Best-selling author and pastor Rick Warren plans to give an exclusive preview and behind-the-scenes look at the production of "The Bible" TV series, created by Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, during a live webcast on Saturday. The event comes one day before the much-anticipated first episode premieres on the History Channel this Sunday.
The 90-minute simulcast hosted by Warren will feature an overview of the series with not-yet-seen portions of the series and the "why" behind the series with Burnett and Downey, according to Pastors.com, a website dedicated to providing guidance and resources for Christian leaders.
"One way to build a bridge between God's Word and the issues of our day is to tie a sermon series into some cultural event, something that has already caught the attention of many people," Warren stated. "For instance, when we enter the current economic crisis, I preached a series on God's principles for money management. It taught people that the Bible offers wise and practical advice on how to handle your finances. more >>
LOS ANGELES – More than 400 guests attended an Academy Awards show viewing party co-hosted by a collaboration of more than a half-dozen different Christian-based ministries at Bel Air Presbyterian Church on Sunday evening. All the ministries are focused on helping believers make an impact through their work in the entertainment industry – especially in the tough arena of Hollywood.
"God tells us that when two or more are gathered in His name then He is there," Karen Covell, founder of the Hollywood Prayer Network, told The Christian Post. HPN was one of the ministries helping with the event that featured a live broadcast of the Oscars shown on several big screens inside the church, food, prizes, and short discussions about faith in the industry during the commercials.
"Our goal as Christian professionals in Hollywood is to use our gifts and talents in the secular entertainment industry, along with ministering to the creative community, both by loving and sharing our faith with our co-workers who don't yet know Jesus and to build up, encourage and pray for our Christian friends and associates," Covell explained. "That won't happen unless we gather together, break bread together, build unity and have fun together." more >>
A California school district has been sued by a family claiming that the twice weekly yoga classes it offers are a violation of the separation between church and state.
The lawsuit against Encinitas Union School District in San Diego was filed on Wednesday, with plaintiffs Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock speaking out along with their two children, who attend the school, The Association Press reported.
Superintendent Timothy B. Baird has said that he has not yet seen the lawsuit, but maintained that the district has the right to integrate yoga into its curriculum if it chooses. more >>
A shocking revelation was made by a woman who asserted her support for abortion during the Walk for Life rally that was held in San Francisco, Calif., last month.
In a newly posted video that pro-life groups are circulating on the Internet, Russell Hunter of Abolish Human Abortion is filmed talking to pro-abortion advocates when a woman in the crowd declares: "I'm a millionaire because I had an abortion when I was 18."
Hunter then asked the woman: "So, get an abortion so that you can become a millionaire? Would you like to go on record for that? more >>
Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA team, died on Monday at the age of 80 after recently being hospitalized with an undisclosed type of cancer.
Buss has become known in the sports community as creating the Hollywood glamour image that is now associated with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bob Steiner, Buss's assistant, told multiple media outlets that the famed owner died at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday morning. more >>
An unemployed man from California used the Christian dating website ChristianMingle.com to meet a woman and later raped her while visiting her home, police said, adding he may have raped other women.
Sean Patrick Banks, 37, from Del Mar, was arrested last week and charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of burglary for allegedly raping the woman at her home in La Mesa in November, according to KGTV-TV.
Banks, who now faces 36 years to life in prison if convicted, was arrested on Monday, and pleaded not guilty two days later. He posted $500,000 bail and was released from custody on his own recognizance. more >>