Hope is a better apologetic than dogma

ometimes it’s not what you say, it’s what you do…

And that’s especially true when you live through something. When you exhibit a hope that defies that odds, a disposition that makes no (human and logical) sense yet seems steady, people take notice.

And that’s a better explanation of your faith than the words you can spout from a book theology or even recite from Scripture.

Sure, the words help. But they merely explain what’s already true— and what’s seen— your living faith.


Over a decade ago a staff member at the nonprofit where I was working got shot.

From just a few feet away.

And he was hit.

I asked him to share the stage with me as we explained this concept one evening— about hope amidst trying circumstances, demonstrating how it opens doors that were once closed, and how people’s hearts connect in those tough trenches in ways they don’t in other moments.


1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “Always be able to give an answer for the hope that is in you…”

Hebrews 12:2 tell us that Jesus endured the Cross, all while “despising its shame” because of the “joy that was set before Him.”

These verses don’t suggest tough things never happen. In fact, they acknowledge and affirm the opposite.

Stuff hits the fan.

And when it does, it reveals the kind of shovel you have in your hand.

And that has everything to do with faith…



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