What Is Christianity? Different than What Most People Think

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9780310525042It’s a basic question, and also a vital one. Not only for our own spiritual journey, but also for the journeys of people we know and meet.

And it’s a question Gregory Koukl engages in his new book The Story of Reality. The reason why is because of the misguided approach to religion people often take:

people are often tempted to think of religion as a kind of spiritual fantasy club…the one that meets your personal needs, that gives you rules to live by that are respectable but not too demanding, that warms your heart with feelings of spirituality…[They say] do not, however, confuse religious stories with reality. They don’t give you the kind of information about the world that, say, science does. Yes, believing in God is useful…

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The Problem of Evil – An Excerpt from Core Christianity

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“Either God is great or God is good, but he can’t be both.”

One of the biggest stumbling blocks in Christianity is the question about evil: How can a powerful and loving God allow pain and suffering?

This excerpt from Core Christianity lays out the problem of evil in light of the story of God’s sovereignty, goodness and love. Author Michael Horton brings the drama of good and evil into tension with the end in mind…

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IF GOD IS GREAT AND GOOD, HOW CAN THERE BE SO MUCH EVIL IN THE WORLD?

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There are a lot of mysteries surrounding the attributes of God. The Bible teaches us both that God is all-powerful and that we have real freedom and responsibility. But how? We know…

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The Unexamined Faith is Not Worth Believing – An Excerpt from Core Christianity

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Too often, Christians go through life unprepared for their beliefs to be challenged because they don’t even know for themselves what they believe. In his signature style, author Michael Horton challenges us to examine our doctrine. Many think doctrine is dry and boring, but Horton challenges that just as we tend to learn as much as we can about the people and situations most important to us, we should do so with the Gospel.

Today’s excerpt clearly lays out the premise of the book. Hear God call you into his story as you read. Core Christianity is available to order from Zondervan Academic.

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9780310525066A lot of Christians take their story—the narratives that give rise to their beliefs—for granted. They pray, go to church, perhaps even read their…

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Extracurricular Activities 6.6.15 —American Baptists, 1 Enoch, and Stage Two Exile

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Malestrom by Carolyn Custis James

Carolyn Custis James Asks, “Can the Gospel Fill Our Manhood Void?”

The malestrom — the ways in which the fall impacts the male of the human species, causing man to lose himself, his identity and purpose as a man, and above all to lose sight of God’s original vision for his sons — poses one of the most serious historic challenges to the gospel.

Malestrom cover art - borderDoes the gospel have anything better to offer men than a kinder, gentler patriarchy? Is the gospel able to fill the manhood void with an indestructible identity and calling that cover the entire cultural spectrum and the complete lifespan of a man’s life — no matter how long or how short that may be or how his story plays out?

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Extracurricular Activities 5.16.15 — Pew Religious Research, Stetzer Responds, & Enns on Adam

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Call for Papers: LATC 2016, The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture

Starting today and running through July 17 there is an open call for papers for the 2016 Los Angeles Theology Conference. The conference this year (to be held in mid January at Fuller Seminary) has the title “The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture,” and our plenary speakers will be William Abraham, John Goldingay, Richard Hays, Amy Plantinga Pauw, and Daniel Treier.

Those five speakers already guarantee a worthwhile conference, but as in previous years, Oliver Crisp and I are hoping to select nine more presentations to enrich the schedule even more.

As the call says, we are seeking “theologically constructive accounts of Scripture, describing how God is said to speak by means of the…

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Douglas Estes – “Why Is the Bible Hard to Understand?”

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I am convinced the Bible is at times just plain hard to understand. When I was younger, I thought that most people who had a hard time understanding the Bible didn’t read it; I figured they just didn’t make time for it. When I encouraged people to read the Bible, often they came back to me saying they had a hard time understanding it, and I remember at times dismissing this as their unwillingness to ‘open their eyes and ears’. But is it really that simple?

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