Award-winning journalist, Lee Strobel wrote The Case for Christ to retrace and enlarge his journey toward becoming a Christian. Strobel once atheist, and now Christian, shares how he began to look upon the Bible and God. As an atheist, Strobel lived the life of selfishness and only worried to please himself. When his wife began to go to church he wasn’t very pleased until after he saw the positive and attractive change in her. This is the start of his curiosity and investigation about Christianity. He wanted to understand what changed her like this. He wanted to relate with his wife so he decided to study about this and attend church services with her. Strobel began his journey and interviewed thirteen leading scholars who defended their views concerning the historical reliability of the New Testament. Strobel splits the case for Christ into three basic sections: Examining the Record, Analyzing Jesus, and Researching the Resurrection.
The first chapter of Christian Thought and Practice, by Natalie Kertes Weaver introduced theology of Christianity. This was broken up into five major topics. The topics are: terms used in the study of religion, a functional understanding of Christian theology, facets of Christian theology, types of theology, and audiences and practitioners of Christian thought. The author explains the importance in detail of all of the above points.
Many people would agree that without faith, the world would be in chaos. The book Christian Foundation by Kathleen Fischer and Thomas Hart gives an interpretation on faith in our time. Many people would question the definition of faith. Faith is a gift, which is given by God to have trust in him and belief in him. This book is a great entry in anyone's life that has speculation on his or her own faith. The book has many ways into understanding ones own religion. It discusses the Bible, Jesus, Church, God's existence and Images of God. All of these chapters helped me get a better interpretation of what my religion entailed.
Kelly Wnuk: David W. Dorries Spirit Filled Christology: Merging Theology and Power Chapters 25 and 26
Award-winning journalist, Lee Strobel wrote The Case for Christ to retrace and expand his journey toward becoming a Christian. Strobel once declared atheist, and now Christian, shares how he began to look upon the Bible and God. As an atheist, Strobel lived the life of selfishness and only worried to please himself. When his wife began to go to church he wasn’t very pleased until after he saw the positive and attractive change in her. This is the start of his curiosity and investigation about Christianity. To relate with his wife he decided to study about this and attend church services with her. Strobel interviewed thirteen leading scholars who defended their views concerning the historical reliability of the New Testament.
The social gospel was the biggest inspiration and influence for Civil Rights leader, John Lewis. Which is prevalent throughout the first two books, of the March trilogy, written by Andrew Aydin and John Lewis himself. The Bible made its mark on Lewis when he was young farm boy. Leading him to the social gospel which started him down the path of nonviolence, and longing not just for personal reform but for social reform. As the Civil Rights movements became bigger, and as the philosophy of which John Lewis taught spread, others were inspired by the social gospel.
Learning to live authentically is not an easy task, as is attempting to define the notion of authenticity. Staying true to oneself is not something that can be achieved by following some twelve-step program. Rather, it requires one to carefully reflect on day-to-day life. In “The Gospel According to García” by Ariel Dorfman, the character of García challenges his students to do just that, sometimes by unconventional and roundabout means. However, the author presents not the enigmatic García himself, but rather the traumatic effects on his class after this teacher vanishes. Through this depiction, the reader learns that García drilled into his students the qualities of one who leads an authentic life, seemingly based on real experiences earlier in his life when he was pitted against authority.
The Case for Christ was written by Lee Strobel and Jane Vogel. The book is almost like a really big essay with a bunch of different sections, each one proving or disproving a certain point. The book focuses on disproving the existence of Jesus Christ but in the process of disproving the existence of Jesus he proves just how real Jesus is. I personally chose this book because I am a Christian and it looked interesting to see why other people who don 't already believe start to believe. Also I feel like the more I know about Jesus the more I know about God, since they are one in the same. I found this book to be extremely interesting because of all the textual and factual based evidence proving that Jesus existed.
