"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" isn't simply resonating with fans of the blockbuster movie franchise, it's reaching the pulpits and pews of churches across the U.S. and abroad this Christmas season, as believers spread the Gospel of Christ by highlighting parallels between the popular movie and the Bible.
Using "Star Wars" as a vehicle to connect people to Christ, New Jersey-based Liquid Church is going all out this Christmas season with a 60-minute "Star Wars"-themed "holiday experience," called Cosmic Christmas Eve.
The free event will feature a live "Star Wars" nativity scene complete with characters Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca. Visitors will be able to take a photo with "Darth Santa" and enjoy movie-related giveaways. more >>
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The stirrings of holiday cheer are all around us, from the Bing Crosby music loop at the Home Depot to the inflatable glowing Santas that every neighborhood seems to have.
But my Bible reading right now is anything but festive. I'm in Revelation, reading about Jesus the Warrior-King, returning to his creation to destroy his enemies with the sword.
Shouldn't I take a break from the Apocalypse to highlight the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay? Isn't there something kind of, well, unseasonable about teaching, at this time of year, about a Christ who bears a sword and a cosmic entourage, who prepares his people a messianic banquet and then prepares for the birds a banquet of the flesh and blood of his enemies (Rev 19:17-19)? It is hard to imagine Tiny Tim exclaiming "God bless us every one" after hearing about southern-fried Gog and Magog. more >>
A Texas-based charity received its own Christmas miracle of sorts when a donor left a $50,000 check underneath the statue of the Christ Child in their outdoor manger scene.
The Children's Home, a Christian orphanage started in 1924, was recently given the surprise donation in a nativity display placed outside its administrative offices.
Audience members attending a Kentucky school's production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" chimed in to recite the biblical portion of the play that had previously been eliminated by school administrators.
Footage from Thursday evening's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" at W.R. Castle Elementary School in Johnson County shows adult members of the audience reciting the religious line usually said by the character Linus in the original production of the play. (Watch below.)
Some audience members attending the Thursday night production can be seen in the video reciting the line: "Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'" more >>
It was once famously declared by someone out there that kids say the darnest things. Well the folks at Mobberly Baptist Church have further proven that point.
In a video posted to both Vimeo and YouTube, Mobberly had the story of Jesus' birth told by various children who from time to time may have embellished a little bit.
As they narrate the story, describing things like Gabriel's announcement to Mary and the three Magi following the star, adults act out the scenes to hilarious effect. more >>
It is the opinion of many that Jordan Smith just cannot be stopped. The winner of the singing competition "The Voice" has an amazing talent for music.
In a jaw-dropping performance, Smith performs the classic and profound Christmas carol "Mary Did You Know?" before a live studio audience.
Smith shows no vocal weakness in the performance, perfectly and soulfully singing the Michael English song as the crowd periodically bursts into roaring cheers. more >>