The Reason for God: a DVD-Driven Study featuring Tim Keller

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Looking for material that will provoke a good discussion about faith?  I had a chance recently to review The Reason for God, a DVD-driven study based on Tim Keller’s book by the same name and I think you’re going to want to add this one to your list.

Designed to help groups learn how to engage others in conversations on faith and life, the six DVD  sessions feature author and pastor Tim Keller talking “live and unscripted” with a diverse group of non-believers.  Very interesting presentation.  Not a lecture with crowd shots.  You really do feel like you’re eavesdropping on a conversation, an intelligent conversation with a bright group of participants who’ve been provided a safe place to ask their questions.

The following topics are covered:

  • Isn’t the Bible a myth?  Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?
  • How can you say there is only one way to God?  What about other religions?
  • What gives you the right to tell me how to live my life?  Why are there so many rules?
  • Why does God allow suffering?  Why is there so much evil in the world?
  • Why is the church responsible for so much injustice?  Why are Christians such hypocrites?
  • How can God be full of love and wrath at the same time?  How can God send good people to hell?

The Reason for God discussion guide includes questions for discussion after viewing the DVD segment as well as notes for leader preparation.  In addition, each of the six sessions include a list of ideas for further study.

I can definitely see this being a very valuable resource for groups, particularly as we learn to live wisely in post-Christian America.  If you want to train your congregation to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” and to to do this with “gentleness and respect,” The Reason for God will be a great resource to add to your recommended list.

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