"Return to the Hiding Place," the thrilling story of Dutch Christian watchmaker Corrie ten Boom and how she risked life and limb to protect Jews from Nazis soldiers, became available for widespread distribution via DVD and iTunes Tuesday. The film, which features Hollywood veteran Jonathan Rhys-Davies ("Lord of the Rings," "Raiders of the Lost Ark"), is a sequel to "The Hiding Place," which was presented by Billy Graham in 1975.
The film revisits the true story through the perspective of Dutch resistance fighter Hans Poley (David Thomas Jenkins), a young Dutchman who escaped capture in Holland during their occupation in World War II. He's subsequently rescued by ten Boom (Mimi Sagadin) and her family, who recruit an army of youths to protect Jews from the atrocities of the Nazis. Some of the Jewish teenagers help the resistance during the action-packed movie, which is full of daring rescues, explosions and close calls with the Gestapo.
"Return to the Hiding Place," which has won 19 film festival awards and was shown during the Sundance Film Festival, also highlights how the ten Boom family was motivated to help the desperate Jews by their Christian morals and beliefs. more >>
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 >>