Where Science and Faith Converge
  • YouTube: A Potential Chapter Resource

    by Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author | Apr 16, 2018

    Let me share with you a recent message from Timothy, a new friend of the ministry. His words echo an increasing number of comments that have come to RTB in the past few months:

    I had carried around the weight of what seemed to be irreconcilable differences between science and theology most of my life. I thought that if both disciplines were in the pursuit of truth, their paths ought to converge eventually, but it wasn’t until about six months ago that I came across some of Dr. Ross’s teachings on YouTube. Since then RTB’s materials have transformed my perspective on science-faith issues and helped me not only in my personal walk but also in my ability to reach others who have also struggled with similar issues. Your ministry has been a great blessing in my life and ignited a fire within me that had previously gone dim. I hope God will continue to bless and help grow your ministry to reach all of those out there who are seeking.

    Perhaps you’ve already considered this option, but in case you haven’t, I invite you to consider the possibility of using RTB’s YouTube videos for outreach and equipping with your chapter. I realize that many of you are trying to manage work, family, church, and rest amid your volunteer activities, including RTB chapter ministry. Bryan and the rest of us here at the home office appreciate the challenges of the balancing act you deal with, especially if you’re working with a smaller group with only a few fellow leaders. We’re always on the lookout for ways to ease your load by providing easy-to-access content that carries solid spiritual impact.

    To be honest, I’m probably one of the few people you know who spends very little time on YouTube. That’s probably why the number of testimonies similar to Timothy’s has taken me by surprise. However, I thought you might be encouraged by such stories and able to figure out some creative ways to take advantage of this content—interviews, conference talks, the 28:19 vodcast, and the like—for your chapter. You can access RTB’s channel here.

  • Taking the Interchange Off-ramp

    by Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author | Apr 16, 2018

    The Interchange has served as the chapter newsletter for over 6 years. From covering RTB news, special messages from Hugh and Kathy Ross, and strategies from fellow chapter leaders, we have provided a truckload of content. But as culture and technology change, we feel it is time to take the off-ramp and head in a new direction for chapter communications.

    For news and updates, I will continue to send emails to the chapter presidents. When relevant and necessary, please share the content of those emails with your chapter members. We will also be sharing chapter program updates in our annual video conference, Chapter Connection Point. Don’t worry, Connection Point will be shorter in the future and will present less information.

    The most exciting communication tool we are currently testing is called Stride. This is a communication application that allows teams to stay connected and organizes conversations by topics. The website and mobile apps both seem to work well and we hope they will give all the chapters the opportunity to connect with one another and easily find solutions to obstacles they face. After testing this resource for a couple months, we believe we are ready to roll this out to all the chapters.

    Stride was introduced to me by Bob Umbreit of the RTB Jacksonville, FL Chapter. He is passionate about getting RTB chapters more connected and networking with each other on a regular basis. Bob has taken the time to set up an RTB chapter group and conversation rooms by topic. These topics include strategies, chapter finances, leadership development, hosting events, and several more. And we can always start new conversation topics when needed. I am encouraging every chapter to choose at least one person on Stride to stay connected with us, but multiple people can participate. If you would like to take that step and join the conversation, please contact Bob Umbreit to be added.

    As for The Interchange, this will be our last issue. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, supported, shared, and read this newsletter. I am proud of what we have accomplished with it and look forward to keeping you updated in new ways.

  • Chapters Getting AMP-ed Up!

    by Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author | Mar 15, 2018

    AMP 2018 is behind us and it generated an enthusiastic response! From the interactive Pre-AMP Experience, to the thought-provoking talks, to the engaging dialogue at Continue the Conversation, AMP 2018 exceeded our expectations. We had a packed house, and many of the attendees expressed that they felt encouraged to share their faith with the skeptics in their lives. Several chapters were represented at AMP 2018, and we think you’ll want to hear what they said about it:

    This was our third AMP Conference and they get better and better. AJ Roberts sat with us during the Pre-AMP event. I had just seen her Why Would a Good God Create Viruses? video. It was great talking about important points she made. The AMP talks were inspiring and Fuz’s short video of the injured musician was the most powerful spiritual video I’ve ever seen. The love surrounding that woman filled the auditorium. I looked around and many, like me, were wiping tears. Finally, we made contacts during Continue the Conversation that may allow our San Diego chapter to partner with an on-campus ministry at San Diego State University!

