AFFIRM APOLOGETICS by Southwest Radio Ministries exists to equip the believer to engage the world in the arena of ideas. Christians are instructed by Peter to have an ἀπολογία, a reasoned defense, like the case-file of a defense lawyer. When Paul explains in Romans 1:20 that unbelievers or skeptics are without an excuse, the word he uses is ἀπολογία; they have no case. 


  1. ILLUMINATE  The psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:105, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. The oil lamps used in Iron Age Israel used olive oil and a flaxen wick. Unlike a modern flashlight which shines a bright beam to illuminate objects that are many yards away, these simple clay lamps lit only a small area, just enough light to keep the bearer from tripping on a stone or stepping on a scorpion. God’s word gives the illumination needed to face our current obstacles.
  2. EDUCATE  The people of the northern kingdom of Israel followed false gods and faced severe judgment as the Neo Assyrian empire conquered the land. The prophet Hosea wrote in Hosea 4:6, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. An understanding of the things of God is essential in living a servant’s life under the Lord.
  3. DEFEND  Many wolves lurked among the believers of the New Testament church, spreading false doctrines and questioning the veracity of the claims of Jesus. Jude, the brother Jesus, wrote to Christians in Jude 1:3, Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. We must not fear the arguments of the world, but faithfully defend the claims of Scripture.


The Deafening Winds of Popular Opinion

The State of American Christian Thinking and Education I was recently doing some research on the biblical city of Sodom. I was reading differing theories about the location of the city and comparing the work done by various scholars and explorers. I found that there was some good scholarly work

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No Room? No Inn!

The story is universally known. A young couple, recently married, makes a long journey from their home country to a small town in the hills to be numbered in a government census. The road is dangerous, and the young wife is very pregnant, soon to give birth to her first

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Surrounded by Enemies: Israel at War

A streak of light split the pale morning sky, and then a flash. I didn’t hear the explosion. I couldn’t. My ears were filled with water. I floated lazily on my back and watched Israel’s Iron Dome shoot down rockets from Gaza. My thoughts were miles away. The moment felt

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The One Who Brings the Rain

As a believer in America today it is easy to get discouraged. Traditional Christian values are considered by many to be evil. We are warned in 2 Timothy 3:3 that in the last days men will be “haters of good.” We often sit around the table and complain about the

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The Holy Cup

As the Church around the world celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and His victory over death on our behalf, our minds often turn to the last days of His earthly ministry. We recount His triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem and His actions among the religious leaders on

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Don’t Be A Unicorn Internet Archaeologist

One of my favorite television programs of all time is The X-Files. Among the colorful heroes and villains, human or otherworldly, some of the most endearing characters to me were The Lonegunmen. These quirky pseudo-journalists were the kings of conspiracy. The Lonegunmen were often used as exposition for the audience,

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Clayton Van Huss

Clayton Van Huss is the director of Affirm Apologetics. He is a classically trained actor and award-winning filmmaker. He was always drawn to biblical history and adventure, often saying that if he wasn’t an actor, he’d be an archaeologist. Clayton has a passion for teaching the Bible in churches and conferences, focusing on equipping believers to understand what they believe and how to share it with others. In 2020, God called Clayton to The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas where he began his work toward an M.A. in Biblical History and Archaeology. Digging at Tel Shilo in Israel, Clayton is living his God-given dream of uncovering the historical and cultural context of the Bible and teaching it to others.