Our pastoral team was excited to kick off the new sermon series this past week “Questioning Christianity.” Our prayer is that this series would help you, equip you and prepare you.
If you’d like to dig deeper into some of the questions we are discussing, here is a list of recommended books.
1. Making Sense of God by Tim Keller
In this book, Tim Keller (who is probably my favorite author) gives various reasons as to why Christianity is even worth considering. He shows how Christianity is filled with answers that every person is looking for regarding fulfillment, personal freedom, justice and hope.
2. Reason for God by Tim Keller
Tim Keller is masterful in weaving together history, cultural analysis and scripture to provide answers to some of the hardest questions for the Christian faith. I find myself consulting this book as a resource on almost a monthly basis.
3. Jesus Among other Gods by Ravi Zaccharias
The late Ravi Zaccharias was one of the great thinkers in the Christian faith in the past 50 years. He traveled the world visiting universities to give talks about Christianity and to engage in discussion with students. If you have never seen a Ravi Q and A, you need to go to Youtube and check it out. They are amazing. This is one of his seminal books that lays out why he believes Jesus is the unique God.
4. Jesus among secular Gods by Ravi Zaccharias and Vince Vitale
In this book Ravi and his coauthor Vince Vitale address various “isms” and the Christian response. Relativism, pluralism, humanism, scientism etc… Great resource.
5. Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
This is usually my go to book for someone who has questions about the Christian faith. It is written in a way that makes it super engaging to read and presents a very compelling argument. Lee Strobel was an agnostic who decided to apply his skills as an investigative journalist for the Chicago Tribune to discovering the truth about Jesus. He interviews experts from all over the world and ends up becoming convinced of the Case for Christ.
6. Confronting Christianity by Rebecca McLaughin
This book is similar to Reason for God in that it address hard questions for the Christian faith. I found it highly engaging and helpful.
7. Fool’s Talk by Os Guinness
This is not a book that addresses specific questions and answers for the Christian faith, but rather how we should engage in dialogue about our faith. Its goal is to help Christians rediscovering the ancient, and Biblical, art of persuasion. If you want to grow in having better conversations, I’d definitely recommend this.
8. Doubting towards Faith by Bobby Conway
Doubt is a part of life. In this book Bobby Conway is honest about his own doubts and walks the reader through how to view doubt and what to do with doubt. Really helpful.
Academic (More technical and a little harder to get through then the books above)
9. The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg
More and more people want to contend that the Bible is not accurate and only contains a small portion of what Jesus really said and did. This book is a direct response to that fallacy.
10. Gagging of God by D.A. Carson
Our culture celebrates the idea of pluralism (there are many different paths) and relativism (there is no absolute truth, simply your own truth.) This book shows how both views are self refuting and builds a case for Christianity as the revelation of God.
11. Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig
This is one of my favorite apologists. If you want to go a step deeper than Case for Christ, this is the next book I’d recommend.