    –Ray Usell, RTB San Diego, CA Chapter

    AMP Conference 2018 was rich with learning, fellowship, and renewed friendships. While the conference has ended, its impact is ongoing. The main thrust of AMP focuses on lectures and panel discussions. Highlights include J.P. Moreland’s discussion of truth-claims, Hugh Ross’s account of an airborne discussion with an atheistic physicist, and Paul Copan’s response to relativism. The Pre-AMP dinner provided opportunity to talk to speakers and other attendees, as did session breaks and the post-conference Continue the Conversation event. I was particularly happy to renew a friendship with two attendees returning from Torrance, CA; this offered evidence that there truly is an AMP community of repeat attenders.

    –Gordon Arbuthnot, RTB Indianapolis, IN Chapter

    This was my husband’s and my first time attending AMP and we’re glad we did! The speakers were well-credentialed and interesting. They gave us good talking points with which to engage people of differing beliefs respectfully, as well as offered impassioned reminders to win people rather than arguments. We appreciated RTB’s partnership with other organizations in this conference, such as RZIM, and enjoyed having ample opportunities to chat personally with the conference speakers. We hope to return next year!

    –Sheila Nelson, RTB Birmingham, AL Chapter

  • A Classic Makes a Comeback!

    by Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author | Mar 15, 2018

    By Hugh Ross

    After 17 years, and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of initial publication, RTB has released a fresh update to The Creator and the Cosmos. So many new discoveries—and refinements of earlier findings—have emerged that this version contains far more new material than any previous editions. It demonstrates more powerfully than ever my conviction that the more we learn from advancing research, the stronger our case for the biblical Creator grows.

    Readers will see that the cosmic origins model (still referred to as the “big bang”) has become more detailed and refined. The reality of cosmic inflation has been affirmed and tightened. And, although it may seem counterintuitive, the cosmic “uncertainties” now provide powerful new evidence for the work of the divine Designer. In fact, the case for our Creator has become so strong that, as predicted, those who resist it have resorted to ever-more bizarre attempts to escape the necessity of a cosmic beginning and Beginner.

    One new chapter of the book addresses these nonempirical (not evidence-based), strictly hypothetical attempts—such as the “quantum eternity theorem” and “Bohmian trajectories—to bypass the mounting evidence. Given how frequently nontheists and skeptics try to stump Christians with these confusing propositions, I encourage you to focus at least one of your chapter meetings on how best to respond to such arguments.

    If you’d like to invest time on topics addressed in other chapters as well, look to the end of each chapter for a set of discussion questions. Editor Joe Aguirre, who’s not a scientist, worked with me to develop questions that would occur to readers with only limited background in the physical sciences. We want this book, like all RTB resources, to assist you as a group, as well as individually, in your outreach efforts. Contact Bryan for information on how to obtain copies for yourself and your chapter members.

    The more we learn about the created world, the more reasons we gain to believe in Jesus, our Creator and Savior.

  • Chapter Connection Point in Ottawa

    by Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author | Feb 14, 2018

    By Martin Kronberg – Ottawa Chapter, ON Chapter

    Ice and snow could not stop the RTB Ottawa chapter from enjoying the warmth of fellowship during the very first Connection Point! In Canada’s capital city, our small but enthusiastic chapter meets regularly in a suburban living room. On the Saturday of Connection Point, it was no different, but this time we gathered around the TV and waited for a signal from California—not knowing exactly what to expect. What followed was a fun and encouraging afternoon!

