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Best-Selling Author Identifies Text In Egyptian Artifacts That Reinforce Power And Reliability Of Scripture

International Speaker and Author Josh McDowell Releases Most Convincing Apologetic Book, Titled "God-Breathed," That Reveals Rare Artifacts Confirming Ancient Biblical Texts

UHRICHSVILLE, OH, February 25, 2015 — Best-selling author Josh McDowell literally breaks new ground to offer the church and skeptics alike tangible facts for the accuracy and reliability of the Bible in his latest book, titled God-Breathed—the Undeniable Power and Reliability of Scripture (Shiloh Run Press, April 2015). In one of his most convincing apologetics messages of his five-decade-long ministry, McDowell presents the fascinating and compelling story of how recent archaeological finds—acquired from a long-standing private selection of Egyptian artifacts and other objects made from papyrus dating back nearly 2,000 years—underscore the power and reliability of Scripture. For more information and to download a free booklet, visit www.readgodbreathed.com.

In “God Breathed,” Josh chronicles his recent identification of ancient fragments and a 540-year-old Torah, along with his personal journey to faith as an unbelieving skeptic of Christianity and the Bible, to present a compelling case that God’s Word can be trusted to be undeniably reliable. Meanwhile in the U.S., skepticism about the truth of the Bible continues to rise according to a 2014 Barna Group study. It found the number of those who are skeptical or agnostic toward the Bible—who believe that the Bible is "just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice"—has nearly doubled from 10% to 19% in just three years.

“Each book, each page and each paragraph of Scripture was written through the lens of its human spokesmen, yet it still communicates the exact message God wants us to receive,” McDowell said. “His God-breathed words were supernaturally guided through his selected human instruments so that his truth would be vivid and relevant to our lives. With God as the author and men as the writers, the sixty-six books of the Bible can rightly be called the Word of God.”

In December of 2013, McDowell assembled a team of international scholars, to identify rare Egyptian and other ancient artifacts -- dating back as far as 1,600 and 2,200 years -- in hopes of finding fragments of ancient scriptural writings. Ancient manuscript and language experts extracted and initially analyzed and identified the papyri within these artifacts as six New Testament passages and one Old Testament manuscript fragment—seven treasures in all! While all the manuscripts are yet unpublished and must be further scrutinized to determine the exact content and more precise dating, we do know what passages these are from—Mark 15, John 14, Matthew 6 and 7, 1 John 2, Galatians 4 and Jeremiah 33—and the approximate time period. Scholars say that six of these manuscripts are possibly the earliest known Coptic papyrus of these passages in existence today. Josh has launched the Heroic Truth Experience, a live speaking tour to showcase his ministry’s museum-quality biblical artifacts as irrefutable evidence of the Bible’s reliability.

“My hope is that this God-Breathed book will help people realize not only that the word of God is true, but also that it is alive and powerful. I equally want people to be convinced they can trust the Bible because the evidence is so incredible,” Josh said.

Since his radical conversion to Christianity in college, Josh has been a walking testimony of how ancient fragments of Scripture powerfully drew him to God. Those ancient manuscripts and the evidence of their reliability brought him to the conclusion that they were not only true and reliable, but also that Christ was who he said he was—the Son of God who came to save the world.

In 1961, Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Not long after, he started the Josh McDowell Ministry to reach young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus. Well known as an articulate speaker, Josh has addressed more than 25 million people, giving over 27,000 talks in 125 countries. Josh has authored or co-authored 142 books in over one hundred languages including, More Than a Carpenter –over 27 million copies distributed—and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict --named one of the twentieth century’s top 40 books.

Shiloh Run Press is an imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc. that focuses on Christian living resources by uniquely qualified new and experienced authors with fresh messages for today’s Christian.



