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June 15, 2019

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“The questions pertaining to suicide or mental health – these are number one questions at Christian Thinkers Society.”

Dr. Jeremiah Johnston strives to address the big questions that become a stumbling block to our faith. He looks at how we can wrestle with the painful reality of a loved one’s suicide.

Jeremiah shares the story of a women who was told that since her son, a believer, had committed suicide, was in hell. What is the biblical truth?

“The only sin that God will not forgive is the sin of rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior… Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ. ”
A Christian who decides to end his life is no less forgiven than a Christian who lives his days out in health and faith.

“A Christian is not perfect; a Christian is forgiven. And even though we’re forgiven and in the Lord, it doesn’t mean that we can’t struggle with mental illness.”
Jeremiah points to a few powerful statistics to illustrate just how prevalent mental illness is.

25% of people are struggling with mental illness.
62% of people in our churches wish that their pastors would say more about mental illness.
25% of pastors today are struggling with chronic depression.
We have every reason to believe that good, godly men, who are no longer with us because they each took their life, are now with the Lord.

Nevertheless, Jeremiah has a message for those who are considering ending their life.

“Suicide is not the way out. It will destroy your family and probably wreck their faith.”
God can and does give grace for us to persevere as we wrestle with mental illness.

“Greater is He who is living in us than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
Jeremiah calls Christians to be brave enough to address mental illness, known as “the invisible disease,” in the church.

Key Scriptures: 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Corinthians 15; Acts 19:19

Thank you Susie for your prayers and words of encouragement.


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Church Leadership with Eric Geiger

I interviewed Eric Geiger, V.P. at LifeWay Christian Resources about Leadership in the local Church

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Eric Geiger serves as one of the Vice Presidents at LifeWay Christian Resources, leading the Resources Division. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. Eric authored or co-authored several books including Creature of the Word and the best selling church leadership book, Simple Church. He also serves as the senior pastor of ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee.

Eric is married to Kaye, and they have two daughters: Eden and Evie. During his free time, Eric enjoys dating his wife, playing with his daughters, and shooting basketball.

“The first quality I look for in leaders is character,”- @Eric Geiger on #leadership in our interview (interview will…

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We covered a variety of topics that effect Pastors and saints in the church:

  1. What are Good Traits that Eric Looks for in Employees?
  2. Are Leaders Born or Made?
  3. Time Management; How to Balance Family and Ministry?
  4. What is so different about the Millennial Generation?
  5. Why should you be excited about the Gospel Project?

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We live in a radically skeptical age. Tough questions are being asked about Christianity. And most believers are ill-equipped to provide the answers our culture and communities desperately need. Many in today’s church do not know the Bible as well as they should and they struggle with their own “big questions” about the faith.

This study by Jeremiah J. Johnston provides precisely what the church needs today: tools and answers! It addresses several challenging topics, including mental health and suicide, paranormal activity, the resurrection, how we got the Bible, suffering, and why God is sometimes silent. The study will show you how to answer, how to explain, and how to respond in a deeply winsome and attractive way, as a thoughtful ambassador of Jesus. You will leave this study enriched, characterized by a thinking faith, capable to communicate confidently, and committed to escape the tendency to offer trite answers to a skeptical world

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Connecting Faith on My Faith Radio

I was so excited about the opportunity to talk about Unanswered:Lasting Truth For Trending Questions with Jo Bender on Connecting Faith because I know that the material for the book comes from people who had true questions that were on their heart.

If you have unanswered questions you are dealing with about your faith listen to this full broadcast  found on myfaithradio.com:

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My team and I were posting Facebook videos on the Christian Thinkers Society page until the moment we hit the air.

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THINKERS THURSDAY

Teaching Christians to Become Thinkers

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It is an exciting time to be a Christian, but in many ways it is also more difficult. Not since the days of the Roman Empire have Christians faced so many attacks and challenges to their faith. Yet Jesus of Nazareth has never been more popular, proven by the fact that there are more Jesus fol- lowers today than ever before, expanding at a rate of seventy thousand new converts per day.1

Within this delicate balance I followed the calling of God to launch Christian Thinkers Society within the cut and thrust of a world becoming increasingly secular, but also more pluralistic—strikingly similar to the first-century world that gave rise to nascent Christianity. CTS is a ministry serving the church, dedicated to inspire Christians and pastors to become thinkers, and thinkers to become Christians.

