Editors Note: This column was adapted from Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves.
Hollywood takes fat shaming to a new level when a writer shared his disapproval of actress Amy Schumer playing a lead role in an upcoming romantic comedy. The problem, besides the fact that no one should make statements about another person's size, Schumer is a size 6. She seemed to take the criticism as many actors do and tweeted an almost-naked picture of herself. As women, we don't have to feel the need to prove ourselves to others. And as Christian women, we have the tools to fight against fat shaming (or any issue related to body image)—the Word of God.
Ladies, have you had a child? Do you notice that some things have changed? That which was once firm may on Wo be a little softer; for some, there are marks that will forever remind them of the nine months of carrying life. And I don't care what anyone says: your hips never return to their original position. Even if you haven't had the joy of carrying a child, you don't have to live long to be bombarded by what the world believes is the ideal body image. There are even websites dedicated to obtaining the ideal body shape. There are facial measurements for what is considered beautiful. And then there's our own sinful craving for these often unrealistic but definitely worldly measures. If we don't hit them, we don't measure up. So we become fearful and strive for this beauty. more >>
"Killing Jesus," a National Geographic channel miniseries based on the life and death of Jesus Christ that will debut on Sunday, chose to do most of its filming in Morocco rather than the expected location shoot in Israel.
"We wanted to create a believable Palestine of 2000 years ago," said director Chris Menaul to The Christian Post at a New York City special premiere event on March 23 . "What Morocco gave us was these amazing locations and faces. We used one village which had been a Jewish village up until 1974 when all the Jews got out at the time Yom Kippur was because they thought Africa wasn't the place to be anymore."
"It's still there and it was built hundreds of years ago exactly in the style of the villages that Christ lived in with mud bricks and courtyards, and very few people have moved into it." more >>
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 >>