Former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor Rob Bell has released a trailer and tour dates for his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, in which the Christian author and minister does for God "what he did for heaven and hell in Love Wins," according to the publisher.
"I think there are a lot of people in our culture who can't do the God sort of belief system or the idea. So there's this very, very popular movement that essentially says 'this is all there is,'" Bell says in the trailer shared online Tuesday. "The problem is, for lots and lots of people that doesn't work. Because your kid is born, or you hear that piece of music or you find yourself in the middle of some natural wonder and you're like 'I find it hard to believe this is all there is, there's nothing else.'"
According to HarperOne, Bell explains in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love why "both culture and the church resist talking about God, and shows how we can reconnect with the God who is pulling us forward into a better future." more >>
In what some are called a wondrous harmony of technology and religion, New Jersey firefighters were promoted in their ranks late last week with the help of the Apple iPad's Bible application.
The eight officers, five of whom were promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief and three of whom were promoted to Fire Captain, swore into their rankings on Friday, Feb. 8 in Atlantic City, N.J.
After penning her struggle with anorexia as a teenager in her first book, Hollow: An Unpolished Tale, Jena Morrow received such an overwhelming response from men and women alike that she wrote a devotional to help individual with eating disorders and body image issues find hope and healing in the midst of their battle.
Hope for the Hollow: A Thirty-Day Inside-Out Makeover for Women Recovering from Eating Disorders is a devotional guide meant to encourage and inspire women to accept the truth of God's word as it applies to their bodies. The book includes 30 devotionals that share an applicable passage of Scripture dealing with the underlying themes of eating disorders such as guilt, shame, control, fear and pride.
"The response to the first book was so overwhelming. I met so many women and men who were struggling with an eating disorder or who had been in recovery," said Morrow. "There was such a need for a message of hope. The devotional was placed in my spirit and I went from there. I wanted to offer bite-size pieces of encouragement." more >>
Spoken Word poet Jefferson Bethke, known for creating such YouTube sensations as "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus," is slated to debut his first book, titled Jesus > Religion, later this year as part of a two-book deal with Thomas Nelson, Inc., the world's largest Christian publisher.
Although the book is not slated to be released until October, Bethke provided The Christian Post with a sneak peek and explained the purpose behind the book, which he says is to communicate the importance of experiencing grace when searching for Jesus.
The book, he told CP, is a "heavy, driven narrative tracing my upbringing, struggles, and testimony of walking with Jesus." more >>
Wycliffe Bible Translators CEO and President Bob Creson in a recent letter revealed the true story of teaching the Hdi people of West Africa the word for God's unconditional love, a moment which forever changed the dynamic within the community for the better.
Creson, whose organization opens 75 new translation projects per year, spoke with The Christian Post to discuss the importance of "unconditional love" when translating the Bible, and both the spiritual and practical ways that the Scriptural Word of God can change a community. more >>
Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll recently came to the defense of fellow Christian minister Joel Osteen, while admitting that his "Reformed brothers like to treat Pastor Joel like a pinata."
In a recent interview with The Gospel Coalition, the Mars Hill Church pastor was asked to comment on a segment of his new book, Who Do You Think You Are?, that mentions "appreciated people" who "exchange grumbling for praying, competing for celebrating, bitterness for thankfulness, performing for serving, and boasting for encouraging."
The interviewer, TGC's associate editor Matt Smethurst, asked Driscoll, "What's an 'appreciated person'? Isn't that what Joel Osteen wants me to be?" more >>