For the second straight week, God's Not Dead has finished fifth place at the U.S. box office, earning just one percent less this past weekend than the $9.2 million it brought in over its opening weekend when the film was released on March 21.
This past weekend, the small independent faith-based movie expanded its release by nearly 400 theaters and took in $9 million, bringing its total box office earnings to $22 million.
God's Not Dead, which portrays a college student who accepts his atheist professor's challenge to provide a defense for the existence of God and Christianity, followed the fourth-place Mr. Peabody and Sherman. more >>
According to Pastor Mark Driscoll, "Noah was not a good guy but a graced guy." In fact, "The most common way Christians butcher the story of Noah is by misreading what the Bible actually says."
Let's take a look at what the Bible actually says to evaluate these strong claims.
Genesis 6:8 states that, "The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." In stark contrast, v. 8 reads, "But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD." more >>
What now seems like it was just a trickle of opinion leading into the opening of the Noah movie over the weekend became a flood of viewpoints from all over the websphere on Monday, including blog posts that dissected every nuance of the Darren Aronofsky film.
Brian Godawa, Hollywood screenwriter and author of the biblical fantasy Noah Primeval, said after he wrote a pre-review of the movie based on an early script nearly a couple years ago, that he "became Satan for Paramount and its elitist director of dark unsympathetic sick and twisted heroes, Darren Aronofsky."
His review of the actual movie came after seeing it with the general public this past weekend. more >>
Every time comedian and talk show host Bill Maher blasts Christianity, calls Christians idiots, or describes God as a "psychopathic mass murderer" the web lights up. Religious news sites, or the Christian section of secular media, carry the story with headlines expressing "shock," and their readers dutifully respond with hysterical blog posts by the thousands.
His abrasive comments become the big subject on Christian radio and TV programs, and callers express outrage. All of which is exactly what Maher wants.
In a media-driven culture, it doesn't take insightful questions, great talent, or intellectual depth to get on the radar. All it takes is shock. Shock built careers for people like Howard Stern, Russell Brand, and Madonna. It's surprising to me that it still works, but the shock train rolls on. Based on his media persona, Bill Maher appears to be an incompetent theologian, a fairly hateful person, and an average comedian. But he's a master communicator. He understands how to push buttons and get a response – and he does it with regularity. Ratings of his show low? Nail Christians. Viewers tired of watching him? Say something shocking about God. more >>
Sir Elton John has said that he will marry his partner, filmmaker David Furnish, following the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.K.
"We'll do it very quietly," John told TODAY's Matt Lauer. "But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children," he added, referring to their young children, Zachary and Elijah.
Same-sex marriage became legal in the U.K. on Saturday. The musician said he is "very proud" of the laws he and Furnish have seen come to pass. The two have been together for over two decades, and entered into a civil partnership in 2005. more >>
We've heard it for years now from gay activists. "You need to be tolerant and inclusive. You need to embrace diversity."
The only problem is that in reality, tolerance, inclusivity, and diversity only go one way, and pity the person the person who dare challenges that narrow and exclusive way.
This is a lesson that Brendan Eich, the CEO of the internet giant Mozilla, just learned firsthand, with employees calling for his resignation because, in 2008, he made a donation to support Proposition 8 in California, upholding marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Of course, had he supported the redefinition of marriage in 2008, he would be hailed as a hero today. more >>