“So, where are you from?” It’s always been tough for me to answer that question. I’m a Filipino-American, born in the Land of Lincoln (Illinois). Grew up among Filipinos, Americans, Australians, Koreans and Brits in the Philippines. Spent time in Maryland and moved to California for college, where I eventually got married, started a family and got my M.A. in Apologetics.
This Apologetics Guy is truly roadworthy. Moving across town or across the ocean isn’t new to my family. In fact, our little boy’s had a new room for each one of his birthdays!
It’s been said that Californians are highly mobile. It’s true. And this Californian is heading to the Lone Star State.
Here’s the big news - I’m moving to Dallas to enter the Master of Theology (Th.M) program at Dallas Theological Seminary—The same program J.P. Moreland entered many years ago.
Apologetics in Texas
I keep hearing that “everything’s bigger in Texas.” What makes Texas big in the world of Christian Apologetics? Stuff like this:
- John Mark Reynolds, Mary Jo Sharp and Holly Ordway are championing a fresh, and dynamic culture of apologetics at Houston Baptist University (HBU).
- Mary Jo Sharp also runs Confident Christianity in Houston.
- Chris Shannon runs Reasonable Faith Chapters in Dallas.
- The Hope Center in Plano is home to Josh McDowell Ministries, Probe Ministries, and The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts
- Dan Wallace and Darrell Bock teach at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS)
…Which is where I’m going. DTS is on the cutting edge of biblical scholarship and intimately involved in today’s most recent discoveries, like this possible 1st century fragment of the Gospel of Mark.
Dan Wallace says:
Before the discovery of this fragment, the oldest manuscript that had Mark in it was P45, from the early third century (c. AD 200–250). This new fragment would predate that by 100 to 150 years.
…if this Mark fragment is confirmed as from the first century, what a thrill it will be to have a manuscript that is dated within the lifetime of many of the eyewitnesses to Jesus’ resurrection!
My Apologetics Ministry
I’ll be teaching my apologetics classes for William Jessup University online and I plan to continue my speaking and training ministry. Please contact me about bringing accessible apologetics training to your church.
It’s truly exciting to begin my program at Dallas Theological Seminary. And I’m pleased to join the ranks of the Texas Apologists!