LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Pastor Rick Warren encouraged hundreds of local Southern California pastors and ministry leaders attending a pre-release screening of "Son of God" at Saddleback Church Tuesday to use a six-week study the best-selling author created using scenes from the movie.
The "Son of God – The Life of Jesus in You" series (LifeWay publishers) will launch at Saddleback to coincide with the movie's release. Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, who were at the special screening, had asked Warren to create the book study with their movie as a tool.
"This is an incredible opportunity to double the size and number of your small [Bible/book study] groups," said Warren after the screening. He explained that the first time he used a movie to launch a series to be used in small groups was with "The Passion of the Christ." Warren said he offered content that was not available anywhere else, and while members of small groups were first attracted to attend by the nature of the content, they stayed in the study groups because of the formed relationships. more >>
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Faith, family values, and quality entertainment took center stage at the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards on Friday evening. Celebrities and lesser-known movie, TV, and music industry people shared their appreciation for being able to celebrate the things in life they cherish most.
Joni Eareckson Tada, who was there to perform the title song from "Alone Yet Not Alone," told The Christian Post that although she was out of her element at the splashy event because she is primarily a Christian disabilities advocate, she said she was appreciative of Movieguide and its goals.
"I think we are at a point in our country where people are becoming weary, they're becoming tired of media messages, and movies that degrade the human spirit, that defame the human heart, that weigh people down, that reinforce hopelessness and despair, people are looking for a change from that," Tada explained while participating in the red carpet portion of the evening. "I think that the popularity of the song and its Oscar nomination has underscored that people are looking for a change. more >>
The producers of the hit television miniseries "The Bible" have stated that their new film "Son of God" is meant to be a "love story" for an "under-served" audience.
"By the time you get to His arrest in Gethsemane, you really feel that you know Him and you love Him. And you really feel awful that this could be happening," said Mark Burnett, co-producer of "Son of God."
"Within that sweeping drama and tension there was this intimacy of this love story of Jesus," added Burnett, who hoped viewers of the film "fall in love with Jesus." more >>
Religious liberty advocates have applauded the recent remarks of President Barack Obama regarding the plight of Christians overseas.
At the 62nd annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Obama spoke about religious intolerance abroad and mentioned figures such as imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini.
"We pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini. He's been held in Iran for more than 18 months, sentenced to eight years in prison on charges relating to his Christian beliefs," said Obama. more >>
Although Oscar may not want it, the title song for "Alone Yet Not Alone" will be heard by guests at the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards gala, celebrating faith and values-based entertainment at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles Friday evening.
Organizers of the event plan to feature inspirational Christian speaker and quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada singing "Alone Yet Not Alone," the song that the Academy first nominated for best song then revoked two weeks later. One of the song's co-writers, Bruce Broughton, was accused of improperly emailing Oscar voters, bringing the song to their attention.
"Many people are saying it was removed because it's Christian and that's not the case because you have the movie 'Frozen' that opens up with 'Fairest, Lord Jesus,' right at the beginning in Danish," Dr. Ted Baehr, co-founder and chairman of Movieguide, told The Christian Post Thursday. He said that although many people don't speak Danish, "you can immediately recognize" the Christian hymn. more >>
A major crafts retail chain run by a devout Christian family has released a video online putting forth their argument against being compelled to adhere to the Department of Health and Human Services' "preventive services" mandate.
Hobby Lobby Inc., a crafts chain run by the Green family of Oklahoma, posted the video on YouTube on their "Hobby Lobby Case" account last Thursday.
Titled "Hobby Lobby: A Family Business," the four and a half minute video presents an overview of the company as well as interviews from Green family members about their lawsuit against the HHS. more >>