CNN's compelling new series "Finding Jesus" is sparking conversations about the Bible across the nation and one pastor in Canada said the series has inspired his Sunday sermons.
"Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery," a six-part series, explores mysteries of the Bible by investigating science and archaeology in a bid to dispel myths and reaffirm facts about Christianity. During episode two, the documentary explored the identity of John the Baptist and his possible remains which set the basis for a recent sermon led by Toronto's Willowdale Pentecostal Church Senior Pastor Dan Disabatino.
"It's given us a format to follow and it's given us something to try to engage our congregation," Disabatino said of the popular series. "It's very well done and we're very impressed with the quality. … [So far] we've done two sermons over two Sundays." more >>
Fantasy author George R.R. Martin has given another hint he may be finishing the sixth book in his epic series of "A Song of Fire and Ice" within this year.
George R.R. Martin has given fans of his book new hope after letting slip another hint he will be getting down to seriously work on finishing "The Winds of Winter" by 2015.
The hint came after the notoriously combative author announced he would be skipping the Comic-Con in San Diego this month, and the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, New York in November to concentrate on completing the sixth book in his "A Song of Fire and Ice" series. more >>
Don Piper, who survived what should have been a fatal car accident in 1989, recently opened up about the film being made based on his book, 90 Minutes in Heaven.
The film of the same name, which stars Kate Bosworth and Hayden Christensen, follows Piper's true story of the car accident and his experience in heaven. Although he was initially reluctant to share his story in 90 Minutes in Heaven, Piper told The Christian Post that both the book and the upcoming film is his way of trying to share the experience with others, and more importantly, get them to heaven, too.
"The anticipation of heaven is instant for me," Piper said while on the set of "90 Minutes in Heaven," which just wrapped in early March. more >>
Family Christian Stores, the largest Christian bookstore in the United States, has withdrawn its bankruptcy plan and will keep its stores open in order to save the jobs of its 4,000 employees.
"The stewards of the ministry have done this out of love for the mission of Family Christian," Chuck Bengochea, president and CEO of FCS, said in a press release. "We believe that this will help to satisfy certain objections of the Creditors Committee and the U.S. Trustees. This action will lead more quickly to a successful outcome in which we can continue to serve our customers and glorify God. Day-to-day operations at Family Christian Stores will continue as usual."
Over a dozen Christian publishers sued FCS over $20 million of consignment inventory, while the U.S. Trustee and Creditors Committee objected to how the proposed sale plan would allegedly benefit one of FCS' owners. Additionally, Family Christian Acquisitions, a new subsidiary of FCS' nonprofit parent ministry, Family Christian Ministries, decided against purchasing FCS' assets. more >>
Lee Strobel, a professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University who once professed to be an atheist when working as a journalist at the Chicago Tribune, says that a life changing experience, influenced by his wife's conversion to Christianity, led him to dedicate his life to Christ and to being an apologist for the faith.
Strobel has written a series of books, including The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith and The Case for Creator that explore various evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and God as the Creator of the universe. His latest work, The Case for Grace, explores the transformative power of God's grace and its ability to change lives.
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post's interview with Strobel in which he talks about his time as an atheist and whether grace can be extended to congregations that deviate from Scripture. You can read Part 1 of CP's interview with Strobel here. more >>
The new CNN documentary series, "Finding Jesus: Faith Fact Forgery," has brought many common Christian beliefs into question, including the earthly family of Jesus Christ.
In an interview with CNN, Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit priest who's featured in the documentary, comments on a 2002 archaeological find that's said to be a 2,000 year old ossuary, or bone box that includes an Aramaic inscription that reads: "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."
This artifact, which could be archaeological proof of Jesus' existence, relates to the debate between some Catholics and Protestants over whether Mary gave birth to other children besides Jesus. While Catholic theology teaches that Jesus was Mary's only child, other Christian denominations believe that she also gave birth to a son named James. more >>