What Bothers Me Most about Christianity: Honest Reflections from an Open-Minded Christ Follower - eBook
What Bothers Me Most about Christianity: Honest Reflections from an Open-Minded Christ Follower - eBook  -     By: Ed Gungor
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781439100820
ISBN-13: 9781439100820

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New York Times bestselling author ed Gungor offers a provocative look at the questions that bother not only opponents of Christianity but dedicated believers as well. with candor and good will, Gungor joins the discussion generated by the multitude of atheistic books currently in the market and offers a thoughtful, reasonable response.

In What Bothers Me Most about Christianity, Pastor Ed Gungor owns up to the valid criticism that affronts Christianity. With his trademark sense of humor and unabashed honesty, Gungor explores the ten most troublesome aspects of Christianity, addressing questions such as:Why does a loving God allow evil to exist in His world? If the Christian church is so good, then why have so many horrible acts been committed in its name? Why was God so harsh to His children in the Old Testament?

Maintaining that having faith is not intellectual suicide and that mystery is an essential quality of the Christian belief, What Bothers Me Most about Christianity opens up the forum for amicable discussion between thinking people on both sides of the debate, from aggressive atheists to unswerving Christian believers. Gungor maintains that balancing faith and reason is indeed possible and that devoted Christ followers need not shy away from asking the tough questions. As he guides readers through these fundamental issues, they will find that their honest wrestling will actually bring them to a deeper, more mature understanding of faith.

Author Bio

Ed Gungor is a veteran pastor—currently pasturing the Sanctuary Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma--who has been deeply involved in the spiritual formation of others for over thirty-five years. He is the author of several books, including The Vow, Religiously Transmitted Diseases, and There Is More to the Secret, which landed on the New York Times bestsellers list. He is also a member of Springtime for Faith, a lay-driven initiative supported by the Vatican, and he travels around the U.S. and abroad speaking in churches, universities, and seminars. Ed and his wife Gail have been married thirty years.  They have four children and live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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"When I first heard the title, What Bothers Me Most About Christianity, I was a bit leery, because quite frankly, I am most grateful to be a Christian! But I was delighted to discover that Ed Gungor upholds Christianity while honestly addressing many of the misconceptions about the Christian faith. In a way that speaks to our post-modern culture, Ed Gungor takes these misconceptions, one by one, and systematically addresses them from a Christian perspective." -- Jerry Newcombe, D. Min. - TV Producer / Author
"I love this book! It's a lot easier to give pat answers to questions people aren't asking than to wrestle honestly with the questions they are asking. Thank you, Ed, for wrestling with honest questions. I highly recommend it for people who wrestle and think!" -- Bob Roberts, Author, Glocalization: How Followers of Jesus Engage a Flat World

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  1. Christy Lockstein
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 13, 2009
    Christy Lockstein
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    What Bothers Me Most About Christianity by Ed Gungor is a valuable addition to the growing genre of books by staunch Christians discussing the hard parts of faith. Gungor translates his conversational tone as a pastor well into the medium of writing. Each chapter could easily be a sermon that parishioners would enjoy sitting through. He tackles some of the hardest questions Christians face as first they come to faith and then again through their faith journey: Why doesn't God just show himself? Why is the Christian faith so exclusive? What does a loving God allow evil in the world? These are questions that not just Christians struggle with, but the questions that anyone who wants to understand why Christianity is a relevant faith in today's post-modern world. Gungor begins each chapter by addressing exactly why the question bothers him and what the easy answer the world wansts to hear would be. Then he gets down into the hard work of pulling out Scripture to explain the questions that have haunted the faith for centuries. He answers each one believably and solidly, and while the answers may not always be easy, he is not afraid to face them and to encourage readers to face them as well. He also acknowledges that some questions just won't be answered this side of Heaven, and accepting that is a part of having faith. This well written book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand why Christians believe as we do or for Christians who still wonder just why God does some things the way He does.
  2. Stacey
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 16, 2009
    Stacey
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    Ed Gungors What Bothers Me Most About Christianity is a bold and thought-provoking response to 9 specific issues that the author has with Christianity and Christians. Some of these topics are probably things that you have allowed to rub you raw as well. Still, the answers are well thought out and documented with tact. I am thrilled to have this book in my resource library!Some of the ideas tackled in this tome are: the thinking that God hides from us, the frustration that logical thinking doesnt readily lead to faith, the existence of evil, the fact that Jesus is the only way to heaven (this has never bothered me), the incompatibility of science and faith, Christians giving Christianity a bad name (Oh, yeah! A serious pet peeve of mine especially when its me giving Christians a bad name!), the appearance of God as a bully in the OT (I dont really think so), Christians misquoting scripture, the fact that there is a hell. You may not agree with what the author says, but this is certainly a thought-provoking read.
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