Whether Christians may agree with it or not, the newest and final volume of the Harry Potter series has come full force into bookstores.
The tension had especially been built up over the past few weeks for the release of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and that anticipation came to an end on Saturday at midnight for many.
Speculation has been mounting for weeks, if not years in fan circles, as to how the final book will conclude the best loved story of the modern day, explained Christian author Nancy Carpentier Brown in a statement. Will Harry die? Is Snape really a good guy or bad guy? Will the dead Dumbledore play a part in the last book? Will Harry conquer the evil Lord Voldemort? more >>
If theres a child in your house, then you probably know whats going to happen when the clock strikes 12 tonight. The final Harry Potter bookHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallowswill be unleashed on the world.
The big question that has millions of kids on edge: Will Harry liveor will he die?
But the big question many parents have is: Should their kids be reading novels about wizards and witches and magic? more >>
To capitalize on the Potter mania that is sweeping across the world, the Church of England has released a guide on how to evangelize using the popular Harry Potter phenomenon.
The guides author, Owen Smith, is a youth worker at St. Margaret's Church in the United Kingdom and also wrote Mixing it Up with the Simpsons a book that was released earlier this year by the Church of Englands publishing company in hopes of showing how Christianity is relevant to life today through issues tackled in the popular U.S. TV cartoon series.
In his latest work, Mixing it Up with Harry Potter, Smith enables youth leaders to draw parallels with daily life and help young people discuss ''big issues.'' more >>
With the fifth installment of the Harry Potter film series released Wednesday, discussion of whether or not the boy wizard is appropriate for Christian audiences is expected to become more heated and wide-spread.
Many ministry leaders in the past have criticized the Harry Potter series over its use of magic and argue that it promotes the occult an assertion that, if true, could be serious since the movies and literature target children who can be most affected by negative spiritual content. more >>
The church is faced in the postmodern age by several distinct apologetic challenges. Internally, the church must defend the faith against ignorance, against compromise, against doctrinal apathy, and against denial. The church now suffers from a breathtaking deficit of doctrinal instruction and biblical truth. In some churches, the great truths of the Christian faith are unknown, and in others, these truths are left dormant and untaught. Beyond this, the very real dangers of doctrinal corrosion and heresy threaten.
Externally, the Gospel must be defended against secular atheism, postmodern relativism, naturalistic scientism, materialism, and current syncretisms. The Gospel must be proclaimed in the face of rival systems of belief and alternative worldviews, new and old.
This is where the task of Christian apologetics begins. In the Apostle Paul we find a model of Great Commission proclamation matched to an apologetic argument an argument in defense of Christian truth. In Acts 17:16-34, we find Paul standing at Ground Zero of apologetic ministry in the first century. more >>
Children are becoming increasingly exposed to the supernatural which is being seen in nearly every kind of cultural medium including books, television shows, and films and which many parents are unaware of. A Christian ministry recently released a book to give parents guidance on supernatural issues and how to address it with their kids.
Spellbound, by Marcia Montenegro, was newly released to equip Christian parents to discuss matters of the supernatural with their children from a Biblical point of view. The guide comes as more Christians worry about the influence of such popular childrens "heroes" as Harry Potter.
The Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling have been reported as the fastest-selling books and the best seller in the history of children's books. All four Harry Potter movies, based on the novel series, have raked in at least $259 million at the box office. Additionally, children are further exposed to the wizardry and other supernatural elements of the popular novel series through video games. more >>