LOS ANGELES – A panel of media and filmmaking experts asked pastors and the Christian community to engage more with those in the movie business, including in the early stages of the creative process, to help facilitate quality films coming to theaters.
The call for pastors to become participants rather than combatants in the Hollywood entertainment industry came during the 168 Film Festival this past weekend. Pastors were invited to the event and during the session to discuss Christians in media, after the experts had made their case, Pastor Grady Williams of Powerhouse Christian Fellowship in Irvine was in full agreement.
"The spirit of God can use all kinds of movies," Williams said. "If we [as pastors] can amplify that which is good then we can see it. We cannot ever supersede the work of the Spirit. I just rejoice today that there is so much salt and light in Hollywood and in the entertainment industry." more >>
Ed Young, pastor of the Texas-based, multi-campus Fellowship Church, explained in his Sunday sermon the difference between Christianity and other world religions to make the point that following Christ is not a religion but is rather based on a relationship.
Young's sermon was part of his current "Mythbusters" series which he has used to biblically clarify preconceived notions about God that society tends to hold as true. In talking about religion, Young emphasized that God does not want His followers to be religious, contrary to what people think.
"There are some similarities among world religions because all make exclusive claims but Jesus says in John 14:6, 'I am the way, the truth and the life. No one gets to God but by Me,'" said Young. "So to call Jesus just a good teacher is being intellectually and historically dishonest." more >>
A new app tailored for the Yom Kippur Jewish holiday uses the biblical story of the scapegoat found in Leviticus to teach about the Day of Atonement.
The application, named the eScapegoat App, allows users to admit their sins and off-load them onto a virtual goat that represents the scapegoat in Leviticus.
"The real benefit of this app is that we are teaching people the story from Leviticus about the scapegoat," Sarah Lefton, founder and executive director of G-dcast and the developer who created the app, told The Christian Post. "Our whole mission is raising basic literacy, so this is a way for us to teach the Bible without making that obvious." more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson made her first appearance as a competitor on "Dancing with the Stars" last night, but not before honoring God.
The 17-year-old model was announced as a season 19 cast member earlier this month and is paired with "DWTS" pro Mark Ballas. Ahead of their debut on the dance floor, Robertson tweeted a passage from the Bible referring to dancing.
"a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, Ecclesiastes 3:4 NIV) ITS DANCE TIME," Robertson posted on Sept. 15 ahead of Monday's show. more >>
We always seek encouragement to keep us going and never give up. The Bible is full of verses that give us guidance and reassurance when we are in need. Some famous Christians have had many quotes that are memorable and show us the importance of Jesus in our lives.
These famous Christian quotes have been passed down from generation to generation because they have inspired so many. It's a great feeling to know that when you are struggling with your faith, you can always fall back on the wisdom of the people who came before you.
Below are seven encouraging quotes from Christian names you'll recognize: more >>
The new Adult Swim series "Black Jesus" has sparked some debate over the ethnicity of the historical Jesus Christ.
Christian rapper Tedashii was recently interviewed by VladTV.com where he discussed what Jesus' actual skin color was, and if Christ was closer to resembling an African man or a white European.
"The accuracy of Jesus' ethnicity matters to an extent for me, but probably because of my upbringing here [in the U.S.]," said Tedashii. "Growing up, there was this view of oppression that came from a certain people group, and then when you look to the God that you believe in, and the picture painted for you is the same individual, it does grow this kind of conflict within you to [say] alright, this doesn't make sense." more >>