Following Christ is not about finding comfort or personal well-being; rather, life is messy, God is mysterious, and faith lies in the tension of that paradox, Ken Wytsma, founder of the The Justice Conference, argues in his new book, The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Wytsma explains that The Grand Paradox is sort of a part two to Pursuing Justice (2013). While Pursuing Justice was motivated by his desire to teach about the often misunderstood or neglected theme of justice, a central theme throughout scripture, his new book aims to touch "the deep parts of our soul," he said, by clarifying God's character and will for our lives.
When Wytsma writes about "God's will," though, he is not writing about a specific calling, as that phrase is often expressed (usually in terms of vocation). Rather, he writes about what it means to live a life of faith amid all the hardships, disappointments and ups-and-downs life has to offer. more >>
Actress Shari Rigby who starred in the hit film "October Baby" is opening up about her own life story in the new book, Beautifully Flawed, which will be available in stores on Monday.
Rigby, who's also a motivational speaker, reveals her tumultuous journey from teen marriage, pregnancy, adultery and drug use to her Christian faith. The author also delves into her career in Hollywood with Beautifully Flawed: Finding Your Radiance in the Imperfections of Your Life, including the powerful role as the mother of an abortion survivor in 2011's "October Baby." The part brought Rigby full circle since the actress herself had an abortion at a young age, proving that God transforms our mistakes into new purpose and beauty.
"This book is about the journey that we go on and how the Lord absolutely uses everything to his glory," Rigby told The Christian Post. So many times we look at our lives and we see things that are flawed, we are ashamed and can't speak about them. I was transparent about my story, from little girl on all the way up through speaking career that last few years. more >>
A retired World Wrestling Entertainment superstar has written a new book documenting his coming to Christ and how it affected his public and private life.
Shawn Michaels, a pro-wrestler whose accolades include winning the world heavyweight title three times, talks about his Christian faith in the Zondervan book Wrestling For My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Michaels explained that the inspiration for Wrestling For My Life came while he was writing up a book back in 2006 about his career for the WWE. more >>
A couple of years ago, in the novel Death by Theory, a fictional archeologist argues that it is useful to judge the health of civilizations by what they think. In the book, which is part of the curriculum in some university archeology departments, the character Hannah Green posits that in many cases once certain ideas catch hold in a civilization, it has an effect similar to a death warrant.
Has the American republic so unshackled itself from the established ideals of the past, and proposed, and to a large extent applied, two unproven political theories so radical as to prove Green's hypothesis?
Two central theories stand as executioners. First is the notion that governments ordain rights, and the second, that tolerance is society's premier value. The first has returned to vogue not out of societal need, but because of societal want. The demand for new rights and privileges not explicitly guaranteed in the constitution are wanted, and thus "found." more >>
Despite recent reports that Jamie Dornan was planning to leave the "Fifty Shades of Grey" franchise and not return as male lead Chris Grey in the upcoming sequel, his rep confirmed Wednesday that he isn't going anywhere.
In a statement released to Us Weekly Dornan's rep said, "Jamie is delighted that the film is breaking box office records worldwide and whilst the studio has not made any formal announcements about sequels, he is looking forward to making the next film."
Dornan, the actor who plays male lead Christian Grey in the film "Fifty Shades of Grey," was rumored to be leaving the franchise under his wife's wishes. more >>
Editor's Note: Although the word "queer" can be offensive depending on its use, according to The Association of LGBT Journalists, Brandan Robertson has communicated that he prefers to be described as queer, not gay. The article has been changed out of respect for Robertson. The use of the word queer below is not intended to be derogatory.
Brandan Robertson, national spokesperson for the LGBT advocacy group Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, claims that Christian publisher Destiny Image canceled his upcoming book project because he came out as "queer," and wouldn't agree with their statement of faith, which states that they "do not condone, encourage or accept the homosexual lifestyle." Destiny Image, on the other hand, has said that the decision was purely financially based.
Robertson also strives to advance LGBT causes as an organizer for the Faith in Public Life group, which describes itself as "a strategy center for the faith community advancing faith in the public square as a powerful force for justice, compassion and the common good." more >>