Family Christian Stores, the largest Christian bookstore in the United States, has withdrawn its bankruptcy plan and will keep its stores open in order to save the jobs of its 4,000 employees.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 >>
For many Americans Fred Rogers, famous for his character on PBS' long-running children's television series, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," was a nostalgic staple whose feel-good quotes continue to be propagated by those who grew up watching him on their living room TV sets as children.
According to one author, however, Mr. Rogers shouldn't just be considered a wholesome TV star from yesteryear, but also a radical counter-cultural figure.
Michael G. Long, associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College, has written a book titled Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers. more >>
Former atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, a professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University, explores the infinite power of God's grace and the impact it has on Christians' lives in his new book, The Case for Grace.
A New York Times best-selling author, Strobel takes readers on a journey to reveal real-world examples of people who share how God's grace has transformed their lives.
Strobel, a former reporter for The Chicago Tribune, who later became a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, has penned similar books including, The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith and The Case for Creator, all of which explore evidence for the various topics he's researching. He explains that his previous works laid the foundation for his latest book, The Case for Grace more >>
A lawsuit has been filed by Christian publishers against retailer Family Christian due to the company's decision to unload their remaining inventory at a future auction after it declared bankruptcy last month.
The joint lawsuit filed by 27 companies was created due to the retailer's decision to sell around $20 million worth of consigned books, music, DVDs and church supplies at an auction scheduled for later this year. The companies include United Methodist Publishing House and Discovery House Publishers.
Family Christian's lawyer Todd Allmassian commented on the lawsuit to MLive.com stating that it will be a "useful vehicle for resolving the competing interests between the vendors who sold the inventory and the financial lenders who are claiming liens on the inventory." more >>