Josh McDowell Energizes Students with Hot, Steamy Substance About Faith in College

The Coffeehouse Chronicles by Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett Targets the 75 Percent of Christian Students Who Lose Their Faith in College

CHICAGO, IL, November 29, 2010—Best-selling author Josh McDowell, a former agnostic who 50 years ago accepted Christ as Savior at Kellogg College, MI, is keenly aware of the problems young adults have reconciling the traditional faith with a sudden influx of new-found knowledge they receive during the college years. In The Coffeehouse Chronicles, a series of apologetics novellas written with Co-Author Dave Sterrett of I am Second, McDowell tackles hard-hitting issues to guard students from common struggles that await them in college. Moody Publishers will release The Coffeehouse Chronicles, January 1, 2011. (Watch Youtube video)

“It’s an incredible challenge—and, unfortunately, faith loses out more times than not,” said McDowell about the startling 75 percent of students that walk away from their faith in college (Barna).

Sterrett, a twentysomething who teaches as an adjunct professor at Liberty University, added, “Once students leave their parents’ homes and enter college life, they’re faced with a host of new ideas and lifestyles from professors, roommates, friends, and social settings.”

According to a recent study (September 2006) by the Barna Group, the spiritual health of the next generation is in serious trouble. The study found that a majority of today’s young adults had been churched at one point during their teen years, but are now spiritually disengaged (not attending church, reading the Bible, or praying). Only 20% of twentysomethings have maintained a level of spiritual activity consistent with their high school experiences.

Each of the three books in The Coffeehouse Chronicles is set in the modern day and portrays real, believable students whose faith is on the rocks as they engage in genuine dialogue concerning three questions:

  • Is the Bible True... really?

  • Who is Jesus... really?

  • Did the Resurrection Happen... really?

In order to effectively engage their target audience of young adults, McDowell and Sterrett will host The World’s Biggest Coffeehouse on February 2, 2011 at 7 PM CT/

7 PM PT. This event will be a live webinar, broadcast to hundreds of students to jump start a conversation that will hopefully ground them firmly in the timeless biblical truths. College and high school students can register to participate in groups watching on a big screen or on their personal laptops in the privacy of their home or dorm room.

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Fiery Response

Noted Professor Exposes Great Deception Lurking in Church’s Blindside

James De Young’s New Book Burning Down ‘The Shack’ Will Release
June 1

DAMASCUS, OREGON, April, 2010 - It’s the feel-good novel about faith that millions of people love. And its warm and fuzzy depiction of God the Father is cherished by millions of Evangelical Christians who’ve embraced it as though it were gospel.

This mass adoration has helped seemingly cement William Paul Young’s The Shack to the stratosphere of numerous best-sellers list - where it’s remained for more than 100 weeks - a claim no other book can make.

Yet it is infused with counterfeit Christianity, says author James De Young in his new book, Burning Down ‘The Shack’: How the ‘Christian’ Bestseller is Deceiving Millions, and its depiction of God the Father as an African woman who bore the scars of Calvary with Jesus Christ is just one example of its many dangerous deceptions.

De Young isn’t only a New Testament Language and Literature professor at Western Seminary in Portland, Ore., he’s also a former longtime colleague of Paul Young, and was his Portland-area neighbor when Young wrote The Shack.

Burning Down ‘The Shack,’ which WND Books publishes June 1, challenges readers to consider the perilous religious beliefs of the author.  While writing The Shack, Young, a victim of child molestation, had recently embraced “universal reconciliation” - a belief identified as far back as the sixth century as heresy - which emphasizes that Jesus’ loving nature renders him incapable of eternally damning people.

“It’s often said that one can understand a book better by knowing the author,” Burning Down ‘The Shack’ states, which De Young wrote to “expose the greatest deception to blindside the church in the last 200 years!" 

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The McDowells’ Opus

Josh McDowell, along with Son Sean, Delivers a Crowning Work to Equip

the Church and Christian Families to Pass On “The Unshakable Truth

Media Note: The Unshakable Truth fills a critical void when “75 percent of Christian leaders were not able to clearly define the core of Christianity and the process of spiritual maturity.”

DANA POINT, CA, April 20, 2010 - In a time when many Christians are looking to their faith for answers, best-selling authors Josh and Sean McDowell direct us to the very foundations of Christianity’s 12 Unshakable Truths originally established by 300 Church Fathers in Nicaea in AD 325. In The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience The 12 Essentials of a Relevant Faith, father and son invite readers to experience anew the authentic truths that are both real and relevant to our everyday lives. Harvest House Publishers is pleased to release the book nationally, June 1.

