Will "Risen," an upcoming movie about the events following the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, prove as successful as Mel Gibson's gritty and controversial "Passion of the Christ," the top-grossing Christian movie of all time?
"Passion of the Christ," Gibson's 2004 blockbuster, is known for its gory and controversial presentation of Jesus' crucifixion. The film, slapped with an R-rating, won numerous awards after its release and remains the most successful Christian movie ever in terms of box office gross ($611 million worldwide).
The multitude of faith-based films that have since followed Gibson's work have failed to surpass the director's 2004 project, including last year's much hullabalooed "rival," "Son of God" (see a comparison here). more >>
It seems that everyone in America today knows that Jesus said, "Judge not, lest you be judged." But how many people know that Jesus called us to make righteous judgments and that Paul called us to judge fellow-believers?
One year ago, I wrote an article devoted to answering the question, "To Judge or Not to Judge?" It seems like now would be a perfect time to revisit the question, putting the emphasis on the importance of making righteous judgments.
I have to chuckle, though, when the "Don't judge" crowd is often guilty of the most ugly judgmentalism and name-calling, completely oblivious to the hypocrisy of it all. more >>
Sadie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame humbly admitted "I will never be perfect, but I serve a perfect God" before urging fans to "be confident" in messages posted on her Instagram and YouTube accounts.
The 17-year-old reality TV star has become a role model for young girls after rising to fame on A&E's hit series that's based on the Robertson family's Duck Commander business in West Monroe, Louisiana, in which her father, Willie, is the CEO. The starlet has also appeared on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Just two months after posting a video on YouTube titled "Live Original," the fashion model advised her fans on Instagram to just be themselves without striving for perfection. more >>
A strong majority of voters in Tennessee want the Holy Bible to be the official state book, according to the results of a recently released poll.
After the state legislature rejected a proposal to make the Good Book the official book for the state, Vanderbilt University released a poll showing that nearly two-thirds supported the idea.
WASHINGTON — As hundreds of thousands of Christians and religious minorities are living homeless in Iraq due to the rise of the Islamic State, a pastor from New York City says it is a "total embarrassment" that most American Christians are not willing to travel to the Kurdish region of Iraq to care for the persecuted.
The Rev. William Devlin, who pastors the Infinity Bible Church in South Bronx, has traveled to over 11 different countries where the persecution of Christians is rampant and in December he went to Kurdish Iraq for 11 days to provide humanitarian assistance to those displaced from their homes by ISIS.
Devlin, who's also a registered nurse with a specialty in war trauma, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that he plans to go back to Iraq in July and hopes to recruit and even pay for other pastors to go with him. more >>
Atheist author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has admitted that although in general he doesn't "despise individuals" and only their views, Young-Earth Creationists pass his "limits" on the issue. He also argued that humans are really African apes, and are descendants from ancestors that can be called "monkeys."
"I said I'd never despise individuals, just their views. But there are limits, and YE Creationists who refuse to look at evidence pass mine," Dawkins wrote on Thursday on Twitter.
The God Delusion author has spoken out many times against Creationism, or a literal interpretation of the Genesis story in the Bible. Young Earth Creationists, in particular, believe the Earth is not billions, but only several thousands of years old. more >>