DeVon Franklin, Senior Vice President of Production for Columbia TriStar Pictures, is praying for a major turnout for the new film, Heaven Is for Real, in theaters this week. Blockbuster sales at the box office would, according to the Hollywood executive and devout Christian, result in more faith-friendly features on the big screen.
"The success of this movie opening weekend directly correlates to the decision to green-light and make more of them. It's an immediate thing," Franklin told The Christian Post via phone on Tuesday. "If there's a sense that there's a growing market and a growing hunger for more films like this, then the desire to continue to provide more films will increase, and decisions will be made to be able to make more films like this. more >>
Charles Jenkins, pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill., and writer of the popular worship song "Awesome," which has become an anthem in churches across the United States, is now at the center of an embarrassing scandal after a woman released a nude photo of him online in an alleged extortion plot.
A report from EEW Magazine News describes the unidentified woman as a disgruntled ex-employee who is trying to get Jenkins to pay money owed to her. The report, based on details revealed by ObnoxiousTV, alleges that the woman may have been more than just an employee to Jenkins.
"Allegedly, the woman attempted to blackmail God's called servant and demanded $20,000 in cash to keep his secrets secret (rumored she might actually be owed the money as compensation for her employment). However, according to conjecture, she was only paid half and the remaining balance was not delivered as planned," noted the ObnoxiousTV report. more >>
A Mormon online dating service set to launch later this year has received notice from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attorneys asserting that the church exclusively owns "Mormon" and images of the Salt Lake City temple.
The home page for "Mormon Match," which enticed 1,000 singles from more than 25 countries to sign-up within its first 48 hours, includes a backdrop featuring the temple and a verse from 3 Nephi 14:7, a passage found in the Book of Mormon.
Robert Schick, of Intellectual Reserve Inc., who represents the Mormon church's trademarks, argued that the dating site has no official connection with the LDS and consequently, no claim to use its language or images. more >>
President Barack Obama met with several faith leaders at the Oval Office on Tuesday to discuss what he called a "broken" immigration system. They highlighted the pain it has caused families and called on Congress to come to a bipartisan agreement for change.
"I disagree with the President on some serious issues of human life, marriage, and religious liberty, but this is one issue where the country isn't divided up into red and blue. I don't know anyone who thinks the status quo immigration policy is working," said Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
"Our border isn't secure, we don't know who is and who isn't in the country, and we have families torn apart by an incoherent and capricious system. I encouraged the President to work with Republicans to get beyond partisan bickering and fix this broken system." more >>
Michael Farris, the chairman and cofounder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, has criticized the biblical patriarchy beliefs of his former HSLDA colleague and Vision Forum founder, Doug Phillips, and said he regrets not speaking out against him sooner.
Michael Farris, an attorney who also founded Patrick Henry College, has expressed remorse for not making it clear sooner that he did not condone Phillips' views.
"There was no way that I could have known that Doug was involved in sexual misconduct, but I knew that he was involved in unscriptural views about women in his teaching," Farris wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday, referring to Phillips' admission last year that he had cheated on his wife. more >>
A Seattle fast food restaurant is receiving criticism for sending an advertisement to customers via email that shows an image of Jesus smoking marijuana and eating a cheeseburger.
The restaurant, Lunch Laboratory, recently released a controversial advertisement to subscribers of its email marketing list that shows an image of Jesus holding a marijuana cigarette and a cheeseburger. The image is advertising a "buy one, get one free" deal on April 20. While this Sunday marks the Christian holiday of Easter, April 20 is also known by many to be the informal holiday celebrating marijuana.
Above the image of Jesus, in green lettering, reads the date: "4.20.14." A voice bubble coming out of Jesus' mouth reads: "When I get back, all I want is the Burger of the Gods," a reference to one of the restaurant's menu options. more >>