Always Be Prepared


These are Peter’s words, “[A]lways be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, with gentleness and respect” (1 Pet 3:15). Such was the theme of two lectures that I delivered at Biola University last week in their Summer Apologetics Series, for which men and women came from as far away as China.

As I flew home from Los Angeles last night, I wondered why students would travel such a vast distance to learn how to better communicate their faith? I think it’s because they recognize the importance of Peter’s words—that our communication of the good news is the way that God saves the world. Evangelism is that important. As my colleague, Kent Hughes, liked to say, “It’s only life or death.”

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About the author

Chris Castaldo (PhD, London School of Theology) is the lead pastor at New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Talking with Catholics about the Gospel and coauthor of The Unfinished Reformation.


  1. This was really funny. I used to tell peolpe in my old church that it was like running you get tired after running for so long, finally you give in and have to sit down and take a break for a while but while you are sitting down, you start feeling guilty and say, What am I doing! I should be running, not sitting around! (or else the leaders say this, whichever) so you get up and start running again, only to tire out in a few more minutes.But then, Jesus comes and you fall at His feet, and grace is given you from Him and now you run without growing weary, since it is Him running in you. Nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me Galatians 2:20

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