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In a world full of religious options, the claims of Jesus are often seen as divisive and intolerant. That compelling reality poses a great challenge to followers of Jesus who desire to remain faithful to Him while demonstrating to the world that Jesus is the way. How do we take the good news of Christ's liberating love to a world that thinks that our message is scandalous and exclusively arrogant? The Trouble with Jesus leads us in the discovery and application of the strategy that Jesus left for early followers who thrived in a similar environment. Their unflinching commitment to this salt-light strategy in a resistant world won the hearts of their families, neighbors and friends, and eventually the Roman Empire. For all of us who want others to taste the love and life that we have found in Jesus, the salt-light strategy is ours for the taking. While living for Jesus has never been more challenging, showing Him to others has never been more compelling.
We are turning back to God in great numbers, more than any other modern nation. But attending church and listening to sermons and Scripture can become a superficial exercise. Eventually we realize that we are not satisfied, and that our hearts hunger for a closer walk with Him. When your customers come seeking that greater understanding, be ready with Moody titles that will reveal biblical truths and lead to discussion and understanding.
Joe Stowell serves as the 11th President of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Comprised of approximately 2500 undergraduate and graduate students, Cornerstone is a Christ - centered university with a passion for global influence through the transforming power of the gospel. The University is committed to creating an environment where students thrive both spiritually and intellectually as they prepare themselves to influence our world as followers of Jesus.
An internationally recognized conference speaker, Joe has also written numerous books including The Trouble with Jesus; Simply Jesus and You; The Upside of Down; and Eternity. Joe also serves with RBC Ministries, partnering in media productions, writing, and outreach to pastors. His Strength for the Journey web ministry, www.getmorestrength.org, features daily devotionals, weekly messages and commentary, downloadable Bible study curriculum, and an audio library of his most requested messages.
Joe serves on the Board of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Wheaton College, and has a distinguished career in higher education and church leadership. From 1987–2005, he served as the president of Moody Bible Institute, and as teaching pastor at the 10,000–member Harvest Bible Chapel in suburban Chicago