The authors of Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart, meant to serve as a corrective to the wildly popular Fifty Shades series, believe one reason erotica has found a home among Christian women is because they are simply starved for Bible-based teaching and open dialogue on sexuality in their communities of faith.
Dr. Juli Slattery, a clinical psychologist who founded Authentic Intimacy, and Dannah Gresh, best-selling author and co-founder of Pure Freedom, spoke with The Christian Post about the dangers they believe are inherent in pornographic works like E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide since its publication in 2011.
Barna Group researchers revealed in the results of a survey published last year that "there is no difference between the percentage of Christians who have read Fifty Shades of Grey and the percentage of all Americans who have read the book." more >>
Members of the Spanish Christian Church leveled by a gas explosion that has so far resulted in the death of eight people, including five from their 60-member church, celebrated Saturday when firefighters discovered a symbol of hope beneath the rubble: a decades-old Bible.
After finding corpse after corpse, since the deadly blast on Wednesday, the discovery of the Bible, which the church has reportedly used since its founding 80 years ago, became a symbol of hope for the faithful who displayed it at a celebratory procession in the street, according to the NY Daily News.
The discovery was so overwhelming for the church's 83-year-old pastor, the Rev. Thomas Perez, he started having heart palpitations and had to be taken to a local hospital by ambulance. more >>
A New York Times reporter-turned-editor recently shared his experience in working for over 10 years in various capacities for the liberal-leaning publication, and insisted that the "paper of record" is not intentionally biased against Christians, as some conservatives might believe.
Michael Luo, who attends Tim Keller's Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and became a Christian at Harvard University, told an audience at The King's College last week that whenever his colleagues at The New York Times do happen to botch a report that casts Evangelical Christians in an unfair light, that it is mostly due to ignorance.
"When we screw up, it's not because of some overt prejudice," explained Luo. more >>
Jason Kennedy, "E!" TV host, was featured in a new Glamour magazine article that suggests the Hollywood Christian was "leading the way" in a "nice-guy movement" in Tinseltown, and that his celebrity-oriented Bible study meetings have grown in popularity since they were revealed last year.
Kennedy's star-studded Bible study gatherings, noted last year in a CP article, reportedly started out quite small and have been attended by Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Justin Bieber. Nowadays, according to the Glamour article, attendance at the 32-year-old's Bible study gatherings has grown to hundreds from around town:
Two nights before the Grammys, I step inside a Beverly Hills hotel and file into a ballroom filled with more than 600 of Hollywood's photogenic finest: actors from my favorite TV shows, singers and songwriters of hit pop songs, models, talent agents, and, this being Los Angeles, lots of really hot people who only look famous. They are all here because Jason Kennedy invited them. more >>
The popularity of the Fifty Shades series among Christian women has prompted Dannah Gresh, best-selling author and co-founder of Pure Freedom, and Dr. Juli Slattery, a clinical psychologist who leads Authentic Intimacy, to expose what they believe are the dangers of consuming such pornographic material. In an interview with CP about their new book, Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart, Gresh and Slattery also highlight what they believe are "satanic" aspects of E.L. James' erotica series.
Gresh, who promotes chastity among young girls through Pure Freedom and heads the "Secret Keeper Girl" tour, told The Christian Post that she found it "sad" that E.L. James' Fifty Shades series, centered on the violence- and sexually-fueled relationship of the main characters Anastasia "Ana" Steele and Christian Grey, had found a home among Christian women.
"I'm sad because the book honors and glorifies bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism [or BDSM sex play]," added Gresh. She believes that Fifty Shades of Grey "and the normalization of erotica that's resulting from it will have the same impact on the Church as the advent of Internet pornography and men using it 20 years ago." more >>
A storefront church in East Harlem lost its building and at least five of its members in Wednesday's gas leak explosion.
Spanish Christian Church, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2013, not only occupied the first level, but also had apartments above the church where many of its 60 members lived.
Five of the seven confirmed dead attended the small congregation, Thomas Perez, the church's pastor confirmed to the New York Daily News. Five people are still missing, while nearly 60 people have suffered broken bones, hearing loss, and cuts and scrapes related to the explosion. more >>