"Believe Me," a new movie created by the same Christian filmmakers behind documentaries such as "Beware of Christians" and "One Nation Under God," challenges the norm in the Christian film market.
The film tells the story of a college student named Sam who cannot afford his tuition. In order to raise money to stay in school, he, and three of his friends, pose as the touring Christian ministry The God Squad, and con people into giving them money to provide clean water for people in Africa. But, instead, they intend to keep the donated money for themselves.
In order to portray the characters (who are atheist or agnostic) authentically, the creators had to take some risks by including elements not normally found in Christian films, such as drinking, tobacco use and graphic language. more >>
It is downright difficult to shock or awe anyone anymore. The convergence of instant-media platforms and invisible data networks, which connect these platforms to millions of eyeballs, means that anything which happens in the world is eligible for prime time. Like most situations involving groups of anonymous strangers interacting with each other, the trash floats to the top. Our palates have grown jaded and calloused, taught to seek the thrill which lies just beyond the boundary of social approbation. The slope becomes more slippery the further we slide down the hill, increasing the pace and inertia of our demise. Once-forbidden debauchery now sells clothing lines, attracts prime-time viewers, garners political support, spawns lucrative charities, and dominates headline, byline, and through-line of our news cycle.
Shocking is mundane and the outrageous is normal.
There is however one way guaranteed to get the panties of the masses in a collective bundle: mention Christ, the Bible, God, or His people; elaborate on His plan of salvation for a sinful and fallen mankind; affirm the exclusivity of the Christian message in the words of Christ Himself, ("Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way which leads to destruction," Matt 7:13). Should you communicate this simple message to the right audience you will soon find yourself, like Abraham Van Helsing, holding aloft a torch in a dank and dusty crypt, surrounded a horde of snarling individuals, intent on your demise. more >>
Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, has written an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the 34th anniversary of China's one-child policy, condemning the continuation of forced abortions in the country.
Littlejohn wrote that it is time to end the policy, which has caused "incalculable suffering to hundreds of millions of women and families in China."
"It will not work to replace it by a 'two-child policy' as some of your advisors may be suggesting," the letter states. more >>
The Gospel of Jesus Christ has a transforming effect when it is lived out personally, but when the Church tries to do God's work in the world's ways, it is weak, Os Guinness explained in his new book, Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times.
In a Sept. 12 interview with The Christian Post, Guinness argued that Christians in America are too worldly, and if they learn to follow the Gospel and be in the world but not of the world, that will have the power to transform the culture.
Guinness is a popular Evangelical author and speaker, and has written over 30 books. He also founded The Trinity Forum and was on the steering committee for the 2008 "Evangelical Manifesto." CP previously interviewed Guinness about his 2012 book, A Free People's Suicide, and his 2013 book, The Global Public Square. more >>
A National Guard recruiter was instructed to stop handing out promotional t-shirts at a New York high school after teachers complained at the shirts featured a soldier holding a weapon.
"A pointed gun is just not appropriate for a high school," said Alan McCartney, the interim superintendent of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District.
Last Friday, a recruiter for the New York Army National Guard was on campus handing out swag – including a shirt with the logo of a silhouetted soldier aiming a rifle. An American flag and the words "National Guard" framed the silhouette. more >>
The ACLU of Arizona is suing their state over a "revenge porn" law, arguing that it violates freedom of speech.
The law signed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in April seeks to criminalize anyone who engages in the "unlawful distribution of private images."
Filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on Tuesday, the lawsuit was brought on behalf of several artists, book stores, and others who take issue with the law. more >>