Fifty years in the making, The Unshakable Truth marries Josh’s passions in his teaching ministry - truth in relationships and evidence that reinforces our faith. This book stands as the crowning opus of Josh’s past 115 different works. It brings together roughly five decades of ministry experience, evidential research, and a proven track record of living out the truth in his own relationships. Sean offers the perspective of his generation and is living testimony that truth can be passed down from one generation to another.

The Unshakable Truth is a practical, user-friendly handbook consisting of more than 500 pages, 51 chapters and three appendices, designed as a revolutionary discipleship tool for students, parents, youth leaders and pastors. Each of the 12 foundational truths are divided into twelve sections. Each section has four poignant chapters supporting that truth: 1) What is the “truth?” 2) Why should I believe it? 3) So what? How is it relevant to my life? 4) How can I live it?

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WILL SING FOR FOOD!

Grammy Winners Toby Mac, Casting Crowns and Dallas Cowboy’s Chad Hennings Headline at “End Summer Hunger” - a Concert to Benefit Dallas - Area Kids

GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, April 21, 2010 - On Saturday, May 1 “End Summer Hunger,” a full-day family festival and concert benefitting Dallas and the world, will feature music by Grammy-Award winners Toby Mac and Casting Crowns (who won the Dove for Best Artist of the Year last night in Nashville, TN, April 21) along with several other popular music groups. In addition, Dallas Cowboy’s Chad Hennings, a three-time Super Bowl winner, will deliver a keynote address, and Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton will make a special appearance.

“End Summer Hunger” is sponsored by TWENTY TEN MISSION and will be held at Quick Trip Park in Grand Prairie, TX; pre-event festivities will begin at 2:30 PM, and the event will close at 10:30 PM. On the ministry website, TWENTY TEN MISSION loops a rock song about grace and another with the refrain “Funny the way it is…someone is going hungry while someone else is eating out.”

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Faith Bigger Than a Peanut

Franklin Springs Family Media Presents “George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Way” Featuring Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr.

FRANKLIN, TN, February 11, 2010 - In a time when heroes are in short supply, Franklin Springs Family Media of Franklin, TN, has produced a timely film about an influential and enigmatic African-American leader. While U.S. historians often limit their focus to his scientific genius  George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Way mines deeper into the spiritual core of  Carver, chronicling the inspiring story of a faith tested and refined by hardship and the harsh realities of being born into slavery and growing up in the reconstruction era. The film was released nationally on February 1 - the first day of Black History Month.  

“Carver's greatest overlooked contribution in my opinion was his love and appreciation for creation and creativity.  He was a true scientist who was more than a lab coat and a microscope,” said Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr., the well-known author, conference speaker and preaching pastor at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. Baucham lends his voice as narrator in this powerful tribute to the whole of Carver’s life.

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Best-Selling Author Josh McDowell Cross-Examines Oprah’s Ambiguous Spirituality Before a Washington Audience, January 22

VIENNA, VA, Jan. 7, 2010 - One might ask why Josh McDowell, the author of the mega best-selling book More than a Carpenter, who’s also considered one of the most respected Christian apologists of our time, is speaking out about the spiritual influence of media empress Oprah Winfrey.

And why McDowell teamed with apologetics teacher Dave Sterrett on a provocative new book that compares the content of Oprah’s spirituality and the teachers she endorses with what the Bible actually says - which they released just prior to Oprah’s announcement of her new OWN TV network.

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Tale of Two Creation Films Denied First Amendment Rights on Darwin’s Anniversary

HUNTSVILLE, AL, Nov. 25, 2009 - Two creation films called “inappropriate” were denied the opportunity to be shown in government facilities this week - which marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. While the intelligent design film Darwin's Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record has not been granted permission for a showing in California, The Mysterious Islands, a new 90-minute Vision Forum film that challenges Darwin’s evolution by taking audiences back to engage the enchanted Galapagos Islands, has enjoyed a victory and will premiere as previously scheduled tonight, Nov. 25, at 6:30 PM, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.

