument, go after other Christians who they see as overemphasizing or underemphasizing certain doctrines even though they remain within Christian orthodoxy. It is fine to privately express your concerns, but there is so much work to be done that we cannot afford infighting.

Bonus mistake: Letting your spiritual life slide

If you want to be effective as an apologists, you need to take care of yourself spiritually. You cannot just read the Bible to mine apologetic arguments. You cannot just pray for apologetic opportunities. You cannot just show up for church to offer an apologetic presentation. Self-care is one of the most important parts of being a good apologist.




My Top Five Posts

My most popular posts

I have been blogging in some manner or other for about ten years. This particular blog is a bringing together of my three previous blogs. Since the amalgamation, it has been interesting to see which posts have caught the attention of my readers. Here then are my top five posts, chosen by you.

1. Three Reasons Why Rick Warren is a Heretic

This is by far my popular post. Unfortunately it is also my most misunderstood post. In the post I take a satirical look at some of the criticisms of Rick Warren. The problem that some people have in interpreting this post is they don’t read the Scripture references I provide.

2. Setting the Record Straight: What I Really Believe

This post emerged out of some frustration I felt by people both here and on Facebook. Some Christians have very narrow definitions of what they consider acceptable beliefs. That is fine. But what I wanted to do in this post is set out what I believe so that those who strongly disagree with me could unfollow/defriend me and no one be shocked when there would be differences of belief. By the way, I am happy to connect with people who disagree with me, I just don’t want any surprises when people discover what I really believe.

3. 5 Things to Know Before You Become a Pastor

I pastored for fourteen years, as a youth, associate and solo pastor. It was a very rewarding career. But after fourteen years I knew certain things that I did not know when I started. I decided that it was time to share those lessons, not to scare off potential pastors, but to allow them be more aware pastors.

4. 8 Myths About Apologetics

I find that there are a lot of Christians who dislike apologetics. When I dig deeper, I discover that they have quite a few misconceptions about apologetics. In this post I attempt to dispel some of the myths about apologetics that people have.

5. 10 Things That Apologists Should Know About

I love that there are Christians who are interested in apologetics. But my fear is that some budding apologists will have extremely narrow interests that will leave them vulnerable. I fully believe that we need specialist apologists, but that is no excuse to ignore other relevant subjects. In this post I suggest ten areas that apologists should know at least something about.

Speaking of blogs, please check out my new autism blog.




Is Apologetics Good or Bad?

Asking whether apologetics is good or bad is not a very good question. It is like asking, is leadership good or bad? There is only good leadership and bad leadership. It is the same for apologetics, there is only good or bad apologetics.

Good or Bad

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Even Christians who call for a moratorium on apologetics will give some answer if they are asked why they are a Christian. That is still apologetics.

When people suggest that apologetics is bad, what they really mean is that they do not like the way they see apologetics being done. That is a whole different issue. That is like suggesting that feeding the poor may be wrong because some ministries will make a homeless person sit through an hour long sermon before being allowed to eat.

In some ways, I am not sure how people are able to judge apologetics. There are so many people doing apologetics in such a wide variety of ways that apologetics becomes a pretty big umbrella. I would agree that apologetics is sometimes done in a less than helpful way. There are apologists who are in it for the love of the argument. There are apologists who assume that everyone else is as philosophically minded as they are.

Apologists should be prepared to hear constructive criticism. There are many areas for improvement. There is a need for increased quality and for increased compassion and respect. But none of these things make apologetics bad.

If you are a Christian who is ready to condemn apologetics, take moment before you speak. Consider helping apologists to improve instead of rejecting them because of what you don’t like.


5 Reasons Apologists Should Not Attack Apologists

There is no lack of apologists attacking other apologists. The internet has made this both easier and more public. I understand that many apologists are so zealous for the truth (as they understand it) that it is just as easy to attack Christian apologists as it is to attack skeptics. They likely see their activities as building the kingdom of God. It breaks my heart when I see these attacks and I would like to share five reasons why apologists should not do this.

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1. Christianity (even evangelicalism if you want to be that specific) is a big tent and there is plenty of room for diversity. One would have to go pretty far to stray into heresy. Just because you disagree with a position does not mean it is outside orthodox Christianity.

2. While truth is objective, our understanding of it is subjective. Have you ever considered that you might be wrong and the other person is right? It is possible. Have some humility on these issues.

3. It is a bad witness. Non-Christians watch these debates (if they can be called that) and their unbelief is only strengthened. This does not mean we cannot disagree, but when we express ourselves in angry and petty ways, we raise barriers to people’s embrace of Christianity.

