Was Jesus just a charismatic preacher or is He indeed God?
This question will be the subject of a debate scheduled for the Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum in Faith and Culture at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary this weekend (Friday and Saturday) and will feature six of the world's top scholars according to a statement from the institution.
Michael Bird, a lecturer in theology at Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia, is expected to debate with Bart Ehrman, a noted New Testament scholar and one of the faculty stars at the University of North Carolina on Friday evening in the Leavell Chapel. more >>
Famed atheist and author of The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins, suffered a "minor stroke" on Saturday forcing him to cancel his planned tour of Australia and New Zealand.
"On Saturday night Richard suffered a minor stroke, however, he is expected in time to make a full or near full recovery. He is already at home recuperating. This unfortunately means Richard will be unable to make his planned Australian and New Zealand tour. He is very disappointed that he is unable to do so but looks forward to renewing his plans in the not too distant future," his management said in a statement released by the Sydney Opera House.
Dawkins was expected to share highlights of his scientific journey and his passionate engagement in debate as a leader of the resurgent Atheist movement on Feb. 28 which was sold out, according to the Sydney Opera House. more >>
The award-winning children's book, The Jesus Storybook Bible, which based on biblical stories featuring Jesus, has passed the major milestone of selling 2 million copies.
Author Sally Lloyd-Jones, a Briton born in Uganda who moved to the United States in 1989, told The Christian Post that she felt "totally gobsmacked" and "blown away" by the news.
"I have no doubt at all who the author of this book's success is and I give Him all the praise. I also know that without all the readers who have placed their trust in me … we never would have reached this milestone," she added. more >>
This year, a new "Star Wars" novel from author Claudia Gray will detail the events in the life of Leia Organa - former princess, current general - between "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983) and the new sequel trilogy, which began with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015).
The main conflict in "Star Wars: Bloodline," which follows last year's "Star Wars: Aftermath" by Chuck Wendig, occurs several years before the events in the hugely successful "Episode VII" and will explain how the First Order ascended to power under the New Republic's watch.
In the novel, which takes place decades after the death of Darth Vader and the collapse of the Empire, Leia (Carrie Fisher in the "Star Wars" films) is in a position of power in the New Republic. Everything seems to be going well; however, Leia will begin to see that a new generation, unaware of the evils of the now-defunct Empire, could bring the galaxy back into turmoil. more >>
Two time Grammy Award-winner Lecrae wowed both the secular and Christian world in 2014 with his critically acclaimed studio album, Anomaly and now his upcoming book, Unashamed, is revealing some of the things he's had to put up with while on his journey to success.
The Reach Records founder took to Facebook on Wednesday to share an excerpt from Unashamed, which is set to release in May. The lone paragraph the rapper shared features his internal dialogue as he's being introduced by an industry executive:
"'I want you to meet Lecrae. He's a Christian rapper.' 'I know who you are,' they would respond with a patronizing smile. 'I'm familiar with your music.' The awkwardness would grow, and I could almost hear their thoughts: Can I cuss around him? He is about to preach at me, or judge me if I drink this whole bottle of Cristal and stumble out of here? Maybe they don't know if they can be fully themselves around me. Or perhaps they don't think they would like the content of my music or the assumptions behind my music or the worldview I hold. Regardless, they don't want to know more. From that point on, it felt awkward. It was like I was marked." more >>
If people waited until marriage to have sex, actress and The Wait author Meagan Good believes there would be an increase in two-parent households.
While promoting her book, The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love with her co-author and film executive husband DeVon Franklin, Good spoke about how society would be different by implementing celibacy in relationships.