Co-Founder | Reasons for Hope
Carl Kerby’s passion is to proclaim the authority and accuracy of the Bible and to engage the minds and hearts of believers and unbelievers so that they may experience the realities of the Word of God.
Whether Carl speaks to youth or adults, large or small crowds, at churches or schools, he has a way of connecting and engaging with everyone. From all ages, all walks of life, and wherever they are on their faith journey, Carl reaches people with biblical truths, providing knowledge and reasons why we can trust God and His Word.
Carl is a much sought-after speaker, both in the U.S. and abroad. He has spoken in Bermuda, Canada, England, Greece, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Tanzania and Wales.
As a founding Board Member of Answers in Genesis, Carl served there for more than 15 years before co-founding the apologetics ministry, Reasons for Hope.
Carl has had many roles in his life: (son of a professional wrestler, air-traffic controller at O’Hare International Airport, founding board member and speaker for Answers in Genesis), but his most cherished roles are as a husband to his wife, Masami, a father to his children, Alisa and Carl, Jr., and a grandfather to Trey, Naomi, Mari, James, and J.T.
Workshops by Carl Kerby
How can Christians offer true hope to the world that we live in? Using 1 Peter 3:13–16, Carl shares the “Who”, “what”, “how” and “why” it is imperative that Christians have a biblical worldview. It is only then that we can truly have hope and offer hope to the lost. This talk will challenge the body of Christ to become more active in sharing their “mosaic” with the world around us in order to share the love of Christ. Carl will share broken pieces of his “mosaic” in order to show what the Lord has done. Each of His children need to be like the Israelites and share with others what God has done and is doing in our lives. This talk will encourage Christians in the “Share it!” component of the Reasons for Hope ministries objectives.
Dr. Dawkins isn’t known for being friendly! Can Christian withstand his attack? Watch and see. Richard Dawkins is one of the most antagonistic of the “new atheists.” In this talk, Carl takes a video that Dr. Dawkins made where he ambushed Wendy Wright, then the president of Concerned Women for America, and addresses the questions that he raised. Christians need to be aware that if Richard Dawkins is using an argument, hundreds of those that follow his every move will use it as well. Using secular sources, Carl will show that the claims that he makes are not that difficult to give an answer to. The problem is not in the evidence: the problem is in the interpretation of the evidence.
- What about homo erectus?
- What about homo habilus?
- What about austrolopithecus?
- What about children having “gill slits” as they develop in their mother’s womb?
The church is losing its next generation at an alarming rate. What can we do about it? Anywhere from 50%–88% of the young people raised in Bible-believing Christian homes walk away from the church after age 18. In this talk, Carl examines the causes of this huge exodus, but then shows that by starting with the Bible, solutions can be offered to this massive problem in the church. Teaching just Bible stories to our children isn’t working; young people in our churches need to know how to stand uncompromisingly on the authority and accuracy of the Bible so that they can answer the skeptical questions of the age. This talk will address the “Know it!”, “Live it!”, and “Share it!” challenges.
What we need today are Christian men who are willing to stand on the Word of God. In this powerful, straightforward, biblically-grounded talk Carl challenges men to stand up and be the spiritual leaders Christ has called them to be. No more abdicating that responsibility to the world, the church or anybody else. Dads, you are called to educate and train your children! Carl will identify the tools being used to destroy families and then show how to overcome those attacks. The Lord’s pattern is that the man be the head of the home and be the provider, protector, and priest of the family…and raise children in the fear and admonition of the Lord! This talk will address the “Know it!” & “Share it!” challenges.
Teaching “how” to think is vital to stemming the church exodus. Carl use’s popular media to teach how! Almost everybody knows about the Veggie Tales videos. They have been hugely popular in both the Christian as well as the secular market. Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer created another series entitled, “What’s in the Bible?” that is amazingly well done. They are colorful, very professionally made, and contain puppets, animation, and lots of fun songs. In this talk Carl will breakdown the episode that deals with the book of Genesis. This is a talk that will encourage and equip the body of Christ to critically evaluate what we are watching. It doesn’t matter if we are watching secular or “Christian” programs. We need to be like the Bereans and take what is being taught and comparing it with Scripture to see if it is true or not. This is a talk that will address the “Know it!”, “Live it!”, and “Share it!” components.
Carl shares from his heart in this powerful, thought-provoking talk that will challenge you to evangelize the lost! If we want to reach the world today with the Gospel, we’re going to need as many tools at our disposal as possible. One tool that everyone of us can use is conversation! In this talk, Carl uses clips from a popular TV program from Showtime featuring the entertainers Penn and Teller attacking Christianity and the Bible. Carl shows how to and how not to answer the attacks leveled against Christians. The conclusion is one not soon forgotten where the “power of conversation” is seen first hand. This presentation will help and challenge audiences to be both real and relevant as they learn to talk with—not at—people in order to impact the culture. This talk will address the “Share it!” challenge.
