Don’t Apologize For Apologetics - Dr. Bobby Conway


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The double-doctorate holding Bobby Conway comes from very humble beginnings as a non-academic teenager in California who was decent at baseball. One day, a teammate took him to hear a bible study where he heard a message from Greg Laurie. After giving his life to Christ, Bobby developed such a fervent passion to share the gospel that he couldn’t imagine doing anything else than preaching the Gospel.

He went to Conway, Arkansas, and attended bible college. Never considering himself an academic (Bobby mentions failing the ASVAB), he has gone on to earn a Masters and two Doctorates. Bobby gave his first sermon as a part of his undergraduate studies and studied so hard he memorized it by accident. The first time preaching in the “wild” was outdoor on a park bench with no one listening. Bobby is driven by such an intense passion to spread the Gospel that his first love is for evangelistic ministry. His next preaching gig was at an old folks home. There he was able to share worship hymns and preach the Gospel to the residents. Recalling those early days, if he could do nothing else, Bobby would be right back at the old folks home. Bobby’s passion for evangelism drove his love for apologetics. Preaching to skeptics or the unsaved required that he be able to answer tough questions. For this reason, he believes it’s essential to include the tough passages in your sermons. He also cautions not to get too lost in the weeds. As a tour guide for your congregation, it’s essential to keep their attention. It’s a tricky balance but one that he constantly works to improve upon.

This is a great conversation that covers so many topics and it’s a real pleasure to hear Bobby speak with such passion for the lost. Bobby is also an author, speaker and regular contributor on many podcasts and radio shows.

Bobby is co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Pastor’s Perspective, and the radio show Unapologetic. He’s the founder and host of One Minute Apologist—a YouTube ministry that provides credible answers to curious questions and the founding lead pastor of Image Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned his Master of Theology (ThM) from Dallas Theological Seminary, his Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary, and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Birmingham in England. He is also the author of several books, including: Hell, Rob Bell and What Happens When People Die, The Fifth Gospel, Doubting Toward Faith, and Does God Exist and 51 Other Compelling Questions About God and the Bible. Bobby and Heather have been married since 1996 and have two grown children: Haley and Dawson. For more information on Bobby’s ministry visit

Further resources:

The One Minute Apologist:

Doubting Toward Faith: The Journey to Confident Christianity:

The Fifth Gospel:

Hell, Rob Bell, and What Happens When People Die:

Does God Exist?: And 51 Other Compelling Questions About God and the Bible:

Moody Audio:

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Preaching Evangelistic Sermons:

Dr Gavin Ortlund on the importance of "apologetic asides" in sermons:

Transparency and Vulnerability in the Pulpit:

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