2020 Year in Review

What words can we use to describe the year 2020?

Pandemic.

Panic.

Unexpected.

Uncertain.

All of these and more. Each generation believes that a certain year has been the most eventful in history, for many reasons. Perhaps 2020 is our year. However, 2020 did have its share of ministry opportunities in apologetics. Here are some of the highlights from the year.

Mark Riser – Apologist social media. The Mark Riser – Apologist blog page and my Twitter page have been my primary focus in apologetics communication. My use of Facebook declined again in 2020, which was a good personal move. Twenty-four people follow my blog as of this writing. Also, my Twitter feed is followed by 376 individuals. This year has featured presentations on death before the Fall of man and a biographical study of the Old Testament judge Gideon. An email to a friend deployed overseas became the weekly Discipleship Minute. Also a question from a church member blossomed in the Social Justice Project, an in depth Biblical study of the application of justice.

Brookwood Baptist Church. The year 2020 began with Bruce Hennigan and I leading an apologetics course with a group of faithful men. However, when our public officials began a series of lockdowns and COVID restrictions, our church, for all intents and purposes, was shut down. We were unable to complete our class to our regret. The course itself is one of the best that we have composed and we will use it again. My Life Group has persevered in the face of the pandemic. After meeting via Zoom for several months, my friends began to meet in person, exercising precautions. Because of this, our fellowship has been strengthened and ministry to one another has increased.

Shreveport Reasons To Believe. I continue to serve as President of this fine group of people. One benefit of the restrictions was my exploration of online meeting technology. I made presentations four times to that group in 2020. One of the most significant opportunities was the application of Zoom meeting technology, which we used four times during the year. Our group has maintained an attendance of six members in 2020.

Many words and phrases could be used to describe the year 2020, but my favorite phrase must be this:

Teaching ministry of apologetics.

I appreciate all of you who have followed me and read my posts over the course of this year. My hope and prayer is that I have written something that has helped you become more confident in your Christian faith. Next week, I’ll share with you my goals for the new year of 2021.

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