In Search of Deep Faith
Why bother with the Christian faith? In the post-Christian world, doubt and skepticism come naturally to us. Many have given up on faith of any kind, finding it shallow and unsatisfying. But still we yearn for more. We hope for...
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Why bother with the Christian faith? In the post-Christian world, doubt and skepticism come naturally to us. Many have given up on faith of any kind, finding it shallow and unsatisfying. But still we yearn for more. We hope for our children's futures. We long for lives that are meaningful, even eternal. Grappling with his own questions, Jim Belcher set out on a quest to see how the Christian faith faces the challenges of the modern world and answers the cries of the human soul. Seeking renewal after a draining season of life, he and his family spent a year traveling through Europe, exploring the faith that has shaped civilizations throughout the centuries. They rediscovered key figures, places and events in the history of Christianity, from C. S. Lewis's life at Oxford to Dietrich Bonhoeffer's death in a concentration camp. Through the experiences of William Wilberforce, Vincent Van Gogh, Corrie ten Boom and others, Belcher saw glimpses of insight, beauty and courage that transcended human limitations. He found himself surprised by joy and compelled by faith. Whether you are giving up on Christianity or encountering it for the first time, you are invited to come along on this pilgrimage. Even if you are unsure of the destination, the journey itself may take you far deeper than you could ever imagine.
Jim Belcher (Ph.D., Georgetown) is the founding church planter and lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. He previously led the Twenty Something Fellowship and cofounded The Warehouse Service at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California. He has served as an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and was cofounder of the Renaissance Project Skateboard Company. He has been published in Regeneration Quarterly, and he lives with his wife and four children ln Costa Mesa, California. Most recently he has written Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional.
- Part One: Rediscovering Our Roots
- 1. Oxford: The City Of Spires, Pilgrims And Martyrs
- 2. Igniting Desire
- 3. The Struggle Within
- 4. The Weight Of Glory
- 5. The Call: Two Conversations That Changed History
- Part Two: Life As Journey And The Need For Maps
- 6.broken Beauty: Searching For Vincent
- 7. Goodness Happened There
- 8. God's Goodness: The Case Of Corrie Ten Boom
- Part Three: Seeing Our Destination
- 9. Confident Hope
- 10. The Sound Of Comfort
- Conclusion: Wired For Story