Are You Suffering From Apologetic Burnout?

Are you suffering from burnout from doing apologetics? Are you showing sings of fatigue from the countless debates and arguments for and against your beliefs? Then may I suggest that it may time for a break! Remember, you are not indispensable! That means it is time to get back to the basics. As you many have already noticed, even though this blog is geared towards apologetic issues, I view apologetics as ONE brick in Christian’s foundation. But the key to being an effective witness who can defend and articulate the Biblical worldview in the marketplace of ideas is to first and foremost be a disciple of Jesus. This means we must learn to live how Jesus lived. Remember, Jesus always found time to break away and pray and he didn’t always say ‘yes’ to everyone do something. He knew the right time to engage and fellowship. He also did his ministry in the strength of the Holy Spirit. 

What kind of resources are out there to help you become like the one who died and rose in our behalf? First of all, if you have decided to  take a break, obviously, it doesn’t hurt to get back to reading and mediating on the Bible. Also, another aspect of renewal is to get back to finding satisfaction in God. John Piper has made all his books available for reading.  Furthermore, rich community is important. Hence, deep fellowship with other Christians is a must!

As you may or may not know, some of his materials are designed to help Christians find complete satisfaction in the Lord.  I also think the late Dallas Willard set the bar in some of the books he wrote on this topic. I think any of the following books are a must read.

The Spirit of the Disciplines

Renovation of the Heart: Putting On the Character of Christ

Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God

The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on Discipleship

The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus

Also, feel free to check out his website. Willard was certainly a top notch philosopher. But he was clearly a devoted disciple of Jesus and truly sought to emulate his Lord in all he did. Remember, if you are losing motivation or are continually struggling to keep up with the apologetics endeavor, it may be time for a break. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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4 thoughts on “Are You Suffering From Apologetic Burnout?

  1. SLIMJIM May 8, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    I like the comment: ” But the key to being an effective witness who can defend and articulate the Biblical worldview in the marketplace of ideas is to first and foremost be a disciple of Jesus.” I use to give lip service to this truth but as I grow older I think situating apologetics as part of an organic Christian life is more wholistic and less one-sided. I have also seen God’s work in making me less of a jerk and more compassionate while still being passionate about defending the Truth of Christianity. Good post.

    • chab123 May 9, 2015 / 2:47 am

      Wow, that’s great. It is all organic and as I said, it is apologetics is one brick in the entire foundation. God is willing to change us if we will cooperate with him.

      • SLIMJIM May 9, 2015 / 5:24 am

        Amen

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