    Our group appreciated both main speakers. First Ken Keathley gave insights into Genesis. He helped us understand this pivotal book’s cultural context as well as nuances of interpreting it. Skeptics often claim that Genesis is “just another creation myth.” So, this presentation was helpful in learning how to respond to that challenge. Then Kathy Ross shared her personal story of the early days of RTB, including funny and miraculous stories that emerged along the ministry’s journey. It was both encouraging and heartwarming.

    We also appreciated the introductions to many of the people who work behind the scenes at RTB. Much of our group was unaware of the number of people and departments comprising RTB. It shows just how much the organization has grown! For some of us, it was also the first time to put faces to names, including people we’ve exchanged emails with for years, but never met.

    On a technical note, even though we are over 2,000 miles away from Southern California, the video and audio were crystal clear. The presenters could have been next door, and we were dazzled by the high-quality videos.

    We found Connection Point a unifying way of meeting, not only with headquarters, but also with all the other chapters together. This format seems like a great model for teaching and communicating, and we hope this event will be the first of many more to come. (Bryan, what have you gotten yourself into?)

    God bless and greetings from Ottawa!

  • Emphasis on Discussion

    by Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author | Feb 14, 2018

    By Kathy Ross

    If you missed Connection Point, you missed a great opportunity to hear from myriad RTB staff members, including visiting scholar Ken Keathley. My comments included personal reflections on the founding of RTB and on the gift that you, our RTB chapters, represent to us. But, I’d like to highlight something both Bryan and I touched upon that day: the value of discussion.

    Even in the past few days, I’ve experienced again how talking about a spiritually significant topic with a fellow believer helps prepare me to recognize and seize an opportunity to discuss it with others. Although I’ve read about, understood, and embraced a certain truth, I can’t always articulate it coherently the first time it comes up in conversation.

    One dramatic example (for me) of discussion’s value came from my conversation with Ken Samples about pluralism. As we talked, he helped me grasp the difference between sociocultural and philosophical pluralism. The next day, when I went to the gym, I stumbled into a conversation with one of the trainers that drew a small group around us. These young guys asserted that all faiths are essentially the same, and it doesn’t really matter which one you choose to believe in. I said, “You guys don’t really believe that, and I know you don’t.”

    They seemed as much startled by my words as I did, but I had their attention, and God prompted me to keep going. I asked, “If I came into the gym to work on leg strength, I couldn’t choose whichever piece of equipment I happen to like best. I’d have to choose the equipment and exercises that focus on building leg muscles. If I picked up weights and started doing curls, you’d quickly and kindly redirect me, wouldn’t you?” They all nodded. This allowed me to affirm that although we are—and want to be—accepting of all people and cultures (a good kind of pluralist), we really are not pluralists when it comes to truth and facts. So, it’s important to pursue what’s true, not just what we prefer to believe.

    As the group dispersed, one young man hung back to say, “I think I need to get back to reading the Bible.” I nodded and smiled and walked away thanking God for preparing me, through my discussion with Ken Samples, to jump into this opportunity. I know that advance conversation played a crucial role. And I’m guessing you can think of similar scenarios. So, I want to thank all of you for considering carefully how to keep—or raise—the emphasis on discussion, even role-playing, in your chapter gatherings.

  • Coming Soon: The RTB Speakers Bureau!

    by Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author | Jan 18, 2018

    By Bryan Rohrenbacher

    I’m excited to fill you in on a new program RTB will soon launch called the RTB Speakers Bureau. As you can imagine, RTB receives numerous speaking requests each year—many of which we are unable to accommodate with only five full-time scholars. This is where having a Speakers Bureau will help.