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“O” God,” a New Book by Best-selling Author Josh McDowell

DANA POINT, CA, Aug. 25, 2009--Best-selling author and apologist Josh McDowell (“More Than a Carpenter”) and fellow apologist Dave Sterrett of Probe Ministries believe that as many people leave churches and give up on organized religion, they’re turning to Oprah as their spiritual leader. Their new novel “O” God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah’s Spirituality” (Worldnet Daily Books) will release nationally on Oct. 6, 2009.  

Whether voiced aloud, only thought about, or hidden down deep as a nagging suspicion, the truth about Oprah’s splintered belief and the advice of the colorful teachers she promotes is among today’s most relevant issues.  

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Best-Selling Author Claims Berkley Atheists Afraid of Contents of New Book

BELLFLOWER, CA, August  31, 2009-Best-selling author Ray Comfort, The Way of the Master co-host with actor Kirk Cameron, has a love-hate relationship with atheists. Comfort challenged an atheist group at U.C. Berkley to a debate, but the student group-described online as a forum for open-minded discussion free from intolerance-considered it for more than a week, then declined. Comfort believes the atheists are afraid he will say exactly what they believe-that nothing created everything, which is a scientific impossibility, and expose the common error that atheists are intellectuals. Now, as the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species approaches, Comfort will release a new book debunking this prominent view. “Nothing Created Everything: The Scientific Impossibility of Atheistic Evolution (Worldnet Daily Books) will release on Sept. 22, 2009.  

Nothing Created Everything offers readers a real-life glimpse into Comfort’s world-an ongoing dialogue with professed atheists, many of whom interact with him on The Way of the Master and on his blog “Atheist Central” at http://raycomfortfood.blogspot.com/ 

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Good News

Eye - Candie's

Clothing Line Sends Young Girls Back To School As Eye-Candie's

Leader of the Modesty Movement for 'Tween Girls Uses Dollars and Sense to Fight Disturbing Candie's Abstinence Campaign; Dannah Gresh Unites Thousands of  Concerned Moms to Shop at National Retail Stores Voted Most Age-Appropriate during "Secret Keeper Girl Shop 'Til You Drop" Event  

NASHVILLE, TN, August 17, 2009 - Best-selling author Dannah Gresh, founder of Seeker Keeper Girl, an initiative that promotes modesty for 'tween girls, is calling for little girls to abstain from buying into a new campaign by the Candie's Foundation. For just $15 plus shipping and handling, young girls can add to their back-to-school wardrobe a tight-fitting tank top with the slogan "I'm SEXY enough … to keep you waiting" emblazoned across the chest.

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Father/Son Focus on Relationship

IN NEW EVIDENCE FOR THE RESURRECTION BOOK

In First Joint Book Project, Best-Selling Author Josh McDowell and His Son Sean

View Resurrection of Christ Through Fresh Lens To Address Cultural Epidemic of Pain and Loneliness  

Your browser may not support display of this image.DANA POINT, CA, - The empty tomb of Christ was not only intended to offer the church a future hope, according tobest-selling author Josh McDowell in his most compelling book since Evidence That Demands a Verdict. In this first collaboration with his son Sean McDowell, titled Evidence for the Resurrection: What It Means for Your Relationship with God (Regal Books), Josh views this key event in human history through a fresh lens, called relevant apologetics, designed to answer crucial life questions people face everyday in our culture.

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Women and Pastor’s Wives Cups Overflow with Encouragement

During Thelma Wells’ New Ready To Win Conference 

GARLAND, TX, - Like a silver-haired sports announcer in heels and exposing a mother’s heart, Thelma Wells, formerly of Women of Faith, spewed words of encouragement and affirmation in rapid-fire succession over hundreds of women attending her newly launched conference, appropriately named Ready To Win. It was held May 22 and 23 at the Special Events Center in Garland, Texas. World Vision and KVTT 91.7, a local Christian radio station, signed on as sponsors.

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