There are certain career paths where a higher degree of skepticism is essential to success. In fact, this might be a requirement for your current position. If it is, you know that this questioning must come from a place of open-mindedness and not narrow-mindedness. Otherwise, preconceived ideas, opinions and worldviews could deny or dismiss crucial evidence as it’s uncovered.
This was definitely Lee Strobel’s challenge. An award-winning investigative journalist, legal editor of the Chicago Tribune (and self-proclaimed atheist), Lee was trained to be skeptical, to be critical of the “accepted” story or “alleged” turn of events. And at a key moment in his career, with an innocent man’s freedom and reputation in the balance, Lee learned to not take things at face value, even if it looked like an airtight, open and shut case. Little did he know that this lesson would impact a case closer to home and send him on a journey of discovery that would change his life and the lives of millions around the world.
7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds,
and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV)
Though Lee Strobel didn’t intend to find evidence to support biblical Christianity and the claim that Jesus was the Son of God, he pursued the case with his investigative training, technique and experience, including the conviction to search out the truth regardless where it led. This two-year journey culminated in his conversion to Christianity and became the basis for the bestselling book, The Case for Christ.
On April 7, 2017, nearly two decades after the initial release of The Case for Christ, Pure Flix will bring this much-anticipated book adaptation to movie theaters across the country. In our opinion, this will be the greatest evangelistic outreach film of our time.
In the coming weeks, I will be sharing with you strategies and materials that we are developing for pastors and church leaders who desire to use this powerful film to teach their congregants and reach their communities. With the film’s opening scheduled a week before Good Friday, there’s no better time to make The Case for Christ.
Franklin Santagate is the Vice President of Pure Flix Global Strategic Alliances, which works with denominations, ministries, and organizations by finding common vision, assets, resources and influence. From that position, we create initiatives we can do together that we cannot do apart, reaching our mutual objectives and expanding the Kingdom of God. To discover more or to become a Pure Flix Global Strategic Alliance partner go to http://pureflixalliance.com/join/.
To contact Franklin for speaking opportunities at churches and special events, email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.