The upcoming movie "Captive" tells the true story of Ashley Smith, an Atlanta woman who was held captive overnight by a crazed murderer named Brian Nichols, and how this unlikely incident transformed her life forever, bringing her closer to Jesus Christ.
Smith, who was addicted to crystal meth at the time, was given a copy of Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren's book, Purpose Driven Life, and was fighting for custody for her daughter shortly before being held hostage by Nichols, who had escaped from court after killing a judge, court reporter, a sheriff's deputy and a federal agent in 2005.
"I wasn't a mother anymore because my aunt had taken custody of my child. I wasn't a positive member of society. I just was a lonely widowed drug addict who had no motive or reason to live at that point," Smith told The Christian Post, reflecting back on her life at that time. more >>
The Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has accused Bill Nye "the Science Guy" of promoting "the religion of naturalism" and seeking to "brainwash generations of kids" due to the release of his latest book focused on the dangers of climate change, titled Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World.
"The more you read what Bill Nye is saying, the more you should realize he is on a mission to brainwash generations of kids in the religion of naturalism — which in reality is atheism," Ham says in his Answers in Genesis blog.
"Bill Nye has previously made alarming claims about climate change and the coming disastrous effects of it, and likely this book will perpetuate those alarmist ideas," he adds. more >>
Marvel is about to inject some "diversity" into its line of comic book heroes as it plans to release a book about a Native American hero that has appeared in Marvel comics in the early days. According to a report in Mashable, Marvel is doing a series of comic books for the hero "Red Wolf," who recently appeared in the Western-themed issue of the "1872" series.
The report claimed that although Native Americans have appeared in Marvel comics previously, no Native American character has ever gotten its own series. The report interestingly noted that when Marvel revealed that it was going to do a reboot of its comic characters, Red Wolf was included in the teaser art that accompanied that announcement.
Red Wolf's first appearance was in Avengers #80 in 1970 but he was known by another name - William Talltrees. He had his own series that ran for nine issues in 1972. The stories mainly focused on the Old West. The Red Wolf that will be featured in the upcoming series, however, will be a different take on the hero. He will be living in the American Southwest where he will be battling against criminals using "more grounded powers." more >>
Now that my friend Brian Houston's new book, Live Love Lead is out and being read by plenty of leaders, I thought it was time to ask him some questions.
As founding pastor of Hillsong Church, with locations in at least 15 major cities around the world, his leadership principles have impacted thousands of pastors and ministry leaders. Plus, "Hillsong Music" is the most popular worship label worldwide, and the feature length motion picture "Let Hope Rise" — about their band "Hillsong United" — is in the works. So we had a lot to talk about:
Phil Cooke: Hillsong seems to be taking off like a rocket these days. You're continuing to open churches in major cities around the world, the conferences are growing, Hillsong music is exploding, and the feature film "Let Hope Rise" will be released soon. With everything that's going on, why did you decide to write the new book right now? more >>
Art Hooker, a filmmaker who says he told an unsaved Lecrae to rap for Jesus back in 1998, has been working on a documentary film about the rapper and the Unashamed Movement that dates back to 2010 and features commentary from Pastors John Piper and Matt Chandler.
.Hooker expects the film, titled "Unashamed World," to release in 2016, according to Rapzilla.
"Unashamed World" documents the rise of Lecrae and Reach Records. It was originally slated for a 2010/2011 launch, however, Hooker held off on releasing it due to the change in trajectory for the rapper's career as doors in the mainstream music world began to open up for Lecrae around that time. more >>
"Game of Thrones" fans are all quite aware that the next season of the series will be a mystery without the guide of George R.R. Martin's novels. This fact may be driving the followers who have been reading the books crazy, but all hope may not be lost as the best-selling author announced he is targeting 2016 as the release date of the new book.
Martin has continuously been plagued by the question on when he plans to finish the book, and instead of giving his vague answers like usual, he did his best to assure fans that he is putting all his time and efforts into getting it done. He tells Entertainment Weekly that it isn't lost on him the significance of his book being published before season 6 of Game of Thrones premieres next spring. He shares that finishing the book, "Winds of Winter," "has been important to me all along." He also further adds, "I wish it was out now. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish. But I canceled two convention appearances, I'm turning down a lot more interviews — anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done."
He also reveals how the books may definitely end up going a different direction. Everyone is already aware the books and the show are ultimately going their own ways, especially at this point. Martin says that he just started entertaining the idea of a plot twist that no one has seen coming and which he has never considered previously until it all fell into place. He goes,"This is going to drive your readers crazy, but I love it. I'm still weighing whether to go that direction or not. It's a great twist. It's easy to do things that are shocking or unexpected, but they have to grow out of characters. They have to grow out of situations. Otherwise, it's just being shocking for being shocking. But this is something that seems very organic and natural, and I could see how it would happen. And with the various three, four characters involved… it all makes sense. But it's nothing I've ever thought of before. And it's nothing they can do in the show, because the show has already — on this particular character — made a couple decisions that will preclude it, where in my case I have not made those decisions." more >>