Resources from Summit

Video: Can we rely on the disciples’ words in the Gospels?

Diciples eyewitness testimony

Can we rely on the disciples’ words in the Gospels? “If you’re looking for an account that’s written by a non-Christian, well you’ve got it; it’s called the gospel of Matthew. Don’t blame him for becoming a Christian after seeing [Jesus’ works].” — Jim Wallace, Speaker and Author of Cold Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith Many people suggest that we cannot trust the testimony of the disciples recorded in the gospels because they were… Read More →Video: Can we rely on the disciples’ words in the Gospels?

Video: How can Christians start conversations with non-believers?

Conversations with Unbelievers

How can Christians start conversations with non-believers? “The best way to start a conversation with a non-believer is by asking them questions.” — Brett Kunkle, Founder and President, Maven Brett Kunkle explains how strategically placed questions and genuine, interested listening can be used to guide conversations with non-believers towards truth. This video is part of a series titled “Answers to Your Questions”. These videos answer the questions that you’re asking, address the difficulties you’re facing,… Read More →Video: How can Christians start conversations with non-believers?

Video: What does the Muslim faith teach about Jesus?

What does the Muslim faith teach about Jesus? “Christians have tremendous freedom to talk to Muslims about Jesus. Jesus is the center of our faith; the center of salvation, and that’s what we want to share with Muslims. We can do that because Muslims are required to believe in Jesus.” — Alan Shlemon, Speaker & Author, Stand to Reason The mission field is no longer hundreds of miles away; it is now right outside our… Read More →Video: What does the Muslim faith teach about Jesus?

Faith: Built on Evidence

Possessing a Forensic Faith Summit faculty member and cold-case homicide detective, J. Warner Wallace, recently released a new book about having a forensic faith. Wallace defines this as believing in something because of evidence rather than without or in spite of it. In a recent article, Wallace lays out three kinds of faith: unreasonable, blind, and forensic. “Jesus did not affirm the notion of ‘blind faith,’ and He didn’t ask us to believe something unsupported… Read More →Faith: Built on Evidence

From the Archives: Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?

This article was originally posted on June 9, 2016 as an adaptation from a Christian Worldview Thinking Podcast interview with Alan Shlemon. The full audio interview is available here. Aaron Atwood: Alan, thanks so much for your time. I want to dive in. Today I want to ask you this question: Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? That’s a great question. There’s been a lot of discussion about that recently, amongst both Muslims and Christians, precipitated… Read More →From the Archives: Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?

Charlottesville Changed Me

Charlottesville Changed Me

Charlottesville. The events unfolded while I was tucked away in a completely silent room recording the audiobook for The Secret Battle of Ideas about God. During a break, the engineer checked his Twitter account and we soberly reviewed what was happening in Virginia. At first the pictures seemed to depict nothing more than a rowdy group of white twenty-something men, looking like spoiled fraternity boys carrying their Tiki torches to a beach party where they would… Read More →Charlottesville Changed Me

Invisible Warfare: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Lives

The following is an adapted excerpt from chapter 1 in Dr. Jeff Myers’ new book, The Secret Battle of Ideas about God. Get your copy in the Summit Bookstore! We’re in a Secret Battle We live in a time of war. There are no soldiers in this battle. There are no landing craft, no bombers flying in formation, no artillery emplacements. Yet attacks occur every minute of every day. The battle we’re in is a… Read More →Invisible Warfare: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Lives

5 False Worldviews That Ensnare Your Church

Recently Dr. Jeff Myers wrote an article for ChurchLeaders.com, one of the world’s largest online resource libraries for church leaders, volunteers, and staff members. In the article, Dr. Myers outlines the recent Barna-Summit research project that identifies how five opposing worldviews are influencing the church. Every day Christians are engaging in a battle of ideas. These ideas attack us like viruses that can sicken our hearts and minds. Read the full article to see how… Read More →5 False Worldviews That Ensnare Your Church

Shaky Part 3: When Doubts Come From Conflicting Commitments

Some people don’t want to embrace Christianity because they are committed to ideas or lifestyles they don’t want to abandon. They think, If the Bible is true, then I’m in trouble. I don’t want to change my lifestyle or behavior, so instead I’m going to try to ignore what the Bible says. If you meet someone who opposes Christianity, you might ask, “What are you afraid would happen to you if you became a Christian?”… Read More →Shaky Part 3: When Doubts Come From Conflicting Commitments

Shaky Part 2: When Doubt Comes From A Misunderstanding Of Belief

Many people turn away from Christianity when their understanding of belief itself breaks down. People embrace one of what my friend Mark Mittelberg describes as different “faith paths.” There are six such paths: The “relativistic faith path” says that truth is what you make it. The “traditional faith path” says that truth is what you’ve always been taught. The “authoritarian faith path” says that truth is what you’ve been told to believe. The “intuitive faith… Read More →Shaky Part 2: When Doubt Comes From A Misunderstanding Of Belief

Shaky: When Doubt Comes From A Lack of Foundational Knowledge

Some people stop believing in Christianity because they just don’t know enough to do any differently. Their beliefs are not based on knowledge to begin with. In America, around 85 percent of people say they believe in God. Because around three-fourths of Americans identify with a Christian denomination, most of these would say they are Christian. However, around half of Americans (53 percent) see God as a “cosmic force.” God clearly reveals himself in Scripture… Read More →Shaky: When Doubt Comes From A Lack of Foundational Knowledge