Why Jesus?

He's history's most famous person, but so many people don't know the full story. Here's a message from Aaron Bennett, the founding pastor who planted Garden Church, on why we find Jesus irresistible.

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Our online gatherings are short, content-rich, spiritual experiences that help you find meaning in your everyday life. Every Sunday includes inspiring music, fresh bible teaching, and a friendly connection team.

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Study Resources

 

Are science and religion enemies?

Biochemist Sy Garte discusses his recent journey from atheism to Christianity. He discusses Galileo, chemistry, quantum mechanics, and philosophy in this fascinating interview. He holds a PhD in biochemistry, has been a tenured professor at New York University, Rutgers University, and the University of Pittsburgh, division director at the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health. He has published over two hundred peer-reviewed scientific papers and four books.

Dr. Garte’s Book

 

Is the resurrection of Jesus historical?

In this clip, historian and philosopher Gary Habermas provides an overview of the evidence for the Resurrection in about 5 minutes. This approach was developed by Dr Gary Habermas for his PhD dissertation at Michigan State University in the field of History and Philosophy of Religion. Habermas conducted a survey of the most critical publications on the subject of the resurrection, in order to ascertain the scholarly “lay of the land.” His dissertation was accepted by his committee and he was granted the PhD from Michigan State University a state-run secular institution.

Dr. Habermas’s Dissertation

 

What is the Bible and why should we care?

In this video from the Bible Project, Dr. Tim Mackie gives a quick overview of the the basic structure of the Bible. Here you’ll be introduced to a condensed history of how the Bible came into existence, and the different forms of the Bible in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christian traditions. Tim gained a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at theUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison.

the Bible Project