NEW YORK — The children are the future? Well, the future is now, according to Larry Acosta, founder and CEO of the Urban Youth Workers Institute, a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to support and train Christians who are walking with and influencing the next generation of leaders.
The Urban Youth Workers Institute describes itself as "a national nonprofit organization that trains and resources urban youth workers to effectively evangelize and disciple youth in at-risk zip codes throughout the U.S." The UYWI's primary goal is "to engage 75,000 urban youth in life-changing discipleship with local youth workers by 2020."
A big part of moving that initiative along is the recently-unveiled Discipleship Toolkit, a free resource compiled of conversation-starting videos, leader guides and student handouts that include an introduction to the Gospel, discipleship support and apologetics resources. It also helps leaders track the progress of students in the areas of spirituality, self, family, community, and education. more >>
NEW YORK — Christians seeking family-friendly entertainment for their children will be able to do so without commercial interruption in the comfort of their living rooms with the new streaming service, Dove channel. The platform functions much like Netflix, except it solely focuses on streaming faith-based and family friendly content. It will also give lesser-known filmmakers an outlet to release their movies and shows.
Cinedigm, a leading content distributor in the U.S., has partnered with The Dove Foundation, an organization which has specialized in rating movies for family friendliness for over 25 years, to launch the new service.
"In the old days the networks got to decide what was broadcast or a movie company got to decide what would be released theatrically," said Bill Sondheim, president of Cinedigm Entertainment Group, at a luncheon at ABC Kitchen on Wednesday. "In the future, that content is going to be available to anyone. And it's going to be up to consumers to decide and vote with their pocketbook, Android or iPhone what it is they want to watch." more >>
For years — until the advent of talk radio, Fox News and social media — the left-leaning mainstream media held a stranglehold over the coverage of news and politics.
The New York Times was nicknamed "The Gray Lady," reflecting its dominance as the most powerful news source in the world. Located in fancy downtown high-rises, with flashy slogans and logos, these media conglomerates presented an illusion of immense power and influence.
The reality was never that good. Like the entertainment industry, much of the media industry functions on slim margins and bare bones operations. Behind the glamorous facade of the left-leaning newspapers and magazines has always been overworked employees, low wages and cutthroat competition — and it's just getting worse. A study this year found that out of 200 common jobs, newspaper reporter finished dead last as the worst job possible. more >>
It's scary enough when peace-loving Jesus followers are compared to ISIS. What's even scarier is that many people believe the comparison is accurate. Have they completely lost touch with reality?
It's one thing to have passionate and deep differences on issues like abortion and redefining marriage. It's another thing to use inflammatory rhetoric that it is not just dishonest but is actually dangerous. Do people not realize that their words have consequences?
A few days ago, someone named Dixie posted on my Facebook page, "You are just as ugly as Isis!" more >>
Deliverance comes through a crazed murderer for crystal meth addict Ashley Smith whose life is transformed when that killer holds her hostage overnight in the new film "Captive."
"Captive" tells the true, and almost unbelievable story of Smith, and functions as one of the most exciting movies to feature a faith element with the theme of Christian salvation.
While being held hostage by crazed mad man Brian Nichols in her apartment overnight in 2005, the film's main protagonist is forced to decide whether or not she will use her drugs with a man who could take her life at any second. more >>
The head of the 80 million-member Anglican Communion has announced that the global body's leadership will meet next year to consider a restructuring of the Communion to allow for sharp disagreements on issues such as homosexuality and gay marriage.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby announced Wednesday that the 37 primates from across the world will meet in January over the future of the Communion, including matters like sexual ethics and environmentalism.
"I have suggested that we need to consider recent developments but also look afresh at our ways of working as a Communion, paying proper attention to developments in the past," stated Archbishop Welby. more >>