Forest Whitaker, playing a no-nonsense reverend, is joined by Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and other leading stars in a modern adaptation of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes' classic Off-Broadway production.
Presented by Fox Searchlight Pictures, the holiday musical drama follows a Baltimore teen named Langston (Jacob Latimore) sent by his single mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson) to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, the Reverend Cornell (Whitaker) and Aretha Cobbs (Bassett). Finding the Reverend's rules too severe, Langston makes up his mind to return home to Baltimore to be with his mother.
"Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family," according to a description of the film. more >>
Christian children's program VeggieTales will feature Si Robertson of Duck Dynasty, and Owl City on their latest Christmas DVD film, "Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas."
The DVD will be available at Christian outlets on Oct. 19, 2013, and in stores all over on Oct. 22, 2013.
Reality television star, Si Robertson, will be turned into a "lovable" and "wise" okra janitor named Silas. His character will narrate the Christmas tale, which will follow Larry the Cucumber, who plays the Head Elf of the mall who is trying to assist a young girl in helping her neighbor for Christmas. Bob the Tomato co-stars as Phillip Fleagle, a mall employee who makes a realization that Christmas means more than presents. more >>
If a city includes a nativity scene in its holiday display, must it also include a sign mocking the Christmas story as a toxic myth? If the scene has an angel, must it have a devil, too?
Raising these strange questions is a new strategy adopted by militant atheist organizations like Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). These groups-not content to practice their atheism privately-seek to scour public life of all religious references: nativity scenes, "Under God," Ten Commandment monuments, and the like.
Their most recent approach is to argue that, if there are to be any religious messages in the public square, then there must be equal space for their anti-religious messages. more >>
Officials in the southeast Idaho town of Roberts removed three lighted crosses from a water tower this week after a complaint from a resident who is opposed to the expression of religion on goverment property.
"My opinion is no kind of religious symbol belongs on city property, period," said resident Joe Cohea to ABC Local News 8. Living next door to the water tower, he took the complaint to local city officials and notified the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The crosses "symbolize a particular religion, in violation of the First Amendment, which is separation of church and state," Cohea alleged when he first complained in April. more >>
Texas' "Merry Christmas Bill," which is intended to defend free speech on the issue of "traditional holidays," reached Governor Rick Perry's desk on Wednesday, and he is expected to sign it despite critics saying that the bill violates the separation between church and state.
The bill would permit officials like teachers in public schools to say "Merry Christmas" and put up religious symbols, so long as they do not constitute a state preference for one particular religion.
Russell Glasser, co-host of the Austin public-access TV show "The Atheist Experience," in an interview with www.rawstory.com, contends the bill is an offensive tactic by Christians. "They use this as an excuse all the time to pass laws that basically codify Christianity and make sure that everybody hears about it as often as possible," he said. more >>
ST. LOUIS – Approximately 16,000 students are spending a big chunk of their Christmas break (five days, including New Year's Eve) attending a student missions conference. Most are Christian, some are not, but in either case why would they set aside typical vacation activities to attend Urbana 12 – a series of speaker sessions, Bible studies, times of worship, and more than 250 exhibitors?
"You say why come to Urbana on my winter break? I say why not come to Urbana on my Christmas break? I have the resources and God's put on my heart just adventure and a heart to get to know Him better in a different context," said Kathleen Ziegler, a student at the University of Alberta in Canada.
"Why not come and do that and see where He leads me and just have my eyes open to new opportunities," Ziegler told The Christian Post. more >>