4. The Bible tells us to use our words to build up and not to tear down. Ask yourself what you are doing when you disagree with another. Think about how the apostles (think Acts 17) spoke to unbelievers, If we are to be respectful toward unbelievers, surely we can be respectful to believers.

5, We are all working together for the kingdom. It does not matter if we have some differences of theology (as long as we are within orthodox limits), we are all on the same team. Pentecostals and Anglicans are very different (I say that as both a former Anglican and a former Pentecostal) and yet they both are working to see God’s kingdom expand.

I know this will not make apologists stop fighting. The love of the argument is often what draws people into apologetics. But I hope it will make people think twice about how they disagree.


10 Things That Apologists Should Know Something About

When it comes to apologists, there are those who seek to be generalists and those who seek to be specialists. I am a firm believer that we need both. I am actually somewhere in between.

I do a lot of general apologetics but much of what I do is historical apologetics, especially in the context of the Bible. Within that category, my specialization would be something like this:


Areas of interest should be embraced. Having said that, I believe there are certain things that apologists should know at least something about. This is not about being an expert in everything but having a basic concept and having some idea of where to find out more information. I will not explain each concept but will simply list them and leave them to you for further research. They are in no particular order.

  1. Hermeneutics
  2. Systematic Theology
  3. Early Church History
  4. Old Testament
  5. New Testament
  6. World Religions
  7. Modern Religions and Sects
  8. Logic
  9. Communication
  10. Science and Faith

If you look at this list and realize that you don’t know anything about most of this, it is time to do something about it. It is only ten topics. Find short introductions to each topic and take a couple of years to familiarize yourself with each of these.


What Really is Apologetics?

What is apologetics? Some people have been turned off of apologetics. I would want to ask what type of apologetics they have had a bad experience with.

AngerSome people have seen apologetics as compiling evidence into an air-tight case that only a fool would reject. The problem with this is that people know that life is messier than that. For many people it is not enough to pile on the facts. Philosophical arguments are not the forces that drive their beliefs.

Others see apologetics as being about emotional arguments against people you disagree with. The apologist is the “heretic-hunter” who is looking for the next theological error to knock down.

I know apologists who embrace both of these models and it is not wrong to be like that. But that is not the sum total of apologetics.

When I encounter opposition to apologetics, I use the following discussion. I ask them about something in their life, such as a hobby, that they really enjoy. I ask them to name the subject that they are thinking of. I then ask them to give a few reasons why they enjoy it so much. Once they do this, I inform them that they just did apologetics.

Apologetics was not invented by Christians. Apologetics is simply giving explanations for why something is valued or embraced. Christian apologetics is doing that same thing for Christianity.

A part of Christian apologetics is rational evidences but that is not all there is. If you asked me as a new Christian why I believed Christianity to be true, I would have told you about a dramatic answer to prayer. That experience still plays a central role in my faith. I have filled in my reasons with other things, such as rational evidence, but it is still important.

My challenge is to not give up on Christian apologetics. If you do not like the way someone else has done apologetics, then find a new way. If you are a Christian and believe that Jesus is the Lord, then discover the means to express that truth to others.


Who Are the Five Most Influential Apologists Today?

I need to make myself clear here. There are others that have been more influential in previous generations. There are others who may have more degrees or who get invited to more apologetics conferences. But taking everything into consideration, I believe these are the five most influential apologists that are active today. I would love to see your list.

1. William Lane Craig – Craig is one of the most well known apologists active today. He is especially known for his debates. He is particularly gifted in philosophy, specifically the philosophy of science.

2. Ravi Zacharias – I consider Zacharias to be the Billy Graham of apologists. He has a gift of building bridges, even having the opportunity to speak at the Mormon Tabernacle. Zacharias is the best example of a solid apologetic preacher.

3. Stephen Meyer – Meyer is one of the premier proponents of Intelligent Design. He has been fighting an uphill battle as many consider ID to be a sly way of getting six day creationism into the schools. Meyer is able to meet evolutionary scientists on their own level.

4. Greg Koukl – Koukl is best known for his radio show and podcast Stand to Reason. Koukl is gifted at translating what the philosophers are saying so that the average person can understand. Koukl is also very active at applying apologetics to current social issues.

5. Craig Evans – Evans is a respected New Testament scholar who is often called on by the media to explain the latest Jesus fad. While active in scholarship, Evans is also willing to tackle the popular theories that are floating around.



Children, Try to Get Along!

