Resources

link to Answers in Genesis

link to Canopy Ministries

teaching Biblical truth to the next generation; specializing in issues related to the apparent conflicts between science and the Bible, particularly those contained in the first eleven chapters of Genesis.

Books for Christian Living

"Don't Waste Your Life"
by John Piper

Millions of people are wasting their lives pursuing dreams of happiness that don't rise above a good marriage, nice kids, a successful career, a nice car, fun vacations, nice friends, a fun retirement, a painless death, and (hopefully) no hell. John Piper calls this a tragedy in the making. He argues that we were designed to have one passion, and that this passion will lead us to the joy we all truly long for. He describes his own journey toward this great, single passion, pleads that at all costs we pursue our joy in the crucified Christ. The cost will be great. But the joy is worth any cost.

"In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive when Opportunity Roars"
by Mark Batterson

In his inspiring and challenging book, Mark Batterson states, "Your greatest regret at the end of your life will be the lions you didn't chase." In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is inspired by one of the most obscure yet courageous acts recorded in Scripture, a blessed and audacious act that left no regrets: "Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it" (2 Samuel 23:20 -21). Unleash the lion chaser within!

"Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God"
by Francis Chan

Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts - it's falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.

"The Green Letters"
by Miles Stanford

"...for in one who has faith, even suffering is not wasted, but becomes a means for increasing spiritual vigor and strength."

A series of five books on the Christian Life emphasizes both the doctrinal and experiential aspects of maturing in Christian living. The theme, "Not I, but Christ" is both developed and held throughout the book. The author makes this arresting statement regarding the dynamics of the Christian life: "God...doesn't intend to help us live the Christian life. Immaturity considers the Lord Jesus a Helper. Maturity knows Him to be life itself."

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Apologetics

Books:

"Evidence that Demands a Verdict"
by Josh McDowell

"New Evidence that Demands a Verdict"
by Josh McDowell

Is the Bible historically reliable? Is there credible evidence of Christ's claim to be God? Will Christianity stand up before 21st century critics? In this culture where truth is relative and all religions are seen as equal, Christians face a growing challenge to know their faith is relevant and credible. Maintaining its classic defense of the faith, this fully updated volume provides a wealth of historical, archaeological, and bibliographical evidences for the basic tenets of Christian belief. The New Evidence is an invaluable resource for any believer to help answer the critics of our faith.

Websites:

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries | Josh McDowell Ministry | Answers in Genesis | Canopy Ministries

Youth and Culture

Books:

"Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it"
by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer

Statistics reveal a huge disconnect taking place between our children and their church experience. Nationwide polls and denominational reports are showing that the next generation is calling it quits on the traditional church. And it's not just happening on the nominal fringe, it's happening at the core of the faith. In this powerful book, popular author, Ken Ham and consumer behavior research analyst C. Britt Beemer, combine to reveal trends that must be dealt with now, before we lose another generation! The trends are frightening, but Already Gone shows how to win back our families, our churches, and our world!

"Beyond Belief to Convictions"
by Josh McDowell

Josh McDowell's Beyond Belief message is the foundation to launch a spiritual revolution among youth. This is a revolution to equip churches and families to raise up a generation of the cross - young people who have been transformed by Christ and the cross, who are empowered to live cross-grained to the culture and are committed to share Christ across all cultures.

"The Last Christian Generation"
by Josh McDowell

The majority of our young people no longer embrace true Christianity. What can you do about it? Churched young people do not believe that Christ is the Son of God, they do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a real entity, and they think that "doing good" earns them a place in heaven. Their attitudes and behavior are virtually no different than those of non-Christians. The Last Christian Generation documents the urgency of the crisis and also provides a fresh revelation of the heart of God through seven lifelong responses of a true follower of Christ - a definitive "Christianity 101".

Missions

Books:

"The Missions Dilemma"
by Steve Saint

Taped before a live audience, Steve Saint intertwines entertaining stories from the Ecuadorian jungle to make the case of today's missions dilemma. Interspersed with conversations with church leaders from around the world, as well as lessons learned from living with his Waodani family in the Amazon, viewers will be cheering and sometimes cringing as they learn the truth of our mission efforts. This DVD series examines this incredibly complex question. We asked a number of church leaders from around the world, "If you had one piece of advice you could give the church in North America to help us be more productive in missions in your part of the world, what would it be?" The answers will surprise you. website

"Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad"
by Timothy George

An articulate presentation of the distinctive Christian understanding of God in the context of resurgent Islam, aimed at helping Christian believers speak and live the truth in love and learn how to interact with Muslim ideas in an increasingly pluralistic culture (see Timothy George's article in Christianity Today). In this post-September 11 world, when we yearn more than ever for the unity of all peoples, we need to think about what we hold in common. We can cooperate with Muslims and Jews in many crucial areas, especially regarding issues that touch on the dignity of human life and the sanctity of the family (British Muslims, for example, were the first religious people to publicly protest abortion on demand in England). But we must not be lulled into an easygoing ecumenism that would amalgamate all faiths into a homogenized whole. The two problems with such amalgamation are these: (1) It is a distortion; we simply do not share the most essential things. (2) It is a sign of disrespect; it fails to take seriously what each religion claims to be ultimate truth.