McGraw, Ryan M.
Did Jesus Christ really rise from the grave? The credibility of the Christian faith rests on this claim, and Jesus’ own disciples laid down their lives to defend it. However, the resurrection of Christ is often dismissed as fantasy by those who assume that miracles are a scientific impossibility. Is faith in the empty tomb nothing more than blind belief?
In Alive: How the Resurrection of Christ Changes Everything, Dr. Gabe Fluhrer demonstrates that Jesus’ defeat of the grave is no mere myth—it is a historic reality supported by overwhelming evidence. To deny Christ’s resurrection is an indefensible position, but by God’s grace, to embrace the reality of the risen Lord is to have our lives changed forever.
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Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer is associate minister of discipleship at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. He is editor of Atonement and Solid Ground.
“If Christ is not raised from the dead, then our faith is worthless (1 Cor. 15:14). However, Christ is risen and lives today! Surprisingly, few good books have been written on the vital subject of Christ’s resurrection, so Dr. Gabe Fluhrer’s work is all the more welcome. This gripping, well-written book argues from the Holy Scriptures and from careful reasoning that Christ’s resurrection is both true history and the ground of our hope both objectively and subjectively.” — Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary Pastor, Heritage Reformed Congregation of Grand Rapids
“Dr. Gabe Fluhrer upholds the historical faith of Christianity in the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Its historical reality, for him, is the culmination of a much larger narrative, and its theological significance is inseparable from God’s redemptive plan since the resurrection of Christ and the final resurrection of the dead are distinct episodes of the same event. From this perspective, Dr. Fluhrer examines and rejects the arguments raised by scholars against the physical resurrection of Jesus, explains the Old Testament promises that point to the resurrection, and shows how the resurrection was understood and applied by the New Testament authors. In addition to its apologetic character, this book has a pastoral and practical dimension, where it explores the implications of Christ’s resurrection for the lives of believers. In a time of skepticism like ours, this book comes as a ray of faith and hope in the central event of Christianity.” — Dr. Augustus Nicodemus Lopes, Vice president of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil Assistant pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Recife
“The resurrection of Jesus Christ sits at the very heart of the gospel. What does it mean that Jesus was raised from the dead? How do we know that the resurrection is true? How does the resurrection help me face death? How does the resurrection help me to live my life today? With the mind and heart of a pastor and theologian, Dr. Gabe Fluhrer deftly walks us through the Bible to see the centrality, beauty, and glory of the resurrection. Indeed, he rightly says, ‘For believers, the reality of Jesus’ resurrection means that everything has changed.’ Take up Alive and begin to see with fresh eyes what a difference the resurrection makes.” — Dr. Guy Prentiss Waters, James M. Baird Jr. Professor of New Testament Reformed Theological Seminary