Strobel and Mittelberg were pastors at Willow Creek Community Church. Strobel is the author of many books, including The Case for Christ. Mittelberg is the author of the popular Becoming a Contagious Christian training program and books such as Confident Faith: Building a Firm Foundation for Your Beliefs.
About Strobel and Mittelberg
Lee Strobel, a former atheist and award-winning legal editor at The Chicago Tribune, is the New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books. These include such classics asThe Case for Christ, The Case for Faith,The Case for a Creator and The Case for the Real Jesus, and he recently released his first novel, The Ambition.
Strobel has been described in the Washington Post as “one of the evangelical community’s most popular apologists.”
For two seasons, he hosted the national weekly television program Faith Under Fire. He was also a teaching pastor at two of America’s largest churches, Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago and Saddleback Valley Community Church in Southern California, before coming to Cherry Hills to co-direct
Strobel earned a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School. In 2007 Southern Evangelical Seminary honored Strobel with the conferring of a Doctorate of Divinity degree.
Lee and Leslie Strobel have two grown children and have been married 39 years. They live in the South Denver area.
Mark Mittelberg, is a sought-after speaker, best-selling author, and leading strategist in evangelism and apologetics. His recent books include The Reason Why Faith Makes Sense and The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with answers). He also co-authored The Unexpected Adventure with Lee Strobel and Becoming a Contagious Christian with Willow Creek Community Church senior pastor Bill Hybels, and he was a contributor to God Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and Responsible, which was awarded the 2010 Christianity Today apologetics book of the year.
Mittelberg served for seven years as Willow Creek Community Church’s first director of evangelism and then for a decade on the leadership team of the Willow Creek Association before coming to Cherry Hills to co-direct The Institute. He holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mark and Heidi Mittelberg have two grown children and live near Denver.
By retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates who are specialists in the areas of old manuscripts, textual criticism, and biblical studies in The Case for Christ. Strobel challenges them with questions like How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event? Strobel’s tough, point-blank questions make this bestselling book read like a captivating, fast-paced novel.
Confident Faith: Building a Firm Foundation for Your Beliefs by Mark Mittelberg assures Christians that we “can” be confident in our beliefs. There’s no reason to be timid about what we believe, because our beliefs can stand up to the test. Truth isn’t dependent on how a person feels or one’s own point of view, as so many assert. On the contrary, we can determine truth through our five senses, and that truth reliably points to a deeper and unseen reality. Mark walks readers through twenty arrows that point towards Christian beliefs: from the intricate design of the universe to archaeological proofs, from the consistent testimony of changed lives to the reliability of the ancient documents of the Bible. After studying these arrows, you’ll put this book down with a renewed confidence in what you believe and why it matters for eternity.
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