P.O. Box 112
Clarcona, FL 32710-0112
Tekton Apologetics Ministries is committed to providing scholarly answers to serious questions which are often posed on major and minor elements of the Christian faith. We believe in the importance of sound Christian doctrine which is based on a careful exegetical analysis of scriptures from the Holy Bible. We also believe that it is important to incorporate the findings of various theological and scientific disciplines in order to properly assess the veracity of scriptural evidences, and to carefully evaluate issues which are relevant to the Church as a whole.
I consider the Tekton ministry to be my life's vocation. God burdened my heart with this ministry to make it a full time effort in September 2001 and has blessed the ministry's efforts considerably since that time.
MASTERS IN LIBRARY SCIENCE, 1991
Florida State University
BACHELORS IN ENGLISHUniversity of Central Florida, 1990
Received certificate from North American Mission Board, Certified Apologetics Instructor program, November 2007.
Received certificate from North American Mission Board, Interfaith Witness Instructor program, February 2010.
About Tekton Apologetics Ministries
Tekton is presently the largest apologetics website run by a single individual. It contains over 60MB of material, consisting of over 1500 separate articles compiled over a span of 10 years. Most of the articles are under the authorship of James Patrick Holding, but the site also features several contributing writers.
Tekton is specifically oriented towards making Biblical scholarship accessible to the lay reader. This is done through the use of such tools as humor and recasting of complex issues in easy-to-understand language.
The Tekton website receives an average of 2000-3000 visitors a day, or 60,000-90,000 visitors a month. Tekton also receives an average of 120 e-mails a week that require some sort of response. The ministry offers a semi-monthly e-mail newsletter with approximately 1400 subscribers and has a subscription e-zine (started November 2008) with over 230 subscribers.
Note: Due to health considerations, starting in 2012 I restricted myself to available engagements within 300 miles of my home.
References -- National
Kevin Bywater, Director of Curriculum, Summit Ministries
Mike Licona, North American Mission Board
Tekton Apologetics Ministries was recommended by apologist and prominent author Lee Strobel on The Bible Answerman in December, 2001. Editor in Chief of the Christian Research Journal Elliot Miller described Holding as "one of our foremost lay apologist writers" and an "effective and clear communicator" on The Bible Answerman in March, 2005.
Tekton Apologetics Ministries was listed as a "helpful website" in Appendix B of Lee Strobel's The Case for the Real Jesus and is also cited within the book twice. The same citations were used in an article by Strobel in a 2007 article in the Christian Research Journal (Vol. 30, #5, p. 21).
Five different Tekton items -- two by a guest, three by J. P. Holding -- were cited positively as sources in Paul Eddy and Gregory Boyd's The Jesus Legend.
Skeptic and Jesus Seminar member Robert Price published a rebuttal to the Tekton essay The Impossible Faith in his book Jesus is Dead, where he also responds to N. T. Wright and William Lane Craig.
Holding's article for the Christian Research Journal, "Mary Magdalene's Modern Makeover," is cited in Hank Hanegraaff's book The Apocalypse Code.
Holding's article on The Da Vinci Code, published on the website for Answers in Action, is cited as a resource in Hanegraaff and Maier's The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction.
Holding's site was listed as a resource for further information in Norman Geisler and David Hoffman's Why I Am a Christian.
Holding's review of Reinventing Jesus is quoted along with those of Paul Maier, Josh McDowell, and others on the promotions webpage for that book.
Holding's review of The Da Vinci Hoax is quoted along with those of Darrell Bock, Philip Jenkins, and others on the promotions webpage for that book.
Holding's The Impossible Faith inspired one atheist to pay another atheist over $5,000 for a rebuttal.
Holding's article on the Pope Leo X "fable" quote is cited in Clinton Chisholm's book Reflections on Ras Tafarai.
Holding's book Shattering the Christ Myth is used as a source in Episode 153 of the Arabic-Christian program Islam Explained.
Holding's article on issues in the book of Esther is referenced in Matthew Stroud's Plot Twists and Critical Turns: Queer Approaches to Early Modern Spanish Theater.
Holding's article on inerrancy is referred to in a note in Daniel Block's Israel: Ancient Kingdom or Late Invention?
Holding's article on Jephthah's daughter is referred to in the atheist book Everything You Know About God is Wrong edited by Russell Kick.
Holding's material on Bart Ehrman is quoted in Dillon Burroughs' Misquotes in Misquoting Jesus.
Holding's material on "copycat Christs" is referenced in Joel McDurmon's Manifested in the Flesh.
Holding is named in atheist Kenneth Daniels' Why I Believed.
Holding's article on the shape of the earth according to the Bible is noted by Chet A. Van Duzer and Georg Christoph Munz in Floating Islands: A Global Bibliography.
Holding's article on Daniel (with Kevin Closson) is listed as a source in Kent Stevens' Daniel: Touchstone of Prophecy.
Holding's article on Daniel (with Kevin Closson) is listed as a source in John Evans' The Prophecies of Daniel.
