Just in time for Father's Day, the newly released book, That's My Dad! highlights types of fathers, both positive and negative, that helped shape the lives of successful men and women in the world of media, arts, entertainment, and professional sports.
Authors Joe Pellegrino and Joe Battaglia decided to do something about the staggering statistics that show the one common denominator of many of society's problem — pornography, human trafficking, abortion, rape, murder, alcoholism, teen suicide, and incarceration — all side effects of having an absentee father. In an effort to provide a view of good fathers and father figures, the authors interviewed some of today's biggest names to share their stories. Featured in the book are Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees; Allan Houston, former NBA All-Star and assistant general manager of the New York Knicks; Gretchen Carlson, author and Fox News commentator and host of "The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson"; Michael Franzese, former New York mobster with the Colombo crime family who is now an inspirational speaker and author; Darryl Strawberry, former Major League Baseball All-Star turned ordained minister, and many others.
The following is an edited transcript of Pellegrino and Battaglia's interview with The Christian Post in which they discuss the incredible testimonies from their celebrity friends in That's My Dad. more >>
Of the many things warranting my gratitude, few rise to the level of the deep appreciation I feel for my father — and the impact he continues to have on my life.
As a caregiver for a wife with extreme disabilities, I recognize skills and behaviors I learned from a man who didn't journey down the road I travel, but nevertheless prepared me for it by modeling five specific behaviors.
1. See beyond the symptoms. more >>
The massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that has captured the world's attention, was a "symptom" of the country's spiritual condition, asserts the Rev. Franklin Graham.
During a prayer rally held Wednesday in Madison, Wisconsin, a stop on the evangelist's "Decision America" tour, Graham said that America brought the mass shooting upon itself because it has become a "godless nation," reports The Cap Times.
Graham began the rally, which drew nearly 6,000 to Madison's Capitol Square, with prayer for the Orlando massacre's 49 dead, 53 injured, affected families and those in attendance. more >>
If you think you have grasped the history of Argentina by seeing Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, or having heard "Don't cry for me, Argentina," at least do a Google search.
The roller-coaster story of politics and economics in this eighth-largest country in the world is like few others. Named because of its rich silver deposits, today the country is rich in potential wealth, resilient, proud in spirit, and wild in its political/military swings. Argentina's spiritual resurgence has often been obscured by its more colorful and tragic public stories of infighting, hidden deaths, corruption, and economic inversions.
One can picture today's global church in its contemporary format by seeing here the Protestant church — at least within a Charismatic or neo-Pentecostal form — in its variegating shades. more >>
If you Google "greatest of all time," only one name will appear: Muhammed Ali. But why? I want to propose to you that what made Ali so great is something you yourself can do.
Greatness is "an amount, ability or intensity considerably above the norm or average." Pointing to Ali's considerable accomplishments, one has to acknowledge that they're considerably above the norm or average.
Ali received more than 20 awards over his lifetime, including eight world heavyweight championship titles, and wowed us all with his epic battles including Thrilla in Manila, viewed by some as one of the greatest fights ever. more >>
In their zeal to win souls for Christ, some Christians slip into Beast Mode — that aggressive, sometimes negative manner of dealing with non-believers that, instead of drawing people closer to Christ, usually drives them farther away. If they're honest, many will admit that they've been on the receiving end of an awkward Beast Mode moment or two, or know at least a couple of Christians who fit the Beast Mode bill.
In his recent book Unanswered, a volume six years in the making that intends to shed light on such hot-button topics within today's Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Jeremiah Johnston warns believers against being overzealous witnesses, instead reminding them to maintain a balance when evangelizing, using Jesus as the perfect example.
"I think that we always walk a fine line with people that are not following Jesus … what we say to them about their condition," Pastor Johnston told The Christian Post, reminding believers that Jesus was the ultimate evangelist. "Jesus was effective. He never went into Beast Mode, and he didn't bulldoze anyone with the Gospel." more >>