Rick Joyner’s, “There Were Two Trees in The Garden” is an extraordinary book that focuses on developing a Spirit-guided foundation in Christ. Many believers in today’s society are unaware of how to overcome temptations and addictions of the flesh. In order to overcome or win a fight there has to be an accurate understanding of the enemy that is attacking. Joyner exemplifies how from the beginning of creation humanity had the volition given by God. Man the ability to choose to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, this applies to all on a daily basis. Everyday we have the option to be connected to the Tree of Life or the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The root of our inability to overcome identity issues, fears, and having a clear understanding of the works of the Holy Spirit and the flesh is process we walk every day. We must be united in the Spirit to see the purpose of our lives when we abide in Jesus. As Joyner explains, “…but there is a truth that kills and there is the Truth who gives life-and we must learn to distinguish between them” (Joyner 57). When we are able to work abide in Him we can connect to the God-given purpose for our life, we can walk in leadership positions that are based on Jesus. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is our selfishness, pride, fear, rejection, and many works of the flesh. However, when we decided not to abide in this tree, we walk in freedom through the Holy Spirit. Rick Joyner clarifies the
Since junior high, I have been always interested in science and realism. I was always amazed at the natural phenomena around the world, and I am a kind of person who does not easily trust unless there is a solid proof. I am like Thomas, one of the twelve disciples who refused to believe that Jesus was alive unless he reach out his hand into Jesus’ side (John 20:24-25). I became numb of Christian thinking because I was too obsessed with the tangible reality. Therefore, reading the book “Christian Mind” by Harry Blamires, opened up my eyes to Christian mind.
The book Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity second edition by David Entwistle introduces the text by explaining how psychology can go in a direction, and Christian theology approach can lead in a different direction. He continued by stating the need for understanding and studying human behavior because people come from different walks of life and different expectations. It leads us to form unique perspectives to help give us an understanding of the individuals you encounter. The Entwistle 's book addresses the relationship between Christianity and culture, Christianity and science, and Christianity and psychology.
This paper is a general philosophical enlightening exploration on how an individual may get to salvation Furthermore a portion of the assorted Christian convictions on the redemption request. One can see the person and the bigger new world church advancement. The writer endeavors to demonstrate the reader a minor example, of an extensive subject, salvation, however, God, the Rock, adores the world, and he is passed it all, and he sent his child Jesus to spare, uncover and restore the world. Set in the present time after the passing and restoration of Jesus. Our base thoughts are originating from the volume "The Mosiac of Christian Belief" by Roger
In going with the definition of how to construct the spiritual autobiography, I would start with the events, the people and the places that influenced the relationship with God or a higher being. According to Knight, those who were raised in a religious home their journey starts at birth and grows through age. (Knight, 2011) Parents who teach their children about God and who pray with them and worship with them have a close relationship with their God. Knight also states that should you find God later in life you may attribute that to a person or an event in your life. I would encourage someone to write down the people, places and events that influenced their religious journey and how that journey has brought them to the place in their life that they are today. For me personally, God fills my life and has provided me with Christian parents and four brothers and sisters who are also Christians. I would help someone write their autobiography by asking a lot of questions and writing their responses. It would be interesting to find out if, in their family they had the freedom to choose their own beliefs or if they were coerced into being what everyone else is. For instance, if I were interviewing someone from another country, there may be cultural differences in how each family practices their religion and going outside of that may be troublesome. Teachers and pastors as well as family all have a role to play in our lives and our beliefs, so do, the places we go such as
Despair being a universal experience for all humans at one time or another raises questions of internal unhappiness as a cause of all despair that we place on other aspects of our life. Kierkegaard expresses how he believes that “the sickness of the soul” is something a human experience when their soul is not spiritually lifted. On page 272 he exclaims that the Christian ability to acknowledge the sickness and have the ability to detect this, being a product of a lack of spiritual stimulation, is “man’s advantage over the beast” and that the Christian man is better off than the “natural man”. Could any kind of belief system be as effective as Kierkegaard describes being Christian when it comes to healing a person who experiences “the
Today’s shaman leaves new footprints on paths of psychic awareness and spiritual wisdom that are over thirty thousand years old. Shamanism is a millennial tradition of healing, power and wisdom that sees all of life as interconnected and sacred. Material and spiritual worlds interpenetrate one another, and the shaman’s path lies in attaining a life of harmony with both. The process of shamanic awakening is as vast as the universe itself. It excludes no one, and yet includes only those willing to surrender a limited sense of self. One must live it to understand it.