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Prepared to Answer with Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ) and Mark Mittelberg (The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask), along with some of today’s most respected apologists, authors, and theologians address various collision points between our culture and a biblical faith during this focused apologetics Simulcast event.


From issues like Islam to the problem of pain and suffering, from science to sex, our culture is increasingly thrusting us into challenging questions and conversations. Are we prepared to answer?

Join leading apologists Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ) and Mark Mittelberg (The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask) from the campus of Houston Baptist University, along with some of today’s most respected apologists, authors, and theologians as they address various collision points between our culture and a biblical faith. Together they will help us, as 1 Peter 3:15 commands, to become “prepared to give an answer … with gentleness and respect.”

Host the “Prepared to Answer” live simulcast at your church or with your small group live on Saturday morning, February 17 — and invite friends from the community or campus to join you for a stimulating discussion of hot button questions:
  • Does Science Disprove God? — Melissa Travis
  • Is the New Testament Reliable? — Craig Evans
  • Did Jesus really Rise from the Dead? — Lee Strobel
  • Would a Good God Allow Pain and Suffering? — Lee Strobel
  • Is God Against Gay People? — Mark Mittelberg
  • Which is True: Christianity or Islam?


Lee is the former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and a spiritual skeptic until Leslie’s conversion to Christianity motivated him to try to disprove the Christian faith. His two-year investigation, using his legal and journalism skills, ended up bringing him into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.




Mark  is a bestselling author, sought-after speaker, leading outreach strategist, and the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic Evangelism, in partnership with Houston Baptist University.  Mark’s passion for equipping people to defend their faith is uniquely approachable, humorous, and always very practical.




Melissa Cain Travis serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, where she has been on the faculty since 2013. Recently she was profiled alongside her colleagues in “The Unexpected Defenders,” Christianity Today magazine’s April 2015 cover story. Melissa was also interviewed for the April 2015 Her.meneutics piece entitled “The Apologist Mom.” She has been interviewed live on American Family Radio, as well as various apologetics radio programs. Melissa is the author of How Do We Know God is Really There? (Apologia Press, 2013), How Do We Know God Created Life? (Apologia Press, 2014), and How Do We Know Jesus is Alive? (Apologia Press, 2015). Known as the Young Defenders series, these illustrated storybooks teach the fundamentals of Christian apologetics to young children.

Melissa earned the Master of Arts in Science and Religion from Biola University, graduating with Highest Honors. She is certified in Christian apologetics by Biola and holds a Bachelor of Science in General Biology from Campbell University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in humanities, focusing on the philosophy and theology related to scientific and mathematical thought in the history of Western civilization. Melissa worked as a bench scientist in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceutical research for five years after obtaining her undergraduate degree. She has spent more than a decade researching the science, theology, and philosophy related to the origins debate.



Craig Evans is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins and Dean of the School of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University in Texas. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, he received his M.Div. from Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Claremont Graduate University in southern California. He has also been awarded the D.Habil. by the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University in Budapest. A well-known evangelical scholar, Evans is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

After teaching one year at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for twenty-one years, where he directed the graduate program in Biblical Studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. Evans then taught for thirteen years at the Divinity College at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. He was also a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

Author and editor of more than sixty books and hundreds of articles and reviews, Professor Evans has given lectures at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Yale and other universities, colleges, seminaries and museums, such as the Field Museum in Chicago, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. He also regularly lectures and gives talks at popular conferences and retreats on the historical Jesus, Archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible.

Along with countless interviews on radio networks across Canada and the US, Evans has been seen on Dateline NBC, CBC, CTV, Day of Discovery, and many documentaries aired on BBC, The Discovery Channel, History Channel, History Television and others. He also has served as a consultant for the National Geographic Society and for The Bible miniseries, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. (Click here for recent programs.)



The run-time for this event is approx. 3.5 hours long.

LIVE Saturday – February 17  |  8:00am-12:00pm CT and PT / 9:00am-1:00pm ET and MT 

10 Min. – Welcome, intro (Lee, Mark)
40 Min. – Session 1
30 Min. – Session 2
30 Min. – Session 3
20 Min. – BREAK
40 Min. – Session 4
30 Min.  – Session 5
30 Min. – Session 6
10 Min.  – Wrap up

*Flex Scheduling and On-Demand will be available after February 17th. Call 1-888-235-7948 for more scheduling options for your church or small group.


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