Contrary to several reports posted online at various news sources, the major online retail website Amazon.com did not pull a book critical of the gay rights movement.
Recently, the Amazon page for Maybe He's Not Gay: Another View on Homosexuality by Linda Harvey was removed from the commercial website.
For the majority of American Christians, women's voices from the pulpit are a rarity.
According to a Faith Communities Today 2010 survey, roughly 24 percent of Mainline Protestant congregations had female leadership. For Evangelical congregations, only 9% had women on the pastoral staff.
Without endorsing a position on female ordination, Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith seeks to bring more female Christian voices to the mainstream, by offering 40 women under the age of 40 a platform to share a myriad of opinions on ordination, sexuality, divorce, doubt, breast feeding, and gender roles. more >>
Tyndale House Publishers defended bestselling author and pastor Mark Driscoll against accusations of plagiarism in a public statement released first to The Christian Post on Wednesday. In the same statement, Driscoll released an apology, including a chronological explanation of events, saying he was grieved by his mistakes. His statement came after a long silence on the matter in which many Christian media and bloggers questioned the wisdom of staying quiet.
"Mistakes were made that I am grieved by and apologize for," stated the Seattle-based Mars Hill Church pastor. "As a Bible teacher, I know that Jesus loves us and uses everything for good. I know he cares very much that we do things in a way that reflects his glory. As a result, I have been praying that he would help me learn through all of this to become more like him and more effective for him."
In the statement, Ron Beers, senior vice president and group publisher for Tyndale, said, "Because of the biblical manner in which Pastor Driscoll has handled this situation, Tyndale strongly stands behind him and looks forward to publishing many additional books with him. Tyndale believes that Mark Driscoll has provided a significant call to Christians to unite together in translating the message of Jesus faithfully to a post-Christian culture, to proclaim clearly, loudly, and unashamedly the Good News of Jesus." more >>
A review panel for the Texas State Board of Education has approved a biology textbook that had been criticized by Creationists for alleged factual errors.
The approval of the Pearson biology textbook was delayed earlier this year over allegations of factual inaccuracy, and has been added to the approved list.
Jay Parini, author of Jesus: The Human Face of God, a book released earlier this month that's part of the biographies known as the ICONS series, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts that his editor thought he was crazy for wanting to write about the life of Jesus.
"He (my editor) said, 'The series is called ICONS. Pick an icon.' I said, Jesus. I'll do Jesus. And he thought I was crazy," explained Parini, professor of English at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Parini said his objective wasn't to persuade readers that Jesus is part of the Trinity and more than a mortal man, but to show what it was like, on the ground, to be Jesus. more >>
On October 24th, I began to write a new book entitled Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur's Strange Fire. By God's grace, three weeks (and more than 400 pages) later, with contributions from Craig Keener and Sam Storms and others, the book was completed and is now available as an e-book.
In the next few articles, I'll share some of the key contents of the book with the hope that this will help deepen our hunger for God's truth and God's Spirit. Here, I'll focus on Chapter Three of Authentic Fire, entitled "A Great Big Blind Spot," where I examine Pastor MacArthur's claims that:
1) "The Charismatic Movement as such has made no contribution to biblical clarity, no contribution to interpretation, no contribution to sound doctrine." 2) "People who have any connection to Judaism and Christianity have a connection to philanthropy. It is a striking anomaly, however, that there is essentially zero social benefit to the world from the Charismatic Movement. Where's the charismatic hospital? Social services? Poverty relief? This is a scam." 3) ". . . the movement itself has brought nothing that enriches true worship." 4) "I'll start believing the truth prevails in the Charismatic Movement when its leaders start looking more like Jesus Christ." more >>