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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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October 20, 2015

Jesus and the Jihadis Official Release Date

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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For Immediate Release:

Dr. Craig Evans, CTS Fellow and Board member, named the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University

 

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June 10, 2015

Houston Baptist University is pleased to announce that internationally known and respected New Testament scholar, apologist, and author, Dr. Craig A. Evans, will join the faculty as the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins beginning January 1, 2016.

Dr. Evans is one of the foremost scholars alive today in the study of the historical Jesus, focusing especially on his death and resurrection. Evans has lectured at several prominent universities and seminaries around the world, including Cambridge, Durham, and Oxford in the United Kingdom, Princeton and Yale in the United States, and Hebrew University and Ben Gurion University in Israel. Uniquely skilled to communicate biblical scholarship through the media, Dr. Evans has reaffirmed the uniqueness and supremacy of Jesus Christ to millions of people in 284 television, radio, and print media including Dateline NBC,National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The BBC, New York Times, Global TV, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as most of the national Christian media programs. In addition, Dr. Evans served as consultant for The Bible television miniseries, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey viewed by over 100 million Americans. Dr. Evans has earned his D. Habil. degree at the University of Budapest and his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University.

A prolific writer, Dr. Evans has published more than 70 books and over 500 journals, articles and reviews (www.CraigAEvans.com). Dr. Evans’s books have been translated into several languages and reach around the globe (@DrCraigAEvans). His academic and popular books include Fabricating Jesus, From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation, Jesus, The Final Days: What Really Happened (co-authored with N. T. Wright), and Matthew (Cambridge University Press).

HBU president Robert B. Sloan Jr. remarked, “It is exciting to me to see the fruition of Houston Baptist University’sTen Pillars vision as it continues to attract the finest faculty in the world. For most of my academic life I have read, admired, and benefited from the scholarship of Craig Evans. In recent years he has become a dear friend, and now it is a great pleasure to bring Professor Evans and his wife, Ginny, to Houston and to have him as a colleague at HBU. I envision the many ways our University will utilize Dr. Evans’s remarkable scholarship, years of study, archaeological excavation in Israel, and vast international contacts to extend his reach, mentorship, and biblical fidelity to students across the nation and beyond.”

 

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Everything you need to know about ISIS . . . and don’t.

Current opinions about ISIS often suffer from a “politically correct” notion which focuses on this group’s ideology but ignores its strict Islamic theology. Releasing later this summer from Destiny Image Publishing, this book by Craig Evans and Jeremiah Johnston is hard-hitting, current, with a redemptive silver lining and offers what no other book does in evaluating ISIS in the current market — analysis of the Islamic theology driving the ideology of ISIS. Meanwhile, ISIS releases 90,000 social media messages per day luring Western youth.

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The rise of the Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS or ISIL) in the last two years and the atrocities this organization has committed have stunned the world. Child executioners, pre-teen wives, destruction of antiquities, crimes against humanity, genocide, killing science and progress, terror tweeting, torture, crucifixions, amputations, slavery all in the name of Allah carried out by the enthusiastic blessing of the Caliphate – the first self-styled, self-proclaimed Caliphate in nearly 100 years – characterize this violent movement. Most people in the West have no idea what to make of it. Western leaders have been taken completely by surprise. That this group is willing to kill and to kill brutally, to commit heinous acts against men, women, and children, is well known.

The West is confused, above all the United States where the current President remarked to The New Yorker that ISIS was a “jayvee” team in comparison to Al-Qaeda.  He even referred to ISIS as “un-Islamic,” ignoring ISIS’ strict adherence to their interpretation of the Holy Qur’an, Hadith and Sunna. Is this assessment correct? Is ISIS un-Islamic?

Today’s Christianity suffers due to a woefully inadequate understanding of the world’s second most populous religion, which is estimated at 1.6 billion Muslims globally. Christians are unaware that Jesus – only eclipsed by the Prophet Muhammad – plays a central role in Islamic eschatology.

We will guide the reader by the hand through the halls of history, showing how the violence and extremism of terrorist groups like ISIS are rooted in a deeply flawed understanding of God and the human condition.

