A new book, Christ's Samurai, tells the story of early Christianity in Japan during the feudal era in the 17th century, when some Christians were branded with hot irons, dipped repeatedly in boiling water and crucified, for being part of an uprising.
Believers were also straddled with straw coats made of grass and set on fire, says the book, Christ's Samurai: The True Story of the Shimabara Rebellion, by Jonathan Clements, a Visiting Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China, according to Japan Times.
Clements also describes how a pregnant woman was kept in a submerged cage leading to the death of both mother and the baby, an incident that might have triggered the Shimabara Rebellion, an uprising in southwestern Japan lasting from December 17, 1637, to April 15, 1638, during the rule of Edo bakufu, the last feudal Japanese military government. more >>
Heisman Trophy-winning athlete Tim Tebow has endured many professional disappointments with some NFL dreams yet to be realized, but he refuses to be defeated and is setting out to encourage others in his new book, "Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms."
Set for an October release, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms, will reveal some of the disappointments that resulted from the 28-year-olds short lived NFL career.
"First, he was a beloved college football champion, media sensation, and best-selling author drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft. Then he had a miracle playoff run with the Denver Broncos before being traded to the New York Jets," a description of the book on the Penguin Random House website states. "After one season he was cut by New York, next signed by the New England Patriots, then let go after training camp. Tebow has achieved big victories and plunged the depths of failure, all while holding firm to his faith." more >>
Controversial author and former megachurch Pastor Rob Bell says he rarely uses the term "Christian," claiming that Jesus would oppose it.
In an interview with Uproxx published last week, the former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor explained that he does not like to use the term "Christian" to describe himself.
"I don't actually use the word 'Christian' much, because I think Jesus would be mortified that a religion with very strong codes of in-and-out had started in his name," said Bell said in the interview. more >>
The world nowadays has been described as a "global village" thanks to technological advances that have knit first-world urban dwellers to third-world villagers through mobile phones and the internet. Finishing the Great Commission and bringing the Gospel to unreached people groups through Bible translations in their heart language is occurring more rapidly than ever in history.
Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, wrote in a 2014 article in Christian Post that a unqiue software program called ParaText has radically increased the speed of Bible translation and that "someone who is alive in the world today will translate the last Bible for the last unreached people."
"We're at a pivotal point in history where this generation could see the end of a centuries-old effort to make the Bible available in every language that needs it. This is the fastest pace of Bible translation the church has ever seen, and technological advancements have played a critical role in getting us here. We praise God that today there are nearly 2,200 Bible translation projects underway in some of the most remote places on earth, representing 1.9 billion people being reached with the gospel in a language they can clearly understand." more >>
Filmmaker Cristóbal Krusen, the founder of the cinematic ministry Messenger Films, released a new book earlier this month that explains how the Christian faith inspired a number of historical figures who had huge impacts on secular society at the time in which they lived.
In the book They Were Christians: The Inspiring Faith of Men and Women Who Changed the World, Krusen details the faith of 12 transformational figures who impacted United States and world history.
"These weren't just people who ended up having a religious experience and preaching to the choir in church, they had a deep experience and encounter with God and went out and changed the world in which they lived," Krusen said in an interview with The Christian Post. "They lived out their faith with great distinction and incredible achievement." more >>
Atheist author and biologist Richard Dawkins has slammed what he called an "insult" regarding the rumor that late atheist Christopher Hitchens contemplated converting to Christianity before his death.
"Insulting a dead hero who now can't defend himself: I suppose they think that's OK if you're lying for Jesus," Dawkins wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday, and linked to an article written by Jerry A. Coyne, Ph.D, a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, who sought to dismiss the suggestion.
Larry Alex Taunton, the founder and executive director of The Fixed Point Foundation, is accused of claiming in his book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, released back in April, that Hitchens had contemplated accepting Jesus at the end of his life. But Taunton denies that he ever made such a claim in an interview with CP. more >>