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resouces | books | is god a moral monster

Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God

By Paul Copan

As we read through the Old Testament in our River West Daily Word reading plan, we encounter a lot of passages that strike us as strange!  Without a contextual understanding of what was going on in Old Testament times, these passages are hard to understand. The strangeness of it all raises questions in our understanding of God and the Bible. These questions have also been seized upon by the “new atheists” and appear in many of their writings as attacks upon Christian faith.

Paul Copan’s new book Is God a Moral Monster? is a wonderful resource for us as we make our way through the Old Testament. This book addresses all the major issues in the Old Testament that raise big questions in our minds. You can have a look at the chapter headings in this book by following the link to the Amazon site and hitting the book cover image, which allows you to “look inside” the book before you buy.  I highly recommend this book as a resource for those who are reading through the Old Testament!



Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

By David Platt

Is Jesus worth this to you? It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said His followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, He said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for Him. They would abandon everything for the Gospel. But who do you know who lives like that? Do you? In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the Gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being His disciple - then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the Gospel according to Jesus.


resources | books | the reason for god
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

By Timothy Keller

Timothy Keller’s book is a rich resource for the believer who seeks to defend the Christian faith with intellectual integrity, and for the skeptic who is struggling with doubts about the claims of Christianity. Keller tackles many of the most common questions and doubts that believers and skeptics alike struggle with, such as:  Why does God allow suffering in the world?  Why isn’t Christianity more inclusive? How is the Christian Gospel unique from other religions? Keller “uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth.”


How People Change

How People Change

By Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp

How People Change is an important book for Christians who want to understand how the message of the Gospel can, and should, keep you moving forward in your Christian journey. God’s Word offers powerful and practical help for those who want to see genuine and lasting change in their lives. How People Change offers a vision of how God seeks to work in the life of Christ follower to make them the person they were created to be. It begins with the powerful, loving, redemptive relationship that we have with God through Christ. That relationship becomes a foundation from which we can begin to apply the truths of the Gospel to the challenges and struggles that we face, so that we can continue to grow in Christ-likeness.