Endorsements for Thoroughly Equipped
Several very talented Apologetics competitors have endorsed my curriculum.
“In my four years of Apologetics competition, I’ve found that organization, efficiency, and clarity are key–not just for competitive success, but for being a blessing to the judges and those listening. Thoroughly Equipped provides a clear and efficient system by which you can utilize a small number of cards for numerous topics. I know from personal experience that using a few cards to cover many topics is a very efficient and polished way to bless an audience, and Caleb DeLon’s Thoroughly Equipped Apologetics Curriculum takes it a step further by implementing this unique organization system.”
Isaac Sommers has enjoyed remarkable success during his four years of competition, taking 1st place in Apologetics multiple times, including most notably at the 2012 NCFCA Texas Open.
“Thoroughly Equipped has all the tools necessary to prepare a student for competitive Apologetics. Caleb provides creative approaches to developing a unique card system that not only allows novice students to begin their year confidently, but also aids advanced students in personalizing their speeches. I would recommend this curriculum to competitors seeking to build a solid foundation for presenting the truth of the Gospel in a clear, concise manner.”
Lydia Childress, four-year speech and debate competitor, received three 1st place awards in Apologetics during the 2011-2012 competitive season and finished 14th place nationally in 2012.
Testimonials for Thoroughly Equipped
“My name is Sydney and I purchased your Become Thoroughly Equipped Curriculum last year. I love it – it’s easy to use, well organized, and cuts down SO much of the time I was having to spend preparing Apologetics cards for upcoming tournaments. I have been telling everyone I know about what a great tool it is and directing them to your website.”
— Sydney S.
“As I’m typing up Concept 17, which is my first concept to be more than two topics, I’m starting to realize how priceless your system is. I would never have been able to sew those together. Even better, you put that sample outline on 17, which made everything even easier. Thanks for all the work you’ve put into this!”
— Ethan W.
Hi, my name is Ella, I began my journey in Apologetics last year. Despite all my help in club, I felt a lag in my card making skills. Become thoroughly equipped has helped me develop my cards better. This year in a practice tournament, I got two first places in one of my rounds. I give all the credit to God, my club and become thoroughly equipped. Thanks!
— Ella P.
Praise for Defend: The Handbook of Competitive Apologetics
Defend offers clear, insightful advice for how to approach competitive Apologetics efficiently and effectively. Caleb succeeds in engaging readers through a likeable, clear writing style, making this handbook an easy read. Defend promises useful tips on how to compete in Apologetics, and Caleb delivers by providing practical and intelligent content. Defend is a solid introduction to the basics of Apologetics, but it takes readers beyond a firm foundation by providing numerous advanced strategies for building a well-crafted Apologetics arsenal. Highly recommended.
Two-time Apologetics National Finalist
Defend is a quick read that will provide a crash course in competitive Apologetics even for those who have never heard of speech and debate before. Filled with personal lessons from the author’s competitions, this book will provide great insights for advancing one’s skill or studying Apologetics for one’s personal learning.
Youth pastor, The Bible Church of Little Rock
Apologetics competitions remind me of law school…everyone is intelligent and motivated. Many cram all nights for tests, while some just try to wing it. However, a precious few truly excel. Those who can index an enormous amount of information, weave it together and present it persuasively are those who really succeed at either. Defend gives you everything you need to be one of those truly prepared to give an answer for our mutual hope.
David B. Peel
Attorney at law, debate coach, Apologetics speaker
In his book Defend, Caleb DeLon expertly summarizes and condenses the important speech event of Apologetics into a set of easy-to-understand principles and ideas that will not only equip the beginning speaker with a firm grasp of the purpose and process of Apologetics speaking, but will also remind the experienced Apologist as to the true focus of the speech: a grounded and logical defense of the faith. Defend is a great resource, for novices and veterans alike, and is recommended for all those who seek to not just perform better in competition, but to learn the importance of successfully and practically defending the Christian faith.
National-level Apologist and debater
In his book, Defend: The Handbook of Competitive Apologetics, Caleb DeLon clearly presents the path to understanding competitive Apologetics. From defining what Apologetics is and is not through giving tips on research, organizational skills in preparing cards, and instructions and demonstrations on giving speeches, he writes and exhibits how to understand and progress through the Apologetic Categories and individual topic questions. Whether someone is brand new to the competition or has had some experience, this book will be an excellent resource for those wanting to improve their comprehension and competitive abilities in Apologetics.
Speech and debate “Mom”
Caleb DeLon has really done an incredible job of recording his valuable insights into this helpful book. The comprehensive scope as well as detailed analysis will provide you with the training you need to approach this valuable skill correctly. He graciously gives examples throughout the work and even supplies useful appendixes for further study. What you will find in Caleb’s Defend: The Handbook of Competitive Apologetics is a must for any serious competitor in Apologetics.
Stoa NITOC Mars Hill Champion
4th place Stoa NITOC Apologetics Champion
If the thought of Apologetics still makes you nervous, read this book. I have never felt more equipped and empowered to clearly articulate the Gospel than I do after hearing Caleb’s concise and readable advice on Apologetics. An experienced speaker and talented writer, he masterfully covers everything from why we participate to how you can become successful even without having a speech written for every single question, making it perfect for beginners or advanced speakers. In the world of high school speech and beyond, this book is a must-have for anyone that wants to truly be ready to defend their faith in a cogent and powerful way.
National-level Apologist and debater