LOS ANGELES – A panel of media and filmmaking experts asked pastors and the Christian community to engage more with those in the movie business, including in the early stages of the creative process, to help facilitate quality films coming to theaters.
The call for pastors to become participants rather than combatants in the Hollywood entertainment industry came during the 168 Film Festival this past weekend. Pastors were invited to the event and during the session to discuss Christians in media, after the experts had made their case, Pastor Grady Williams of Powerhouse Christian Fellowship in Irvine was in full agreement.
"The spirit of God can use all kinds of movies," Williams said. "If we [as pastors] can amplify that which is good then we can see it. We cannot ever supersede the work of the Spirit. I just rejoice today that there is so much salt and light in Hollywood and in the entertainment industry." more >>
Beyonce and Jay Z reportedly renewed their wedding vows while celebrating her 33rd birthday earlier this month.
The couple, who marked their fifth wedding anniversary in April, gathered loved ones in Corsica on Sept. 4 to celebrate Beyonce's birthday. They also held a special commitment ceremony during which they reportedly renewed their wedding vows.
"They were joined on a private beach by Beyonce's mom Tina, their daughter Blue Ivy and a small group of close friends and recited a new set of vows during a short but very romantic ceremony, which doubled up as a birthday celebration," a source told Grazia magazine. more >>
Ed Young, pastor of the Texas-based, multi-campus Fellowship Church, explained in his Sunday sermon the difference between Christianity and other world religions to make the point that following Christ is not a religion but is rather based on a relationship.
Young's sermon was part of his current "Mythbusters" series which he has used to biblically clarify preconceived notions about God that society tends to hold as true. In talking about religion, Young emphasized that God does not want His followers to be religious, contrary to what people think.
"There are some similarities among world religions because all make exclusive claims but Jesus says in John 14:6, 'I am the way, the truth and the life. No one gets to God but by Me,'" said Young. "So to call Jesus just a good teacher is being intellectually and historically dishonest." more >>
Virginity does not rock at Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
That's the lesson 13-year-old Chloe Rubiano learned. Chloe is in the eighth grade. She is also a good church-going girl. So you can imagine her mom's surprise when she got in trouble at school.
Chloe showed up at school wearing a T-shirt that reads: "Virginity Rocks." more >>
NFL star Adrian Peterson has been indefinitely banned from the game and attending or participating in any Vikings games; Peterson has also lost endorsements from several sponsors.
The Vikings originally allowed Peterson to participate in games and practices while his child abuse case in Texas continued. However, the team came under intense scrutiny for that decision by fans and sponsors, who threatened to pull support for the entire franchise if Peterson was allowed to continue playing. Now, though, the Vikings have changed their minds and decided to bench Peterson indefinitely while the case continues.
"While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and Adrian," Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said in a statement. "We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community." more >>
Physicians have a proud heritage. We can boast Dr. Benjamin Rush, a founding father, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Surgeon General of the Continental Army, and opponent of slavery. And Dr. James Derham, born a slave in 1762, who grew a successful practice that included freeman and slaves.
We have modern-day sources of pride in Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, a world expert in the care of viral hemorrhagic fevers, Dr. Abrahim Borbor, and Dr. Sahr Rogers. All three died while fighting to save the lives of patients with Ebola Virus Disease.
Groups of physicians provide charity care at clinics across the country such as Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), "a national solution to America's uninsured, guiding the development of a free clinic network one community at a time." The San Francisco's Clinic by the Bay, staffed by 125 volunteers, is fully privately financed and accepts no insurance or government funding. more >>