One of the biggest obstacles for people to accept or believe in Christianity is that they think they know all about it already. After all, hasn’t it been around for thousands of years? Doesn’t everybody know what Christians believe?
But if we look at Jesus’ encounters with various men and women during his life, we will find some of our assumptions challenged. These conversations were not about personal sins or specific religious views and practices, nor were they a set of talking points or a political platform. Instead, in these encounters we see him meeting people at the point of their big, unspoken questions: Who are we, and why are we here? Why be a good person; why love instead of hate? What’s wrong with the world—And what, if anything, can make it right?
The Gospels are full of encounters that made a profound impact on those who spoke with Jesus in this way. In this 10-part ebook series, available as a hardcover book in Fall 2013, Timothy Keller explores these encounters and how they can still address our questions and doubts today.
You can read the Introduction to Encounters with Jesus here, in PDF format
You can read an excerpt from The Skeptical Student here, in PDF format
About The Author:
Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virgina. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church, in New York City, with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start more than two hundred and fifty new churches around the world. Also the author of Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, Every Good Endeavor, The Meaning of Marriage, Generous Justice, Counterfeit Gods, The Prodigal God, Jesus the King, and The Reason for God, Timothy Teller lives in New York City with his family.
If you have questions about Christianity, the Bible and religion in general, or you have friends or family that are seeking, then Timothy Keller is definitely the man to ask these questions to. In fact, his most recent writing project looks to answer the questions that most people ask, done in a small, yet powerful book.
Encounters with Jesus shows us just as Jesus changed lives over 2000 years ago, He continues to do so today. You will be challenged, inspired and encouraged as you read each chapter and the book will get you digging deeper into God's word than you have been before. It is a basically Apologetics for the everyday person. You will not need a Bible school education to read this book, its simple in explanation and easy to read. It was a great read by a great Pastor and scholar and encouraged me to get back to the basics of the Gospel.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Encounters with Jesus online through Amazon.com. It is also available through your favorite local bookseller.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Dutton, a division of Penguin Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***