According to Fox News, Bucks County Community College Professor Dwight “Mitch” Anderson was fired for his faith after he bought copies of How Good Is Good Enough by Andy Stanley and offered them to his students. Professor Anderson said that he told his students they could take a book if they wanted to or not, there was no pressure to take a copy whatsoever. About two weeks later a student called and was told Professor Anderson that he wanted his grade raised otherwise he would report him to the dean about the copy of How Good Is Good Enough that was offered to the student. The professor was reprimanded by the dean and later was ultimately fired for offering a copy of Andy’s book to his class.
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Dr. Kent Brantly, author of Called for Life (WaterBrook Press, July 2015) appeared on PBS NewsHour August 10th. In an interview with Hari Sreenivasan, Brantly spoke candidly about his initial diagnosis with Ebola, his nationally covered journey from Liberia to Emory Hospital in the United States and his decision to take Z-Mapp, a new drug never before tested on humans.
Brantly also shared his struggle to understand why he survived when so many people did not. While Brantly’s faith is an integral part of his life, he doesn’t believe something unique about his faith that led to his survival.
“I don’t think there is anything special about my faith that saved my life. If anything, my faith is what put me in a position where I got Ebola. I’m really thankful…for all the people who played a role in providing me with the treatment I received. I don’t say it was my faith that saved me and not those people; I believe God used those people to save my life.”
The entire interview can be viewed here.
Heaven isn’t just a dream; it’s a promise!
For far too long, we’ve talked about heaven as if it were a dream or someplace that only exists in fairytales. We want to believe it’s real, but with such an expanse of contradictory information, it’s difficult to know what to believe.
To add even more confusion, we are left to sift through the tales of individuals who have crossed over and returned. With so many competing narratives and accounts based on what many think are beyond-death experiences, wouldn’t it be nice to have a straight forward examination of what the Bible has to say about heaven?
Best-selling author and New Testament scholar Scot McKnight thought so too, which is why he wrote The Heaven Promise.
McKnight, who has penned more than 50 books, including The Jesus Creed, has had a fascination with heaven since he was a child. As a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, McKnight is no stranger to academic engagement and scholarly discourse. However; as an ordained deacon, McKnight is well accustomed with the concerns of the everyday thinker. The Heaven Promise represents the perfect blend of thoughtful research coupled with an easily digestible presentation.
“My hope,” McKnight shares, “is that people will be hopeful about heaven.”
The Heaven Promise offers an infusion of hope alongside a healthy anticipation of eternity.
After all, heaven isn’t just a dream; it’s a promise.
Sigmund Brouwer’s novel Thief of Glory was honored with two Christy Awards on Monday, June 29, 2015, during the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida. Thief of Glory was named “Book of the Year” and “Best Historical Romance.” Brouwer’s WWII novel, set in the Dutch East Indies, is inspired by his family’s experience during Japan’s invasion of Indonesia.
Publishers Weekly wrote: “The finalists this year were the most diverse ever in terms of publisher representation, and the judges noted that the quality of writing was strong,” said Donna Kehoe, executive director of the Christy Awards. “They commented that the Book of the Year, Sigmund Brouwer’s Thief of Glory, set a new standard for writing merit.”
In addition, Katie Ganshert’s novel “A Broken Kind of Beautiful” was recognized as “Best Contemporary Romance.” In this southern-based love story, Ganshert explores the complex question of “What is beauty?”
The Christy Awards, named after Catherine Marshall’s classic character Christy, recognizes excellence in writing Christian fiction.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2015)— Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus by Rifqa Bary has landed at#9 on the New York Times “Religion, Spirituality and Faith” Best-seller List for June 2015. Bary, who as a teenager made headlines in 2009 for running away from home in fear for her life after converting from Islam to Christianity, has chronicled her journey of faith that led to the high-profile, multi-state custody case in her memoir Hiding in the Light (WaterBrook Press, May 19, 2015).
Since the book’s release Bary has appeared on such national programs as “Fox & Friends,” “Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro,” “The 700 Club,” “Sean Hannity Radio Show,” “Eric Metaxas Show” and dozens of others.
Bary’s story of surviving an abusive home life and walking away from everything she knew in order to freely follow her Christian faith has struck a chord with readers and those who followed her story in the news.
“I live today in spiritual freedom, able to worship Jesus without restraint or apology,” writes Bary.
Now a 22-year-old college student, Bary is studying philosophy and politics with the hopes of pursuing a career as a lawyer and giving a voice to the voiceless and oppressed.
Caleb Kaltenbach, the author of Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction (Oct. 20, 2015) was featured in the June 9, 2015, New York Times front-page story “Evangelicals Open Door to Debate on Gay Rights.” Written by religion editor Laurie Goodstein, the article examines the conversation happening within the Evangelical church about LGBT rights and gay marriage by sitting in on a meeting between Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, and a group of Christian pastors, including Caleb Kaltenbach. In his forthcoming book, Kaltenbach shares his personal story of growing up in a divorced family with two gay parents and mother active in the LGBT rights movement. Kaltenbach became a Christian as a teenager and now as a pastor teaches that it is possible to love those around you without compromising your convictions.
Rifqa Bary, author of Hiding in the Light (WaterBrook Press), discusses her conversion as a teenager from Islam to Christianity on Fox & Friends. In her interview, Bary shares why in 2009 she chose to runaway from her home, the consequences she’s experienced and the freedom she’s discovered.
Hiding in the Light recounts Bary’s experience of secretly converting to Christianity as a twelve-year-old. When Bary’s faith was discovered by her family four years later, Bary fled to Florida, fearing repercussions from her strict Muslim father. Bary’s multi-state custody battle with her parents made national headlines.
The full interview is available here.