NEW YORK — Bill O'Reilly, host of the Fox News program "The O'Reilly Factor," spoke briefly at the premiere of the new National Geographic mini-series "Killing Jesus," which is based on his best-selling book, and talked about his controversial decision to cast a Muslim actor for role of Jesus in the film.
During his speech, which took place before the series was shown to the audience in its entirety, O'Reilly explained his decision to cast young Muslim actor Haaz Sleiman for the role of Jesus.
He admitted to being concerned about some of the backlash that might come, but said Sleiman "was the best person for the job" and that because of this "Jesus would hire him." more >>
NEW YORK — The upcoming National Geographic miniseries "Killing Jesus," which is based on Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly's bestselling book of the same name, tells the story of the historical Jesus and leaves the supernatural claims made by believers out of the equation.
The approach to the film was intentional, according to some of the actors in the film who believe it will help to get the Jesus story out to those who are skeptics.
Chris Ryman, who plays Malchus, the Roman guard who arrests Jesus before His crucifixion, commented on the film's portrayal of Jesus — the man — in the film. more >>
NEW YORK — Pastor Judah Smith, who has made headlines for spiritually mentoring big name celebrities such as singer Justin Bieber and football star Russell Wilson, recently sat down with CP Voice to discuss his latest book, Life Is _______, which is a follow up to his 2013 work, Jesus Is _______.
I asked him about the blank line on the cover after the words, Life Is ________.
"The blank is there similar to our previous project because Christians are famous for monologues and not so much dialogue, and the heart behind the project is really to create a conversation," said Smith. "The blank is there because it's like, OK, this is how I would fill in the blank. But just because I fill in the blank, that doesn't mean that you would fill in the blank like that. And here's my value system predicated upon the ancient Scripture and what I believe about God. That's how I fill in the blank." more >>
CNN's compelling new series "Finding Jesus" is sparking conversations about the Bible across the nation and one pastor in Canada said the series has inspired his Sunday sermons.
"Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery," a six-part series, explores mysteries of the Bible by investigating science and archaeology in a bid to dispel myths and reaffirm facts about Christianity. During episode two, the documentary explored the identity of John the Baptist and his possible remains which set the basis for a recent sermon led by Toronto's Willowdale Pentecostal Church Senior Pastor Dan Disabatino.
"It's given us a format to follow and it's given us something to try to engage our congregation," Disabatino said of the popular series. "It's very well done and we're very impressed with the quality. … [So far] we've done two sermons over two Sundays." more >>
Fantasy author George R.R. Martin has given another hint he may be finishing the sixth book in his epic series of "A Song of Fire and Ice" within this year.
George R.R. Martin has given fans of his book new hope after letting slip another hint he will be getting down to seriously work on finishing "The Winds of Winter" by 2015.
The hint came after the notoriously combative author announced he would be skipping the Comic-Con in San Diego this month, and the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, New York in November to concentrate on completing the sixth book in his "A Song of Fire and Ice" series. more >>
Don Piper, who survived what should have been a fatal car accident in 1989, recently opened up about the film being made based on his book, 90 Minutes in Heaven.
The film of the same name, which stars Kate Bosworth and Hayden Christensen, follows Piper's true story of the car accident and his experience in heaven. Although he was initially reluctant to share his story in 90 Minutes in Heaven, Piper told The Christian Post that both the book and the upcoming film is his way of trying to share the experience with others, and more importantly, get them to heaven, too.
"The anticipation of heaven is instant for me," Piper said while on the set of "90 Minutes in Heaven," which just wrapped in early March. more >>