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Mark Mittelberbg es autor, conferencista y estratega de evangelismo. Es coautor con Bill Hybels de Conviertase en un cristiano contagioso y con Lee Strobel de Aventura Inesperada. Junto a Bill Hybels y Lee Strobel es coautor del programa de estudio Conviertase en un cristiano contagioso. Anteriormente sirvio como lider de evangelismo para Willow Creek Association.

Lee Strobel tiene una licenciatura en periodismo de la Universidad de Missouri y una maestria en estudio de leyes de la Universidad Yale. Fue el galardonado editor legal del periodico Chicago Tribune y esceptico espiritual hasta el ano 1981. Es autor best sellerdel New York Times de casi veinte libros y ha sido entrevistado por numerosos programas nacionales de television, incluyendo 20/20 de la cadena ABC, Fox News y CNN. Cuatro de sus libros han ganado el premio Medalla de oro y uno de ellos fue el ganador del premio Libro cristiano del ano 2005 (el cual escribio junto a Garry Poole). Lee sirvio como pastor de ensenanza en las Iglesias Willow Creek y Saddleback. Ademas, contribuye como editor y columnista de la revista Outreach. El y su esposa, Leslie, residen en Colorado. Para mas informacion, visite: www.leestrobel.com

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“How could a good God allow so much suffering?
“Why should I believe heaven and hell exist?”
“Why do you condemn homosexuals?”
“Why trust the Bible? It’s full of myths.”
“Why are Christians so judgmental?”
“Sure, Jesus was a good man. Why make him into the Son of God, too?”
“Didn’t evolution put God out of a job?”
“Why are Christians so obsessed with abortion?”
“What makes you so sure God even exists?”
“Christians are hypocrites―so why should I listen to you?”
Are there questions you dread being asked?
Maybe you dread asking them even of yourself. They’re the ones on subjects such as hell, homosexuality, or suffering. Through a national poll conducted by The Barna Group, Mark Mittelberg uncovered the questions Christians most fear being asked. Complete with discussion questions, Mark’s book will help you meet today’s hot-button issues head on.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Special ed. edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414315910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414315911
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Apologetics is not the right way to ask forgiveness. Apologetics is the art and science of defending what you believe. One of the most accessible apologists we have is Mark Mittelberg and his very helpful book "Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask."

I have taken a passage from the Bible as my guideline for defending the Christian faith. The Apostle Peter wrote:

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." (1 Peter 3:15, 16)

Focus on Christ ... Be prepared to answer ... Answer gently and respectfully. In this book, Mark Mittelberg arms Christians with information to help them do just that. He doesn't shy away from the tough questions like the apparent disharmony between Science and the Bible, or God's existence, or Christ's divinity. All of these he addresses using Scripture, philosophy, science, and logic. Mittelberg frequently quotes both Christian and atheist apologists to help make his point. And he does so very winsomely.

Each chapter is designed as sort of a lecture and lab. Mittelberg teaches, and then he walks through some possible conversations and objections an atheist or non-Christian may have about Christian's beliefs. So this book could be used for either individual study or as curriculum for a classroom.

It's a helpful and an enjoyable read.
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This is a very solid book covering some of the most difficult questions faced by Christians in discussions with others.

The author, Mark Mittelberg, began by having the Barna Group survey 1000 Christians asking what questions regarding their faith made them the most uncomfortable. He then narrowed these down to the top ten and compiled answers for each. Some of the topics here include such things as: The Existence of God, 'Didn't Evolution Put God Out of a Job?', the reliability of the Bible, the deity of Jesus, the problem of evil and suffering, and several more. The topics covered are all highly relevant areas for believers in conversations with others.

Mr. Mittelberg approaches his topics in a very loving manner. He clearly is more concerned about the fate of others than simply winning an argument, although he is very effective in presenting evidences as well. He puts a lot of emphasis on clarifying the position of the other person, thus improving communication.

One chapter that is particularly good is the one on evolution. He does a great job of highlighting some of the major weaknesses of that theory.

In the area of evil and suffering, he really goes beyond intellectual responses and encourages readers to avoid platitudes (He/she is in a better place now, etc). He makes the case that oftentimes those who are have objections about God related to suffering are currently dealing with a situation themselves.

One of the areas that Mittelberg deals very effectively with is the contention that so many Christians are hypocrites. He demonstrates how that can be an issue of common ground with the person. He said, 'Jesus dealt with this issue often - and no one spoke more strongly about it than he did.'

Overall, this is a very good book that should be read by all Christians as well as anyone honestly evaluating the claims of Christ.
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A book primarily written to Christians, though anyone with genuine questions about what it is that Christians believe will find it profitable. Mark Mittelberg is a Christian apologist. He conducted a survey among Christians about the questions they felt least confident in answering. This book was born out of that survey. The answers are well thought out and formatted in a helpful way. It is a great resource for individuals as well as for small groups. Is a great overview of many of the tough questions Christians often wrestle with personally and are confronted with by others. It is appropriately in depth but not too deep and also provides places to go for further study. An enjoyable and helpful read.
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ONUS
1
[Latin -- more at onerous]
a : burden
b : a disagreeable necessity : obligation c : blame d : stigma
2
[New Latin onus (probandi), literally, burden of proving]
: burden of proof

Synonyms: blot, brand, burden, stain, slur, smirch, smudge, spot, stigma, taint
(from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

So, well... I can't exactly say I didn't know what an onus was - I knew burden was a synonym, but couldn't give you a dictionary definition; however, it was definitely one of those words that I understood quite well in context. Out of curiosity, I looked up the etymology of the word... I had no idea it was in the same family as "onerous~" hmmmmm... that it contained such negative connotations... but I digress.

I started wondering because of a statement by well-known athiest, Richard Dawkins, mentioned towards the very end of Mark Mittelberg's book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with answers). Dawkins claims that the onus to explain Christian beliefs falls squarely on the shoulder of Christians. Sadly, instead of Jesus followers excited at this God-given occasion to share God's life-changing message with those who have questions or who don't believe, many Christians run from these encounters because it is to them an onus - a burden, a disagreeable necessity, an obligation. That is the very purpose of this book: to excite and encourage believers about this opportunit,y equiping them with information and then strategies for how to take hard questions and move from a defensive burden of proof stance to a compelling presentation of God's plan of salvation. After all, to quote one of my absolute favorite books, "...sometimes when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen.
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