Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language

Edited by Gary M. Burge & David Lauber (IVP Academic)

"What is Christianity?" "What is the meaning of evil and suffering?" "What is salvation?" Maybe an inquisitive friend or colleague has asked you such questions, and you weren't sure how to respond. Maybe, despite a Christian upbringing or years in the church, you need more straightforward answers. This volume gathers short essays (and suggestions for further reading) from theology professors at Wheaton College. They have listened and reflected as generations of students have asked about human life and purpose. The book aims to assure curious or wavering believers that "good and thoughtful answers are at hand that can help."

Can We Still Believe the Bible? An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions

Craig L. Blomberg (Brazos Press)

Over decades toiling away in the weeds of biblical scholarship, Denver Seminary's Blomberg has seen fashionable theories and methodologies come and go. None of them has dented his confidence that Scripture is the revealed Word of God. In fact, that confidence has been fortified. In this release, Blomberg says that "a curious phenomenon has occurred over the past generation," wherein "new findings, or at least much more intense discoveries, have actually strengthened the case for the reliability and trustworthiness of the Scriptures." The problem, he says, is that the findings get drowned out by speculative headlines about lost gospels and church conspiracies, and also by a small band of conservatives skeptical of all modern scholarship.

Good Mood, Bad Mood: Help and Hope for Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Charles D. Hodges, M.D. (Shepherd Press)

Are depression and bipolar disorder purely biochemical malfunctions, best explained by scientists and corrected by medicine? Can the Bible shed light on how we discuss, diagnose, and treat these forms of suffering? In Good Mood, Bad Mood, Hodges, a physician practicing in Indianapolis, brings to bear both medical training and theological insights. The book explores the possibilities and limits of medicine in dealing with depression, while showing how Scripture offers comfort and hope to those enduring the worst of life's struggles and sadness.

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