Holding's article on Richard Packham is referenced in William Broughton's The Historical Development of Legal Apologetics with Emphasis on the Resurrection.
Holding is given thanks in Daniel Howard-Snyder's essay in Vol. 1 of Oxford Readings in Philosophical Theology.
One of Holding's rebuttals to an atheist is noted in Wayne House's The Jesus Who Never Lived.
Holding's article on inerrancy is quoted in Randall Price's Searching for the Original Bible.
Holding's book The Mormon Defenders, and his website, is referenced in a note in Richard Abanes' Inside Today's Mormonism.
Holding's site is listed as a resource in Michael Murray's 52 Paths to Heaven.
Holding's material on the historical Jesus is referenced in Richard Linford's The Jesus Christ Papers Volume I.
Holding's site is listed as a resource in Colin Bowers' Open Minds, Closed Minds and Christianity.
Holding's article on the OT canon is listed as a reference in Roland Worth's Biblical Studies on the Internet: A Resource Guide.
Holding's site is listed as a "Digging Deeper" resource in David Noebel and Chuck Edwards' Thinking Like a Christian.
Holding's article on the date of Revelation is listed as a resource in Gary Gibson's Waveform Politics; A War to End Democide, Volume 3.
Holding's site article on logical fallaices (a guest piece) is referenced in Frank Mueller's The Lyth of Lemmings.
Holding's site is listed as a resource in W. C. Campbell-Jack, Gavin J. McGrath, and C. Stephen Evans' New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics.
Holding's article on Mithra is referenced in C. R. Bilardi's The Red Church Or the Art of Pennsylvania German Braucherei.
Holding's site is referenced in Tom Head's Absolute Beginner's Guide to the Bible.
Holding's site article on the kalam argument (a guest piece) is referenced in Robert Thornborough's Strugglebook: A Logical Search for the Truth of God.
Holding's site is referenced in Jason Dollar, Bradley Pinkerton, and Steven Cowan's Contend: A Survey of Christian Apologetics on a High School Level.
Holding's site is referenced in Hal Flemming's Examining Criticisms of the Bible.
Holding's article on Jonathan and David as homosexual lovers is referenced in Mimsie Robinson's The Anatomy of Sexual Integrity.
Holding's article for Creation Ministries International on Biblical cosmology was referenced by Noel Weeks in his article, "Cosmology in Historical Context," Westminster Theological Journal 68 (2006).
Holding's article on the Mormon internal witness is referenced in Richard Abanes' A New Earth, An Old Deception.
Holding's article on Mithras is referenced in Mark Mittleberg and Lee Strobel's The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask.
Holding is quoted by Robert Stacy McCain in an article on the Zeitgeist movie on the online version of American Spectator. See here.
Holding's site is noted as a resource in James McConnachie and Robin Tudge's The Rough Guide To Conspiracy Theories.
Holding's article on The DaVinci Code is referenced in the periodical Arthuriana (v. 14, 2004).
One of Holding's articles is noted as a resource in Samuel Tseng's Uncovering Hidden Treasures.
Holding's article on Mithra is cited by Chuck Pierce's God's Unfolding Battle Plan.
Holding's site is listed as a resource in Lee Strobel's Finding the Real Jesus.
Holding's article on the authenticity of Daniel is referenced in Hank Hanegraaff's Has God Spoken?
One of Holding's articles on Bible contradictions is referenced in Alex MacFarland and Elmer Towns' 10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer.
A guest commentary by Richard Swinburne is listed in Delbert Burkett's The Blackwell Companion to Jesus.
One of Holding's articles on the historical Jesus is referenced by Handel Andrews' The Church's One Foundation.
Holding's site is listed as a resource for further study in Alex MacFarland's 10 Answers for Skeptics.
Holding's book on Mormonism is listed as a resource in Steven Propp's Another Jesus, a Different Spirit, a Different Gospel.
A guest compilation by W. R. Miller is referenced in Errol Gibbs' and Philip Grey's Five Foundations of Human Development.
Holding's harmonization series using Abraham Lincoln biographies is referenced by Craig Keener's Vol. 1, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary.
Holding's article on Thallus is referenced in Norman Geisler and Patty Tunnicliffe's Reasons for Belief.
The Scientists of the Christian Faith project, by W. R. Miller, is referenced in Thomas Allen Miller's Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?: A Surgeon-Scientist Examines the Evidence.
Holding's article on the meaning of "elohim" is referenced in Melissa Mohr's A Brief History of Swearing.
Holding's exchanges with Richard Carrier are referenced in M. J. Trow's A Brief History of Vampires.
Holding's book Shattering the Christ Myth and the Tekton website are referenced by Ravi Zacharias' ministry website regarding the Zeitgeist film.
References -- Local
Dr. Jimmy Knott, First Baptist Church, Orlando, FL
Dr. Charles Roesel, pastor emeritus, First Baptist Church, Leesburg, FL