    Our goal with the Speakers Bureau is to create a team of speakers from all over North America who can cover as many regions as possible. Consisting of qualified individuals who have a strong commitment to evangelism and RTB’s core values, the Speakers Bureau will allow RTB to connect with more church communities than our full-time scholars alone are capable of. Morever it will help RTB engage more Christians and equip them to handle tough topics that can challenge one’s faith.

    Another benefit of sending a regional speaker rather than a full-time scholar to present at an event is that it’s more affordable for the host venue. Plus, where our scholars can get a little technical for some, the bureau will be tasked with giving introductory-level science-faith presentations for the average church audience. Our goal is to have 20 Speakers Bureau events in 2018.

    Now that we’ve given you a glance at what’s to come, we’re asking for your help! You may be aware that it can be hard to convince churches and other hosts to invite speakers they might not be familiar with. Here’s where you can spread the word about the Speakers Bureau by connecting local speakers with churches in your area. The chances of us reaching our goal of 20 Speakers Bureau events will greatly increase with your chapter’s support!

    Keep in mind, these speakers aren’t limited to presenting only at a Sunday service. We hope they’ll be welcomed by local churches to host an outreach or equipping event on weekday evenings or to give a presentation at a Sunday school class. If we don’t have a speaker in your immediate area, Skype is always a great option, too!

    Once the RTB Speakers Bureau has officially launched, the chapters will be the first to know. If you find an opportunity for one of our speakers or would like to invite one to give a presentation at your chapter meeting, please contact me at chapters@reasons.org.

  • Introducing 28:19

    by Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author | Jan 18, 2018

    By Krista Bontrager and Sandra Dimas

    Have you discovered RTB’s newest endeavor? It’s a brand-new video podcast (or vodcast) called 28:19. The title of the show is a nod to the Great Commission given in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

    Our goal is to inspire people like YOU—our faithful chapter members—to actively share the gospel with nonbelievers in an entertaining and educational format.

    The show is broken up into several segments, each created with its own unique audience and purpose in mind. Here are just a few:

    1. In our “Give and Take” segment, host Jeff Zweerink talks with RTB scholars about common science-faith questions. They might also highlight a recent scholar blog post or book project. So, if you’re a hardcore RTB fan, this is the segment for you. This is also a great segment to share with others who love science—either believers or sincere seekers.
    2. “RTB 101” asks some common faith questions. We also share evangelism tips and help parents incorporate apologetics into their discussions with their children.
    3. The “Culture Talk” segment dives into books, movies, comics, TV, and what people are talking about on social media. We want to explore connections between pop culture and faith, similar to how we build bridges connecting science and faith.

    We hope that our chapters will make use of this valuable new resource. Here are a few ideas.

    1. Watch full episodes together as a chapter, followed by a time of Q&A.
    2. Watch one segment of the show. You could also watch a few segments centered on a specific theme.
    3. Share 28:19 on your chapter or personal social media pages. You can share full episodes or individual segments. Get some activity on your pages and help us spread the word.

    Speaking of social media, be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’re @28:19Show.

    Finally, if you have any ideas or topics you want us to address, let us know! Send us your pitch via social media. We want to hear from you. We also want to hear what you’re enjoying about the show and how you’re using it in your personal ministry.

    The good news of the gospel is too good to keep to ourselves. It’s our hope that 28:19 will inspire your chapter members to step into some new conversations with nonbelievers with courage and compassion.

  • AMPed Up

    by Aaron Kenny | Dec 06, 2017

    By Raymond Usell - RTB San Diego, CA Chapter

    My wife and I attended AMP Conference in 2015 and 2016, and only missed 2017 due to last minute illness. The reason we go is impact. AMP builds confidence, strategic awareness, and helps one develop an action plan. Here is how it affected me.

    Personal testimonies in many of the speakers’ talks revealed an amazing array of diverse paths to effectiveness. They showed me I could start by building upon my background and interests. I have a PhD in science, a law degree, and am somewhat of a bookworm. The impressive speakers showed me I needed to sharpen my apologetic thinking and communication skills. I took three RTB online classes as a result of this conviction. The discussion forums and weekly essays required are great learning vehicles.

