A new show, "King David," is currently being developed as a one-hour series drama that will showcase the biblical figure King David through a dark perspective as a man who becomes involved in making "monstrous" decisions at the expense of his family and personal beliefs.
The series is being pitched as "an epic mafia show in biblical clothing," by film distributor Atmosphere Entertainment and Entertainment One, which produces and distributes the AMC network show "Hell on Wheels" and internationally distributes the network's "The Walking Dead."
"Over the years, I've had a penchant for developing cutting-edge dramatic properties with historical roots and broad audience appeal. 'King David' fits that bill," said Mark Canton of Atmosphere, according to the Hollywood Reporter. more >>
The stage for the first Christmas was set by a politician-Caesar Augustus. The backdrop was a political policy: a census of the Roman Empire-"of all the inhabited earth," in the words of Luke 2:1. Everyone knows the story. Joseph and his young bride, heavy with child, travel from their adopted hometown of Nazareth to their ancestral hometown of Bethlehem. And there, in the House of Bread, the village of David, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords was born-Jesus, the Christ.
The secular and the sacred-intermingled at one of the most significant events in human history.
It seems Christmas and politics have always dovetailed into one another, especially in our modern age. In language reminiscent of the 1990s, it isn't politically correct to call Christmas trees or Christmas plays "Christmas." And Christmas displays on public property-if you're politically sensitive-should be accompanied by more secular versions of Christmas (Santa and Rudolph and Frosty) or by oxymoronic versions of Christmas (signs extolling the mythology of Christ's birth or images of the evolutionary progression of humans from apes). And you must never say, "Merry Christmas." It might offend. "Happy Holidays" is the seasonal greeting for the politically correct. more >>
Several weeks before Calvin College senior Ryan Struyk was due to return to school and assume his position as editor in chief of the student newspaper the Calvin Chimes last summer, he began mulling over how he might deepen the campus thought process on LGBT issues.
Struyk felt that the conversation had stagnated at his liberal arts, Michigan-based Christian college where he observed that many discussions among the 4,000 students were constrained and shallow, as many individuals did not personally know—or know that they knew—any LGBT students.
"Different pockets of Calvin students are in different places, Struyk told The Christian Post. "There are some groups on campus who have friends who are gay and are out, and there are some pockets of Calvin students who still use gay slurs and don't think they have any friends who are gay. I wanted to help [the latter] pockets realize there are a lot of these students asking these questions and might be in their own friend group that they don't know about." more >>
We have collected holiday greetings released by some of today's best-known figures in politics, music, and movies.
1. Kelly Clarkson
Newlywed and pregnant, Kelly Clarkson posed with her husband Brandon Blackstock and her stepchildren in a Christmas card posted to Twitter this year. more >>
Creation Museum President and CEO Ken Ham said the museum's recent move to allow children 12 years old and under to come and visit for free in 2014 is a response to evolutionists "indoctrinating kids in the pagan religion of evolution."
"We want to do what we can to get as many kids to the Creation Museum to learn the truth concerning God's Word in Genesis and the gospel," Ham explained in a Facebook post on Thursday.
"Evolutionists go ballistic when they learn about kids coming to the Creation Museum – so let's spread the word as much as we can – bring as many kids as possible to the Creation Museum in 2014," he urged supporters. more >>
U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced a bill Thursday that would protect the tax exempt status of organizations opposed to gay marriage. A similar bill was introduced in the U.S. House in September.
If passed, the "Marriage and Religious Freedom Act" would prevent the government from denying tax exempt status for any group because it opposes the redefinition of marriage.
"This bill protects the rights of individuals and organizations from religious discrimination by the federal government," Lee said. "Those who believe in the traditional definition of marriage deserve respect and tolerance. It is critical that we clarify the law to ensure that their fundamental civil liberties are not at risk." more >>