A reproduction of a handwritten, seven-volume Bible reminiscent of those created during the Medieval Times has found its home at a worship and retreat center in Phoenix, Ariz., which will be showcasing the intricate work, as well as using it at masses during the Easter season.
The Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley has purchased the seven-volume reproduction of a handwritten Bible created by the Benedictine St. John's University in Minnesota as part of their millennium project. The creation includes handwritten text and hand-painted images recording all of the books found in the Catholic Bible, and can be illuminated from behind. The original manuscript remains on display at the university.
The original handwritten project was taken on by the Benedictine St. John's University 15 years ago. The university has now teamed with a Roswell Bookbinding, a Phoenix-based book binding company, to produce 299 replicas known as the Heritage Edition. The replicas will be sold to churches all over the world so they may be displayed for viewing. more >>
Astronomical events have been making headlines lately. On April 8, the orbits of Mars, Earth, and the sun fell into a straight line in a rare cosmic alignment called an opposition. Precisely one week later, we will see the first of four extremely unusual total lunar eclipses.
Is there any significance to these extraordinary celestial events? Could it be that God is using the sun, moon, and stars to communicate with us and to announce things to come? The answer is yes!
The Bible is clear that the sun, moon, and stars are connected to Israel and biblical prophecy. Throughout history God has used the science of astronomy (never astrology!) in connection with historical events to write prophetic messages in the heavens. more >>
Noah and God's Not Dead dropped out of the top five for the first time since the films were released in a weekend that saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier take first place for the second consecutive week.
In its third week of release, Noah fell to sixth place, dropping 56 percent off its previous week's total haul and bringing in only $7.5 million. Two weeks after its opening weekend first place finish, the film has made a total of $84.8 million domestically, (and $162 million worldwide,) leading Box Office Mojo, which had previously suggested that the film would undoubtedly pass $100 million, to now argue that if it continued "on this trajectory, it could fall short" of the milestone.
The low-budget Christian film God's Not Dead dropped from last weekend's fourth place finish to seventh. After three consecutive weeks in the top five, the film's profits fell 30 percent and the film made $4.5 million this weekend. During its month-long run the independent film has grossed $40.7 million. more >>
Susannah Birch had a traumatic experience when she was just a little girl, but is just now revealing what happened all those years ago. Her mother, suffering from bipolar disorder, decided to sacrifice her daughter, following the Old Testament story of Abraham sacrificing his only son, Isaac.
Susannah was only two years old and the only daughter of John and Linda Andrew, who were practicing Seventh Day Adventists in Queensland, Australia.
Comparisons have been made between the biblical sacrifice of Isaac, Abraham's only son, and Susannah's story. Yet John had no idea that Linda would actually try to do something so horrific to their daughter. more >>
An heirloom bible discovered at a Goodwill store in Denver, Colo. has been rightfully returned to its owner on the east coast thanks to an employee's interest in genealogy.
The Denver-area Goodwill store recently received a large, weathered-looking bible placed in a donation box along with various computer parts. Employees at the store opened the tome to find an inscription written in black ink that read: "Wm Burbidge, Long Bucky, Northhamptonshire, born May 20th 1812, Died August 9th 1882."
The inscription ended with "Grace Ann Burbidge, Born July 31st 1854, Died 12th May 1932." more >>
Louisiana is a step closer to making the Holy Bible its official state book after the House Committee approved the legislation this week, now sending the bill to a full vote in the House of Representatives.
The House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs voted 8 to 5 to pass the legislation, entitled House Bill 503. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Thomas Carmody (R-Shreveport), argues that the purpose of the bill is not to establish an official religion in the state, but rather to reflect America's history and founding principles as outlined by the country's Founding Fathers.