Why Francis Schaeffer Matters:The Role of the Church in Cultural Transformation – Part 9

Francis Schaeffer believes that the church has a heavy responsibility to promote community.  He holds that the first step in comprehending Christian community is understanding the individuals who make up the community.  The reason: The individual is important to God.  He adds, “I am convinced that in the twentieth century people all over the worldContinue reading “Why Francis Schaeffer Matters:The Role of the Church in Cultural Transformation – Part 9”

Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: The Church in Culture – PART 7

The Church in Modern Culture Francis Schaeffer’s view of the church in modern culture is multifaceted yet cuts straight to the point.  He does not mince words or play clever evangelical games.  He believes one major problem with Christians is that they see things in bits and pieces.  They have failed to see that modernContinue reading “Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: The Church in Culture – PART 7”

WHY FRANCIS SCHAEFFER MATTERS: An Introduction – Part 1

Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984) may very well be one of the most important Christian thinkers of the twentieth century.  Schaeffer graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary and was heavily influenced by J. Gresham Machen, Cornelius Van Til, and the Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper. In 1948, after a ten year pastorate in the United States, heContinue reading “WHY FRANCIS SCHAEFFER MATTERS: An Introduction – Part 1”

THE CASE FOR CHRIST – Lee Strobel

The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel, a former atheistic journalist turned pastor, retraces his spiritual journey by interviewing thirteen leading scholars and authorities.  Strobel asks penetrating questions and forces these scholars to defend their views with solid data and argumentation.  He plays the role of “devil’s advocate” and asks questions that a typical skepticContinue reading “THE CASE FOR CHRIST – Lee Strobel”

GENESIS IN SPACE AND TIME – Francis Schaeffer (1972)

Great thinkers throughout the course of history have queried, “Where did it all come from?  Who made the cosmos?  What made the cosmos?  What or who holds it all together?  What is the meaning of life?  What is the basis of knowledge?  Where are we heading?  And where do we go when we die?  ForContinue reading “GENESIS IN SPACE AND TIME – Francis Schaeffer (1972)”

A SHOT OF FAITH TO THE HEAD – Mitch Stokes

A Shot of Faith to the Head by Mitch Stokes is a patient and well thought out response to the atheistic musings so common in our world today.  The author sets the parameters at the outset: “The purpose of this book is to take a few of the most important intellectual weapons, tactics, and strategiesContinue reading “A SHOT OF FAITH TO THE HEAD – Mitch Stokes”

The Christian Mind – Harry Blamires (1963)

My uncle Dwight gave me this book almost twenty years ago.  I’ll never forget what he said when he handed it to me: “Only real men can read this book.”  Whether it was meant to motivate or amuse, I read it with a vengeance.  This is my third time through. Blamires thesis is clear throughoutContinue reading “The Christian Mind – Harry Blamires (1963)”

BIBLICAL APOLOGETICS: HOW SHALL WE RESPOND TO UNBELIEF?

Unbelief is in the air.  Unbelief is gaining ground in postmodern culture.  Over 100 years ago, the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great innermost corruption, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means is poisonous, stealthy, subterranean, small enough – I call it theContinue reading “BIBLICAL APOLOGETICS: HOW SHALL WE RESPOND TO UNBELIEF?”

WHY GOD WON’T GO AWAY – Alistair McGrath (2011)

Alister McGrath has an uncanny ability to analyze trends and synthesize core beliefs that emerge as worldviews or ideologies.  He continues to utilize his gift in his latest book, Why God Won’t Go Away. McGrath’s book, The Twilight of Atheism was foundational in unpacking the history of unbelieving thought.  He picks up on that themeContinue reading “WHY GOD WON’T GO AWAY – Alistair McGrath (2011)”

THE TWILIGHT OF ATHEISM – Alistair McGrath (2006)

The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World by Alistair McGrath is a book that deserves to be read.  The author maintains that the “rise and decline of atheism is framed by two pivotal events, separated by precisely two hundred years: the fall of the Bastille in 1789 andContinue reading “THE TWILIGHT OF ATHEISM – Alistair McGrath (2006)”