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Exploring Christianity

Exploring Christian Faith?

In many, we are saddened to say, there is an assumption that everyone who attends already has figured out the big questions of life, or, at the very least, they've figured out the whole "Jesus thing." But it has not always been like this. In the early days of the Christian movement, it was assumed that people who were skeptical, people who were asking questions, would be present. Church wasn't just for the convinced; it was for the curious as well.

We want to be that kind of church. We realize that life is filled with difficult questions of a spiritual nature.

• Is God real? How could we know? If so, what is God like?
• If God is real, why is there so much suffering and injustice in the world?
• Who is Jesus? Who did he claim to be? What have others said about him?
• How can any modern person believe in the resurrection of Jesus? Or take the Bible seriously?
• What about all the religions in the world? Can one be more true than the others?

Of course, often we struggle with questions that are more deeply felt, wondering if the Christian faith will meet the needs not only of our heads but of our hearts as well.

At Trinity Church, we sincerely welcome these kinds of questions-and the people who ask them. In fact, we believe that it is contrary to the Christian faith ever to ask people to sweep their questions under the rug. We know that we can't fully answer every question, but we do want to help you as you investigate, reflect, and question.

Feel free to contact us if we can help you in your search. From time to time, Trinity Church offers the Alpha Course, a discussion on the big questions of life from the perspective of Christian faith.

Exploratory reading for those investigating the Christian faith:

  • Edgar, William. The Face of Truth: Lifting the Veil. P&R, 2001. A thoughtful and readable case for the Christian faith.
  • Green, Michael. My God and Who Is This Jesus? Nelson, 1993 & 1992. Two excellent, short defenses of the intellectual credibility of the Christian teachings on God and Jesus.
  • Gumbel, Nicky. Questions of Life: A Practical Introduction to the Christian Faith. Cook, 1993. The basic text of the Alpha course.
  • Keller, Timothy J. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Dutton, 2008. An excellent resource from a good friend of Trinity Church.
  • Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity. Macmillan, 1952. Lewis was an intellectual skeptic (and professor at Oxford) who after serious study became a believer.
  • Pippert, Rebecca Manley. Hope Has Its Reasons. Harper, 1989. A delightful read, demonstrating that historic Christianity is both intellectually credible and emotionally satisfying.
  • Stott, John R.W. Basic Christianity. IVP, 1958. A classic—the title says it all!
  • Schwarz, John. A Handbook of the Christian Faith. Bethany, 2004. The companion volume to the excellent DVD presentations, Living Faith, by N.T. Wright.
  • Strobel, Lee. The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus.  Zondervan, 1998. Strobel interviews the experts.
  • Wright, Tom. Simply Christian. 2006.