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THINKERS THURSDAY

Teaching Christians to Become Thinkers

and Thinkers to Become Christians


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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November 3, 2015

Unanswered Official Release Date

On November 3, my new book, Bible study and video series Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions (foreword by my dear friend and colleage, Lee Strobel — Whitaker House and LifeWay Press). Check out www.unansweredbook.com. Your prayers are requested as Unanswered tour dates are being scheduled through 2017.

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It continues to be an exceptionally busy time at Christian Thinkers Society. The Society has never been more focused on outreach or more dedicated to fostering faith conversations. On October 20, Craig Evans and book Jesus and the Jihadis (Destiny Image Publishers) launches – Check out www.JesusandtheJihadis.com.

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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 pastor.com 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.

Sincerely,
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)
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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.
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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: https://www.livescience.com/49489-oldest-known-gospel-mummy-mask.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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