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UnAnswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions

When it comes to faith, sometimes it can be tough to get answers to our questions. Far too often, these are questions that people are afraid to ask. Perhaps they’re too embarrassed, or fear that there might not be an answer. And so we end up with these deeply personal questions that go…unanswered. After receiving over 4,000 questions at our Christian Thinkers Society events we sensed an urgency to create a resource for believers to (i) have answers for their #UnAnswered questions; and (ii) be equipped with the leadership engagement principles to articulate those answers in their communities. Questions related to suicide, mental illness, the allure of the paranormal (mediums, ghosts, ufo’s etc), the silence of God, suffering and pain, the Resurrection of Jesus, and what people wish they knew about the Bible and don’t are being asked again and again inside the church and the problem is that many do not know where to turn to find answers to these questions. This book and bible study provide exactly what the church needs: tools and answers!

LifeWay publishing is the perfect partner and we are thrilled to announce the creation of this six-week small-group Bible study UnAnswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions. The project has grown organically and now encompasses a trade paperback book, a six-week bible study complete with daily personal time, and six in-depth teaching segments from Dr. Jeremiah Johnston available in stores everywhere November 1, 2015.

We cannot say enough about the professionalism, godly leadership, and commitment to excellence exhibited by the team at LifeWay publishing. This project is blessed to have so many different leaders investing their time, talent and treasure into ensuring UnAnswered is a blessing for the entire church.

What follows are some behind-the-scenes photos of the production…

Several of Dr. Johnston’s HBU students joined him on Monday for filming UnAnswered and offered their own questions and comments!
We are so thankful to Lanier Theological Library for providing a beautiful location for the filming of UnAnswered.
Over the course of the three days of filming members of the LifeWay publishing teach prayed over the entire production. That always makes a difference! Here the lead content editor is praying over Jeremiah before he teaches on the Bible and Resurrection.

Indeed, there were several lighthearted moments, including the fact that Jeremiah apparently needed makeup on his hands! That is Dr. Cristie Jo Johnston applying some much needed cosmetic for Jeremiah!
Travis, the LifeWay director (pictured in the hat) on the UnAnswered project, quarterbacked the entire production with excellence. He is a lot of fun and extremely creative.

Audrey Johnston was essential during the filming providing encouragement and insightful comments – here she is no doubt sharing (ever so elegantly) how Jeremiah could have filmed that segment more effectively…



Teaching Christians to Become Thinkers and Thinkers to Become Christians



Dear Friend, We have some important updates to share with you regarding Christian Thinkers Society events and specifically, CTS Trustee and Fellow, Dr. Craig Evans, and an update on my project with LifeWay publishing. We share these events, past and future, because it is important for you to know what Christian Thinkers Society is doing. Some of these things are quite daring and quite strategic. CTS is no ordinary ministry. We are a ministry of strategic mission with a wide reach, specializing on reaching those inside and outside the Church with inquiring minds. Therefore, we need your continued support, encouragement, and most importantly, prayers. On a personal note, how could I ever thank God adequtely for brining Prof. Evans into my life and the leadership at CTS? We have always had a Paul-Timothy relationship. I recently read an excellent post by Rick Warren on discussing the three phases of the Paul-Timothy relationship: Parenthood (“my son in the faith” 1 Tim. 1:2), Pacesetting (“you know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is.” 2 Tim 3:10), Partnering (Timothy, my fellow worker, send you his greetings.” Romans 16:21). Dr. Evans and I are now in the third phase of our relationship, “partnering,” in bringing the Gospel, through Christian Thinkers Society, throughout the world. We cannot do it alone and we don’t do it alone. You are part of this ministry and for that we are very grateful.

