Christians puzzled by tough and hotly-argued issues such as human origins, atheism, and more will find help in April as NRB Network brings together some of the nation's top Christian apologists for the Know Truth Apologetics Conference.
The conference is Saturday, April 13, 2013, from 9 am to 6 pm at Christ Church Nashville, which is sponsoring the event along with NRB Network.
Attendees will find insights and answers from leading Christian apologists who will address these topics:
-Ray Bohlin, Ph.D., a Discovery Institute Fellow, on "Evidence for Design in Biology"
-William Dembski, Ph.D., a leading intelligent design thinker, on "The Scientific & Cultural Impact of Intelligent Design"
-Stuart McAllister, an apologist for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, on "The Question of Meaning"
-Alex McFarland, an author and popular apologetics speaker, on "What You'll Hear Your Freshman Year"
-Frank Turek, president of CrossExamined.org, on "Why I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist"
-Dan Scott, Senior Pastor at Christ Church Nashville, on "Why Apologetics is Important to the Believer & The Church" FULL POST
Top 40 Billboard artist, author, and conference speaker Jennifer Shaw is releasing her new album entitled Someday during October’s National Sensory Awareness Month. To assist in efforts to bring awareness to sensory disorders and other special needs issues, Shaw is offering the song entitled “Your Child” as a free download to all special needs families during the month of October. Shaw's own son, Toby, was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder at an early age. In addition, a music video of the song is in the works and special needs families are encouraged to send in photos of their child for possible inclusion in the video. Shaw says she wants the video to include all types of special needs children.
“When Toby was diagnosed with SPD," says Shaw, "no one really knew because he was just this cute little boy and nothing was visible. Well-meaning people would give me parenting advice, thinking they were helping. What they didn't realize was that Toby was dealing with a very serious issue and his brain was telling him that grass was hurting his feet or bread was cutting his throat. He would scream in agony at things that wouldn't bother other children. One thing we want people to understand is that sometimes a child's special needs issue is visible and sometimes it isn't. Families that deal with special needs issues need to be supported and uplifted and we hope this song gives them a bit of encouragement." FULL POST
65 years ago, Ralph Carmichael changed the Church’s tune.
And he’s still making an impact on the music industry today.
In 2013, Ralph Carmichael will make history as the oldest conductor to embark on a 30-city tour across the U.S. But then, making history is something Ralph has been doing most of his career. He is affectionately known as the “Father of Contemporary Christian Music,” but his musical contributions have run the gamut over the past six decades. Ralph’s resume’ crosses all musical lines and includes many of the biggest names in music including Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Tex Ritter, Rosemary Clooney, Pat Boone, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald. Ralph composed music for some of television’s most beloved shows including “I Love Lucy”, “Roy Rogers & Dale Evans,” and “Bonanza.” He had a long time association with pianist Roger Williams with whom he scored the million-selling hit song, “Born Free,” which was made popular by the successful book and movie. FULL POST
The Monks of the Desert, who spend their daily hours praying for peace, working and studying in silence, have entered the realm of major label music production with their Sony MASTERWORKS debut album Blessings, Peace and Harmony which will be released on April 24, 2012.
Blessings, Peace and Harmony compiles selections from the Monks' four independent recordings of Gregorian chant, and also features four new chants recorded expressly for this new collection. Named after Pope Gregory I, Gregorian chant involves the early Christian liturgical music that originated in medieval times and forms the roots of Western classical music. Consisting solely of melody, the chants are sung unaccompanied and generally by small choral groups--and through the ages have continuously supplied listeners of all circumstances with a soothing sense of solace.
"The kind of singing that we do calms the spirit and helps us live in peace with our world and with one another," says Abbot Philip Lawrence, a scholar of chant who also leads the Monastery of Christ In The Desert - home to an American order of Benedictine monks from Abiquiu, New Mexico. "Chanting has some strange effect on the brain waves according to various studies," continues Abbot Philip, but this effect is certainly not the Monks of the Desert's objective; rather their goal, and that of Gregorian chant, notes Abbot Philip, is "to focus on the words rather than the challenge of voice production or sight reading. It is always our hope that our singing will bring others to peace, inner tranquility and an appreciation of beauty. These values can help create a world in which peace and tranquility prevail." FULL POST
The Partridge Family may have had the multi-colored bus, but the Frye Family Band opted for blue silos near their Indiana home instead. Though the former was a contrived Hollywood family band, the latter is the real deal, and the imagery on their new CD, Under Indiana Lights, reflects dad Tom's desire to change his own family tree.
As a young boy, Tom Frye grew up in an unstable household. His parents argued constantly and filed for divorce several times, but never followed through. Tension was part of daily life for young Tom, but he found solace from his bedroom window.
