Priscilla Shirer, popular Bible teacher, author and conference speaker, recently spoke with The Christian Post about her new book, God Is Able, in which she unpacks Ephesians 3:20-21 to explain how Christians can personally apply the Scripture's proclamation that God can "do exceeding abundantly above and beyond anything that you can ask or think." The married mother of three also shared her views on women in ministry and why Christians need to get out of the pews and onto the pavement.
Below is a transcript, edited for clarity, of CP's exclusive interview with Shirer.
CP: There's been more talk recently about women consistently being underrepresented in some areas of Christianity, especially when it comes to well-known platforms and conferences. You travel a lot and speak at conferences often. What's your take and experience on that? more >>
NYC megachurch pastor and influential author Timothy Keller was recently asked "why sex outside of marriage is so destructive" and in his response spoke personally about the intimacy he has enjoyed with his wife over the years.
"Sex inside of a committed marriage is magic," said Keller. "It's like blowing on the coals of this incredible beautiful and powerful flame. Sex outside of marriage is just a way of not giving yourself, but of receiving fulfillment and pleasure."
Keller, who shares three sons with his wife, Kathy Keller, gives his perspective on sex and marriage briefly in a video interview with spoken word artist and author Jefferson Bethke, who recently launched a new YouTube series called "Ask a Leader," featuring discussions with pastors, authors and musicians. more >>
A popular European trend to wear surgically implanted jewelry on the eyeball hit New York City for the first time a few weeks ago when a 25-year-old woman had a platinum heart surgically implanted on her eyeball.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, however, has voiced concern about the safety of the practice and is urging people to avoid the procedure, which has not been approved by the FDA.
"The American Academy of Ophthalmology has not identified sufficient evidence to support the safety or therapeutic value of this procedure," said the organization in a statement included in a recent ABC report on the practice. more >>
Priscilla Shirer, Bible teacher, best-selling author and popular conference speaker, takes hold of two brief but weighty verses from the Book of Ephesians to remind readers that "just because God can doesn't mean He will," and "just because He hasn't doesn't mean He won't." The bottom line, according to Shirer, is to remember "that He is able" — but you won't ever know it unless you take God at His word and put your faith to the test.
In God Is Able, Shirer, a married mother of three, Dallas Theological Seminary graduate and daughter of Pastor Tony Evans, takes Ephesians 3:20-21 and builds upon the apostle Paul's emphatic confession that God "is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…" by parsing and distilling each phrase, the most pivotal of which might be "immeasurably more."
Or, infinitely more...far more abundantly...exceeding abundantly above...above and beyond — some of the most common translations of the term "hyperekperissou hyper" that Paul uses to convey "the extravagant, profuse, exaggerated capacity and work of God," Shirer explains in God Is Able. more >>
Shou Kuan Lin, 72, remains unconscious with a skull fracture and broken collarbone two days after he was shoved onto subway tracks at a Harlem stop by Rudralall Baldeo, 57. Friends and family say that Lin is a churchgoing man and ask for any and all prayers for their loved one.
Baldeo, a homeless man who was possibly intoxicated at the time, shoved Lin onto the tracks at the 145th and St. Nicholas stop on New York City's Subway A line on Friday. Bystanders jumped down onto the tracks and managed to pull Lin to safety before a train could hit him.
"God sent angels to come help, and I'm very grateful," Lin's wife Yumei Li told the New York Post. "They just brought my husband back up to me without thinking about their lives. They came and helped save my husband. I was shocked but also very moved. If I could meet them, I have to say thank you to them, but I do not know them." more >>
Popular search engines Google, Yahoo and Bing use what's called predictive search, and when queried "why do Christian women…" the search engines reveal that online users appear to be most curious about Christian women's relationship and clothing habits.
As most Web users know, once a person starts typing into the search box of Google, Bing or Yahoo, an auto-complete feature predicts what a user's search query will be, deploying a dropdown list of suggestions as he or she types. The algorithm is based on popular or common online searches.
Testing the predictive feature with the phrase "why do Christian women…" showed that Internet users have lots of questions about Christian women, particularly about why they cover their hair or heads; wear skirts; and...cheat. more >>