Christianity 101 is in Iraq!

The Christianity 101 books have found their way around the world to such places as England, Australia, the Phillippines...and Iraq! We got an email from a soldier stationed there. His wife had sent him a few of the books, including "Bible Answers to Life's Big Questions. " We will post more pictures from this great guy and his family in the days ahead, and we will tell you a little of their story.

Lee Strobel talks about Creation

Bruce & Stan sit down with Lee Stobel to discuss Creation and Intelligent Design.

Biblicallly illiterate?

"The person who doesn't read the Bible is no better off than the person who can't read the Bible." Those words were once uttered by Dan Jantz, legendary Christian bookseller and the father of Stan. Dan said it to illustrate that biblical illiteracy isn't restricted to those who aren't able to read the Bible, either because they are literally illiterate (there's a mouthful), or because they don't have access to a Bible. In a culture surrounded by the Word of God in multiple translations and versions, those who rarely (or never) crack open a Bible may as well be lumped together with those who can't read, or who don't have the privilege of owning even a portion of Scripture.

There are regions in the world where Bibles are rare, either for economic reasons or because the government in power frowns on it. Christians in these places are thrilled to have even a single book of the Bible to read. How sad that those of us living in an area overflowing with Bibles spend so little time reading it.

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Co-author Stan Jantz talks about Christianity 101

What's the Christianity 101 book series all about? Listen to what co-author Stan Jantz has to say.

Somewhere Between Blind and Absolute

Not long ago i was talking with a women about her faith. In the interest of full disclosure, I wasn't "witnessing" to this woman. I know her husband, who is someone I consider to be maturing in his faith. That's why I was surprised when his wife told me that for her, faith wasn't something you could know, but had to accept in your heart. "You mean like blind faith?" I asked her. "Exactly," she answered.

Actually, the idea that faith is blind, or a leap in the dark, isn't new. It's been around for centuries, and these days it's quite pervasive in our so-called Christian culture. In all fairness to the woman I was talking with, I don't think she has decided to deliberately remove any objectivity from her faith journey. In my opinion, she just doesn't know any better. Call it a case of "biblical illiteracy." She certainly has never read what the apostle John wrote at the end of his biography of Jesus: "This is the disciple who saw these events and recorded them here. And we all know that his account of these things is accurate" (John 21:24). And she probably isn't aware that in one of his brief letters to Christians in the first century, John also wrote: "I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life" (1 John 5:13).

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Christianity 101 is a collection of books and digital resources by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz that talk about God in a way that encourages people to grow in their faith.

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