When David Limbaugh let his friend Steve know that he had doubts about Christianity, he was surprised by Steve's response. Instead of a blast of arrogant judgmentalism, Steve responded like a Christian should—with grace and evidence. What has happened since that time is told in Limbaugh's excellent new book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel. Limbaugh artfully tells his journey from skepticism about Christ to skepticism about skepticism and ultimately to trust in Christ.
David is a lawyer, but he doesn't write like a lawyer. While he's intellectually precise, he writes as if he's sitting across the table from you, anticipating your questions and objections. This is rare for a book of Christian evidences (often called Christian apologetics). Such books often read like technical manuals, but not Jesus on Trial. Limbaugh not only does a masterful job of highlighting the abundant evidence that supports Christianity, his insights into what the scriptures actually say will have you marveling at the tapestry of scripture and the Savior who wove it.
From the very beginning, Limbaugh bares his soul, holding nothing back about how his previous doubts were shielded by an embarrassing lack of knowledge. He writes, "I knew, after all, that I hadn't really given the Bible itself a hearing, much less a fair one. To my surprise— and this is embarrassing to admit—Steve showed me how verses of Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, were tied to others in content and theme with remarkable frequency. Amazingly, I had never looked at a reference Bible before, and I was blown away. My ignorance was on display, but Steve wasn't remotely judgmental— to help me learn more, he even gave me that Bible. I was genuinely intrigued to discover that the Bible was not simply a mishmash of stories, allegories, alleged historical events, and moral lessons. There was obviously a pattern here, and for the first time in my life the Bible appeared to me to be thematically integrated. The scales on my eyes started peeling away." more >>
The debate over the benefits of juicing as opposed to blending fruits and vegetables has reached fever pitch in today's hyper-healthy markets, but one nutritionist offered an easy answer this week.
If you are interested in healthier lifestyles, liquid nutrition in the forms of fresh juices and smoothies are probably common in your regimen. Each, however, harbor both advantages and drawbacks. As society grows more health-conscious with every passing day, consumers are looking to experts to explain the differences between juices and smoothies. Fortunately, The Christian Post spoke with certified nutritionist Elyse Wagner who founded the virtual health coaching company "My Kitchen Shrink."
"Juicing is a great alternative for specific individuals," said Wagner, who focuses on helping her clients eat mindfully and live healthfully. more >>
Monica Hawkins is the author of A Shattered Heart: A Journey of Hope, Trust, and Healing, which details her experience after losing her son to gun violence. Hawkins spoke with The Christian Post about the role faith played in her healing and how she hopes to help others dealing with a similar loss.
"My faith is the core of my healing and without my relationship with God, the grief would have caused me to be angry, hopeless and depressed. But God came to heal my broken heart," Hawkins explained. "Even when I questioned, 'Where are you God?' He was right there and He continues to comfort me and heal my heart."
Hawkins' son Donte was murdered in May 2012 and attended Clarion University, working towards a degree in criminal justice. After his murder, Hawkins was left devastated and confused about what had happened and why it had happened to his family. She now has a ministry in speaking to other families about overcoming tragedy. more >>
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle," is capable of destroying the universe if it happens to become unstable and thereby cause a "catastrophic vacuum decay" leading to the collapse of time and space.
In his preface to a new book, Starmus, which is scheduled to be released next month, Hawking, however, underlines that the possibility of the God Particle wiping out the universe is highly unlikely, according to U.K.'s The Sunday Times.
The Higgs boson is the particle, scientists say, that is responsible for mass in the standard model of physics. more >>
"Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood will return for at least one more season of the hit reality series and spoke with The Christian Post about her decision to do so as well as her relationships with the other "Teen Moms."
"It's no secret – I was reluctant in the beginning – but MTV has been in my life for six years. They were there for me when I was in prison, with pictures and letters and most people don't know, but I have personal relationships with people behind the scenes. It made me comfortable to say 'yes,' to them again," Portwood told CP. "You have to think about life before and wonder 'Am I strong enough to do this again?' and I did some soul searching and realized that I am."
Portwood first appeared on "16 & Pregnant" and was later selected, along with Catelynn Lowell, Farrah Abraham, and Maci Bookout to be part of "Teen Mom." The show ran for four seasons before ending, but fans still wanted more. MTV began negotiations with each mom and finally announced this year that three of the four would be returning. Abraham would be left out of the series per requests from the girls who did not want to be associated with her other business ventures. more >>
Hope for the Caregiver author Peter Rosenberger wants caregivers to know that Jesus alone can help them fly through the F.O.G. – fear, obligation, and guilt – of caring for chronically sick, impaired or disabled family members.
Rosenberger, a radio show host and AARP columnist, has cared for his wife of 30 years Gracie through 78 surgeries and the amputation of both of her legs. While he has become a source of hope for many through his ministries Caregivers with Hope and Standing with Hope, Rosenberger told The Christian Post his biggest challenge has been maintaining his faith.
"What I've struggled with and what I think the vast majority of caregivers struggle with … is what I like to call the F.O.G., the fear and the obligation and the guilt that comes with living with someone who suffers because you get so many different dynamics and your faith becomes just hammered," described Rosenberger. more >>