In many ways I love the apologetic community. There is knowledge and resources that can be shared. There is encouragement that can be offered and ideas that can be ignited.

Unfortunately there are also tempers that can flare. There is one well known apologist whose Facebook page and Twitter feed is largely taken up with attacks upon other Christian apologists. He is by far not the only one. Over the years I have seen a number of well known apologists going for the Christian jugular.

I will be fair and say that these Christians are not starting from a bad character nor that they get a perverse joy in attacking other Christians (that is my assumption anyway). It seems that these people see a supposed error, whether in theology or in methodology or in something else. They feel the need to comment on the error and reveal it to the larger Christian community. I think that is a reasonable reaction.

Where I see the problem is when people go on and on, trying to destroy reputations and ministries. State your case and let it go. Unless you are a part of that person’s ministry, board, school or church, it is not your job to keep them accountable. You have provided the information and now it is time for others to take the next step.

Besides, when you attack someone, especially on a public venue like Twitter, it makes all Christians look bad. How we treat others, especially those we disagree with, will either be a witness or a stumbling block. Please take these things seriously.

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35 ESV)


Spiritual Dangers and Apologetics

I came across this surprising quote that may shock some readers:

“I envy you not having to think any more about Christian apologetics.  My correspondents force the subject on me again and again.  It is very wearing, and not very good for one’s faith.  A Christian doctrine never seems less real to me than when I have just (even if successfully) been defending it.” – C.S. Lewis

Yes, that C.S. Lewis.  The one we think of as living and breathing apologetics.  Apparently he had something negative to say about apologetics.

I do not want to try and guess as to what was happening to Lewis or how he was affected by his apologetics activity.  However, there is something that rings true here.  There are certainly enough examples of evangelical Christian apologists who not only give up on apologetics but gave up on the faith as well.  While many do not take it that far, I do hear from some apologists about how their passion for God is diminishing.

What should we do with this?  Should we give up on apologetics and just focus on singing praise songs with our Christian friends?  We need to see this not as a problem with apologetics but a part of human psychology.  A person who studies the dynamics of marriage relationships or studies parenting in an academic setting will have to work extra hard to be a good spouse and parent.  Sometimes when we focus on the theoretical dimension of any discipline, there arises obstacles to living that out in real life.  But that does not mean that we should either give up the academic study or the practical application.  It just means we have to work harder at keeping a balance.

The fact is that we need apologetics.  I hear regularly of people who give up on Christianity because of attacks by critics.  They are not good attacks, but these Christians have never looked into the responses to these critics.  They are assuming that the church is not able to respond on an equally intellectual level.  Apologists are needed to equip the church to know what and why they believe.  I recently came across this verse:  “I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.” (Romans 15:14 NIV)  I am not sure that Paul could say that to most of our churches.  We need people who are well-read in areas of atheism, world religions, biblical studies and so on, to demonstrate that Christianity does have a response and is capable of standing up to any other worldview.

At the same time, this apologetic need should not come at the price of our own faith.  Very few apologists give up on Christianity but many more lose their spiritual passion.  It does not have to be that way.  Here are some suggestions as how to avoid the spiritual dangers that come with apologetics.  Do not see your apologetics activity as your primary spiritual discipline.  Put as much effort into your relationship with God (prayer, worship, Bible reading for devotions) as you do for apologetics training.  Do not feel as if you have to respond to every challenge that is out there, pick your battles.  Do not put all your time into debating the diehard skeptics who you know will never change (apart from a miracle) as they will drain the life out of you.  Be willing to read apart from looking for material to make an apologetic defence.  Do not think that because you are an apologist that you have to understand everything, there will always be mysteries.  Invite God to be a part of your apologetics ministry.  You are not God’s bodyguard, God is your general.  Instead of seeing yourself  as needing to protect God, find out what he wants you to do.  Who does God want you to talk to?  What does God want you to say?  This is not an excuse to avoid training, but to realize that God knows the heart of the person we are talking to and we should let God guide us in the conversation.  Finally, be willing to take a break.  Unless apologetics is your full-time job that feeds your family, you can back away when things become too rough.  Remember, even Jesus went off to refresh after times of hectic ministry.

Apologetics is important.  But it is hard, hard not just on the mind but on the soul.  Even C.S. Lewis found it hard.  But God continues to use Lewis to encourage believers and and challenge non-believers.  God can use us as well.  But do not sacrifice your spiritual life on the altar of apologetics.  Do what you can to make a difference in the area of apologetics but build your relationship with God.  Your apologetics ministry will be much better if you do.