Why I Believe, ITPE

Straight Answers to Honest Questions about God, the Bible, and Christianity

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Responding to the perception that Christians are prejudiced, anti-intellectual, and bigoted has become a greater challenge than ever before. The result is often intimidation, withdrawal, and even doubts among God's people about what we really believe. Chip Ingram wants to change that. In Why I Believe, he gives compelling answers to questions about

· the resurrection of Christ
· the evidence of an afterlife
· the accuracy and intellectual feasibility of the Bible
· the debate between creation and evolution
· the historicity of Jesus
· and more

His solid, biblical, logical answers will satisfy the honest doubts that every believer experiences, and will provide thoughtful arguments for those who are struggling with their faith, curious about Christianity, or who honestly want to follow Jesus without checking their brains at the door.


"Why I Believe tackles some of the toughest questions of our day. Through both research and personal stories, Chip shares why he went from a full-blown skeptic to a Christian. Whether you are a believer or a skeptic, you will be greatly encouraged and challenged by the stories and evidence in this book."--Sean McDowell, PhD, author, speaker, professor

"Chip Ingram has given us a fantastic guide for not only knowing what we believe but for owning, understanding, and defending those beliefs. His careful attention to doubts and questions will help Christians dive deeper into their faith and live it out more fully. Read, study, and share this book."--Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Ministries

"The apostle Peter tells us to always be ready to answer anyone who asks for a reason for the hope we have (1 Peter 3:15). Being ready doesn't have to be intimidating. Chip Ingram has presented a straightforward case for why he believes. This book will help strengthen your own belief and give you resources for communicating it to others."--Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family

"This is a keeper--a classic! You will learn so much that will help you encounter the culture in a powerful way. In fact, buy a few extra copies because you will want others to have this book."--Kay Arthur, cofounder of Precept Ministries International

"Chip Ingram has a way of taking complex and intimidating material and making it accessible and applicable to everyone. That's the reason I didn't just pick up one copy of Why I Believe to add to the apologetics section of my bookshelf, but why I ordered boxes of this book. As a pastor, I will be handing it out for years to come."--Kyle Idleman, pastor, author of Grace Is Greater


Chip Ingram is the senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and teaching pastor and president of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip is the author of many books, including Culture Shock, The Real Heaven, The Real God, The Invisible War, and Love, Sex, and Lasting Relationships. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and eleven grandchildren and live in California.


Endorsements

"The apostle Peter tells us to always be ready to answer anyone who asks for a reason for the hope we have (1 Peter 3:15). Being ready doesn't have to be intimidating. Chip Ingram has presented a straightforward case for why he believes. This book will help strengthen your own belief and give you resources for communicating it to others."

Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family

"This is a keeper--a classic! Take it home and put it with your Bible. After reading God's Word (His Word must have priority), read a chapter of Why I Believe with a pen! You will learn so much that will help you encounter the culture in a powerful way. In fact, buy a few extra copies because you will want others to have this book. It's a gift of high value--a great tool for the gospel! Thanks, beloved brother, for equipping us for the work of ministry so, like the apostle Paul, we can move into our cities and reason from the Word!"

Kay Arthur, cofounder of Precept Ministries International

"Chip Ingram has a way of taking complex and intimidating material and making it accessible and applicable to everyone. That's the reason I didn't just pick up one copy of Why I Believe to add to the apologetics section of my bookshelf, but why I ordered boxes of this book. As a pastor, I will be handing it out for years to come."

Kyle Idleman, pastor; author of Grace Is Greater

"Why I Believe tackles some of the toughest questions of our day. Through both research and personal stories, Chip shares why he went from a full-blown skeptic to a Christian. Whether you are a believer or a skeptic, you will be greatly encouraged and challenged by the stories and evidence in this book."

Sean McDowell, PhD, author, speaker, professor

"Chip Ingram has given us a fantastic guide for not only knowing what we believe but for owning, understanding, and defending those beliefs. His careful attention to doubts and questions will help Christians dive deeper into their faith and live it out more fully. Read, study, and share this book."

Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Ministries

"I love this book! In the introduction to Why I Believe, Chip Ingram says, 'I'm not an expert apologist.' I respectfully disagree. I think this is one of the most practical, straightforward, factual, and best books I have ever read on the validity of our Christian faith. Chip is a master at taking a complicated topic and making it totally understandable. Read this book, then pass it on to your family and friends."