Jeremiah J. Johnston, Ph.D.
P.S. To make a tax-deductible donation to Christian Thinkers Society, click here.
(image below: Jeremiah and Craig researching early fragments in the Sackler Library at Oxford University)
image-1image-8A core value of Christian Thinkers Society is to focus annually on a specific two-thirds world country to provide free Pastor training and materials for Christian leaders. Next month Professor Evans accompanied by Dr. Philip Nation of Lifeway (and close CTS friend), and Jeff Siegel of Global Baseball will visit Cuba, where they will teach at the only evangelical seminary in this country and distribute baseball equipment to children. Professor Evans and his colleagues will host 50 pastors at a retreat and, if the door opens, will visit members of the Castro family. This is a historic opportunity. Please keep Professor Evans and his colleagues Philip and Jeff in your prayers Please specificaly pray for all the pastors being trainined, and of couse, for more opportunities to share the Gospel in Cuba.


Professor Evans is a member of the Green Scholars Initiative, an initiative funded by the Green family of Oklahoma City, owners of Hobby Lobby. Through this initiative Evans and colleagues around the world are engaged in studying the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, including fragments of the Greek Old Testament and the Greek New Testament recovered from ancient cartonnage (papiermaché). See the accompanying image. Recently Professor Evans received a lot of positive attention when he explained why the original writings (a.k.a. the “autographs”) and first copies of the New Testament probably survived for 100 years or more, thus assuring the stability of the biblical text. His first publication on this important topic will appear soon in the Bulletin for Biblical Research. Hundreds of news outlets were discussing Prof. Evans’ recent work: See here:







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The Power of a Question


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Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!” Exodus 14:15


Teaching Christians to become thinkers and engage their communities . . .

Christian Thinkers Society is moving forward in our mission in 2015 with projects that are worthy of your support, prayer and participation. Have you noticed how often people act as if they are waiting for something to happen? It is easy to wait ourselves into complacency. I learned a long time ago that I need to do everything in the natural and then trust God for the supernatural. Jesus is certainly our model in that it was said of him that, “As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51) Developing new resources for the church is a central initiative for Christian Thinkers Society. Of course, stay up-to-date on all of our events, missions opportunities and outreaches through our website and Facebook page. Here’s an update on some exciting developments:IMG_2147

The CTS leadership team (Jeremiah, Robert Sloan, and Jerry) working with the talented LifeWay Christian Resources publishing group on Jeremiah’s forthcoming six-part Bible study/video series which launches in a LifeWay store near you on November 1, 2015.  CTS and our partners are also laying down the strategic plan for the CTS global tour, video streaming and developing certificate programs! Stay tuned and thanks for your prayers.




There is nothing I enjoy more than training Christian Thinkers at Houston Baptist University. Here is a recent picture from my course Luke-Acts with some of my graduate/undergraduate students.


Can you find me in this photo? My Old Testament survey course is full of bright students! These students are from all over the world and some of them are learning the Bible for the very first time. As a liberal arts university, most of these students are not Christianity majors, but as a core requirement, students are learning a biblical worldview.


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Merry Christmas 2014

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 

Matthew 2:10  



Merry Christmas from the Johnstons!

Lily Faith (5), Justin (2), Audrey & Jeremiah

Teaching Christians to Become Thinkers and Thinkers to Become Christians


Don’t forget that your gift is tax-deductible for 2014 if made on or before December 31.

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If you don’t believe, you don’t have to pretend that you believe.

When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report

all things that God had done with them  . . . Acts 14:27



Merry Christmas,

Questions are important. We should never underestimate the power of a question. Our friends respond so much better to a question than to an assertion.  Questions make them the expert. Questions elicit a response. Questions linger on with people. Questions are conversational and can be flattering. After over 40 live events, I have now received more than 4,000 questions at Christian Thinkers Society. You might be surprised which question is asked more than any other. Any guesses? Suicide. Loss. Injustice. People reveal something about themselves when they ask a question. We see a window into their heart.

Christmas can be anything but ‘Merry’ for many of our neighbors. For many people Christmas is a reminder of all they have lost. It seems appropriate to quote Dickens at this time of year . . . ‘ of times and worst of times; an age of wisdom and an age of foolishness’. As I reflect on all CTS has been involved with in 2014, I sense a tension. I have never observed a more sincere quest for truth among seekers and yet not since the days of the Roman Empire have Christians faced so many challenges and attacks. My children (and yours) are growing up in a world where beliefs are polarized to such an extent that, given the chance, people would cut off your head because of your beliefs.  They don’t love your God, Jesus or your ‘Bible’. Atheists are also taking advantage of the rank-biblical illiteracy in our churches by taking out Billboards encouraging you to “stop pretending that you believe.” Professors are not immune from the attacks, either.

