Our Story

An Unexpected Journal is the endeavor of a merry band of Houston Baptist University Master of Arts in Apologetics students and alumni. What began as simply a Facebook post on November 1, 2017 wishing that there was an outlet for imaginative apologetics quickly organized by the end of the year into a very real and very exciting quarterly publication.

Over the next approximately three months, we began to create. Of course, we had to produce our content, but a very important part of our publication is our own collaborative peer review process.

An Unexpected Journal is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Texas which has been determined by the  IRS to be a tax-exempt public charity (83-1018932).

Our Process

There are a variety of ways that individuals contribute to our project. After an author submits his or her work, it is reviewed by three different people prior to publication. Two Content Editors provide feedback regarding structure, argumentation, and theme while one Copy Editor keeps an eye out for grammar, usage, and mechanics. This structure and emphasis on process allows us to provide high-quality content.

Our Mission

An Unexpected Journal seeks to demonstrate the truth of Christianity through both reason and the imagination to engage the culture from a Christian worldview.


An interview with Clark Weidner from The Solid Faith ministries about An Unexpected Journal.


AUJ contributor, Annie Crawford, speaks on the need for cultural apologetics. (Click to listen, Annie begins at 18:10)

A Reasonable Witness (with Annie Crawford)


Carla Alvarez
Daniel Asperheim
Jesse W. Baker
Jasmin Biggs
Jem Bloomfield
Adam Brackin
Anna Brahce
Nancy C. Brown
Donald Catchings
Jesse Childress
Clayton R. Conder
Elizabeth Connor
Mary Lou Cornish
John Cox
Annie Crawford
John Creech
Riz Crescini
Azalea Dabill
Will Daniels
Virginia De La Lastra
Alison DeLong
Brenton Dickieson
S. Dorman
Carrie Eben
Joshua Fullman
Ann K. Gauger
Karise Gililland
John Gillespie
Carey Green
Laurie Grube
Ryan Grube
Malcolm Guite
Sean Hadley
Jamie Hay
Michael Heiser
Jack Heller
Josh Herring
Sandra Hicks
Laura Higgins
Joseph Holmes
Lucas W. Holt
Nicole Howe
Sojourner Howfree
Crystal Hurd
Kimberly Hyland
Kim Jacobson 
Junius Johnson
Sharon Jones
Sheila Krygsheld
Corey Latta
Tony Lawton
Tracey Leary
Douglas LeBlanc
Kelly Lehtonen
Mark Linville
Tommy Darin Liskey
Landon Loftin
Christy Luis
Tracy Manning
Alex Markos
Louis Markos
D. S. Martin
Elizabeth Martin
Korine Martinez
Roger Maxson
Cameron McAllister
Tim Mcguire
Erica McMillan
Jacqueline Medcalf
Brian Melton
Julie Miller
Jason Monroe
Seth Myers
Annie Nardone
Timothy Nargi, Jr.
Cherish Nelson
Christine Norvell
Holly Ordway
Joseph Pearce
Jahdiel Perez
Josiah Peterson
Theresa Pihl
Alicia Pollard
Jamie Danielle Portwood
Daniel Ray
John Mark Reynolds
Megan Joy Rials
Joe Ricke
G. Connor Salter
Zak Schmoll
George Scondras
Daniel Semelsberger
Jason Smith
John Stanifer
Edward Stengel
Aaron Stephens
James M. Swayze
Philip Tallon
Gary Tandy
Charlotte Thomason
Grace Tiffany
Melissa Cain Travis
John Tuttle
Rebekah Valerius
Michael Ward
Sarah Waters
Clark Weidner
John Weitzel
Shawn White
Donald T. Williams
Jacqueline Wilson
Jennifer Woodruff Tait
Ted Wright
Kyoko Yuasa
Iris Zamora
Hannah Zarr
Jared Zimmerer