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 Billy Graham Rapid Response Team went to Ferguson, Missouri, last week in the aftermath of a police shooting in order to help the town deal with its frustration and offer prayer for those who needed it.
"We're here to try to bring unity throughout the community, through emotional and spiritual care," Al New, manager of deployments and operations for the team, said in a Facebook post. "We're neutral. We're not here for one side or the other; we're here for everybody."
The team included eight trained chaplains familiar with the situation and unrest in Ferguson since the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and now the official resignation of the police chief and several other high-profile officials. Members of the team were invited to return to the town last week in order to provide a sense of stability and relief in the midst of the turmoil. more >>
The Luis Palau Association, Jesus Culture and youth leaders in New York City have teamed up for three days of gatherings "designed to mobilize and encourage students to become passionate, faithful followers of Jesus."
Around 5,000 young people were expected to attend the three-day event, according to Kevin Palau, president of the Portland, Oregon-based Luis Palau Association.
The Friday evening gathering will see Jesus Culture, Misfit youth pastor Chris Durso of Queens megachurch Christ Tabernacle, evangelist Andrew Palau, and God Belongs in My City founder and youth leader Daniel Sanabria come together to inspire those 25 and younger to impact their city. more >>
Rev. Franklin Graham spoke out against the "anti-Christian" way things are being presented by President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.
"There is an anti-Christian bias that is now in our government, has permeated our government, that's also permeated Washington but [also] at the state and local level. It's the progressives, whatever you want to call them, that are trying —and the president is into this and the attorney general is into this 100 percent — and that is, forcing on the American people a new morality," Graham said during an interview on "Washington Watch With Tony Perkins."
During the program, in which Graham spoke of the conflict in the Middle East and the murders of American Christians, which he explained was due in part to Obama's upbringing. more >>
Christian Broadcasting Network televangelist Pat Robertson instructed a Christian woman, who wrote into "The 700 Club" asking him for advice on what she should do about working in an office full of Buddhist co-workers, to leave her job so that she won't be "infected" by their religious theology.
"I work in an environment where all of my co-workers are Buddhists. They talk about Buddhism all day long and try to preach to me. It didn't matter much to me before, but since I recommitted myself to Jesus a year ago, it has started to bother me a lot," Tina wrote in her inquiry that was read during Monday's broadcast. "I remember our pastor telling us to teach others about Jesus, so that they can receive salvation. However, every time I approach my co-workers, the end up offending me in ways that I feel are criticizing the Word of God. But if I argue, I end up offending them."
"What should I do?" Tina asked. "Should I continue to insist on helping them or get a different job? Also, is this a sign that this is not what I am created to do — to minister to others?" more >>
Fred Hammond is speaking out after his Facebook page got disabled for reasons he believes had to do with the expression of his Christian faith.
Hammond, 54, released his I Will Trust album late last year, and has earned numerous Stellar, Dove, and Grammy Awards, for multiple bodies of work in the gospel music industry over the past 30 years. However, when the singer shared some of his lyrics expressing his faith on Facebook recently, he let over 377,000 Twitter followers know that the social media account had been disabled.
Hammond shared a screenshot of the message he received from Facebook telling him that the account was taken down. The singer said he believed his page being taken down had to do with him expressing his faith. more >>