Jim Burns, PhD, president of HomeWord; author of Creating an Intimate Marriage and Confident Parenting

"We all need straight answers to the questions we ask about God, faith, and the Bible. Chip Ingram helps us to get our hearts and minds around the most important issues we face and offers authentic and transparent answers. If you want to clarify and fortify your faith, this book is for you."

Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX

"Chip Ingram distills a lifetime of study into a volume that will help any believer fully follow Christ. I wish I had this book available when I was a new Christian. It's written in Chip's honest, authentic style. My prediction is that you will be dog-earring and highlighting this book for a long time. And you will use the content to lead others to faith."

Chris Fabry, novelist, host of Chris Fabry Live on Moody Radio

"Every follower of Christ rubs shoulders with the skeptical, the curious, and the antagonistic each day. Yet, despite the ample opportunity provided, believers often shun the chance to open their mouths to defend the faith. Why the stifling silence? They feel ill-equipped to tackle the tough questions lobbed their way. Ingram seeks to remove such excuses. Why I Believe provides practical help to enable every Christian to cogently explain what they believe. Keep this book within arm's reach at all times."

Paul Nyquist, president of Moody Bible Institute

"Chip Ingram is both a student and teacher of God's Word.  After reading Chip's practical treatment on the distinctives of the faith, my own biblical beliefs were strengthened. Yours will be too."

Dave Stone, pastor of Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY

"Chip Ingram is a passionate pastor-teacher who models a commitment to Scripture and writes to help others get there as well. This new book, Why I Believe, is a welcome text that is well-written and well-reasoned for a new generation struggling to ground their faith in the untarnished truth of the Bible."

Mark L. Bailey, president of Dallas Theological Seminary

"If you're a cynic or skeptic about Christianity, you will relate to Chip's book. He's been there. If you don't know much about the Bible, this book is perfect for you in understanding basic insight to see how faith in God just makes sense."

Bryant Wright, senior pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, GA

"In a time of confusion and shared ignorance in Western culture, Chip Ingram has given us a masterpiece and explanation that the Christian faith is easily reasoned and defended. You should not only read this book but give it away to every genuine inquirer."

Michael Youssef, PhD, executive president of Leading the Way

"It's the nagging questions about God, His Word, and His ways that often inhibit our passionate pursuit of Him. My friend Chip Ingram helps us navigate the tough questions with a clear and convincing conversation that will help us settle our doubts and stimulate our faith."

Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, president, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI

"The apostle Peter tells us to always be ready to make a defense for the hope that is in us. Chip has made our task a lot easier by writing, Why I Believe. It is unique in that it's brief, concise, and simple, yet at the same time, thorough. Whether you read it to defend your own faith or do so to investigate the Christian faith for yourself, Why I Believe is a must-read for all."

Randy Pope, pastor of Perimeter Church, Johns Creek, GA

"With his usual clarity and practical skills, my friend Chip Ingram has crafted a simple but compelling approach to several of the great questions about the faith. He puts the cookies on a low enough shelf to be accessible to all, but does so without distorting or dumbing down the critical issues. I welcome this winsome and engaging resource."

Dr. Kenneth Boa, writer and speaker, Reflections Ministries, Atlanta, GA

"Why I Believe is a tremendous resource for an era when basic tenets of Christianity are being called into question. Chip Ingram addresses challenging questions and important issues in Christian apologetics in a characteristically clear, concise, approachable manner. This is a book for believers, skeptics, searchers, apologists, students, pastors, and everyone in between."

Barry H. Corey, president of Biola University; author of Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue 

"My friend Chip Ingram has a gift for simplifying the complex truths of Christianity. Whether you're seeking to bolster your faith or to explore the possibility of having faith, you will find meaningful answers in Why I Believe. Profound and practical, Why I Believe answers our common questions about the Christian faith."

John S. Dickerson, Livingston Award for Young Journalists recipient; bestselling author of The Great Evangelical Recession


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  1. Chip Ingram

    Chip Ingram

    Chip Ingram is the senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and teaching pastor and president of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip is the author of many...

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