The church has been reticent to tackle the trending, unanswered ques- tions posed by people in our pews, avoiding the intersection of culture and the Bible. Every generation faces challenges—a crucial calling of their time. We are no different. For Christians today, a great and urgent chal- lenge lies in this: many believers know little of the Bible and still less of theology—the “first things of faith.” On their journeys through life, they meet skeptics who object to Christianity. Yet knowing little of the Bible and its guiding tenants, let alone its story, and failing the biblical call to “always be ready to give a defense” (1 Peter 3:15 nkjv), they find themselves unready and ill-equipped to explain why they believe what they believe. What is more, many Christians—particularly those in the age group of 18–34—are falling away from faith, becoming what the media refers to as “nones” (no religious belief).

JJJ-busyAmid this disconcerting data, perhaps the most worrisome and per- sistent trend is that of growing biblical illiteracy among North American youth raised in church settings. Knowing little of Christianity and its great Sourcebook, their faith and commitment withers, like a vine deprived of refreshing water, good soil, and sunlight. Over time, they become “de- converted”—a tragic scenario, too often repeated. CTS is not only commit- ted to turning back the tide of biblical illiteracy, but we are also committed to responding to the frequent literary vandalism and misrepresentation of the Bible, which can pull our faith into a cultural melee.

Yet, amid these daunting challenges, one fact remains: people are hun- gry for substantive answers to their questions and doubts. CTS is a min- istry at the forefront of fostering biblical literacy—deeply committed to following Christ’s call for believers to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind. (See Matthew 22:37.) At the same time, seeking friend- ship with all questioners and skeptics, CTS thoughtfully challenges them to “doubt their doubts.” The two-fold mission of CTS is this: to commend “first things of faith” within the church, and to offer cogent “reasons for hope” to those outside the church. Through a compelling array of interactive

events, cutting-edge technology, and the leadership of gifted, caring speak- ers, CTS is committed to one central goal: to create a respectful setting in which atheists, agnostics, seekers, and believers can feel safe to ask life’s greatest questions. Therefore, I have dedicated my life to attempting to answer the unanswered questions within our faith.

This is an excerpt taken from Chapter 1 of Unanswered. If you would like to read the entirety of the book you can purchase it here:

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Synopsis: You cannot Google the answers to the probing questions in this book! People who investigate the Christian faith often stop short because they have searing questions that most believers simply cannot answer. Additionally, “de – conversions” (people leaving the church) are on the increase. The trigger point of their departure is often an unanswered question! In “Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions”, Jeremiah Johnston (a New Testament scholar, professor, apologist, and regular speaker on university campuses, churches, and conferences) does not back away from the toughest questions, rather he provides you with solid, substantive answers. “Unanswered” gives you information, insight and confidence to help your friend or loved one discover God’s divine tapestry for good in life’s bleakest moments! You will discover priceless confidence and peace in your own circumstances through this critical book. Unanswered is that indispensable resource tool for your own study, small group or Bible study class you attend. “Unanswered” responds to such tough issues as: God on Mute: What Do I Do When God Is Silent?; Body of Proof: Why Can I Trust in the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus and How Does That Change Things Today?; My Invisible Disease: What Christians Must Understand About Suicide and Mental Health; Paranormalcy: Understanding Spiritual Darkness and the Paranormal Allure Among Christians and How to Escape It; Bible – ish Christianity: Why Most Christians Know Just Enough About the Bible to Be Dangerous; Becoming Job: Why Suffering, Me – Centric Christianity, and a Concierge – God Don’t Mix. Unanswered will leave you enriched, characterized by a thinking faith, equipped to communicate confidently, and committed to escape the tendency of offering trite answers to a skeptical friend.

 

Critique: Exceptionally well written, reasoned, organized and presented, “Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions” is a very strongly recommended and rewarding read for all members of the Christian community regardless of their denominational affiliation. It should be noted that “Unanswered” is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).

 

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How did I become involved in apologetics? I worked in the local church for 12 yrs.

Reading Unanswered builds confidence in the word of God.

  1. God on Mute
  2. Body of Proof
  3. My invisible disease
  4. Paranormal
  5. Bible-ish Christianity
  6. Becoming Job: Evil,Suffering, and Pain in peoples lives.

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Christian Thinkers Society’s media director has been busy behind the scenes. Michael P. Taylor, Jr. is producing shows, creating blogs, and editing audio/video through various platforms such as facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube.com, etc. Our goal as CTS is to helping Christians to become Thinkers and Thinkers to become Christians. Ask me your questions at christianthinkers.com/ask

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  • How do we engage our friends and neighbors?
  • Don’t go beast mode. You can overwelm people.
  • Jesus answered more than 100 questions.

