Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin are the authors of "Finding God in the Dark: Faith, Disappointment, and the Struggle to Believe." They spoke with The Christian Post about their own personal struggles with faith and how they hope the book will impact others.
The Christian Post: Why is your book called "Finding God in the Dark"?
Ted Kluck: It was originally called "When Believers Don't Believe," but I think both titles capture the essence of the book. Ronnie and I both make our living working as artists in fields that are very up-and-down. We're both prone to bouts of depression and self-doubt, and we've both gone through some hard things in our family lives. And I think we both have failed at times to trust God and see His goodness in those times. So I guess this book isn't so much about our finding God in the dark as much as it's about God finding and pursuing us. more >>
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. (John 21:25 NIV)more >>
IRVINE, Calif. – More than 4,000 Christians interested in becoming better leaders packed out the Catalyst West conference held at Mariner's Church in Orange County beginning last Wednesday and ending Friday.
"We were praying that for every leader here this would be a bench mark for them or a marker on the road of leadership for them," Catalyst President Brad Lomenick told The Christian Post backstage at the event. He said that he hopes leaders would be able to look back at the conference and say that it was a significant turning point in their lives.
"We pray that with a fearless sense and an aggressive belief that it is going to happen for leaders individually," Lomenick said. "I feel like that it is happening [at Catalyst West]. The unity, the fun, and the energy are here. It's always here [at Catalyst conferences], but we feel like we dialed it up a bit." more >>
NEW YORK – With a title culled in part from one of his favorite lines from Abraham Lincoln, Jim Wallis' latest book, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving The Common Good, delves into a discussion on how different communities in America's increasingly pluralistic society can work together to improve public life for the common good.
Across 14 chapters in the nearly 300-page tome, Wallis calls for civil and open-minded discourse among and between religious, political and economic factions to create solutions to problems for the benefit of everyone. In the first chapter of the book, which he aptly titles, "A Gospel for the Common Good," Wallis challenges the religious community to think beyond its own interest.
Religion makes a big mistake when its primary public posture is to protect itself and its own interests. It's even worse when religion tries to use politics to enforce its own codes and beliefs or to use the force of law to control the behavior of others. Religion does much better when it leads – when it actually cares about the needs of everybody, not just its own community, and when it makes the best inspirational and commonsense case, in a pluralistic democracy, for public policies that express the core values of faith in regard to how we should all treat our neighbors. more >>
As Easter Sunday approaches, pastors across the nation are gearing up to preach about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In their new e-book, Raised? Doubting the Resurrection, pastors Jonathan Dodson and Brad Watson help readers wrestle with tough questions regarding the Christian Savior's miraculous return to life.
Watson, a pastor of Bread and Wine Communities in Portland, Ore., and director of GospelCenteredDiscipleship.com, and Dodson, lead pastor of City Life Church in Austin, Texas, and author of Gospel-Centered Discipleship and Unbelievable Gospel, have made the e-book available for free via download.
In an e-mail interview with The Christian Post, Dodson shared his thoughts on skepticism, the importance of the resurrection and the purpose of the book. more >>
The New International Version remains the bestselling Bible translation, outranking the King James Version and the New Living Translation in both dollar and unit sales, according to the latest best seller's report from the Association for Christian Retail. Meanwhile, NIV publisher Zondervan reports that more than 11 million digital and print copies of the Bible translation have been sold worldwide.
The best seller's April 2013 list from the Association for Christian Retail, commonly referred to as the CBA, ranks the NIV, KJV and the NLT as the three leaders, respectively, among the 10 ranked predominantly English Bible translations. Only one non-English translation appears on the list – the American Bible Society's Reina Valera 1960, a popular Spanish Bible.
Standout among the list, however, is the NIV, which has more than 450 million copies in print. The NIV, reportedly the first major translation to depart from the traditional KJV, debuted almost 35 years ago and has become the most read modern English Bible translation, according to Zondervan, one of the leading Christian publishers. more >>