Jefferson Bethke, author of the book, Jesus>Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More and Being Good Enough, that's ranked at No. 3 on The New York Times best-sellers list, shared his message with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski on Friday.
Bethke, whose spoken word YouTube video called "Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus," has been viewed 26 million times since January 2012, said he wrote the book because he believes modern-day evangelism is not reflective of scriptures in the New Testament.
"What I said no to as a child, or at least what I was rebelling against in high school, really wasn't what I see in the New Testament and wasn't what I see in the scriptures. It's kind-of just this modern evangelicalism that looks nothing like the scriptures," he said. more >>
A Christian outreach director took an unusual approach in discussing Harvard University's "Sex Week," a semi-annual celebration and information week. He said it makes sex boring.
"They try to be titillating. Sex weeks actually make sex boring – it focuses on the mechanics, sex toys and how to lose your virginity," Greg Jao, national field director for the Christian campus outreach group Intervarsity, told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday.
"Sex is something God-given, beautiful, transcendent, and intimacy-creating," Jao explained. Rather than attack the wrongful use of sex outside of marriage, he pointed to the great value of sex in a Christian context. He also told CP that the Harvard chapter of Intervarsity has started a Bible study series focused on "true intimacy" and the Song of Songs. more >>
Margarita de Jesus Zapata Moreno, 45, a Colombian mother of 14, was arrested this week on charges that she sent her daughters into "hell" by selling their virginity for a few hundred dollars to make ends meet.
The Bogota Metropolitan Police noted in a CNN report that Zapata sold the virginity of her 12 daughters to much older men with a desire to have sex with young virgins. She was caught this week with a 51-year-old contractor suspected of impregnating one of her young daughters.
According to the report, Zapata would begin shopping her daughter around as soon as they turned 12 years old and charged men between $160 and $212 for each sale. more >>
A 17-year-old Indian girl killed herself on Wednesday after her parents told her she needed to stop wasting her time on Facebook and her mobile phone and focus more on her studies.
Newsweek Pakistan reported Friday that the girl, Aishwarya Dahiwal of Maharashtra state's Parbhani city, was found hanging in her bedroom after arguing with her parents on Wednesday. She left a suicide note which references Facebook and the argument with her parents which police are currently examining.
"On Wednesday night, she had an argument with her parents who told her not to just use Facebook and her mobile all day for chatting," an officer from Nanal Peth police station who asked to remain unidentified told Newsweek Pakistan. more >>
A major academic institution based in the Lone Star State has reached an agreement to open up a campus in the nation of Israel.
Texas A&M recently reached an agreement with the Israeli government for the creation of a satellite campus known as "Texas A&M University at Nazareth – Peace Campus."
Steven B. Moore, vice chancellor of the Office of Marketing and Communications at Texas A&M, told The Christian Post that the vision of the new campus was shared by many. more >>
Since its inception, Halloween seems to be among the more controversial subjects for Christians. Some argue that it is just a normal day, while others claim it's a day of the Devil.
The Christian Post spoke to a few pastors for them to weigh in on the holiday, which has a storied and complicated past.
It is important to note that although the day has its roots in pagan origins, the actual name Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve, which is the day before All Saints Day or All Hallows' Day, a Catholic holy day that remembers the dead, saints, and those who have died for their faith. more >>