For Christians to be persuasive, their message must be centered on and shaped by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Os Guinness argues in his new book, Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion.
In part one of The Christian Post's interview about the book, Guinness said that Christians have lost the art of persuasion by either giving up on evangelism altogether, separating apologetics from evangelism such that it becomes more about winning arguments than winning people, or relying upon formulas that wrongly assume all non-Christians are open, interested and needy.
"To be truly Christ-centered," Guinness wrote in Chapter One, "Christian persuasion is much more than just arguments about evidence or a battle over worldviews. There is an art to the advocacy of truth. It is an art that should be true to the truths of the Christian faith itself, and therefore shaped by both the Christian understanding of truth itself and by particular truths of the faith." more >>
The "Assassin's Creed" multimedia franchise is ever-expanding. A live-action movie adaptation is in the works, with high-caliber actors Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard on board. And most recently, author Oliver Bowden announced that he is coming out with another novel in the "Assassin's Creed" book series.
According to a report in IGN, "Assassin's Creed Underworld," the eighth novel in the series as well as an official art book for the upcoming game "Assassin's Creed Syndicate" will be released later this year, as announced by the game's developer, Ubisoft.
Oliver Bowden once again penned the book, which revolves around the world of Assassins as depicted in the video game universe. The book's Amazon listing has the following plot analysis: more >>
A Louisiana school district is speaking out in defense of teachers who use the Bible "to present alternative viewpoints" when teaching on evolution, despite claims from secular scientists that teaching Creationism is "unconstitutional and scientifically-misleading."
Josh Rosenau, spokesperson for the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit that promotes the teaching of evolution in schools, asserted on the group's website that "one in eight high school biology teachers advocate for Creationism, even though it's 'unconstitutional,'" in response reports that some teachers in Bossier Parish Schools based in Benton, Louisiana, are using the Bible when teaching on evolution.
Rosenau's comments were a reaction to an article in the left-leaning Slate magazine that reportedly acquired emails from faculty in Bossier Parish wherein a science teacher was said to be teaching about Creationism in the classroom and using materials that included the Bible. more >>
Many books about homosexuality are hitting the shelves to coincide with upcoming U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage. Among them I reviewed Scott McKnight's A Fellowship of Differents and now Debra Hirsch's Redeeming Sex.
Hirsch, a former lesbian-turned-heterosexual-married-self-describing-Christian, exemplifies the need and ability to discern false teaching presented as biblical. Many of her arguments are based on false premises, which lead to false conclusions.
Most disturbing is her approach that distorts and negates the person and work of Jesus Christ. more >>
The locations of the world's largest Christian-focused retailer, Family Christian Stores, will likely stay open if a bid at a private auction by a subsidiary group for the company's assets is approved in bankruptcy court in June.
FC Acquisition, a company controlled by Atlanta businessman Richard Jackson who also controls the nonprofit company that owns the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Family Christian Stores, submitted the highest bid and if approved, will pay between $42 million and $43.6 million in cash for the company's assets.
The private auction for the company included three other bidders with plans to liquidate the chain's assets. FC Acquisition was the highest bidder and also has the blessing from Family Christian's consignment vendors. more >>
Tina Campbell's debut solo album It's Personal experienced a delay for over two weeks but now that it's officially in stores, her husband, Teddy Campbell, is explaining the importance of the record.
Teddy, the drummer and husband of one half of the gospel music duo Mary Mary, took to social media to speak up about the reasons he's "super excited" about It's Personal, which includes the examples of healing that are showcased in the record.