"I could look out my window and see three blue silos on a farm a mile away," says Tom. "I didn't know the people there, but blue has always been my favorite color, and the silos always seemed to have a calming effect on me, sort of an oasis. I remember wondering if life was normal there. My only two escapes seemed to be the blue silos and my hour with the Waltons, which helped me get a glimpse of what a family that loved each other looked like. Walking on egg shells was a normal and ever escalating part of life. I look back now and realize that I was always the peacemaker, thinking that if I could just work harder, or be better that I could fix my parents' problems. Of course, my efforts always fell short." FULL POST
New book outlines strategies to integrate Christian faith into the workplace
In a time when jobs are in short supply, Vice-president of Client Operations for the Xerox Corporation, Gary Blackard, has just released a book that advocates the Bible as the best guide available for both employees and business owners to survive and thrive in a competitive job market. Entitled Relevance in the Workplace: Using the Bible to impact your job (Intermedia), the book covers many areas related to business and employment success, using the Bible as the main resource. As a long-time executive for Xerox, Blackard has over 20 years experience working with Fortune 100 companies across the globe, and is founder of Eagle Peak Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping business leaders in the U.S. and abroad integrate faith into their workplace.
"This is not a book just for leaders," says Blackard. "This is a book that will help anyone who is employed become better at their jobs and teach them to use the principles of the Bible in every day interactions and decision-making. If Christians work by the same principles they profess to believe, they can become indispensable to their employers. And likewise, when business owners apply those same principles, their businesses will have a greater chance of growing even in a down economy." FULL POST
Acts 413 Ministries seeks to help pastors and church leaders through various programs
Acts 413 Ministries held their first prayer gathering event in Philadelphia on Friday, August 20 and exceeded all their expectations. Nearly 3000 church leaders, staff and members attended the event, featuring speaker Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Jim Maxim, founder of Acts 413 and author of the new Whitaker House book, Face to Face with God, says the response shows the intense hunger the church has for prayer.
"We had pastors and leaders from every denomination in attendance," says Maxim. "We had to open up an extra room at the convention center to accommodate the people. It shows us that God's shepherds are hungry for revival and to pray for, and with, one another."
Acts 413 Ministries was formed by Maxim to "serve God's servants" through prayer and discreet ministerial support. Maxim, a successful businessman in the automotive industry, has felt a burden for many years to offer help to church pastors and their staffs. Recent statistics on pastors are alarming: FULL POST
Author Jim Maxim does not doubt the existence of hell. He saw it up close. At only eighteen years of age, drugs and alcohol had nearly destroyed him. His young life was spiraling out of control at a rapid pace. But one December night would change his life forever when a near-fatal car crash shattered Jim's face and head. Laying in critical condition in the hospital, Jim was confronted by the personal demons that plagued his life and then found himself face-to-face with Jesus.
Releasing July 5 from Whitaker House publishers, Face to Face with God is the true story of a life restored and redeemed from addiction, self-destruction and rebellion. "I wrote this book for people like the old me who may feel like 'lost causes,'" Maxim said. "I'm living proof God answers prayer, and that absolutely no one is beyond His reach."
Now a successful Philadelphia businessman, husband, father and grandfather, Maxim has dedicated his life to sharing the love and power of Jesus he found at the lowest point in his life. For years he has worked one-on-one with those who can relate to his story, actively volunteering for a variety of inner-city ministries with his wife, Cathy. He and Cathy also founded of Acts413, a ministry dedicated to encouraging Christian pastors and leaders through prayer and discreet ministerial support to those that serve as shepherds to God's people. FULL POST
Conference speaker and recording artist Shannon Perry has released her first book entitled Grace in High Heels: Real-life Reflections of Humor, Hope & Healing. Based in part on material from her original women's conference "If the Shoe Fits," the book includes true stories from Perry's life, reflecting on various issues such as being single, motherhood, marriage, finding purpose and many other topics that are divided into four sections: "Goody Two Shoes," "Is there a Hole in your Sole?," "Lacing up the Tongue," "Walk a Mile in my Shoes." "The ladies in my conferences kept asking me when I was going to write a book," says Perry. "I always enjoyed Barbara Johnson's style of writing, mixing humor with scriptural truths. That's what I try to do in my conferences when I share some of the crazy things that have happened in my life, and I hope those stories translated to the printed page. More than anything, I wanted to make sure the book was biblically-accurate along with being funny and engaging." FULL POST
As graduation day approaches for high school and college students alike, parents must deal with the "empty nest syndrome" that accompanies a child leaving home. Empty Nest Syndrome has been recognized by the psychological community as feelings of depression, sadness, and/or grief experienced by parents and caregivers after children come of age and leave their childhood homes. Licensed family counselor and author Jay Fitter says the devastation to parents is very real, but can be dealt with by implementing a few proactive measures.
In his book "Respect your Children: A Practical Guide to Effective Parenting," Fitter lays out some specific techniques that help parents deal with the empty nest transition. "Try changing your perspective," says Fitter. "Look at your empty nest as a new opportunity or the next chapter of your life. See this as an opportunity to try something you've always been interested in learning, but too busy to start."
Fitter says parents who pursue their own lives apart from their children are more equipped to cope once the children leave. Having close friendships, prioritizing alone time with their mate, and getting involved in community groups are a few simple and effective ways to expand relationships beyond children. Fitter says that many parents make the mistake of living vicariously through their kids to escape the pressures of their own lives or unresolved personal issues. FULL POST