International journalist Uwe Siemon-Netto, a confessional Lutheran, has more details about Muslims converting to Christianity. He has published a compelling article in the Australian magazine Quadrant that you need to read for yourself. Excerpt and link after the jump. (Tomorrow we’ll post about the strange phenomenon of the Muslims dreaming about Jesus.) [Read more…]
Last Sunday was the day the Church commemorates the conversion of St. Paul. Which reminds us that God can potentially break in upon anyone, including those who, like Saul of Tarsus, are most opposed to the Christian faith. [Read more…]
Teo Bishop, a prominent neo-Pagan–a celebrity among Druids and Witches–has announced his conversion to Christianity. He now says, “I’m overwhelmed with thoughts of Jesus. . . Jesus and God and Christianity and the Lord’s Prayer and compassion and forgiveness and hope. … I don’t know what to do with all of this.” [Read more…]
Remember Darryl Strawberry, the baseball superstar whose life came apart because of alcohol and drugs? Well, he turned to Christianity, which really did put his life back together, and now he is a pastor, with a special outreach to alcohol and drug addicts.
And for all of you pastors who daydream about a more glamorous career, such as being a professional athlete, Rev. Strawberry says, “I’ve never been happier in my life. It’s so much fun being a pastor.” His story after the jump. [Read more…]
James Holmes, who dressed up like the Joker and killed 12 people at the Batman movie (and who faces the death penalty if he is convicted), has converted to Islam. Robert Spencer explores what that means as opposed to a conversion to Christianity:
The debate over James Holmes’s sanity has raged hotly ever since he murdered twelve people and wounded 58 in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in July 2012. But now the controversy can be laid to rest: Holmes is sane. The clearest indication of his sanity came last week, when the Daily Mail reported that he had converted to Islam.
The Mail reported that Holmes is apparently quite devout: he has grown a lavish beard, eats only halal food, prays the obligatory five daily prayers, and studies the Qur’an for hours every day.
Holmes’s conversion reveals that instead of being unaware of what he did, or utterly remorseless, as one might expect of a psychotic or a sociopath, the murders must trouble him a great deal. For it is souls that are troubled — intellectually, morally, spiritually, psychologically — who cast about for some solution to what troubles them, and often find it in religious conversion.
But it is what Holmes converted to that is significant. [Read more…]