If the Bible is true, shouldn’t the oldest writing known have references to it? Maybe it does! As a young boy, Carl was intrigued by Japanese writing and Japan when his father brought back posters of his time wrestling in Japan. (A toy robot also had a big impact!) From those simple beginnings, Carl developed a desire to go to Japan and see it for himself. God graciously allowed this to happen and he spent over 4 years living there. During this time he met his wife, Masami. His interest in the Japanese writing continued even after he became a Christian. It became even more intense when he met a lady who had studied the characters for years and found that the Gospel message is clearly depicted in the most ancient writing on the planet. In this talk, Carl shares what was taught to him many years ago by Ethel Nelson and more from his personal studies over the years. This is a very intriguing talk.
What can we learn from a hospital encounter that would challenge us to evangelize more? Watch and see! Do you have a “full-code” or “comfort measures” faith? This talk is based on an actual experience Carl had with a dear friend who is a heart doctor. After making the rounds with his friend, Carl was challenged when he met a man who was about to lose his wife. The Bible tells us that our life is like a vapor, and this experience reinforced the truth of this teaching. Carl shares the experience and the biblical application that impacted his life and believes that it will challenge you to take your faith more seriously as well. This talk will address the “Share it!” challenge.
Let’s use popular media to teach a generation how to think! It doesn’t have to be boring. The History Channel’s hit show “The Bible” was watched by millions. In this talk, Carl and the audience will critically evaluate the first 5 minutes of this blockbuster. It takes almost 1 hour to talk about the first 5 minutes!! Come prepared to think, because this is a talk that will help you put into practice what Carl is calling Christians to do more of: critically evaluate what we are watching. When we start doing this, we are able to use the media as a tool to teach truth and discernment. This talk will address the “Know it!” and “Live it!” challenges.
It doesn’t matter what we think about Genesis, it matters what Jesus thought! Let’s see what He taught. Many in the church today do not believe that the book of Genesis is important in the modern world. We have been deceived into thinking that it is full of mistakes and errors. In this talk, Carl will address why we can trust not only the first book in the Bible, but the entire Book as well. As a Christian, instead of being concerned with what others think about something, we should be concerned with what our Savior, Jesus Christ, thinks. We should be asking “what did Jesus think about Genesis” and then submit ourselves to what He taught. What did Jesus teach about Genesis? Watch this talk to find out! This talk will address the “Know it!” challenge.
Using secular media, Carl teaches how to address popular claims about the Bible and dinosaurs! Ask this question in the church today and almost every Christian will say Jesus! The only problem is that when asked specific questions about dinosaurs, Christians will answer with a Jurassic Park mentality! Using clips from the wildly popular Jurassic Park movies, Carl shares what is being taught in the movies but then contrasts it with what the Bible teaches and science really shows. This is a very powerful multi-media presentation that will help all to differentiate between fact and fiction! This talk will address the “Know it!” challenge.
Get an “inside” look at Air Traffic Control and let’s see if we can’t make spiritual application. Using his former job as an Air Traffic Controller at O’Hare International Airport as an illustration, Carl demonstrates how to reach people today with the Gospel. If we are going to be effective, we must start with the proper foundation. Christians need a biblical worldview in order to have answers for a culture that no longer trusts God or His Word! When Christians allow the Bible to be the absolute authority for all areas of their lives, they will be able to give answers to the questions we are confronted with on a regular basis. This talk will address the “Share it!” challenge.
Can’t make it to Washington D.C. to tour the Smithsonian? Let’s do a virtual tour, from a biblical perspective. Using only secular sources, Carl will discuss the supposed evolutionary ancestors that are depicted in the Smithsonian’s $24.5 million exhibit showing human evolution. This is a great talk to do with people just before they go on a trip to Washington D.C. and visit the world-famous museum. You may be surprised at what is actually found, and what is depicted. You may also be surprised to find out that the supposed “evidence” that is used supposedly showing human evolution as a fact, isn’t what the actual evidence supports. This is a very important talk and ones that will hopefully show parents how to teach their children to apply their faith in the “real world!” This talk will address the “Know it!” & “Share it!” challenge.
Teach a generation how to think when watching TV and movies. This is a very important topic for Christians today. Today’s Christians are so used to the teaching of millions of years and evolution that they no longer notice how prevalent it is in our everyday lives. We wonder why 50%–88% of the children raised in the church leave by the time they are 18. Let’s be honest: who is truly teaching our children? Currently, children spend 900 hours a year in a school. That same student typically spends 1064 hours a year in front of a TV. If the church thinks they can overcome this much indoctrination by having the youth for 1–3 hours a week by playing games and eating pizza, they’re wrong! In this talk, Carl shares numerous examples from comic books, TV, movies, etc., showing how much indoctrination is taking place. Even in “family-friendly” materials, there are blatant teachings that are undermining our young people’s ability to trust the Word of God. This talk will help Christians to get their “radar” turned on in order to catch these falsehoods. It will also teach parents how they can use the media as a way to start communicating the truth of God’s Word. This talk will address the “Know it!” & “Share it!” challenge.