    At AMP 2016, J. Warner Wallace sparked the idea that my legal training would make his apologetic approach a natural fit for me. I bought his books during the next break in between speaker sessions. And, thanks to the teaching aids Wallace freely provides, I was equipped to teach a five-week entry-level apologetics class for Maranatha Bible College based on Wallace’s book, Cold-Case Christianity. I supplemented the content with materials from RTB and other sources. Students liked it. The science content sparked student interest in science-based apologetics.

    I’m also currently proposing a course to address the disharmony within God’s kingdom over the age of the earth. (A fellow officer in the RTB San Diego, CA Chapter attends a church dominated by young-earth proponents and has stated that some get hostile at the mention of the old-earth position.) I recently went to the Creation and Earth History Museum and talked with folks about my idea of developing a science-based apologetics class team co-taught by a young-earth creationist and an old-earth creationist. They loved the idea! The following is from a draft syllabus:

    This course introduces science-based advocacy, defense, and dialogue concerning Judeo-Christian truth claims. It exemplifies the sentiments of Christian theologian Rupertus Meldenius’s quote “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” For purposes of this course, “essentials” means concepts directly related to salvation, the nature of God, the nature of man, the relationship between them, and consistency with the Bible (John 17:3).

    After attending AMP, I can attest to the truth of Hugh Ross’s AMP lecture comment, “. . . to the effect that when you are prepared, the Holy Spirit will bring the opportunities to you.”

  • Gearing Up for AMP 2018

    by Aaron Kenny | Dec 06, 2017

    by Hugh and Kathy Ross

    Conversation—perhaps more than ever—seems the key to effective evangelism and equipping today, especially among young people. Have you noticed this change? We’re convinced the future of the church in North America depends on recognizing the value of dialogue and incorporating questions and discussion into our worship gatherings.

    We’re all familiar with the depiction of teens and young adults as “plugged in and tuned out.” Research certainly does suggest a shortening of attention spans with each new generation of tech devices that are released (now way beyond the simple cell phones we two are still learning to use!). However, it’s also clear that no amount of digital communication can fill the hunger for meaningful interaction. We recently observed this hunger in a personal way, and the experience has given us a bright ray of hope.

    A few days ago, we met in a friend’s home with a youth pastor, his wife, and a group of collegians, some of whom are involved in church and others, not, but invited by friends. No particular topic was announced, just an offer to discuss whatever questions were on the students’ minds. We also let them know how helpful it would be for us to hear what challenges they face, what kinds of comments, attitudes, and questions they hear from their professors and peers. At first the questions focused on science-and-Bible issues. Then, during and after dinner, the conversation transitioned into deeper and more personal concerns. After six hours, our voices began to give out, and yet we were energized.

    We hope this gives you a clear understanding of our plans for AMP Conference 2018. In addition to the Pre-AMP VIP Experience, an opportunity to share a meal and begin conversations, our team has planned for a gathering after AMP called Continue the Conversation. Here, you can dive deeper into topics the AMP speakers address, discussing them at a personal level that will affect our thoughts and attitudes and actions in the days, months, and years ahead. For you, Continue the Conversation may spark ideas for future chapter meetings, outreach activities, and will certainly benefit your personal enrichment. If you’re looking for a time of energizing fellowship, we hope you’ll register for AMP Conference 2018, the Pre-AMP VIP Experience, and Continue the Conversation. We’ll see you there!

