Letter to our membership

Dear Friends,

 

My name is Don Williams.  I was just elected president of the International Society of Christian Apologetics (ISCA) at our recent meeting in Denver.  I’d like to introduce myself, tell you a little about my plans for the society, and encourage you to join or renew your membership. 

 

I am the R. A. Forrest Scholar at Toccoa Falls College and an internationally recognized Inklings scholar with advanced degrees in both Theology and Medieval/Renaissance Literature.  Most of my work has been done at the “Four Corners” where the borders of Apologetics, Theology, Philosophy, and Literature meet.  My recent books include Mere Humanity: G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien on the Human Condition (Nashville: Broadman, 2006), Inklings of Reality: Essays toward a Christian Philosophy of Letters (Lynchburg: Lantern Hollow Press, 2012), and Reflections from Plato’s Cave: Essays in Evangelical Philosophy (Lynchburg: Lantern Hollow Press, 2013).  I’ve also written a number of apologetics-related articles, such as “Lacking, Ludicrous, or Logical? The Validity of Lewis’s ‘Trilemma,’” Midwestern Journal of Theology 11:1 (Spring 2012): 91-102.  An ordained minister in the Evangelical Free Church of America, I aspire to do apologetics that combines logical and academic rigor with a pastor’s heart.  I’ve spent a number of summers training local pastors in Uganda and Kenya for Church Planting International, and plan to do the same in India this summer.

 

I think the ISCA meets a critical need as a place where conservative Evangelical scholars from various disciplines can join together to hone our skills and encourage one another in the increasingly crucial task of defending and proclaiming the faith once delivered to the saints.  We do this through hosting an annual apologetics conference and publishing an online journal.  The next conference will be in Charlotte, NC, April 10-11, 2015, with the theme of “Evangelical Identity and the Word of God.”  (Papers on the theme are encouraged, but papers on any apologetically relevant topic are welcome.)  I know that those who have attended the last few meetings have been enthusiastic about how much they enjoyed the stimulation and the fellowship.  I also plan to help our members stay in touch by starting a monthly e-newsletter in which we can share the opportunities the Lord is giving us along with shorter essays and book notices. 

 

Most of you who are getting this letter have been part of ISCA in the past.  Many of you have not kept up with your membership or are behind in your dues ($30.00 per year for full members, $20.00 for student members).  Let me appeal to you to join or re-join or renew your membership by going to our website, http://www.isca-apologetics.org/ , and clicking on the appropriate links.  Believe me, it will make a real difference in our ability to pursue our goals as outlined above.  If you share those goals, let me encourage you to consider making a financial donation to ISCA.  And definitely put next year’s conference dates on your calendar!  I hope to see you there as we sanctify Christ in our hearts and make ourselves ready to give an answer to anyone who asks us a reason for the hope that is in us.

 

Yours for His glory.

 

Don         

 

Donald T. Williams, PhD

R. A. Forrest Scholar & Prof. of English, Toccoa Falls College

Web Site:  http://doulomen.tripod.com

Blog:  http://lanternhollow.wordpress.com

E-Mail:  dtw@tfc.edu

 

"To think well is to serve God in the interior court."

-- Thomas Traherne