My profession as a Christian writer has me Bible-minded 24/8. I ate up the scriptures like crazy before I ever started writing vocationally, but now I'm required to dig into them even more. I'm constantly reading and praying for the Spirit to enable me to produce content that nudges others toward Jesus. Even when I'm not "on the clock," my mind is on the gospel — always mulling over the glory and wonder of what Christ has done for us.
If anyone should have been in "Jesus is the reason for the season" mode over the last couple of weeks, it should have been me. Having a mind trained to stay in gospel-gear, I should have seen through all the surface level celebrations and stresses and pointed others — and myself — to the God who descended into human flesh. But I didn't.
I totally missed Jesus this Christmas. more >>
"War Room" is expected to break another industry record as DVD sales of the film are outpacing other movies.
The latest Kendrick brothers faith-based film "War Room" is among the most popular items being sold this season, and according to Provident Films' Senior Vice President Ben Howard, the film's DVD sales appear to be following in similar fashion to it's surprising $11 million opening weekend.
"The pre-sales for the 'War Room' collector's edition DVD and Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack outpace demand for any other DVD title in the industry based on retail reports," Howard said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "In fact, we anticipate 'War Room' will break another retail record for the Kendricks beating blockbuster first-week sales of previous best-selling DVDs 'Courageous' and 'Fireproof.'" more >>
A Muslim family experienced the spirit of Christmas after having their bill paid for by strangers at a restaurant in Augusta, Georgia, on Christmas Day.
Eslam Mohamed shared in a Facebook post that has since gone viral that he had been dining at an Olive Garden with his 11 family members and when the bill arrived, he noticed that his balance had been paid and a message had been written on the check.
"Paid, Merry Christmas. Beautiful family," the message read. more >>
A Filipino priest who used a hoverboard during Christmas Eve mass has been suspended by the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Pablo for "disrespecting" the Eucharist, reports have said.
GMA News reported that the priest, Fr. Albert San Jose of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal in Biñan, Laguna, was recorded on video moving around on a hoverboard during Christmas Eve mass last week.
The video went viral, but his choice of entertainment was condemned by the Diocese of San Pablo, which later announced that the priest will be "spending some time" alone to reflect on the incident. more >>
A Muslims family that went to Olive Garden for a Christmas Day dinner were surprised when they were told a stranger paid for their bill, saying that it "touches their hearts."
CBS News reported on Tuesday that when Georgia resident Eslam Mohamed and his family were finishing dinner at a local Olive Garden restaurant they asked for their bill, and a waitress handed them the note that had large words written across reading: "Paid. Merry Christmas. Beautiful family."
Mohamed took to Facebook to express his gratitude, and explained that his group at the table consisted of seven adults and five children. He said that he suspected everyone in the restaurant could tell they were Arab Muslims, due to their language and the hijabs that the women were wearing. more >>
The government of Iran reportedly arrested a group of nine Christians on Christmas Day for celebrating their faith at an in-house church in the city of Shiraz.
"There has been a steady deterioration of human rights abuses in Iran during Hassan Rouhani's tenure as president, including executions and suppression of religious and ethnic minorities," said Shahin Gobadi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
"This is just another case in point. Actually, the clerical regime is one of the top violators of rights of religious minorities, including Christians, in the world. The regime has institutionalized repression of the Iranian people as the main tool of its survival." more >>