Wednesday Giveaway (Thanksgiving Edition) – Keller and Wright DVDs

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RFG DVD A Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers (and a delayed one to our Northern neighbors).

This week we have something of a special giveaway. Two of our more recent products are a pair of DVD sessions based on The Reason for God by Tim Keller and Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright, and as we head into Thanksgiving our two winners will receive both the DVD series of their choice and the accompanying participants guide.

In The Reason for God pastor and author Timothy Keller meets with a group of people over six sessions to address their doubts and objections to Christianity. Using literature, philosophy, real-life experiences, and the Bible, Keller and the group explore the truth of Christianity.

In Surprised by Hope biblical scholar N. T. Wright reveals the amazing full scope of what God's Word has to say about the world to come and the world that is. What is heaven really like? Is our main duty as Christians simply to help non-Christians get there? What hope does the gospel hold for this present life, and in what ways does God intend for us to experience that hope personally and spread its healing power to the world around us?

SBH DVD Both were beautifully produced, and would be excellent resources at home, in the classroom, or in a church setting.

To enter just post below with a question you’ve wrestled with about either objections to the faith, or our ideas of heaven. 

The giveaway will run through Thursday, and our two winners will be able to choose which DVD and Participants Guide they would prefer.

Best of luck!

  • Nathan W. Bingham 8 years ago

    I wrestled with whether we can “enjoy” things in this life, and whether the things I do enjoy here on earth will be a part of the New Heaven and the New Earth.

  • Dan Masshardt 8 years ago

    Why have so many of us seen heaven as our ultimate hope rather than the resurrection?

  • Chadwick 8 years ago

    One of the questions I have received/wrestled with is: “Why would God create someone, knowing that that ultimately they would end up in Hell?”

  • Chris Funkhouser 8 years ago

    I often hear, “How do we deal with all the devout followers of other faiths?”

  • Tyler 8 years ago

    One of the questions that I’ve wrestled with the most is … well, I mean, I have my own response to this, but it’s still an unanswered question, is why God allows people to suffer when it is within his power to stop? Yeah, I know it’s cliche, and like I said I do have a ‘response,’ not an answer (because if the Bible doesn’t answer it, I don’t think I can) to it, but it’s still a legit question.

  • Patrick Gardella 8 years ago

    Somehow balancing the now and not yet. Helping people to see the wonders of heaven and the resurrection, yet also living today.

  • Bruce 8 years ago

    I used to assume that “dogs don’t go to heaven” because they couldn’t be saved. Thinking instead of the New Heavens and New Earth, I am anticipating the world to come filled with animals.

  • Tim Corbeau 8 years ago

    Is faith a gift from god, and if it is, how can one be rebuked for having a little faith?

  • Danny 8 years ago

    The tension between the physical and the spiritual lived out in everyday life (1 Tim. 4:7-8).

  • don g 8 years ago

    Will we eat and/or work in heaven?

  • Charles 8 years ago

    What is the inextricable link between resurrection and hope?

  • Tim Etherington 8 years ago

    Will there remain a distinction between heaven and earth when both are new?

  • George 8 years ago

    One of the questions I have often received and had to address is, “Why should I believe what the Bible has to say when it is so hard to understand, with so many people disagreeing about what it teaches?”

  • Sam H 8 years ago

    Why is there an eternal hell? and on the lighter side, will I get to have a pet Tiger in the New Heavens & New Earth?

  • Jason D. 8 years ago

    Will we remember our loved ones in Heave?

  • Stephenjlbedard 8 years ago

    One of the hardest questions is who created God or where did God come from?

  • Craig P. Hurst 8 years ago

    As far as heaven goes I have had to deal with gross misunderstandings with family. Trying to strip away preconceived ideas about it and let Scripture come in is so hard.

  • Mike Knox 8 years ago

    How can God be so good and yet allow so much suffering?

  • Emel 8 years ago

    I wrestle with the canonicity of the Bible.

