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
Adam Brackin
Anna Brahce
Nancy C. Brown
Donald Catchings
Elizabeth Connor
Annie Crawford
John Creech
Riz Crescini
Will Daniels
Virginia De La Lastra
Alison DeLong
Brenton Dickieson
S. Dorman
Joshua Fullman
Karise Gililland
John Gillespie
Laurie Grube
Ryan Grube
Malcolm Guite
Sean Hadley
Jamie Hay
Michael Heiser
Josh Herring
Sandra Hicks
Joseph Holmes
Lucas W. Holt
Nicole Howe
Sheila Krygsheld
Douglas LeBlanc
Kelly Lehtonen
Mark Linville
Landon Loftin
Christy Luis
Alex Markos
Louis Markos
Korine Martinez
Roger Maxson
Cameron McAllister
Erica McMillan
Jacqueline Medcalf
Julie Miller
Jason Monroe
Seth Myers
Annie Nardone
Timothy Nargi, Jr.
Cherish Nelson
Holly Ordway
Joseph Pearce
Jahdiel Perez
Josiah Peterson
Theresa Pihl
Alicia Pollard
Jamie Danielle Portwood
Daniel Ray
John Mark Reynolds
Megan Joy Rials
Zak Schmoll
George Scondras
Daniel Semelsberger
Jason Smith
Edward Stengel
Aaron Stephens
James M. Swayze
Philip Tallon
Charlotte Thomason
Melissa Cain Travis
John Tuttle
Rebekah Valerius
Michael Ward
Clark Weidner
John Weitzel
Shawn White
Donald T. Williams
Ted Wright
Kyoko Yuasa
Iris Zamora
Hannah Zarr
Jared Zimmerer