Something I was working on for Apologetics today brought a memory to the forefront of my mind, one of the highlights of my Apologetics career. Here’s my reminiscence for your reading pleasure.
About six years ago, a friend of my mom decided to lead a writing class using a curriculum created by Andrew Pudewa. I credit this class for establishing the foundation of writing skills that I’ve built upon during my years in speech and debate. I highly respect Mr. Pudewa and had the pleasure of briefly meeting him at a tournament in early 2012. He’s about as close to a celebrity as I have ever met.
Mr. Pudewa is involved with NCFCA speech and debate in Oklahoma. At the 2012 NCFCA Houston Open, I noticed that he and some of his students were there. Round 2 of Apologetics, I walked into my competition room, closed the door, turned around–and who should be one of the judges but Mr. Pudewa! I highly doubt he remembered me but I definitely recognized him. His judging me caused a tad of nervousness for me, but I also had a hope: I wanted to get a 1st place ranking from him! I spoke on the topic, “Why are there parallel myths to the Biblical narrative in other religions?”. I exited the room and promptly forgot about it until the end of the tournament. I opened my ballot packed, rifled through the ballots until I found Apologetics Round 2, and–to my delight–found that I had indeed been ranked 1st by Mr. Pudewa!
I still treasure that 1st place ranking. You will probably never be in a situation like the one I experienced. Most times, you will have never met the three people evaluating your speech. But you know what? Any first place ranking at all is a treasure, regardless of who it comes from. A 1st place means that a judge believed you did the best job of defending the faith out of all the competitors in the room. That’s not something to be taken lightly.
How do we get those treasures? In order to give a phenomenal Apologetics speech, you must have a solid foundation. That foundation is a phenomenal organizational system that allows you to cover as many topics as possible while still using your time effectively. I believe that Thoroughly Equipped: The Comprehensive Guide to Apologetics is the best foundation available, bar none. Streamlined Organization is one of the three Keys to Success in Apologetics (which are explained in the free report you can download to the right of this post), keys that unlock the treasures of Apologetics. One of the most fun treasures to receive: a 1st place ranking.
Whether you are judged by “celebrities” or homeschooling moms, a 1st is something to be grateful for.