  • Clarifying RTB’s Position

    by Aaron Kenny | Nov 01, 2017

    by Hugh and Kathy Ross

    Have you noticed the proliferation of apologetics voices—and ministries? Now that the church sees the glaring need to provide “reasons” for our seemingly anachronistic beliefs and convictions, the apologetics bandwagon is rolling. Perspectives on creation, evolution, and divine revelation seem to be multiplying just as rapidly, if not more so. Pastors, seminarians, and other Bible teachers have come under increasing pressure to relinquish their “outdated” stance on Scripture, particularly on the historical and scientific accuracy of the early chapters of Genesis. “Inerrancy” has become a taboo term in many circles, and the diligent work of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy has dropped off the radar of many or most pastors and seminaries.

    Amid this swirling controversy and rising confusion, the Reasons to Believe scholar team sat down together, with cameras rolling and Krista Bontrager moderating, to clarify where the ministry stands on certain core issues. This new DVD, Creation, Evolution, and Biblical Inerrancy, will be released this month, and we trust you will find it eminently useful in your chapter’s outreach and equipping activities this coming year. With you in mind, our communications team generated a set of discussion questions to go with the DVD. You can take your group through the video and these questions at whatever pace best suits the needs and interests of the people you’re engaging with.

    You may also want to use this resource as a way to introduce RTB to people who know little or nothing about the ministry or who’ve heard distorted opinions about who we are and what we believe. You’ll appreciate the fact that each scholar plays a significant part in expressing RTB’s approach and position. So, the viewer gains a wide-angle view of our scholar-evangelist team and of how respectfully the ministry addresses topics at the center of intense debate, topics around which believers seem increasingly polarized. We’ll gladly provide a complimentary copy of Creation, Evolution, and Biblical Inerrancy to any chapter that commits to use it for outreach and equipping.

  • Preparing for RTB Chapter Connection Point

    by Aaron Kenny | Nov 01, 2017

    by Bryan Rohrenbacher

    For the first time, Reasons to Believe will utilize YouTube’s live stream capability for a special chapter event we are calling RTB Chapter Connection Point. This will be broadcasted on Saturday, January 20 from 9 to 11:30 AM (PT). The program will include introductions to several departments at RTB, a special presentation by Kathy Ross, and a Q&A session. The goal is to get your chapter more connected and show you the role chapters play in our ministry.

    I would like your chapters to meet and experience this event as a community, so plan on hosting this event like you would a normal chapter meeting. The link for the stream will be sent out two weeks prior to the event and again the day before. While we are taking care of the content, there is still going to be some work needed on your side. Here are a few steps to help you prepare for RTB Chapter Connection Point.

    1. Location: The first step is securing a meeting location with a good internet connection. You will also want to make sure your room has a large TV or projector. I know this is not the normal meeting time for many chapters, so you might need to find a different location for this event. Start looking into this ASAP!
    2. Promotion: It might be early, and most of us are still trying to figure out our holiday plans, but start talking about this event with your chapter. Announce it at chapter meetings, bring it up during the fellowship time, send emails, and post it on social media. We want to make sure everyone knows about RTB Chapter Connection Point, so talk about it every chance you get.
    3. Food: One of my high school teachers once told us, “You can’t throw a good party without food.” I encourage you to heed this advice and plan on feeding your chapter. For many of you, this event will go through lunchtime and I don’t want anyone passing out from hunger. You can use your chapter’s stipend, and we are giving each chapter some extra funds to help cover the cost of food for this event. You can also have members chip in to cater lunch or consider hosting a potluck. To find out how much your chapter has in its stipend account, please email me at brohrenbacher@reasons.org.

    I would like to have every chapter watch the program live, but I understand it may not fit in everyone’s schedule. So, we will be recording the event and releasing the video at a later date. There is no need to register, but please contact me if you plan to participate in the live stream and keep track of your chapter’s attendance as best you can. We hope you all enjoy RTB Chapter Connection Point, and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

  • Reasons.org Revamped

    by Aaron Kenny | Oct 09, 2017

    by Karina Rodriguez – RTB Marketing Coordinator

    Each year, Reasons to Believe produces a plethora of faith-affirming resources—from books to DVDs and beyond—that give people newer insights to the integration of science and faith. Chapters, in turn, use this content to reach those in their communities. But did you know that one of our most significant evangelistic tools is our website? Still, as useful as our website has been over the years, we knew it needed some refining. We’re thrilled to announce that reasons.org has been completely revamped!

