A deputy at a Georgia prison who was fired for hosting a Bible study with former inmates has said that he will not pursue legal actions against his former employer.
Josh McCuen, a former sheriff's deputy who worked at the Hall County Jail, told The Christian Post about his ministry, Revival 172.
McCuen, whose leading of a Christian study and nonprofit known as Revival 172 contributed to his termination, explained that he felt called to pour what he could into the ministry. more >>
Actor Ewan McGregor has said that playing both Jesus Christ and Satan in the "Last Days in the Desert" film was not as disorienting as people may think, as the two characters are portrayed separately, and Jesus always knows He is the Son of God. McGregor revealed that there were several challenges to shooting the crucifixion scene, however.
In an interview with Yahoo Movies posted on Monday, McGregor reveals that the production was shot for five weeks in Southern California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The plot of the movie, which recently opened at the Sundance Film Festival, follows Yeshua, as Jesus is called in the movie, as He wanders the desert for 40 days and 40 nights, meditating on the divine nature of His calling.
As for Satan's nature in the film, McGregor said the film leaves it open for interpretation. more >>
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are extending their collaboration with NBC from "A.D." this spring to another television series, "Unveiled," the network announced on Friday.
The husband and wife production team are set to premiere "A.D." this Easter, but another one-hour drama based on "flawed guardian angels" who attempt to restore faith and save the lives of those in crises will also make its way to NBC shortly. "Unveiled" will premiere during the 2015-16 season, according to Variety.
Downey and Burnett are acting as executive producers on "Unveiled" alongside John Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart, and Universal Television and Lightworkers Media will produce the series. The guardian angel theme on "Unveiled" could be inspired the hit '90's television series "Touched by an Angel" on which Downey starred as a kind-hearted angel Monica. The role earned the actress international fame as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe Award. more >>
A new Bible-based film "Confessions of a Prodigal Son" is headed to theaters next month with an important message for Christians: we are all prodigals.
Nathan Clarkson, who wrote, produced and stars in the modern retelling of the Bible's "The Parable of the Lost Son," explained that he hopes that "Confessions of a Prodigal Son" reminds Christians that, not only have we all had some experience with "wasteful" and "extravagant" behavior as the word prodigal describes, but that we should be encouraged by Jesus to show grace and kindness toward prodigals.
"I consider everyone a prodigal," the actor told CP. "There is kind of a mentality that a prodigal son likes sex drugs and rock and roll, but we are all prodigals. This movie depicts one kind of prodigal but almost anyone can find something in this story because we have all looked for fulfillment in things that aren't ultimately what we are meant for and what we are meant to fill up with." more >>
I knew I was attracted to the same sex when I was seven — in some capacity, anyway. I don't think it's physiologically possible to truly feel sexual attraction at such a young age. But I knew there was a drawing in me toward the same gender – and drawing that was more than what some would say is "natural" or "normal."
As I grew up in a rural Louisiana town and teenage hormones began to surge throughout my body, my drawing toward the same gender intensified — sexually and emotionally. While I was definitely not engulfed in the life of a church during my adolescence, I was raised in close enough proximity to religious things – and religious people – that I knew the Bible referenced to homosexuality as an abominable thing.
The Bible referenced to me as an abominable thing. That was my understanding anyway. And not only did the Bible paint people like me in the light of all that is grotesque, but so did the people around me. Family, friends, football coaches. Everyone. To be gay was to be gross. To be gay was to be wicked. To be gay was to be scum. more >>
America's 10 most Bible-minded cities are all still located in the "Bible Belt" of the South and Birmingham, Alabama sits at the top of that pack. The state of Alabama also became the state with the most Bible-minded cities in 2015, according to a Barna survey commissioned by the American Bible Society.
The study is based on 42,855 interviews conducted nationwide and the analysis of Bible trends. Bible-minded individuals are those persons who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches.
According to the report, at least 46 percent of the population in the top-ten most Bible-minded cities met this criteria. more >>