Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Book of the Year

A book about Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the 2010 Christian Book of the Year, according to the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. The biography Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy written by Eric Metaxas tells how the German theologian was executed in April 1945 for his role in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Getting to Know... Bob Jones University

1927 - Founded as Bob Jones College by Bob Jones Sr. in College Point, Florida
1933 - The school moved to Cleveland, Tennessee
1947 - Reopened as Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina
2000 - Bob Jones III is quoted in a campus paper as saying Catholicism is a cult George W. Bush speaks at the school during his presidential campaign. The school drops its ban on interracial dating
2005 - 5,000 students, more than 100 undergraduate majors and 55 graduate degrees

Monday, May 2, 2011

Jesus Daily is Top Page

A Facebook page called Jesus Daily had the most interactions of any page this past week: 1,950,938. It has 4,968,327 fans. The Bible came in third. See who else is on the list here.

Getting to Know.. CS Lewis

Here are a few highlights from the life of CS Lewis:

Job: Oxford professor of medieval poetry
Church: Anglican
Nickname: Jack

1898: Born Clive Staples Lewis in Belfast, Ireland
1919: Began Attending Oxford
1923: Graduated Oxford
1931: Converted from Atheism to Christianity
1939: Started writing Wardrobe
1948: Returned to writing Wardrobe
1947: On the cover of TIME magazine
1950: First Chronicles of Narnia book published
1956: Marries American Joy Gresham
1960: Joy dies from cancer
1963: Lewis dies on the same day President Kennedy is assassinated
1994: A movie about Lewis is released called Shadowlands
2001-2005: Mere Christianity sells about a million copies in the US
2005: Screwtape Letters sells twice as many copies (843,000) as in the year 2001
2005: Disney releases The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, grossing more than $740 million
2008: Disney releases a sequel called Prince Caspian

Sunday, May 1, 2011

National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is this coming Thursday. It will be the 60th annual observance. Congress first established a National Prayer Day in 1952. In 1988, lawmakers set the first Thursday in May as the official day for presidents to issue proclamations asking Americans to pray.

John Paul II Beatified

Pope Benedict beatified John Paul II before a crowd of some one million Catholics, moving John Paul a step closer to possible sainthood. Catholics worldwide celebrated the event. Some in the church have criticized beatification as happening too fast and under a cloud over the clerical sex abuse scandal. Benedict said the Polish-born John Paul helped turn what appeared to be the "irreversible" tide of Marxism with his courage and faith and "helped believers throughout the world not to be afraid to be called Christian."