Christians need to be as grace-filled in their behavior as they are in declaring their beliefs. Yancey asks why Christians continue to lose respect, influence, and reputation in modern culture. He explores what may have contributed to hostility toward Evangelicals, especially in their mixing of faith and politics instead of embracing more grace-filled ways of presenting the gospel. Yet while the opinions about Christianity are dropping, interest in spirituality is rising. Why the disconnect? People everywhere still thirst for grace. Grace can bring together Christianity and our post-Christian culture, inviting outsiders as well as insiders to take a deep second look at why our faith matters and about what could reignite its appeal to future generations. He offers illuminating stories of how faith can be expressed in ways that disarm even the most cynical critics. Then he explores what is Good News and what is worth preserving in a culture that thinks it has rejected Christian faith.
Transcriptions of 3 messages by Yancey to Japanese audiences, including survivors of the March 11, 2011, East Japan earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster during his March, 2012 visit. Includes a short message by his wife Janet as well. What is God thinking and feeling when tragedy strikes us? Look at Jesus and see how he experienced our sorrows and wept with us humans. He shows us that God sorrows with us and weeps with us. The Church needs to be Christ’s hands and feet, showing God’s heart of compassion to Japanese and sharing His comfort.
In this world filled with sorrow and pain, what is God doing? The Great East Japan Earthquake, the siege in Sarajevo and the Connecticut massacre in Sandy Hook High School… as the author researched the local areas of these tremendous tragedies, he once again came across the question that he’s been trying to get an answer for his whole life, ‘Where is God when it hurts?’
In Three questions no one asks aloud: Is God listening? Can He be trusted? Does He even exist? The crisis of faith when God does not do what we think He is supposed to do. Revised translation, new cover and layout with larger print than previous editions.
Understanding God's place in your pain. One of the hardest questions of faith often is: "how can God love me so much and still allow me to feel pain?" The author shares his experience at a leprosy hospital that taught him the importance of pain. He points to many ways that God comforts us, rather than abandons or punishes us, when we are in the depths of pain.