A Review: The Bible Among the Myths

A Review: The Bible Among the Myths, John N. Oswalt, Zondervan 2009 In a brief book, Oswalt has done a good service for college and seminary students (and ministers) faced with the common assertion that the Bible is simply one other among the dozens of Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) mythologies, whose only real difference is... Continue Reading

Letters To God: A Born-Again Box-Office Hit?

You heard it here first: the sleeper hit of the summer might not be Letters To Juliet but the altogether more powerfully titled Letters To God. Here’s what you need to know: it’s a Christian indie, it’s going to be in 750 theaters on April 9, and there’s already a grass-roots, church-based campaign to get... Continue Reading

Caleb turns grief into lessons of life

In 2008, Will accidentally ran over and killed their little sister, Marie Sue, 5, as he drove the family’s SUV into the driveway. This accident shook the family to its core and showed the strength and faith of the entire Chapman family as they mourned The two lead members of the band Caleb are beginning... Continue Reading

Interview: ‘The Blind Side’ Director John Lee Hancock

CP: Are you a Christian? Did your faith have anything to do with you choosing this project? Hancock: Yes [I’m a Christian]. No. I thought it was a great story. I think that if I set out to do stories based on that then it will probably be like the cart leading the horse The... Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW: Challenging the ‘prosperity gospel’

“Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide (’Cause I Need More Room for My Plasma TV?”) takes to task a growing trend in some religious circles: that God wants you to prosper both financially and in health and that if you aren’t, something is wrong with your faith. Columbus, Georgia native Karen Zacharias has nothing against... Continue Reading

Book Review: Pastor Breaks Islam Code for Christians

Greear, who has led Muslims to Christ, said one of the best ways to share the Gospel with them is simply by being their friend and letting them see the Christian community. A megachurch pastor who understands Islamic theology said the majority of Christians would agree for the most part with the five core beliefs... Continue Reading

“Introverts In The Church” – A Review

“All those prayer and Bible-study groups, the fellowship and hugging and that obligation to spread the word. Sounds like a hotbed of extroversion to me.” I realize how introversion–for better and worse–permeates all aspects of our lives. I was surprised to learn about the new book, Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an... Continue Reading

Jonathan Bean’s Race & Liberty in America

Oscar Stanton De Priest (1871-1951) was the first African-American elected to Congress in the 20th century. Like Barack Obama, he rose through Chicago machine politics. Unlike Obama, De Priest was a Republican firmly opposed to big government. He lost his seat in 1934 when African-Americans voted their empty pocketbooks and began a massive switch from... Continue Reading

New book argues desire and sexuality are acceptable within God-given limits

How to Be Single, Sexual, Spiritual and Sane: A Different Christian Perspective by Steve R. Bierly seeks to inform readers on Biblical teachings about human sexuality and how to address natural urges and feelings that come with attraction to the opposite sex. Bierly contends that mainstream Christian teaching in the area of sexual purity is... Continue Reading

The Death of Cheesy Christian Movies

You may think that I’m going to go off on the upcoming To Save a Life movie as one of those Christian movies whose budget, cinematography standards, plot and acting have been, well, left behind. But I’m not. Whatever giants the makers of this movie may have beem facing this movie is totally fireproof when... Continue Reading