“Like many other people of faith, you may be wondering what the future holds for Christians in America. Every day feels like a political battle, and traditional values seem to be losing their ground. Even the basic freedoms that define America — speech and religion — seem to be under attack. What can Christians do today to protect church and country? ”
—from A Call for Courage,
by Michael Anthony
Dear Hank: Every day does indeed feel like a battle, and we must defend our freedoms. Here is my special gift to help secure CRI’s vital outreaches and continue equipping believers to protect the basic freedoms that have long defined us. Please send me the resources I’ve selected below:
A Call for Courage: Living with Power, Truth, and Love in an Age of Intolerance and Fear by Michael Anthony
Like many other people of faith, you may be concerned about what the future holds for Christians in America. Every day we wake up in a nation and world that is increasingly hostile to our beliefs and values. Even the basic freedoms that define America–speech and religion–are under attack. The result is that many of us have become fearful, apathetic and detached. The great need of the day is a sweeping revolution of courage in our lives, families and houses of worship. A Call for Courage will spark that revolution in you.
Michael Anthony understands how fear can paralyze us, and in this revolutionary new book he shows Christians how to stand up and speak out, mobilizing them to walk by faith, not fear. Drawing from Scripture and deep personal experience, he proves that anyone can learn the secret to putting fear in its place and becoming more courageous. A Call for Courage will help you stand up and speak out while others demand you sit down and shut up. You will learn how to:
A Call for Courage is a handbook on how to live with courageous humility. No matter who you are or what you’re facing, A Call for Courage will help you live with power, truth, and love in an age of intolerance and fear.
A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus: An Introduction to the Man from Nazareth for Believers and Skeptics by John Dickson
A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus is an introduction to the major portraits of Jesus found in the earliest historical sources. Portraits because our best information points not to a tidy, monolithic Jesus, but to a complex, multi-layered and, at times, contradictory figure. While some might be troubled by this, fearing that plurality equals incomprehensibility or unreliability, others take it as an invitation to do some rearranging for themselves, trying to make Jesus neater, more systematic and digestible.
After two millennia of spiritual devotion and more than two centuries of modern critical research, we still cannot fit Jesus into a box. He is destined to stretch our imaginations, confront our beliefs, and challenge our lifestyles for many years to come.
In A Doubter’s Guide to Jesus readers will find themselves both disturbed and intrigued by the images of Jesus found in the first sources.
Atheism on Trial: Refuting the Modern Arguments Against God by Louis Markos
Atheists are launching a new wave of attacks against Christianity and faith in God. It’s hard to know how to handle their claims that they have a more enlightened, scientific, and sophisticated worldview. How can you respond with precision to arguments against your faith?
With instructive clarity, Dr. Louis Markos confronts the modern-day atheists’ claims that new evidence disproves the existence of God. In fact, you will find that the “proof” they peddle is not new at all. Rather, they recycle claims that have already been disproven by Christian thinkers of the past…claims that you can silence today with the same solid logic.
Equip yourself to defend your beliefs from a deep well of knowledge and conviction. Stand in confidence that the trial of public opinion versus universal truth has already been held—and God is the victor.
Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God by Melissa Cain Travis
The question of cosmic origins and our place in the grand scheme of things has been debated for millennia. Why do we exist? Why does anything exist at all?
Today’s popular narrative, based on advancements in science, is that it all happened by natural, random processes. Melissa Cain Travis points to powerful evidence that the opposite is true—that cosmology, astronomy, biochemistry, and other disciplines strongly support what she calls “The Maker Thesis,” which explains the origin, rationality, and intricacy of nature and the human mind’s capacity to comprehend it.
Our universe is made up of numerous complex systems of order that both interact and coexist with each other as if in a carefully choreographed dance. Follow along on a fascinating journey about how the structure of nature and the mind of man resonate in ways that point to a Maker who fully intended the astounding discoveries being made in the natural sciences today.
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