“How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller in it; if you could really look at other men with common curiosity and pleasure; if you could see them walking as they are in their sunny sefishness and their virile indifference! You would begin to be interested in them, because they are not interested in you. You would break out of this tiny and tawdry theatre in which your own little plot is always played, and you would find yourself under a freer sky, in a street full of splendid strangers.”– G.K. Chesterton
On May 17th 2015 Tactical Faith was invited by Chris Holland, the director of student ministeries at Eastern Shore Baptist Church in Fairhope Alabama, to speak to his youth group about apologetics. I took this opportunity to reach out to my friend Dr. Travis Coblentz in Birmingham, Alabama and see if he wanted to speak. Dr. Coblentz is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Bible College in Hoover, Al. He is a man who has wore many professional hats in his lifetime. Dr. Travis has been everything from a minister at an immigrant church in Boston to a youth pastor in Toledo, Ohio. It was a joy to ride down from Birmingham to Mobile talking to him about his life and his interests which include a love for the writings and life of Nietzshe. The eight hour journey (from Birmingham to Mobile and back) gave us both a chance to talk apologetics its place within the spiritual life of Christians. The ride was such a help to me as I am working through my own life journey on how to integrate the life of the mind within our spiritual life. We were bringing a message that Sunday night on the “hope” that is found in 1 Peter 3:15 and how that hope helps shape and ground our thoughts about apologetics and witnessing.
Dr. Coblentz and I had a wonderful day of fellowship with the people of Eastern Shore Presbyterian. Not only did I get a chance to spend time with old friends who live in the area, but I got to experience a first rate youth program that Chris has tirelessly put together. He ministers both to the hearts and minds of the youth in that church. Dr. Travis and I were taken back by the maturity and thoughtfulness of the entire program! This is why I love ministering at Tactical Faith! Being able to meet so many wonderful people witnessing and working for God is a tremendous honor that I don’t take for granted. To see within others the same hope that is spoken of in 1 Peter 3:15 is such a encouragement!
Brett Kunkle is the Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. A dynamic communicator who engages both heart and mind, Brett speaks to thousands of students and adults at churches, conferences, and college campuses across the country.
Tactical Faith will sponsor Brett Kunkle’s visit to Alabama in November
Jacksonville State University – Ratio Christi of JSU
Brairwood Christian School – Hoover, Alabama
Eastern Shore Baptist – Daphne, Alabama
University of Mobile – Ratio Christi of UM
About Brett Kunkle:
Brett Kunkle is the Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. He is passionate about seeing students and adults “transformed by the renewing of their minds.” Brett has more than 16 years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college students. He spent 11 of those years as a pastor to students and young adults at Chino Valley Community Church in Southern California and Creekside Church in Colorado.
A dynamic communicator who engages both heart and mind, Brett speaks to thousands of students and adults at churches, conferences, and college campuses across the country. He has worked with such groups as Campus Crusade for Christ, InterVarsity, Saddleback Church, and Biola University. Brett has participated in debates and public forums on secular university campuses, and he is a regular speaker at the Evangelical Philosophical Society’s annual apologetics conference. In addition, Brett has contributed to various books and magazines, has been interviewed on radio and television, and is a regular guest host of Stand to Reason’s weekly radio show.