  • Jason Bradshaw 8 years ago

    I wrestle in trying to understand how the gospel relates to EVERYTHING. For the sake of evangelism. If we believe that Jesus is the answer for everything, then how is the gospel Good News for the alcoholic, the meth addict, the adulterer, etc. I want to understand the gospel so well as to be able to relate it to every need that arises in the people I work with and encounter in a daily basis. To always know how to bring Jesus into e dry conversation with gentleness and reverence, and to always make Him attractive to the lost.

  • Paul A. Nierengarten 8 years ago

    Early in my walk this question bothered me a great deal: Why did I respond to God’s invitation while so many reject it?

  • Gaines 8 years ago

    Why has God taken so long to finish the redemption of the creation? (I know the correct theological answer, but I still wrestle with it.)

  • Michael Hanegan 8 years ago

    If heaven is a disembodied eternity how do we understand the language of “new heavens and new earth”?

  • David 8 years ago

    How much will be the same in the next life as it is now? What will our new life be like and what will we be doing? I am so imperfect now, I can’t imagine being able to love perfectly without the grime of pride and sin. Praise God!!

  • Jason S 8 years ago

    I’ve struggled with the issue of giving thanks in all things. That is mostly because I lost my older brother who was also my best friend when he was only 42.
    Thankfully, I do have hope, and great confidence in the sovereign wisdom of God.
    One still wrestles, though.

  • Thom 8 years ago

    The most significant question for me has always been what does authentic faith look like in the 20/21st Century West?

  • david 8 years ago

    the issue of human suffering baffles me on many days

  • Tim Crummett 8 years ago

    How much technology will there be in Heaven?

  • Jason Bunch 8 years ago

    I have always struggled with the question of why God leaves people in a state of suffering. I know that some great things come about through that struggle but I still struggle with it, especially in relation to the evil that humans do in this world.

  • 8 years ago

    How much will the new earth resemble the current earth?

  • A. S. Haley 8 years ago

    Jesus (Luke 23:43), Paul (2 Cor. 12:4) and John (Rev. 2:7) each spoke of “Paradise”, so the testimony for it is very strong. Looking around this secular world, I wrestle with the huge gap that has opened up between Christians and everyone else, and what the implications of that gap are for the end times, when they come.

  • Ryan Boyer 8 years ago

    I’ve wrestled with the prototypical concepts of heaven conveyed by most everyone in pop culture, even pastors as they mention the questions they will ask when they get to heaven. Will it be like that or will it be as it is in Revelation 5 where we only sing praises to God?

  • Mike S. 8 years ago

    The concept of heaven: the “traditional” view from modern Protestantism vs. the view proposed by Wright: the life after life after death.

  • Josh Young 8 years ago

    One of my questions about heaven – what will current full time pastors do for work in heaven (i am not sure of their need in heaven)

  • Tim Russell 8 years ago

    How old will I be in heaven? what language will be spoken? will have have to learn new languages?

  • Chris 8 years ago

    The old problem of pain, tri-omni-God and evil existing. It was best answered by CS Lewis, but when I struggle in life, it rears its head.

  • Keith Y. Jainga 8 years ago

    I have wrestled with the OT depiction of God as a warrior who orders Israel to annihilate whole cities.

  • Keith Y. Jainga 8 years ago

    I have wrestled with the OT depiction of God as a warrior who orders Israel to annihilate whole cities.

  • Keith Y. Jainga 8 years ago

    I have wrestled with the OT depiction of God as a warrior who orders Israel to annihilate whole cities.

  • Keith Y. Jainga 8 years ago

    I have wrestled with the OT depiction of God as a warrior who orders Israel to annihilate whole cities.

  • Teluog 8 years ago

    one thing i don’t understand is if both the saved and unsaved will be resurrected in the future, then do the saved share the New Earth with the unsaved or do the unsaved get resurrected on the sun or something?

