NEW YORK — When 20-year-old Kalu J. Ogbureke first started the Ivy League's Columbia College in New York City three years ago, his conservative southern evangelical Christian sensibilities were left a little "shell-shocked."
It wasn't that the city or the college was hostile to his faith. They were far from it.
For Ogbureke and other Christian students like him who had come to the city from the South, it was mostly that Christianity isn't seen as such a big deal. Indeed, for many New Yorkers, Christianity is like an artifact that is no longer relevant for life in the modern world. more >>
In a feature titled "Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the Black Church," Al Jazeera questions why the black church isn't playing a central role in the movement for "LGBT rights," as the institution did in the African-American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
"In African-American churches — long known as the heart and soul of the black community — sexuality remains one of the most controversial issues," reads the introduction to the "America Tonight" piece by reporter Tonya Mosley on Al Jazeera's website.
Mosley is described as going "deep inside the black church to understand the source of the resistance to LGBT acceptance" and to hear "the experiences of those who've had their sexuality 'converted' through prayer." more >>
A Texas megachurch pastor, two Christian authors, and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation have joined the chorus of critics speaking out against the new "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie, claiming that the erotica story does more harm than good to women.
Fifty Shades of Grey, dubbed "mommy porn" by some, is about the "unworldly, innocent" Anastasia Steele's sexual relationship with a "beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating" Christian Grey. Anastasia discovers that Christian's "singular erotic tastes" help her to explore her own "dark desires," according to publisher Vintage Books' description of the 2012 title. The characters' sexual intimacy is marked by bondage, sadism, and other aggressive elements.
The book, originally self-published as an electronic book by author E.L. James, has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Promoters of the film adaptation have been pushing the project as a great option for Valentine's Day, since it premieres on Feb. 13. The official "Fifty Shades of Grey" Facebook page has more than 7.8 million followers. more >>
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir recently released their 29th album titled PRAY, which the group hopes will encourage believers and non-believers to worship Jesus Christ.
The choir's founder, Carol Cymbala, who's also the wife of the church's lead pastor, Jim Cymbala, recently explained the inspiration behind the album.
"With so many tragic events happening in the world today, PRAY serves as a reminder of the importance of having a relationship with Jesus, because communion is what He longs for His people to have with Him," Cymbala said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "My hope is that the songs on this album will draw believers and non-believers to worship and believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." more >>
At least six people are dead and another 15 are injured after a New York commuter train carrying close to 650 people hit an SUV in afternoon rush hour on Tuesday. The incident is believed to be the deadliest in Metro-North rail system's history.
While initial reports said that seven people in total were killed, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo revised that number down to six on Wednesday morning.
The Christian authors behind the popular Pulling Back the Shades book that challenges the "satanic" elements in E.L. James' breakout Fifty Shades of Grey titles are reaching out to fans of the erotic book series by offering them a unique opportunity to learn how they can be sexual without compromising their spiritual or emotional well-being.
Dr. Juli Slattery and Dannah K. Gresh, and Moody Publishers, have announced a book trade-in campaign leading up to the theatrical release of Fifty Shades of Grey, in theaters on Feb. 13, the day before Valentine's Day.
Women who mail in their used copy of Fifty Shades of Grey between Feb. 1 and 14 will get a free copy of Slattery and Gresh's Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart. more >>