Actress and filmmaker Roma Downey recently made it clear that scenes in "Son of God" that included an actor who played the devil, but who some say looks a lot like President Barack Obama, have been edited out of the movie releasing next week.
"It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor. This is now a movie about Jesus, the son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time," Downey, who produced the movie with her husband, Mark Burnett, told The Hollywood Reporter.
"Son of God," which opens on Feb. 28, is a theatrical version of the "The Bible" TV miniseries, a highly successful show on the History Channel that featured actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan. more >>
A new book on Ruth and Billy Graham contains many lessons today's Christians can learn from the couple.
"There were so many books – several hundred – on the ministry and life of Billy Graham, but a real biography of the couple I could not find," Hanspeter Nuesch, 30-year director of Campus Crusade for Christ in Switzerland, told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday. Nuesch explained that "Ruth played an important role in his ministry – she was his life partner in everything." His new book, Ruth and Bill Graham: The Legacy of a Couple, was released last month.
Nuesch laid out five key lessons Ruth, who died in 2007, and Billy Graham, 95, taught with their lives. He suggested modern Christians apply these lessons to their lives today. more >>
"The Lego Movie," directed by Phil Lord, has been criticized and praised as an anti-business film with a villain who looks like Mitt Romney, but Christian reviewers say it does not take a political stance and provides a strong outlet for conversation with children about the important things in life.
"The movie is so frenetic that it's hard to pin it down the first time," Alex Wainer, associate professor of Communication and Media Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University, told The Christian Post in a statement on Friday. Nevertheless, he praised the film. "I recommend the film as a great conversation starter for families and friends interested in the way movies can raise questions about life and how we should live.
"The Lego Movie" hit the top of the box office last weekend with $69 million and a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While some attack it as a "capitalist dystopia" ruled by "President Business," libertarian critic Mollie Hemingway suggested it may be "the most subversive pro-liberty film ever." more >>
Two United Methodist Church clergy of Washington state were recently suspended for a day for officiating same-sex marriage ceremonies, considered a violation of the denomination's rules.
The Rev. Cheryl A. Fear of Garden Street United Methodist Church in Bellingham and the Rev. Gordon Hutchins of The Bridge Church in Tacoma were suspended for 24 hours without pay for performing gay marriages in 2012.
Clergy are forbidden from officiating same-sex marriages even in states where the practice is legally recognized, according to the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline. more >>
Evidence suggests that Christians are increasingly tolerant of casual sex, but what does the dating scene look like for those who are choosing not to engage in premarital sex?
A ChristianMingle poll released last month suggests that Christians are increasingly open to having sex outside of marriage. Sixty-one percent of the 716 Christians surveyed said they would be willing to have sex without any strings attached. Only 11 percent indicated they would be willing to wait until marriage. more >>
Initial screenings of Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" has revealed that Christians were not entirely on board with the "Black Swan" director's depiction of the famous Genesis character.
After "Noah" superseded its initial $125 million budget and became the costliest movie that Aronofsky had ever made, Paramount Pictures forced the director - against his will - to show several different versions of the unfinished movie to test audiences last year.