A new autobiography tells the conversion story of a Western Muslim who risked everything to become a born-again Christian. The book reads like a murder-mystery novel, in which a committed follower of Muhammad researches the historic facts of Islam and Christianity to find the truth about Jesus Christ.
"It is no understatement to say that Muslims often risk everything to embrace the cross," writes Nabeel Qureshi in his new book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity.
Those who leave Islam for Christianity are cut off from their families and friends, may face death (the hadith, second only to the Quran in determining Muslim law, orders Muslims to kill apostates), and risk eternal damnation for the "only one unforgivable sin, shirk, the belief that someone other than Allah is God." more >>
The popularity of the Fifty Shades series among Christian women has prompted Dannah Gresh, best-selling author and co-founder of Pure Freedom, and Dr. Juli Slattery, a clinical psychologist who leads Authentic Intimacy, to expose what they believe are the dangers of consuming such pornographic material. In an interview with CP about their new book, Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart, Gresh and Slattery also highlight what they believe are "satanic" aspects of E.L. James' erotica series.
Gresh, who promotes chastity among young girls through Pure Freedom and heads the "Secret Keeper Girl" tour, told The Christian Post that she found it "sad" that E.L. James' Fifty Shades series, centered on the violence- and sexually-fueled relationship of the main characters Anastasia "Ana" Steele and Christian Grey, had found a home among Christian women.
"I'm sad because the book honors and glorifies bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism [or BDSM sex play]," added Gresh. She believes that Fifty Shades of Grey "and the normalization of erotica that's resulting from it will have the same impact on the Church as the advent of Internet pornography and men using it 20 years ago." more >>
A San Francisco pastor wants to relay the message that a person's identity isn't found in their successes or failures, their career, or even their sexual orientation. A person's true identity is found in who God says they are.
"We subtly believe we can make an identity ... so we try and try and never succeed," Pastor Dave Lomas told The Christian Post. "We don't find an identity, we receive one from God, our Creator."
Lomas makes his point in his newly released book, The Truest Thing About You: Identity, Desire, and Why It All Matters. more >>
Editor's Note: This op-ed orginally appeared as a blog post at PajamaPages.com. It is reprinted with permission from the author.
What would you think of a pastor who preached to his church in front of billboards advertising the newest Cadillac or Monster Energy drinks? Would you find it acceptable for a pastor to paste advertising all over the stage, filling the space with branded messages in the finest traditions of NASCAR?
Would it make it any better if the pastor was pocketing money from these ads? more >>
Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle-based Mars Hill Church has taken an apologetic tone recently, even during Sunday sermons, while the most recent controversy surrounding the normally unashamedly brash Christian leader entails criticism of the way his book, Real Marriage, was marketed.
"I love you (the church) very much and I want to do the best job that I can, and I'm devastated when I don't," said Driscoll during a sermon about the power of "the tongue." "Jesus gave His best and you deserve the best."
On Friday, after a report that Mars Hill paid a promotional company $210,000 three years ago to make sure that Real Marriage, co-written by Driscoll's wife, Grace, made the New York Times best-seller list, the church released a "Note From Our Board of Advisors and Accountability." more >>
Readers just can't seem to get enough of E.L. James' bestselling erotica Fifty Shades series, as the trilogy now has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The salacious series, which counts Christians among its fans, marks that milestone amid anticipation of the movie adaptation being released next year.
Dannah Gresh, co-founder of Pure Freedom and who authored Pulling Back the Shades with Dr. Juli Slattery, said she was saddened to hear about Fifty Shades' latest milestone. Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart is Gresh and Slattery's response to the pervasiveness of the erotica series, specifically among Christians.
"I'm sad because the book honors and glorifies bondage, dominance, sadism and machoism [or BDSM sex play]," Gresh told The Christian Post during a conference call with Slattery. Gresh added that the "saddest part" was knowing that Christian women consume the erotica series as much as women in the general public. more >>