(PLEASE NOTE: I have found the following authors/speakers/websites to be helpful and hope you will too. Obviously, I have not read every word that was ever written by them, or heard every one of their messages, but based on all that I have heard and read, I wholeheartedly recommend these resources. ~ Vicki Lynn Gordy)
ColdCaseChristianity.com – Online home to J. Warner Wallace. He is a Dateline featured cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. Wallace became a Christ-follower at the age of thirty-five after investigating the claims of the New Testament gospels using his skill set as a detective.
CrossExamined.org – This website is by Dr. Frank Turek, a Christian apologist, author, public speaker and radio host. Although the material presented through this site covers a broad range of topics and is helpful to all ages, this ministry’s “primary concerns are with the effects that false ideologies are having on the world and the body of believers (particularly our young people).”
ReasonableFaith.org – Reasonable Faith, ministry of William Lane Craig, aims to provide in the public arena an intelligent, articulate, and uncompromising yet gracious Christian perspective on the most important issues concerning the truth of the Christian faith today.
Stand to Reason (str.org) – Stand to Reason “trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christian values in the public square.”
Biblical Archaeology Society – “The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) was founded in 1974 as a nonprofit, nondenominational, educational organization dedicated to the dissemination of information about archaeology in the Bible lands. BAS educates the public about archaeology and the Bible.”
Mere Christianity ~ C. S. Lewis (One of the best apologetic books ever.)
“Arguably the 20th century’s most influential Christian writer, C.S. Lewis sought to explain and defend the beliefs that nearly all Christians at all times hold in common. His simple yet deeply profound classic, originally delivered as a series of radio broadcasts, is a book to be thoroughly digested by believers and generously shared with skeptics.”
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist ~ Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek
“To some, the concept of having faith in a higher power or a set of religious beliefs is nonsensical. Indeed, many view religion in general, and Christianity in particular, as unfounded and unreasonable. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself. With conviction and clear thinking, Geisler and Turek guide readers through some of the traditional, tested arguments for the existence of a creator God. They move into an examination of the source of morality and the reliability of the New Testament accounts concerning Jesus. The final section of the book deals with a detailed investigation of the claims of Christ. This volume will be an interesting read for those skeptical about Christianity, as well as a helpful resource for Christians seeking to articulate a more sophisticated defense of their faith.”
The Story of Reality ~ Gregory Koukl
“In The Story of Reality, bestselling author Gregory Koukl unpacks the story of our world through a wide-angle lens, introducing you to some of the most important questions every person must ask about life, death, the evil in this world, and why we are here. This is the story of the Bible told through five simple and easy-to-remember words: GOD, MAN, JESUS, CROSS, and RESURRECTION. These five words capture the meaning of our humanity and of all human history from beginning to end. If you are already a Christian, do you know and understand the biblical story? And for those still seeking answers to the questions of life, this is an invitation to hear a story that explains the world in a way nothing else will. This story can change your life forever.”
More Than a Carpenter ~ Josh McDowell (Very short. Easy reading.)
“The inspirational classic, More than a Carpenter, is now updated for a new generation of seekers with a fresh look, revised material, and a new chapter that addresses questions commonly raised today. Former skeptic Josh McDowell is now joined by his son Sean as they examine the evidence about Jesus. Is he really the Lord he claimed to be? How can we know for sure? More than a Carpenter offers arguments for faith from a skeptic turned believer. Since its original publication in 1977, this modern classic has sold over 15 million copies, been translated into dozens of languages, and introduced countless people to the real Jesus. Now with new content that addresses questions raised by today’s popular atheist writers.”
Cold Case Christianity ~ J. Warner Wallace
“Christianity could be defined as a ‘cold case’: it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence. In Cold-Case Christianity,J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally recognized skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. Including gripping stories from his career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom, Wallace uses illustration to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity.”
Reasonable Faith ~ William Lane Craig
“J. Gresham Machen once said, ‘False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel’-which makes apologetics that much more important. Wanting to engage not just academics and pastors but Christian laypeople and seekers, William Lane Craig has revised and updated key sections in this third edition of his classic text to reflect the latest work in astrophysics, philosophy, probability calculus, the arguments for the existence of God, and Reformed epistemology. His approach-that of positive apologetics-gives careful attention to crucial questions and concerns, including: the relationship of faith and reason, the existence of God, the problems of historical knowledge and miracles, the personal claims of Christ, and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. He shows that there is good reason to think Christianity is true. As Craig says, “If you have a sound and persuasive case for Christianity, you don’t have to become an expert in comparative religions and Christian cults. A positive justification of the Christian faith automatically overwhelms all competing world views lacking an equally strong case.”
