Oscar-winning actor and groundbreaking comedian Robin Williams had an interest in God and religion but he never experienced a genuine conversion or commitment to Christ, says Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission and editor-in-chief of Movieguide.com.
Baehr, who interviewed Williams on several occasions, said Williams' drug problems were actual demons that he "was trapped by" and although the late actor sought help in Christian facilities, he never found the inner peace he desperately searched for.
"I'm not sure he came to Christ, I'm sure he considered Christ … because when you come to Christ, your life changes 180 degrees. I don't think he had that explicit experience of being set free," Baehr told The Christian Post. more >>
"Passion of the Christ" actor Jim Caviezel has spoken out against abortion in a recent speech, calling it a "great sin" in America. He also reached out with a message of forgiveness to those who have gone through with the practice.
"Many people are a part of this great sin in this country. These are all God's children and he brings them home. Now He wants to bring you home. Do you think your friend has more grace than God? Does your friend have more love than the Creator? It can never be. God forgives you and now He needs you to begin, to accept forgiveness," the actor told the congregation at Rock Church in San Diego, WND.com reported earlier this week.
Caviezel, who currently stars in hit TV show "Person of Interest," recalled his experiences playing the role of Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's 2004 epic "The Passion of the Christ," which remains the most successful Christian movie ever made. more >>
Parents in Fremont, California, are pushing their school district to remove a health book with sections about oral sex, bondage and drug use from local high schools, saying there is no way the publishers can adapt the adult content featured in the book.
The Fremont Unified School District purchased the textbook, Your Health Today, over the summer to be taught in its six high schools. After overwhelming response from parents, Superintendent Jim Morris offered to have the books amended. However concerned parents want the books pulled from shelves because of its adult subject matter.
"My thinking, and the parents were thinking with me, that there's no way they can amend this book. Its got so much adult content in this book; how can they remove everything?" Asfia Ahmed told The Christian Post. Ahmed is one of the parents behind the Protect Fremont Children petition against the books. more >>
Passions flared during debate over a Common Core resolution at the American Federation of Teacher's convention, new video of the event shows.
Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, a New York City public school teachers union, joked that he would become violent against anyone who wants to get rid of the Common Core standards.
"If someone takes something from me I'm going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted sick hands and say it is mine, and I am going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the teachers! These are our tools and you sick people need to deal with us and the children we teach," he said as the audience cheered. more >>
In Burney, California, two wildfires which are eight miles apart from each other have become a major threat to the people and infrastructure of three neighboring towns and the Mayer Memorial Hospital -- a hospital for the elderly that require long-term and intensive care.
Evacuations in the neighborhood were prompted when the larger of the two fires, which started at the Lassen National Forest, invaded the communities, engulfing eight homes. The patients at Mayer Memorial Hospital were evacuated to another hospital in Redding 55-miles away to ensure their safety while the crisis is ongoing.
There are 14 wildfires across California currently. This prompted a declaration of a state of calamity in California, governor Jerry Brown said last weekend, according to a report by ABC News 10. more >>
Having a large church does not matter unless people are being discipled and growing with a purpose, said Rick Warren during a Hispanic pastor's conference, LiderVision, in Los Angeles Friday.
Warren, whose Saddleback Church boasts nearly 25,000 people, says having a mass following only counts if the church pastor has the right purpose and process and if they are the right person to lead.
"I'm not impressed with crowds, because a crowd is not a church. I'm not against crowds but you only turn them into a church if you have a process," he said. more >>