A book of Psalms, dating back from 1640, has sold for $14.2 million on Tuesday and is believed to have set a new auction record for printed books.
Despite its record-setting figure, the Bay Psalm Book sold for almost a million dollars less than the $15 million minimum at which appraisers had estimated it. Some had believed it had the potential to sell for as much as $30 million.
David Rubeinstein, a businessman and philanthropist, bought the book with the intention of loaning the book to American libraries. more >>
Come March 2014, American fans of the hit "Bible" television series will be able to swap their living room couches for concert seats. Following next year's release of "Son of God," a 16-city music tour based on themes from the show and movie will kick off.
Featuring Christian recording artists such as Natalie Grant, Francesca Battistelli and Sidewalk Prophets, The Bible 2014 Tour will open at Saddleback Church in California on March 20, and feature songs and imagery inspired by the mini-series and movie. Many of the show's almost month-long tour stops will be held at churches.
Roma Downey, one half of husband-wife executive producing team behind "The Bible" franchise, said that she expects the production to be a powerful experience for attendees. more >>
Jada Pinkett Smith, popular actress and wife of celebrated actor Will Smith, has caused a stir among her Christian fans who took umbrage at one of her recent Facebook posts to her 4.3 million fans declaring "we must not belong to the obedient… we must belong to our truth."
"We are born with our souls, but it is through our experiences in life that we are given the opportunity to discover the paths needed to develop the self. In order to do this we must not belong to the obedient... we must belong to our truth," noted Pinkett Smith in the cryptic Facebook post last Thursday which has since triggered a raging existential discussion about God. It has also attracted a barrage of excoriation from people of faith who think she went too far with her comments.
"Poor baby! Floating way out in the universe somewhere! True meaning of LOST in SPACE! Just shows you how the devil can manipulate your thinking when you[r] mind is not focused on the one and true GOD! Love ya little Jada!" wrote Connie Cooper in response to the post which has been liked more than 40,000 times and shared more than 3,400 times. more >>
Nearly five centuries ago in Central Europe, an unknown Augustinian monk decided to nail 95 theses to a church door, sparking a religious revolution felt to the present day.
Reformation Day, the anniversary of when Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation, is an observance remembered by hundreds of American churches in the modern day. While the exact date of Luther's call to theological debate was Oct. 31, or the Eve of All Saints' Day, many Protestant congregations choose to observe the occasion on the last Sunday in the month. This year, Reformation Sunday will fall on Oct. 27, with Protestant denominations such as Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Baptists drawing attention to the past.
For Pastor Skip Athey of Grace & Truth Family Baptist Church, a Floridian congregation with an average attendance of over 100, Reformation Day is "a way to connect with Protestant Church history." more >>
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Bible illiteracy is one of the main factors preventing Christ's followers from truly connecting with their savior, and one man has made it his mission to correct that.
Dr. Tom J. Cowley is making it his life's task to make sure those who may not know Christ or those who follow Christ and want to bring Jesus deeper into their lives have the opportunity to do so. For that to happen, one has to have an understanding of Christ's life and experiences that are detailed in the pages of the Bible.
Unfortunately, the seldom-discussed issue of Bible illiteracy is preventing many from doing so. Dr. Cowley explains that while those dedicated to Jesus may be familiar with the stories and certain occurrences surrounding the life of Jesus, many are blind to key happenings that shaped Christ's teaching and his message. So Dr. Cowley has tasked himself with developing an overview to provide an easily discernible look into the life of Jesus. more >>