  • Dan Jesse 8 years ago

    Is the polemical literature which clearly states that sufficiency of attrition is not enough for even the penitent of confessor to overcome the antidisestablishmentarianism of one’s dispensationalistic concept of theistic determinism correct? Can we overcome?

  • danny 8 years ago

    Will the Red Sox win the World Series every year in the New Heavens and New Earth?


    How much of this earth will we remember in the New Heavens and New Earth?

  • Mike Webster 8 years ago

    I sometimes have wondered if the natural world will be as expansive and full of adventure as it is now. I think it will be more so.

  • Mathew Voth 8 years ago

    The problem of salvation for those who are never given an opportunity to hear the Gospel of Christ.

  • Jeff Stone 8 years ago

    Mostly, I wonder what we experience in the period immediately following death up until the return of Christ.

  • Matthew Cain 8 years ago

    Will our eternity be a parallel to the Garden of Eden? Will we be regularly working in an agricultural setting?

  • Brian Marchionni 8 years ago

    To what degree will we understand this life when we’re in Heaven? I.e., will all the events of my life “make sense” or be explained to some degree? Will I not care?

  • Kevin Corbin 8 years ago

    I struggle with the prevelance of Christian gnoticism that seems to be at every funeral I attend. The body being nothing more than a “tent” or “shell” and huge emphasis on the spirit. Our bodies rae neither worthless nor evil and will be resurrected in some form I wonder what will our resurrected bodies be like.

  • Sam 8 years ago

    The one question that just won’t completely go away for me – – – what if I get to the end of it all, and I was wrong, and there’s nothing but this life, no God, no supernatural, no nothing but nothing beyond life?

  • Reed Hamil 8 years ago

    How did we so easily get caught up in the Gnostic notion of such a strong dualism between the physical and the spiritual?

  • Michael N 8 years ago

    Will we always be in heaven, or is heaven merely an intermediary state before the final resurrection and the creation of the new heavens and the new earth?

  • Scott Mckenzie 8 years ago

    i am still “wrestling” with the idea about being before the throne. Will there be a throne in the new heavens & earth – post resurrection? What does the future of heaven look like – it’s still a mystery in a sense to me – I know God will be there with the church and the angels – but layout and our interactions – still wondering and considering…

  • Kyle Treadwell 8 years ago

    For me, the historical accuracy of the first 11 chapters of Genesis and a general unearthed with the word inerrant.

  • Clif Payne 8 years ago

    In the scope of eternity this life is a mere fraction of a second. Does God really send someone to eternal torment for actions in such a short period of time or does eternal damnation mean annihilation?

  • Mark Rhodes 8 years ago

    Why do Evangelical churches for the most part not teach that the purpose of the law is to kill us instead of guide us?

  • Ben Byerly 8 years ago

    How much of the gospel was culturally shaped?

  • todd 8 years ago

    the inerrancy and preservation of Scripture

  • Salvador Gomez 8 years ago

    Is the “new earth” the old one renewed or a completely new one?

  • Robert 8 years ago

    I have struggled with the sovereignty of God vs. the free agency of man.

  • Royal Hale 8 years ago

    I don’t find the moral argument for God to be a good approach.

  • Mike Ballai 8 years ago

    I’m trying to balance being heavenly minded and of some earthly good at the same time. It’s supposed to be an object of our prayers to bring the authority of God as in heaven into this earthly existence.

  • Carl Franzon 8 years ago

    A question I have wrestled with is more in terms of ministry in the context of funerals and people’s concept of heaven and perhaps overemphasis, or even obsession with it.

  • Derek Joseph 8 years ago

    How can we practically submit our minds to the Scriptures in our apologetic, while still using human reason and logic?

  • Ted 8 years ago

    One question about the Old Testament I’ve heard is that it was largely composed after all of the events it describes, from 6-4 BCE

  • Kevin Fiske 8 years ago

    What, exactly, we will remember from this life in heaven/new creation…

  • David Wickiser 8 years ago

    I’ve wondered how much heaven will be like earth is now? At least life? Will we still have my college around, just better? Will we play sports? Will we run and play?

