Now that Christianity is strange to the larger American culture, Christians have an opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the Gospel message, Russell Moore writes in his new book, Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel.
"As American culture changes, the scandal of Christianity is increasingly right up front, exactly where it was in the first century. The shaking of American culture will get us back to the question Jesus asked his disciples at Caesarea Philippi: 'Who do you say that I am?' As the Bible Belt recedes, those left standing up for Jesus will be those who, like Simon Peter of old, know how to answer that question.
Once Christianity is no longer seen as part and parcel of patriotism, the church must offer more than 'What would Jesus do?' moralism and the 'I vote values' populism to which we've grown accustomed. Good," wrote Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, in Chapter two. more >>
In his latest book The Jesus Experience, Christian author and filmmaker Bill Myers attempts to reignite faith in older believers and help new ones avoid the traps of works-based Christianity through a narrative on how his walk with God was transformed when he finally realized he didn't need to impress God with deeds and good behavior.
Myer's begins the book by talking about his younger years and how he feared not receiving God's approval with his life. He also addresses the idea of being a "good Christian" in your own strength and shoots it down by attributing spiritual growth solely to God.
The book examines the question of what God asks of believers and Myers points out that many Christians will address their faith, or lack thereof with doing more in the church or in the community, but all of that is empty if it's done apart from abiding in Christ. To Myers, life is about saying yes to what God asks and not about setting out plans that sounds holy or Christian and trying to carry them out. He says a believer's purpose can only be found through deep relationship with the Father. more >>
Sanya Richards-Ross, the Christian Olympic gold medalist who has had to publicly overcome adversity, recently announced that she plans to share some of her life in an upcoming book.
"My book will be so powerful. ... I really hope all my experiences, good and bad, will help many be their best! #Writing #Inspired," Richards-Ross, 30, wrote in the announcement on Twitter. "... Just started. ... So much on my mind and in my many journals! Time to share!!"
The track athlete has been transparent with her fans for years on both social media and her 2013 WE reality television series, "Glam and Gold." After participating in the #WeAreAllUncool online campaign where people celebrate their insecurities, Richards-Ross told "Women's Running" about God using her despite her insecurities. more >>
Trinity Church Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr., who gained celebrity attention last year when he married reality star Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Italy, shared recently that the Grammy award-winning rapper designed the cover for his forthcoming book Sandcastle Kings: Meeting Jesus in a Spiritually Bankrupt World.
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"Kanye is a really good friend. We chat every week about different things: clothes, design, music, architecture, Jesus," Wilkerson told People.com. "He's an amazing artist and designer, and with my first book coming out, I thought it would be fun for him to design the cover. ... He was really enthusiastic." more >>
The day I interviewed Gretchen Carlson for her book, Getting Real, the White House had received a bomb threat, announced near the same time as her morning show on Fox News, "The Real Story."
Like one of her colleagues, Shepard Smith says often, "Breaking news changes everything."
In Carlson's case, breaking news puts her smack dab in the middle of her comfort zone. more >>
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 >>