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Tough Topics 2: Biblical answers to 25 challenging questions (Storms)

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Christian Focus Publications

Countless people are worried, angry, fearful and just plain confused when it comes to some of the more perplexing issues that life poses and the Bible provokes. Tough Topics 2 provides solid and scriptural answers to 25 such questions. Sam Storms seeks to tackle frustration by looking deeply, not superficially, at what Scripture says, deriving clear and persuasive explanations for these thorny matters.


Table of Contents:

  1. If God is Triune, Do Christians Believe in Three Gods?
  2. Can God Create a Rock so Big That He Can’t Pick it Up?
  3. Is God Guilty of Genocide?
  4. How Did Jesus Perform His Miracles?
  5. Did Jesus Descend into Hell?
  6. Can a Christian Commit the Sin unto Death?
  7. Is Suicide the Unpardonable Sin?
  8. Are All World Religions Pathways to the Same God?
  9. Do Atheists Actually Believe in God After All?
  10. Can All Christians Pray for God to Save the Lost?
  11. Is Water Baptism Necessary for Salvation?
  12. Does Hell Last Forever?
  13. Will the Horror of Hell Spoil the Happiness of Heaven?
  14. Did Joshua Really Make the Sun Stand Still?
  15. Does Paul Restrict the Office of Elder and Senior Pastor to Men?
  16. What Did Jesus Teach about Divorce and Remarriage?
  17. What Did Paul Teach about Divorce and Remarriage?
  18. Can a Divorced Man Serve as an Elder in the Local Church?
  19. Is It Ever OK for a Christian to Swear an Oath (or to Lie)?
  20. Does the Bible Endorse Capital Punishment?
  21. Does Prayer Really Change Things?
  22. Is the Man in Romans 7 a Christian or a Non-Christian?
  23. What Does It Mean to Forgive Someone as God Has Forgiven Me?
  24. What Did Jesus Mean When He Said ‘Turn the Other Cheek’ and ‘Love Your Enemies’?
  25. What is the Meaning of ‘666’? 



Sam Storms (PhD, University of Texas at Dallas) has spent more than four decades in ministry as a pastor, professor, and author. He is currently the senior pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was previously a visiting associate professor of theology at Wheaton College from 2000 to 2004.



"Wouldn't it be great to take, say, fifteen minutes and think with Sam about the Trinity, or whether all religions lead us to God, or whether prayer really makes any difference in our lives? Tough Topics 2 offers us that." - Ray Ortlund, Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee

"Sam Storms tackles difficult questions in Tough Topics 2 like only a seasoned pastor can... This is a great book to use as a resource or to read straight through." - Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church & President-Acts 29 Church Planting Network, Flower Mound, Texas

"... thoughtful brief answers that aren't superficial. As a model pastor-theologian, he answers with clarity, wisdom, and grace." - Andy Naselli, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Tough Topics 1 was a real gift to the Body of Christ from one of our Lord's gifted Bible teachers and theologians. Tough Topics 2 provides more of the same!" - Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina

"This is a truly refreshing and thought-provoking read." - Adrian Warnock, Author of Raised with Christ and Hope Reborn and prolific Blogger at

"...biblically grounded, theologically thoughtful, and practically applied. With the Bible as our guide, the exegetical, pastoral, and reasonable method Storms uses is a model of how we should find answers to the questions we have, so we can worship God as he deserves." - Erik Thoennes, Professor of Theology, Chair, Undergraduate Theology, Biola University/Talbot School of Theology & Pastor, Grace Evangelical Free Church, La Mirada California

"...hard to imagine a better display of difficult and important questions, followed by thoughtful, careful, reasoned, biblically-based answers. What a benefit this book will prove to be for many." - Bruce Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"... offers the compelling blend of sound theology, biblical reasoning and practical wisdom that we have come to expect from Sam Storms's writings. I warmly commend Tough Topics 2." - Brian J. Tabb, Bethlehem College & Seminary & Managing Editor of Themelios, Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Tough Topics 2 tackles twenty-five more challenging issues with the same biblical wisdom as employed in the original. Is this sequel as good as the original? Read it and see!" - Gregg R. Allison, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"...the answers are filled with biblical scholarship, theological acumen, and pastoral sensibility." - Justin S.Holcomb, Adjunct Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando