Actor David Henrie, who appeared alongside Selena Gomez in the Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," among other television shows, could have easily fallen into the out-of-control party lifestyle Hollywood is known for, but he credits his Catholic faith for giving him the strength to survive in Tinseltown with his moral values intact.
Henrie, 25, who recently debuted his first short film "Catch" as a director, admitted that being in showbiz is not easy due to constant temptations.
"I've been lucky to have friends who are not in the business, who aren't enablers to the whole crazy lifestyle that can go along with Hollywood ... I think the people in Hollywood who are always working on their craft, those are the most successful people because they don't buy into the whole lifestyle that goes along with it," said Henrie in a "Freefall" audio interview with The Blaze's Billy Hallowell and Raj Nair. more >>
A version of the Bible reported to be more "elegant" and easier to read in form than traditional versions has exceeded original sales expectations.
The Bibliotheca is a four-volumed version of the Good Book in which the scriptures have their verse and chapter differentiations removed.
Bibliotheca presents the Bible in a more conventional book format and boasts of being a cleaner rendering of the text. more >>
Actress Candace Cameron Bure admits that being an outspoken woman of faith has made her the target of criticism. And while she has been criticized for various reasons in the past, she says her critics are after her fashion choices and modesty this time.
In a recent blog post on her website, Bure notes that maintaining her moral integrity while being successful in Hollywood is not as challenging as dealing with the scrutiny she faces through her personal social media accounts.
"The most negativity I receive on FB is about my clothing and modesty. I do realize I took a position of modesty while I was on Dancing With the Stars and because of it, people are that much more attentive to everything I wear. And understandably so!" wrote Bure. more >>
John MacArthur, author and pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California recently equated churches that declare support for gay marriage are "Satan's church."
"They have no allegiance to the Bible," said MacArthur, in comments reported by The Blaze earlier this week.
"You go back to every one of those seminaries … for a century [they] have been deniers of biblical authority, they have no relationship to scripture, they are the apostate church, they are Satan's church." more >>
SAN DIEGO - Catalyst executive director Brad Lomenick says the organization's initial main focus was not to create mega conferences but rather to solely trail blaze a path for young leaders in ministry.
During The Heart Revolution Conference at Cornerstone Church in San Diego last week, Lomenick shared with pastors and leaders that his ministry's intent began differently but over the years, that same vision has helped Catalyst become one of the most successful events in the country.
"Our vision was not to do conferences, it was to revolutionize our generation for the greater glory of God and create leaders that others will follow. If we had initially wanted to do a conference for thousands of people, it's like, been there done that…," said Lomenick. more >>
SAN DIEGO – Cornerstone Church in San Diego, California is the largest congregation led by a Latino pastor in the city's history. But the pastor, Sergio de la Mora, a second generation Mexican-American, says it is the church's message, not demographic, that attracts people to the church's several campuses throughout Southern California and Mexico.
"Because God is raising us second generation Latinos, He's breaking rules by using people like us. I believe that God is saying to America, 'give me permission to use people who you wouldn't think I can use," de la Mora, who leads the multicultural Cornerstone church, told The Christian Post during The Heart Revolution Conference last week. "I think the next movement of God is going to be done by people who allow God to use them to break rules so people's image of God is enlarged."
Despite his church's growth, de la Mora still believes in the power of the local church and the importance of serving the community's needs. more >>