Chipo Chung, who stars as Mary Magdalene in the 12-part series "A.D. The Bible Continues," recently revealed her own misconceptions about her character while discussing the Bible and women's roles in the early church with The Christian Post.
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's latest television series, which premiered last month before 13.1 million viewers, follows the harrowing yet uplifting story of the birth of the church.
Chung, who joins a cast that Downey said is "as diverse and beautiful as the church is around the world," delivers a stunning performance as Mary Magdalene as "A.D." explores the aftermath of Christ's death and its impact on His disciples. The actress, who is half Zimbabwean, half-Chinese, stars opposite of Argentinean actor Juan Pablo di Pace who plays Jesus, while additional roles of iconic Bible characters such as John, James, and Simon the Zealot went to actors from all over the world. more >>
An annual conference focused on gathering Christians together to advance justice for the less fortunate is scheduled to take place in Chicago next month.
Known as the Justice Conference and sponsored by World Relief, the event will be held June 5-6 at the Auditorium Theatre and will feature notable speakers discussing issues pertaining to human rights and Christian ethics.
Those expected to attend and give remarks include Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church of Atlanta, Georgia; Cornel West, social activist, author, and professor; Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief; and the Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition. more >>
The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye has defended his 2014 debate with The Creation Museum's Ken Ham, by stating that it allowed him the platform to tell millions of viewers why the idea that creationism is a possible theory for life on Earth is a "disastrous" thing to teach the young generation.
"In lots of states, kids are taught that evolution is just one possible theory that explains how life came about, and that creationism is another," Nye told VOX in an interview published on Tuesday.
"We need these kids to be part of the future. We need them to innovate and change the world. But if you raise a generation of students who don't believe in the most fundamental idea in biology, it's a formula for disaster. This is against our national interest, and if you raise a generation like this, they're victims," he added. more >>
Ben Piershale shares a powerful story from the Bible about a woman, known as the woman with the issue of blood. He's reminding us that God is right here with us, no matter what. The key to the whole story is that we never find out this woman's name, because in reality she is to reflect on our own lives. She is being used as an example showing that none of us are perfect, but God loves us either way.
In this video, his mission is to help people know that God wants a relationship with us, no matter how bad our past is. In all circumstances we should trust the Lord with all of our heart and know that He is always there for us. In the story about the woman and the issue of blood, virtue went out and eventually healed her. A polished exterior has nothing to do with how close we are to God and it's our faith that makes us well. Jesus died because we can't clean ourselves enough, our nature is sinful. Grace is right now, because He loves us.
No matter how lost we might be, He is always there to find us. He loves us more than we will ever know. more >>
A Kansas-based megachurch congregation that already boasts of being equal to the size of 150 United Methodist churches combined, is constructing a new $90 million sanctuary that will hold 3,500 people for each of its six Sunday services and will be adorned with a large stained glass structure to illustrate stories from the Bible.
The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, the largest United Methodist Church in the United States, has a facility that encompasses 70 acres and is three blocks long to accommodate its 20,000 members and hosts six to seven services each Sunday.
With the congregation's rapid growth, gaining 1,500 new members in 2014, pastor Adam Hamilton believes the church is ready to embark on a $90 million construction project to build a much larger sanctuary. more >>
The fundamental differences between self-described progressive Christians and more orthodox believers are commonly described as "they read and interpret the Bible very differently."
The fact that we have so many different Christian denominations within the broad umbrella of orthodoxy who take contrary positions on important but ultimately secondary issues like sacramentology or the Millennium testifies to how some parts of Scripture are indeed open to a degree of interpretation.
But there are quite a number of biblical teachings, from the bodily resurrection of Christ to the inherent sinfulness of homosexual practice, in which we could hardly expect the Bible to be more explicit, clear, or consistent. more >>