NEW YORK — Weeks after a Christian professor claimed movies and books about Heaven can harm Christian theology, Texas Pastor John Burke has said they can actually be beneficial and improve one's quality of life. He should know, he's studied over 1,000 cases of near-death experiences and published a new book on the subject.
In his book, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You, Burke, a former engineer, explores commonalities he found in 120 different NDE accounts, which he believes are all in line with Scripture.
In September, Scot McKnight, a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, told The Christian Post that among the more than 100 NDE accounts he has researched, most were "seriously out of synch" with what the Bible says about the afterlife. more >>
NEW YORK — He was selling dope by age 11, eventually got hooked on crack cocaine, and wound up in prison twice. He could have been killed countless times and once, as he tells it, was even attacked by a witch. But the man who yearned as a youth to become a god of the streets by building a drug empire, is now a man on mission for God.
Dimas Salaberrios, in his 40s, pastors a flock that meets in a community center at the Bronx River Housing Projects, known historically as ground zero for hip-hop and for being infested with crime. He is also president of Concerts of Prayer Greater NYC, a multiracial and cross-cultural organization of pastors and churches believed to be the largest of its kind in New York City. Salaberrios was also among those who successfully fought against officials' attempts to bar churches from renting city-owned community centers and public school spaces for worship services. His family's supporting presence in Charleston, South Carolina, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church earlier this year also gained notable attention.
That is what the married father of three has been up to in recent times. Thirty years ago, it was an entirely different story, one in which, for all intents and purposes, he was an enemy of God. more >>
NEW YORK — In Seven Women, author Eric Metaxas offers up little-known details about the inspiring lives of seven women, including Susanna Wesley, mother of vastly influential Christian ministers John and Charles Wesley; Joan of Arc, the teen martyr who changed the course of a war with claims of being guided by "voices;" and Rosa Parks, whose decision to say "no" led to her becoming the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."
Wesley, known as the "Mother of Methodism," was a dedicated homeschooler who created her own textbooks. She "was manifestly methodical in raising her children," Metaxas writes. Wesley's methodical approach to child-rearing included setting strict schedules on everything from eating and dressing to sleeping. She also taught her 10 children (nine others died in infancy) early on to fear God, seek His blessings and to treat others with kindness.
The foundation Wesley laid for her children proved especially pivotal in the lives of her sons, John and Charles, the former of which founded the 80-million-strong Methodist denomination while the latter is credited with writing nearly 9,000 hymns (the Christmas favorite "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is one of them). John and his politically-minded Methodist movement were instrumental in pressuring the British government to abolish slavery and child labor and to enact penal reform. The religious movement also led to the "establishment of countless private societies and organizations dedicated to caring for the poor and suffering." more >>
Anyone who saw the summer blockbuster "Avengers: Age of Ultron" remembers the trick that Thor played on his friends.
As they near the end of a party, Thor challenges his friends to pick up his signature hammer, claiming that only those "worthy" are able to wield it.
Inspired by the movie, one California man created his own Thor hammer — also known by its ridiculously hard to pronounce real name, Mjolnir. more >>
An American scholar has found the earliest known draft of the 1611 authorized version of the Bible, commonly called the King James Version.
Jeffrey Alan Miller, an assistant professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey, recently uncovered the document while researching an essay.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Miller explained that he discovered the work among the collected papers of Samuel Ward, a translator who worked on the KJV, which were held at the University of Cambridge. more >>
NEW YORK — In the book Street God, Dimas Salaberrios shares his harrowing journey from striving to be a drug kingpin to eventually becoming a servant of God. The experience that proved pivotal to his transition came, he says, when he fell under the power of an evil force that seemed determined to destroy him.
In Street God, Salaberrious, co-pastor of Infinity Bible Church in NYC's Bronx borough and president of Concerts of Prayer Greater New York, recounts how his girlfriend at the time, Renee, took him to her mother's home so that the older woman and her friends could pray for him.
"When I walked in, those three ladies called on Jesus, then came toward me. I think they recognized that, while demon possession is not regularly acknowledged in our country, as it is in other parts of the world, I had made myself a prime candidate for it because of my lifestyle," Salaberrios writes in the book. "The three women saw that and went right to work. 'I bind this demon up in the name of Jesus,' Renee's mother said. 'Loose him, Satan! Come out!'" more >>