Thinking Out Loud

March 19, 2017

Case for Christ Movie Opens April 7

Last night we were able to watch a preview screening of the movie The Case for Christ which opens April 7th. While I will offer a full review of the movie closer to the release date, many of you have read the book by Lee Strobel, or one of the many others in the series: The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, The Case for the Real Jesus, etc.

Like some others who have leaked bits and pieces of this online, I also was struck by the authenticity of the two primary characters in the movie, Lee and Leslie Strobel. While the theme of the movie is very obviously evidentiary apologetics there is also a sub-theme dealing with the time when Leslie was a Christian and Lee wasn’t. It’s probably no accident that their 2002 book Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage is now in re-release by Zondervan.

With those two themes in mind…

  • Think of friends you could invite to see the movie; and
  • Plan to see it, if at all possible, during the first weekend of release.

I’ll have more to say about it in a few days.  Use the following image on your Facebook page to make more people aware of this significant film.

July 15, 2009

Apologists Speak From First-Hand Experience

Filed under: Christianity, evangelism — Tags: , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:55 am

There’s a classic story — which I tried repeatedly to source online* — about a guy who becomes an expert on the subject of firefighting.   He travels to seminars and writes books on the subject.    But at the end of his life, his accomplishments are rendered somewhat moot by his admission, “I have never actually fought a fire.”

Unexpected AdventureIn a world where just about everybody has a book out, it would be quite easy to summarize some Biblical passages on what it means to be a witness; mix in some contemporary context, and appear, like our firefighting friend, to be the final authority on evangelism.

That’s not the case with The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk To People About Jesus by Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg (Zondervan).   In 42 short stories the authors alternate anecdotal  narratives showing different principles of lifestyle evangelism working itself out in the lives of these two authors along with their friends and families.

justwalkacrosstheroomMittelberg is also the coauthor with Bill Hybels of Becoming A Contagious Christian and Unexpected Adventure is actually an excellent companion read to that title as well as Hybels’ Just Walk Across The Room.

Strobel is best known for his The Case For… series of books, but making a case on paper as a lawyer or a journalist isn’t the same as making the case in a real-life situation.    As the book reminds us, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Because of the short chapter length, and the ‘punch’ that each of the 42 stories packs, I’m reading this in shorter bursts.   I’ll return to this book one more time in a week or so when I’ve wrapped up the later sections.    Perhaps I may have even engaged in some more real-world ‘firefighting’ in between.

In the Christian life, practice is a whole lot better than theory.

*If anyone knows if this story exists on line, I’ll cut and paste it here as an update.

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