Sanctuary Fellowship Church hosts the UnAnswered Tour with Jeremiah J. Johnston, Ph.D.
Sunday, March 20 (Palm Sunday). At 8:45 a.m., he will direct a round-table discussion about how 21st century Christians can best interact with Muslims. At 10:15 a.m., he will talk to us about reliable truths about the resurrection of Jesus that Christians can place their faith in. Bring a friend who has questions, make sure you’re with us, and be prepared to have your mind challenged and your faith enlarged!
I was honored to be interviewed on “Sunday Night Live” with Kim Weir – KSBJ – Houston, live in studio. There were so many callers they extended the interview from sixty to eighty minutes; however, I cannot stop thinking about the anonymous caller who asked for help because their family had experienced a suicide that very day. It reminded me, Jesus never flinched when someone asked him a question. Indeed, Jesus asked over 100 questions in the Gospels. All of us need to be more sensitive to the people and that means we need to become better listeners. – Jeremiah J. Johnston, Ph.D.
Listen the entire broadcast here:
What do we do when God is Silent?
Watch this video clip where we are talking about the silence of God:
“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.
I interviewed Eric Geiger, V.P. at LifeWay Christian Resources about Leadership in the local Church
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…
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
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).
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.
God on Mute
Body of Proof
My invisible disease
Becoming Job: Evil,Suffering, and Pain in peoples lives.
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
Maybe you are interested in the Unanswered:Lasting Truth For Trending Questions Bible Study.
It is great for small groups and church groups. Purchase
How do we engage our friends and neighbors?
Don’t go beast mode. You can overwelm people.
Jesus answered more than 100 questions.
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.
Suicide and Mental Illness
No one is unaffected by mental illness.
Most Pastors are not discussing this topic.
Pastors are committing suicide at alarming rates.
Christian Thinkers Society
A Resident Institute of Houston Baptist University
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.
This week, from a cultural and historical perspective, we ask the question: Is Christianity still good for the world? As well as a great conversation with Bob Sprotte, a Colson Fellow, about his story.
Does absolute truth exist? In this sermon he gave at Houston's First Baptist Church in Texas, Jeremiah answers that question. Truth has become relative in this world, and because of that, Jeremiah encourages you to choose to stand for and pursue absolute truth at all costs.
Did Jesus and all 12 of His disciples fit in a single fishing boat? What archaeological evidence do we have that Jesus, or even Pilate, existed? And what happens to the Biblical artifacts that are found today? Jeremiah and Dr. Craig Evans give information about these subjects and more. Listen to part 1 here.