    See for yourself what new aspects await you! We enhanced our interface and usability with you in mind. You can now create your own account for a more personal experience. Once your new account is established, purchases, payment information, and giving records will be available from this point forward. You can also use your account to update your information, set up a Monthly Partner recurring gift, or change your giving amount.

    Here’s another change—one we know you were really hoping for: better search capabilities! Our website has been revamped to create a simpler and more comprehensive search experience, making it easier for you to explore our blogs, podcasts, webstore, and more.

    On our home page, you’ll find stories of real people who gained confidence in their faith through their interactions with RTB. Take time to browse their stories and see what resources helped them on their faith journey. You never know when you’ll run into someone who might benefit from those same resources.

    Here are some tips for how your chapter can play a role in the launch of our new website:

    • Take a moment to go through this quick tutorial at your next chapter meeting for those who may need more help navigating our new website.
    • Explore the site with your chapter to review our new offerings.
    • Share reasons.org with someone you know. Tell a friend, or share it on Facebook or Twitter.

    Thank you for being part of RTB’s mission and vision. We hope you enjoy exploring our new website and discovering all-new reasons to believe!

  • The Joy of Volunteering

    by Aaron Kenny | Oct 09, 2017

    Jim Reeverts – RTB Rochester, NY Chapter

    If you were to ask me what it’s like to volunteer at an RTB event, I’d say the word “enriching” immediately comes to mind: enriching perspectives and an enriching sense of partnership make for a personally enriching experience.

    The first time attending or volunteering may be intimidating—but only for a short time. In my experience, it isn’t too long before someone reveals a similar interest or experience. Then conversation blends into camaraderie, and nervous smiles give way to genuine banter while carrying out a common task. I recently experienced this while volunteering at RTB’s Solar Eclipse Experience. The moment I saw Ken Hultgren, Jeff Zweerink, and Bryan Rohrenbacher, I felt a connection from having worked together before. Our time at the eclipse event built on that foundation. We talked about our families, our common interests, and how to pray for each other. It soon felt like we had never been apart. Meeting Perry, Dan, and several others at this event reinforced my expectation that future RTB events will be as enriching as this one has been.

    Volunteering at events like the Solar Eclipse Experience can stimulate and deepen your perspective on the science-faith endeavor. RTB scholars offer fresh integration of new scientific information into their testable creation model. Sometimes their insights about God’s creation can stimulate praise to our Lord. For instance, the evening before the eclipse, Apologetics Community members Dan Bakken and Rick Vargo prepped us for the event, sharing the intricacies of telescope preparation and details about eclipse orbital mechanics. I was not prepared for how the thrill of anticipation welling up within me—and others—would overflow into praise and worship! Comments of adoration for our Lord surged through the group as we looked forward to seeing a total solar eclipse. That wonderful participation in spontaneous worship—based on a deeper appreciation for God’s creation—is just one of many meaningful aspects of RTB events!

    For me, the most enriching part of volunteering is what serving does for my soul—a fulfilling sense of being a true part of the body of Christ. In volunteering this time, serving food became a means of grace: for me, for the team, and for the participants. It gave me the chance to embody the Christian grace of hospitality. Believe it or not, cooking eggs and filling juice pitchers cemented an even deeper connection with RTBers; I was coming to appreciate and care about them! It occurred to me that giving in this way enables events like this to thrive; it’s like I got to be part of the team. I became more than a participant, I became a hands-on partner in the mission of RTB.

    There are many ways to volunteer at RTB events. When you get the chance—and sense God’s nudge to volunteer—I encourage you to take the opportunity to do so at an RTB event. (Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page for more info.) You won’t regret it!

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