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Bodily resurrection of Jesus? Why can I trust in it?

  • Recover a resurrection centric faith.
  • Every sermon in the book of Acts talks about the resurrection of Christ.
  • The Resurrection is a matter of first importance, the apostle Paul said.

The Paranormal is the new normal.

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Suicide and Mental Illness

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  • No one is unaffected by mental illness.
  • Most Pastors are not discussing this topic.
  • Pastors are committing suicide at alarming rates.

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Why You Should Not Despair When God is Silent

Crosswalk.com invited me to write an article on God’s silence.

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“Why You Should Not Despair When God is Silent”

God’s Silence Is Biblical, Personal, Common, and Not Always a Bad Thing

An errant understanding of God produces an inconsistent spiritual life. Bad theology inculcates incorrect thinking. There is an erroneous understanding within the church that God’s silence equals His chastisement in our life. Of course, chastisement is a word we rarely hear in modern “Churchianity” today, but it is found in the Bible. Chastisement is the experience of God’s discipline in our lives. God’s silence and God’s chastisement are very different things, and certainly not synonymous. If God is silent to us, it does not automatically mean that He is disciplining us. Recall the episode in John’s gospel in which Jesus saw a blind man and His own disciples queried, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2). Jesus’ answer corrected the errant theology of first- century Judaism (and some modern Christianity), “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him” (verse 3). Jewish families in the first century who suffered with handicaps, birth defects, or special needs were considered outcasts. I am sure they felt God was distant. However, as we learn in John 9, God had a greater plan for this particular family to experience the power of God with healing and deliverance. God’s silence is not always linked to sin. 

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We Are Having Triplets (not a typo)

“Everything’s Bigger in Texas”

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“One, two, three,” said the ultrasound tech. No, he was not singing a Jackson 5 song – he was counting the babIES appearing on the screen. Reality is still setting in – we are having triplets! The best news of all is our babies are healthy (babies are seven weeks along). I have never been busier. Life is in fast-forward. Today, it was as if time stopped. Audrey and I are living in the moment. Thankful for God “entrusting” us with this blessing (as one long-time friend commented today).  The best text we received was from our friend, Lee Strobel. Hearing the news of triplets, his response was classic:

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“Welcome to Texas, where everything is bigger and better!”

We would be honored if you would join us in praying for health and protection for “Baby A,” “Baby B,” and “Baby C” (as the ultrasound tech referred to them!). Our goal is 32 weeks for the babies. Also, please pray for Audrey. My wife is an amazing, independent woman. She has a tremendous faith in God and is the strongest person I know. She is also human and she is overwhelmed … and overjoyed. We are thankful for the amazing supporting cast we are blessed to have in Houston – and thankful for friends, pastors, professors, colleagues, and family all over the world who are praying for us. And to think … there was a time [five long years] we were unable to get pregnant (click here for more) – now we have five children! We serve a great God.

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Unanswered Questions

One of the reasons some people may leave the church and abandon their faith is unanswered questions. Dr. Jeremiah Johnston engages some of those difficult questions today to encourage you in your walk.

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Bob called for his son who questions why he can’t feel God. Silence of God?

 

  • Another Side note I brought up with Bob is, some people say, why don’t I feel my faith?
  • Joseph asked God 14 times if He had forgetten him.

Kurt: Had a question about Defending his faith?

  • I pointed out the 5 essential engagement principles in my book.
  • Knowledge without action is useless. We must understand how people who don’t know Jesus think.
  • Look at the context of the question.
  • Jesus fulfilled the law.
  • Read the old testament through the lens of Jesus Christ.

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Jeer: Is a former homosexual and wants to leave that lifestyle in the past. He has a question about how do I pray?

I gave him a series of steps that he should be aware of when praying scripturally.

1.Our will with the will of God.

2.I must confess my personal sin.

3.Forgiving others.

4. Stay away from temptation.

Andrew: Did Jesus die for 3 days?

Many people don’t know that the Jewish day begins at 6pm.

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Anonymous: My son committed suicide. Is he in heaven?

Mental Illness and suicide.

  • Where is my son? He was raised a Christian.
  • I responded with fierce compassion in my voice. Saying, your son is with Jesus Christ.

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Wendy: How can I convince people that Aliens don’t exist?

  • 2 Tim. 3:13 Demonic activity.

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