The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict ~ Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell, PhD (In-depth. Textbook-style.)
“Christians today face growing challenges to show that their faith is both relevant and credible. In Josh McDowell’s The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, you’ll get the ammunition you need to defend your faith against the barrage of criticisms. This 760-page hardcover combines the two original best-selling volumes into one, maintaining their classic defense of the faith, yet answering new questions posed by today’s culture.”
Putting Jesus in His Place ~ Robert M. Bowman, Jr. and E. Ed Komoszewski
The central theological distinctive of Christianity–that Jesus is God incarnate–has repeatedly come under fire from adherents to other religions and scholars who interpret Jesus as a prophet, angel, or guru. Putting Jesus in His Place is designed to introduce Christians to the wealth of biblical teaching on the deity of Christ. Using evidence from the New Testament, this book helps readers appreciate the significance of Christ’s deity in a personal relationship with Him, and gives them the confidence to share the truth about Jesus with others.
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Cold Case Christianity for Kids ~ J. Warner Wallace
“Between the ages of 8 and 12, kids often start to wonder if Christianity is true. In Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, detective J. Warner Wallace draws readers into the thrill of high-stakes investigation by showing them how to think rather than telling them what to think. In this children’s companion to the bestselling Cold-Case Christianity, detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity. Includes author illustrations and links to a website (coldcasechristianityforkids.com) where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity.”
God’s Crime Scene for Kids ~ J. Warner Wallace
“In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God’s existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe. In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.”
Forensic Faith for Kids ~ J. Warner Wallace
“Many young believers want to tell others about their relationship with Jesus but aren’t sure how to begin or can become rattled by questions. In fact, many young believers have their own questions about Christianity and struggle to find answers. Detective J. Warner Wallace helps kids develop good investigative skills, so they can navigate tough questions about faith and share what they’ve learned with others. As in their other Case Makers Academy books, J. Warner and Susie Wallace teach kids to think like detectives by reaching into their detective tool bag. While they search for clues to the real owner of a lost puppy, the cadets learn how to be confident in sharing with friends the truth of their faith in Jesus.”
Bible Study Fellowship International
“Pursue God as you explore and discuss His Word in community. … BSF has 10 Bible studies in its lineup that span the Scriptures. They are Genesis, The Life of Moses, People of the Promised Land I & II, Isaiah, The Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles, Romans and Revelation.”
The Alpha Course
“Alpha is an 11-week course that creates a space, online or in person, where people are excited to bring their friends for a conversation about faith, life and God.” This course is conducted by churches around the world.
The Case for Christ Children’s Curriculum: Investigating the Truth about Jesus
“Based on Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Christ, this children’s curriculum for ages 8 and up explores the truth about who Jesus is and what he did by encouraging kids to explore and investigate. The DVD-ROM contains PDF files with all of the material you need to run this program including lesson plans, parent pages, promotional materials, activity pages, director’s guide, leader’s guide, and instructions for adapting it into a VBS program. This is not a video DVD. Session titles are: 1. The Case of the Promised Baby 2. The Case of the Voice from Heaven 3. The Case of the Eyewitnesses 4. The Case of the Wedding Crisis 5. The Case of the Living Water 6. The Case of the Risen Jesus”
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Ratio Christi (at high schools, colleges and universities)
Ratio Christi is a global movement that equips students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ. Ratio Christi began in 2008.
The Case for Christ (the movie) – One Man’s Journey to Solve the Biggest Mystery of All Time (The life story of Lee Stroebel – An atheist, and legal editor for the Chicago Tribune, Stroebel becomes a Christian after he attempted to write the story of his lifetime — to discredit Christianity — and his research led him to the opposite opinion.)
The Case for Christ / The Case for Faith / The Case for a Creator – 3 disc documentary-style film series by Lee Stroebel (NOTE: “The Case for Christ” in this series is not the same as the movie listed above.)
The Story – The Christmas Story told beautifully through song by Northpoint Church in Georgia.
Defend the Faith (annually in New Orleans, LA)
This conference is given in early January of each year by the Institute for Christian Apologetics at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Evening plenary sessions are free to the general public.