Brittni Ruiz, a former popular porn star who is now a Christian, appeared with Pastor Craig Gross of XXXchurch.com on "The View" on Monday and told the show's host that after encountering God's love, she had no desire to return to the adult film industry.
"Brittni, you now work in sales. You work in sales and you work alongside Craig because you try to talk to other women involved in the porn industry, you know coming out of that. Do you go through times in your life when you go, 'I want to go back. I kinda miss it?'" asked "The View" host Sherri Shepherd.
"No, absolutely not. I've encountered the love of God and through encountering His love I know my self worth. I love myself, I respect myself and I found that void. The void that I was looking for, I found that in Jesus and I could never go back." more >>
A Hollywood celebrity who made headlines after leaving the Church of Scientology is writing up a memoir, which will touch base on her experiences in the controversial sect.
Leah Remini, star of television programs like "The King of Queens", told US Weekly late last month that she would tell all in the manuscript. "It will include my experiences, everything that's taboo to talk about," said Remini, who New York Daily News reported has not yet explained her reasons for leaving Scientology.
A Brooklyn native, Remini acted in several minor roles on television programs in the 1990s, such as "Who's the Boss," "Saved by the Bell," and "Cheers." In 1998, Remini got her breakout role as housewife Carrie Heffernan in the long running sitcom "The King of Queens." more >>
In anticipation of a nationwide evangelism event this November to coincide with his 95th birthday, renowned preacher Billy Graham released a letter through his association this week in which he says that America needs a spiritual awakening more than ever before.
"If ever there was a time this country needed the intervention of God, it is now," writes Graham in the letter published on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website. "We can and should pray for America as a whole, but remember that when God sets out to change a nation, He begins by changing people. It starts with individuals."
Graham said that there are a lot of things that his health and strength no longer permit him to do, but that there are still many things he can do, "and one of them is pray." He writes that he is praying fervently for "a fresh spiritual awakening in America." more >>
A leader from the National Religious Broadcasters association is concerned that an upcoming reality show called "Preachers of L.A." where lavish lifestyles are expected to be showcased will create an IRS backlash and bring unwarranted targeting on legitimate Christian ministries.
Craig Parshall, NRB's director and senior vice president & general counsel, said that his organization's concern is the same as when a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee launched a "very public and very troubling investigation" into a handful of television preachers several years ago.
"NRB's concern back then was, and continues to be, the surveillance of, and possible interference with, legitimate Christian ministries under the guise of cracking down on a few organizations that supposedly abuse their IRS non-profit status with lavish spending," stated Parshall in a recent NRB article. more >>
The National Religious Broadcasters association plans to host a conference focused on the issues, concerns, and opportunities facing media professionals involved in Christian ministry, broadcasting, and electronic media that is planned for next month in Plano, Texas.
The Summer Innovation Exchange (SIE) to be held Aug. 6-7 offers "like-minded communicators the opportunity to glean from each other the best ideas and practices for more effective ministry and business," say NRB organizers of the event.
Station managers, CEOs, consultants, Internet/social media administrators, marketing/PR representatives, media producers, and development directors are scheduled to come together for breakout sessions moderated by notable leaders in each field. more >>
An Islamic parliamentarian in Afghanistan warns that he will start a jihad against shows such as the planned "Afghanistan's Got Talent" and already existing shows of similar nature because of an unwanted Western influence upon the country.
Shows modeled after "The Voice" and "Pop Idol" have been popular for quite some time in a nation with a youthful demographics and where television has proliferated since the Taliban left power in Kabul in 2001.
Abdul Sattar Khawasi is leading the campaign against talent and reality shows, and has the promise of the Afghan minister to review the programming, according to The Telegraph. more >>