Video games aren’t important, right? Not so fast, you may want to hear this information. Until he was challenged by his son, Carl Kerby Sr. thought that TV and movies were having the most impact on today’s youth. Today he sincerely believes that he was wrong. He’s now a firm believer that video games are having a major impact on the culture—even more than schools! The average time a child spends in front of a TV set is 1064 hours a year. The average time a gamer spends playing video games is 18 hours a week, which works out to 936 hours a year! Even though it is less time overall, the difference is that TV is passive, while the video game is not. Those that are playing them often will name the character after themselves. They then decide who to do what to and how to do it! So, what’s the answer? Throw them out? Throw your hands up and give up? It’s not quite that simple many times. As a minimum, we need to be aware of what is going on in this world. In this talk, Carl shares what many of the most popular games are actually teaching. Forget about sex and violence for a moment, that’s a given. In this talk we will deal with what they are teaching about God, the Bible, Christians and Jesus. What you see may shock you. We pray that it does motivate you into becoming much more aware of what you are allowing to infiltrate your mind. Parents, running and hiding isn’t the answer! You have been called to train a generation and it must also include what the culture is using to destroy a generation. This includes video games. Youth, if you are a Christian, you must become more discerning on what you are allowing into your mind. This talk with challenge everyone to become more aware of what the world is using to indoctrinate a generation to no longer trust the Word of God!
What “Voice” Are We Listening To?: Let’s Use the Popular TV Show “The Voice” to Make an Important Biblical Point!
There are many voices that are speaking to us in the world today. The media, video games, smart technology etc., are all having an impact. In this talk, Carl will identify a number of those voices and share the impact they are having. He will also challenge us to make sure we’re listening and obeying the correct voice!
What About ”Races”?: What You Believe about Where You Come from Will Impact the Way That You Live Your Life Today!
This is one of the most important talks that Carl gives today. If we truly want to solve the problem of racism, there is only one way, and that is by starting with the Word of God. For too long Christians have said “Jesus” with their lips but lived their lives with a anti-biblical mindset. There is no clearer example than how many “Christians” have in the past and are currently dealing with this issue. Here Carl will shed light from God’s Word and from real science on the truth about so-called “races.” What does science really say about this issue? More importantly, what does God’s Word say? This is a study that is transforming lives by giving exciting answers from Genesis! Until we Christians can get this issue right, we can never expect non-Christians to deal with it appropriately. This talk will address the “Know it!” & “Live it!” challenge.
How do we deal with this increasingly popular subject? Many would think this isn’t an important topic. But, it is! TV shows and movies have taken the topic of aliens and made people believe that there is no doubt about their existence. Using the Word of God, Carl breaks down this seemingly-impossible issue and gives biblical truth in dealing with this relevant topic.
Does the Bible really talk about dinosaurs? Yes, and you may be surprised at how much it says! When we start from the Scriptures as it was given to us, real history from the only One who has always been there and knows everything, we will understand the world around us in a very different manner. Dinosaurs are one of the major tools used by the secular world to train children into believing the world is millions of years old and the Bible isn’t true. Well, in this talk we will start with the Bible to answer common questions such as the following:
- Does the Bible talk about dinosaurs?
- Why don’t we find the word dinosaur in the Bible?
- Did dinosaurs go on the ark and if so how did they fit?
- Don’t dinosaurs prove the earth is millions of years old?
- What happened to the dinosaurs?
Let’s talk about fossils and what the evidence actually supports. Slow, gradual processes or rapid, catastrophic processes? This entertaining talk will challenge the belief that the fossil record supports the teaching of millions of years. A proper understanding of what the evidence shows in the fossil record is vital to having Biblical answers in today’s world. We will cover how bias and world-views affect the way that we see the world around us. We will discuss questions such as the following:
- What do fossils really show us?
- Doesn’t it take millions of years for fossil formation?
- What about the phylogenetic charts of many animal families “proving” evolution?
This talk will share vitally important research on the youth that are leaving the church. We can stem the tide! This talk is vital to understanding why the book of Genesis is so important to the issues we are dealing with in the world today. In a culture where we are losing so many young people who are raised in the church, we need to figure out what the causes are. If you don’t know when and why we are losing them, we can never figure out a how to solve the problem. Using research done on 20-year-old who were raised in the conservative church and who have walked away, Carl will show when and why and then propose a how to overcome this serious problem. This talk will address the “Know it!” challenge.
Everyone knows humans evolved from ape-like ancestors, right? Looks look at the evidence and see! In our world today we’re inundated with the message that man evolved over millions of years. Our school systems, television programs, movies, and even music push this message on us constantly. But, what does the evidence really show? Using information from the “Revealing the Link” website, Carl will discuss the supposed evolutionary “ancestors” used to “prove” human evolution. This includes the world-famous Lucy. Once we look beyond the veneer at what the actual evidence really shows, you may be surprised! We can and need to have answers to these issues today. This talk addresses the “Know it!” & “Share it!” challenge.
You’ll never look at a zoo the same after this talk! This is fun, fast-paced and biblical! Audiences across the globe have been thrilled with this colorful, eye-catching presentation on some of the most astounding evidences of God’s handiwork. The talk builds to an unforgettable conclusion! Do you know what the “Best Evidence” is that God created? This talk will address the “Know it!” & “Share it!” challenge.