Craig Evans and Jeremiah Johnston

 

 

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Christian Thinkers Society welcomes HBU President Robert B. Sloan, Jr., to the Board of Directors

We are delighted to announce the unanimous appointment of Dr. Sloan to the CTS Board of Directors serving as a regular contributor, speaker and key architect in the ongoing movement. Sloan is known globally as prolific theologian and a great thinker, having a passion for both ministry and higher education, love for both the Church and the world, gifted by God with adept leadership skills to create transformation in cultures that are continually alienated from God. This is a very challenging time for Christians in this country and abroad. We live in a radically skeptical age and there are far too few people who can make the case for Christianity at the highest levels, let alone in their own back yard. Dr. Sloan’s ability to combine creative and communicative excellence with scholarly integrity will further buttress the mission of Christian Thinkers Society to inspire Christians and pastors to become thinkers and thinkers to become Christians. I encourage you to read Dr. Sloan’s bio, follow him on twitter, and like his Facebook page. Christian Thinkers Society is a Resident Institute of Houston Baptist University

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“I am very pleased to have Dr. Robert Sloan, President of Houston Baptist University, join the CTS Board of Directors. CTS provides leadership in very exciting areas of innovative, strategic ministry. This ministry potential will be greatly enhanced by the skills, experience, and vision that Dr. Sloan will bring to CTS. This is a wonderful development!”

– Professor Craig A. Evans, CTS Director and Vice President of Strategic Studies

A Great New Addition to the CTS Team

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“Dr. Sloan . . . Regular Contributor, Speaker, Fellow, and Key Architect in the Ongoing Movement . . .”

 

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Christian Thinkers Society welcomes HBU President Robert B. Sloan, Jr., to the Board of Directors

 

We are delighted to announce the unanimous appointment of Dr. Sloan to the CTS Board of Directors serving as a regular contributor, speaker and key architect in the ongoing movement. Sloan is known globally as prolific theologian and a great thinker, having a passion for both ministry and higher education, love for both the Church and the world, gifted by God with adept leadership skills to create transformation in cultures that are continually alienated from God. This is a very challenging time for Christians in this country and abroad. We live in a radically skeptical age and there are far too few people who can make the case for Christianity at the highest levels, let alone in their own back yard. Dr. Sloan’s ability to combine creative and communicative excellence with scholarly integrity will further buttress the mission of Christian Thinkers Society to inspire Christians and pastors to become thinkers and thinkers to become Christians. I encourage you to read Dr. Sloan’s bio, follow him on twitter, and like his Facebook page. Christian Thinkers Society is a Resident Institute of Houston Baptist University – Jeremiah J. Johnston

 

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CTS Director and Vice President of Strategic Studies, Craig Evans, on Sloan’s appointment . . .

 

“I am very pleased to have Dr. Robert Sloan, President of Houston Baptist University, join the CTS Board of Directors. CTS provides leadership in very exciting areas of innovative, strategic ministry. This ministry potential will be greatly enhanced by the skills, experience, and vision that Dr. Sloan will bring to CTS. This is a wonderful development!” – Professor Craig A. Evans, CTS Director and Vice President of Strategic Studies  Read More

CTS Report from Cuba and a new Bible Study series!

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Announcing UnAnswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions

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Dr. Jeremiah Johnston’s LifeWay Bible study/video series and new book releases in stores everywhere on 1 November 2015!

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Ministry Report

 

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CTS Board Member and Vice President of Strategic Studies Professor Craig Evans returned Saturday May 2 after nine days of ministry in Cuba, which included surviving a hard-hitting tropical storm. Evans and the Global Baseball team, headed up by Jeff Siegel, who also works with Chosen People Ministries, distributed baseball equipment to dozens of boys and girls, worked out with them, and then organized and oversaw an exciting 6-inning game. Sunday morning Evans spoke in one of the local house churches and Sunday evening he spoke in a plenary session to an overflow crowd. Monday – Thursday Evans, Siegel, and LifeWay’s Philip Nation taught 50 house-church pastors and leaders. At the end of the week Nation baptized ten recent converts. Friday evening the team had dinner with Dr Rodrigo Alvarez Cambras and his 41 year old son Inti, whose is a well known artist in Cuba. All have become Christians in recent years. Dr Cambras was one of Fidel Castro’s top lieutenants during the “Revolution” that overthrew General Fulgencio Batista and established a one-party Communist state. Despite tight controls the Christian Church in Cuba is rapidly expanding. Even members of Castro’s household are coming to faith in Christ. Evans had hoped to meet briefly with Fidel Castro, but the former dictator’s health is not good. He did, however, have an amazing time with Fidel’s long-time friend and confidant Dr Cambras. The CTS team has been invited to return in November. This is an exciting ministry opportunity and CTS is delighted to be part of it.

 

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IMG_4009Dr. Philip Nation writes: It was a great opportunity to partner with Global Baseball on our trip to Havana, Cuba. While there, we were able to meet with leaders from a network of house churches. Our team preached in local churches, led a communion service for the house church network gathering, and held four days of training for the house church leaders. By week’s end, I was blessed to baptize 8 new believers and train over 60 leaders in creating a discipleship model for their churches. As the winds of politics shift back and forth, I urge you to remember our brothers and sisters in Christ who labor in Cuba. Let us pray for a great movement of the gospel to sweep through their land.

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