  • Bill Dodrill 8 years ago

    Most people’s idea of heaven is not Biblical. They think that after playing the harp for a while they will become bored. But the Bible clearly teaches that the most amazing part of our lives will begin after we’re (believers) are dead.

  • Daniel K. Eng 8 years ago

    Does true forgiveness depend on repentance? Why does it seem like God requires our repentance for Him to forgive us?

  • Randall Bachman 8 years ago

    My big question concerns our response to suffering: we seem to have it both ways. If we or another believer suffers, we say its God’s will and part of refining us or them. If we have it great, we say it’s God that is blessing us. So either way it works. So how can we reasonably believe that there is a sovereign God, when no matter what happens, we can say it proves God is there and He is not silent. It’s a tautology, and we do not acknowledge this before an unbelieving world.


  • Clinton 8 years ago

    My mom asks “Would God have forgiven Hitler had he repented?” which is a stumbling block for her. It requires that we speak to how bad all sin is, which is difficult to do.

  • Jeff C 8 years ago

    “I believe the world has to have a beginning, but I have a hard time believing that someone created it all.” — That is what I have heard recently.

  • Matt 8 years ago

    What will my feelings for my wife be in Heaven?

  • Russ White 8 years ago

    I always struggle with the tension between free will and God’s sovereignty. While there a lot of “systems” out there that propose to solve the problem, the fundamental tension remains.

  • jim menzies 8 years ago

    Th question of animals, and not just cats and dogs, but all kinds of animals in heaven. Yes or no?

  • Greg Wilson 8 years ago

    How much of heaven’s descriptions should we take literally?

  • Peeter Kallista 8 years ago

    Jesus taught us to pray that “Thy will be done on earth as in heaven” If that be the case then how much or what aspects of heaven should we be able to access now? For example wholeness of body and mind, lush vegetation: assuming of coaurse there is no reason to believe there is sickness, stunted and withered growth, etc in heaven.

  • Carol Saia 8 years ago

    How we will all be free of sin in the new heaven and new earth.

  • mel 8 years ago

    Why did God create people whom He knew would ultimately go to hell?

  • Nathan Cowan 8 years ago

    Why do we need a “new heaven” when we haven’t even experienced the “old” heaven yet?

    Will the “new earth” be a re-creation like our “new body” or just a transformation?

  • Jonathan 8 years ago

    speaking to muslims..the issue with jesus being the son and the trinity is a hard question to answer exhaustively.

  • Luke 8 years ago

    “When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” (Mark 12:25)

    What does it mean, no marriage in heaven, how will we relate to one another?

  • Arthur J Fox 8 years ago

    Would love the DVD Reason for God

  • Jon Jordan 8 years ago

    My biggest questions lately have been concerning the eternal fate of this world (as in the planet earth)


  • Jakie Carmicle 8 years ago

    How does one keep strong in his/her faith and maintain hope when so many hurts and disappointments have been experienced?

  • Kelly 8 years ago

    Here is a random question I heard: “Would Jesus have grown old if he hadn’t of died on the cross?”

  • jay bennett 8 years ago

    What is more significant regarding our eschatological hope, the notion of heaven as a destination once we die or a reality to be lived into now and culminated at our glorification and the return of Christ?

  • Samuel Lamerson 8 years ago

    Matthew speaks of a very unusual miracle during the crucifixion. A number of ‘the dead’ come up from the grave and walk around in the city of Jerusalem.
    Given that this is such a strange and potentially apologetic miracle, why do the other gospel writers not mention this? Why is this not mentioned in any other literature from the time?

    Samuel Lamerson
    Knox Theological Seminary

  • ChrisSaint 8 years ago

    A question that might fit into both categories: How is it possible that eternity is eternal but not static, and how is it possible that eternity is not static but eternal?