Cold-Case Christianity with J. Werner Wallace

At Gateway Church in Austin, we kicked off our new series featuring world-class speakers, authors, and leaders called VOICES!

Ever wanted to be a detective? Follow the evidence? That’s exactly what Los Angeles County homicide officer and former atheist, J. Warner Wallace, has done to examine the claims of Christ. Using the skills and strategies of a hard-to-convince criminal investigator, Wallace approached the New Testament like he would a cold case and recorded his findings in his book, Cold-Case Christianity.


Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.

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Jesse Sampson, the Gateway Buda Campus Pastor interviewed J. Werner Wallace. Here are are some of the questions he asked:

  1. As someone who also came to faith at the age of 35 and who also was a skeptic, can you tell us how did you approach Investigating the claims of Christianity? 
  1. You mention right in the beginning of your book Cold Case Christianity that we all hold presuppositions, Can you speak on how having presuppositions impacts the way we see the world around us?
  1. You talk about What’s reasonable vs What’s possible? Which is very insightful, not only useful for a Homicide Detective, but I think useful for all of us when coming to closure on any one situation or topic, can you expand on that?
  1. What’s the process you follow to determine between what’s possible vs what’s reasonable? What is abductive reasoning.
  1. Can you explain how you applied abductive reasoning to the resurrection of Jesus?
  1.  Some may claim that Jesus didn’t die, that they were wrong about Jesus’s death. How would one know if someone is dead or not?
  1. What about the idea that  the disciples must have lied and the resurrection is a conspiracy theory? What would you say to that?
  1.  It’s been said that the disciples, followers of Jesus, could have been delusional – that they were possibly hallucinating. How would you respond to that?

    10. How do you explain the supernatural and what would be considered miraculous?
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