Bart Ehrman, prolific author, New Testament scholar and former evangelical Christian, says it took him eight years to research and complete his new book, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. Yet, a group of fellow scholars responded in their book, How God Became Jesus, by claiming that the Christian-turned-agnostic's "sloppy" scholarship on Jesus' divinity leaves much to be desired.
Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, says his research reveals that Jesus, a first century Galilean, never claimed to be God, and that it was his followers who elevated him to a deity after his death.
"What I argue in the book is that during his lifetime, Jesus himself didn't call himself God, didn't consider himself God and that none of his disciples had any inkling at all that he was God," Ehrman has said. more >>
In a provocative new video meant to draw awareness to the growing plight of homelessness in New York City, the nation's first-ever rescue mission documents how it carried out an elaborate undercover scheme to see if people would recognize their own family members if they were homeless and living on the streets.
The video documents what happened when unwitting participants in the New York City Rescue Mission's project were secretly filmed and eventually saw footage of themselves walking by their own spouses, parents, siblings, cousins and other relatives.
Watch the New York City Rescue Mission's powerful video, that just might bring you to tears: more >>
NEW YORK – Pastors in New York City are optimistic that a policy banning churches from using public schools for worship services will be reversed despite a recent court ruling upholding that policy.
Pastor William Devlin, co-chair of Right to Worship New York City, told The Christian Post Wednesday that the mayor is on their side.
"Pastors across New York City are very encouraged about recent developments on the right to worship. We know that Mayor de Blasio is with us 100 percent and any day we will hear that he has reversed the draconian and discriminatory Department of Education policy ... we have his word," Devlin said. more >>
NEW YORK — Evangelist Nick Vujicic recently was in New York City to mark the release of his new book, Stand Strong with a hugging campaign in Times Square. Admirers from as far away as Chile and Australia lined up last week to hug and take photos with Vujicic, who has inspired millions around the globe with his story of overcoming physical limitations (without limbs) and bullying.
The 31-year-old married father released last week Stand Strong: You Can Overcome Bullying (and Other Stuff That Keeps You Down), in which he advises teens how to overcome bullying by embracing their self-worth and developing strong values, among other things.
Vujicic, born with no arms and no legs, travels worldwide to share how he overcame the nightmare of bullying as a youth, an attempted suicide at age 10, and how faith in God affects his outlook on life, and eternity. more >>
NEW YORK — Nick Vujicic, a Christian evangelist born without limbs who has inspired millions around the globe with his story of faith and perseverance, is using his new book, Standing Strong, to speak to the 3.2 million U.S. teens, and countless others around the globe, who say they have been bullied.
"This is written specifically to teenagers sort of in their language. I'm very passionate about the standing strong against bullying message," Vujicic told The Christian Post.
Vujicic's passion for the subject stems from his own experiences with being bullied as a child due to being born with no arms and no legs, a condition called tetra-amelia syndrome. more >>
NEW YORK — Texas megachurch pastor Joel Osteen recently made a visit to Yankee Stadium in New York City to take in a game and give a brief preview of what attendees can expect when he returns in June for "America's Night of Hope."
Pastor Osteen, clad in the Yankees' home colors and standing not far from home plate, spoke with The Christian Post about his plans for the gathering in New York City's Bronx borough on Saturday, June 7.
"We're gonna try and inspire them, let them know that God's for them, bring music, ministry and inspiration," said Osteen. "My wife, Victoria, will be here, my mom (Dodie Osteen) shares how she overcame cancer. You know, just a great night to hopefully draw people closer to the Lord and let them have a new beginning, just to be refreshed and inspired in their faith." more >>