Hundreds of mourners lit candles at the Arizona courthouse in Prescott on Wednesday to honor the life of Kayla Mueller, the Christian aid worker who was killed at the hands of ISIS earlier this month. Her brother, Eric Mueller, read out a letter and said that his sister is "in God's hands" now and that sometimes God "takes his angels home early."
"I love you. You can rest in peace knowing that you changed this world. I miss you so much and I'm lost without your smile," Mueller addressed his sister in his speech, according to The Arizona Republic.
He continued: "We will make it, knowing you are still here in spirit. I still feel your touch. I still feel your hugs. I know you are protecting us. God works in mysterious ways — ways we don't agree with, ways we don't understand — but sometimes he takes his angels home early. I'll never stop loving you. I love you, Kayla." more >>
In the midst of the typical theatrics surrounding the 2015 Grammys, few may remember that Christian rapper Lecrae Moore was nominated in the category of Best Rap Performance for "All I Need Is You." alongside mainstream industry heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar and Eminem. Although Lamar won, Moore's nomination was a milestone in the development of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM), which has undoubtedly come a long way since the 1960's folk tunes of the Jesus Movement. The explosion in talent, variety and production quality in CCM raises the possibility of similar success with other art forms. Might we see a Christian film nominated for an Oscar or a Golden Globe sometime in the future?
Filmmaking has historically been the territory of glamorous and highly secularized Hollywood. But like CCM, Christian filmmaking has been growing steadily, largely outside of Los Angeles. And like CCM, many Christian filmmakers are hoping to break past the niche audience of faithful churchgoers to reach those who might not otherwise hear the Christian message.
"Christian movies have historically meant very bad movies," Canadian filmmaker Paul Lalonde told The Huffington Post, "and I can say that as a guy who made some of them. You were just preaching to the choir, which was great, because the choir loved them and we were having fun doing them. But they never really broke beyond the Christian audience, and that was something I always wanted to do." more >>
Lolo Jones is firing back at her haters after some criticized her for believing that it's immoral to watch the movie "50 Shades of Grey."
The movie centers around a sadomasochistic relationship between a young college student and a business mogul. When Jones, the 32-year-old Olympic hurdler and bobsledding athlete, took to Twitter to speak out about the film she received a great deal of backlash because of her lack of sexual experiences.
She took to Facebook to let people know about the backlash she's received, which includes being called derogatory names for sharing her opinion about the the film and BDSM (bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/ sadism and masochism). Jones went on to further explain her stance on the matter by writing that women were never created to be treated abusively by men while insisting that the popular film is creating a false image of love. more >>
A Greek church has claimed that a statue of Jesus Christ has been "weeping" in the form of an "oily liquid," ever since the left-wing political party Syriza won the elections at the end of January. Syriza's win meant that Alexis Tsipras, the party's leader, was sworn in as the first ever openly atheist prime minister of Greece.
Newsweek shared that Greek sources, such as Corinth TV and the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, have been reporting on the church of St. Nicholas in the village of Asprokampos, Corinthia, which is making the claims. more >>
For those who had any questions, Rob Bell has now made himself totally clear: He is willing to trash parts of the Bible as "letters from 2,000 years ago" when God's Word contradicts his views on same-sex "marriage."
Bell appeared on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday program together with his wife Kristen to promote their new book The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage. In an interview last December, Bell explained that on page 16 of the book, he and Kristen give their "whole hearted affirmation" to same-sex "marriage."
That was no surprise in light of his announcement in 2013 that he supported redefining marriage. In fact, that had been his position for years, although he had not proclaimed it publicly prior to 2013. more >>
What would Jesus do to promote his message as the Christ to Jews in first century Palestine? According to a tongue-in-cheek video from an ad agency, he might turn to a Canadian production company specializing in stunts.
In a video of "never-seen before original footage of the historic meeting leading to the biggest advertising stunt of all time," Jesus is shown sitting at a wooden table in a stone-hewn room with at least a dozen men gathered around him.
The subject of their discussion: what epic stunt Jesus should do next to increase awareness of his brand among the people. more >>