There is so much more to be done. Christian Thinkers Society continues to stand on the front lines, but we do not stand alone. You are the Christian Thinkers Society. Please continue to stand with us in training Christians to own their faith – a thinking faith – able to withstand the tests of a fallen world. A faith eager to answer the toughest questions skeptics are asking yet in a deeply winsome and attractive way.

What follows is a pictorial report, in the spirit of Acts 14:27, of what God is doing among us. Audrey and I hope that you will add Christian Thinkers Society to your ‘Christmas list’ and make a tax-deductible donation to continue the mission of Christian Thinkers.

Yours as ever, Jeremiah


CTS Events – Nov 2014



Christianity on Trial with Mark Lanier. 300 questions were texted in via our audience participation system  . . .

We wish we could have answered all of them.


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Update on Justin’s surgery

 Dear Friend,

There is nothing harder or more difficult to endure than seeing one of your children in pain and not being able to do anything to alleviate it. If there was any way I could have, I would have gladly taken Justin’s place on that operating table. For a moment it gives us an impression of what God’s love must be like for his children.

We are delighted to report that Justin had a successful 3+ hour surgery and is now convalescing for a few days here at Texas Children’s Hospital. The healing process is important and we pray that it will be complete so Justin can at long last leave behind his kidney issues.

Audrey and I cannot thank you enough for your prayers. It has actually been overwhelming to learn of all the people who are praying specifically for Justin from all over the world. We are so grateful for the amazing medical care Justin has received all while trusting the Great Physician to superintend each step. Audrey and I are so thankful for all of you, our wonderful friends who are supporting us every step of the way.

Thank you for your support and all of the prayers.

Jeremiah & Audrey Johnston


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Prayer for Justin


Please pray for our 2 ½ year-old son, Justin. Next Tuesday (16 Sept) he will be having surgery focused on his kidney system. Justin could be in the hospital for up to a week after his surgery. As many of you know, we have been watching this condition since his birth and the doctors are now advising us it is necessary to operate to, “fix the problem.” We have conferred with wonderful specialists at Vanderbilt and Texas Children’s hospital and are thankful for the excellent care.

Thank you so much for your friendship, support, love, and continued prayers for Justin. We believe in the power of collective prayer. We serve a personal God who loves and cares for His people. . . “One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” (Luke 18:1 NLT)


Jeremiah & Audrey Johnston



“One day Jesus told his disciples a

story to show that they should

always pray and never give up.”

(Luke 18:1 NLT)



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Christian Thinkers Society and

Houston Baptist University Collaboration


A Press Release was sent today announcing CTS’s exclusive collaboration with Houston Baptist University; the fourth ranked Christian University in the USA, with its impressive, visionary President, Dr. Robert Sloan Jr.  Similar to Josh McDowell and Campus Crusade for Christ, two separate non-profit ministries that operated for nearly 50 years in synergy of effort, so HBU and CTS will coalesce our joint efforts in conducting apologetics conferences globally, leading the vanguard of a new movement, and create scores of resources on a transmedia platform.  HBU is a 54-year-old institution in dynamic growth situated on 158 acres with a God-empowered vision to become a national university.

As our exclusive university partner, HBU will add their scholars to our global conferences and work with us in reaching out to seekers, secularists, agnostics and atheists including debates on university campuses. I will be inviting you to top-rated HBU/CTS events in Houston, as well as all over the world.

Read the Press Release

Dear Friend

I encourage you to spread the news and I hope the ministry of Christian Thinkers Society will remain in your regular prayers. The world is filled with challenges to biblical faith. Today’s Church is malnourished. Christians are biblically illiterate and theologically shallow. The collaborative vision begins on a new movement that will have a notable impact on the shape of contemporary Christianity by providing the essential training to transform and enrich believers, Christian leaders and pastors worldwide.

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