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Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation
January 1999 - 19[1]:8

Apologetics Press Turns 20!
by Bert Thompson, Ph.D.

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Come celebrate with us. We’re not a teenager any more! It was twenty years ago—1979 to be exact—that we began the work of Apologetics Press. The plans for the fledgling idea were sketched out on scrap pieces of paper (literally) in a friend’s living room. When the work began, we had a couple of boxes of stationery, a couple of typewriters, and a lot of big ideas. But that was about it. However, as the old saying goes: “That was then; this is now.”

We spent the first year and a half securing Federal and State non-profit status, setting goals and objectives, and planning future publications. In January 1981, the first issue of Reason & Revelation rolled off the presses. In September 1985, we moved into a beautiful, two-story, 11,000-square-foot building that was debt free upon completion. It always has been our policy not to use Apologetics Press funds to pay professional staff salaries. As a result, since we did not have to pay interest on a building loan, or staff salaries, the sizable savings that resulted allowed us to produce many more materials and services than would have been possible otherwise. Along the way, we have been aided in our efforts to proclaim and defend the Truth by a small but faithful cadre of financial supporters that has sacrificed unselfishly to see the work prosper.

And prosper it has! The work has grown from an annual income measured in five digits in its infancy to approximately half-a-million dollars last year—almost all of which is funneled directly back into the production of additional materials. Our flagship publication, Reason & Revelation, is now in its nineteenth year of continuous, uninterrupted publication. Its sister journal, Discovery (the first issue of which was published in January 1990), is a monthly magazine on Scripture and science for children that is now entering its tenth consecutive year. Both journals are printed in an eight-page format on attractive enameled paper in full color. We also publish books, video tapes, tracts, article reprints, audio tapes, research articles, and other items.

The same goals, objectives, and business principles that we laid out in 1979 on scraps of paper remain in effect today. We wanted to produce the highest-quality materials that were both scientifically accurate and biblically sound. We wanted our products to be as inexpensive as possible so they never would be beyond anyone’s reach financially (we take our non-profit status very seriously). We wanted to become a “clearinghouse” for those who needed answers to questions on apologetics and evidences. We wanted to mail our publications into jails and prisons. And we wanted people to know that when they needed help, we would do our very best to provide it.

Today, products and services from Apologetics Press are used literally around the world. Subscriptions to our journals are at all-time highs. Correspondence levels are breaking all records. We are mailing huge amounts of material to prisoners (Reason & Revelation always has been offered free of charge to those who are incarcerated). New products for children and adults are in various stages of production, and more are being planned. Our new twentieth-anniversary catalog has just been mailed. Truly, the future looks brighter than ever. The Lord—in ways almost beyond our ability to thank Him—has provided blessings that we never could have imagined, much less expected. We owe so much to so many. I invite you to join just as we celebrate twenty amazing, productive, happy years. And if we may be of assistance to you in any way, please call on us. As always, we are here to serve.

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