An LGBT advocacy group has expressed its concern that several "Duck Dynasty" cast members will attend the Iowa State Fair later this summer.
Willie, Korie and Si Robertson are scheduled to speak about their television show and family on Aug. 10. However, despite the fact that family patriarch, Phil Robertson, who was criticized in December for his remarks about homosexuality and temporarily suspended from the show, has not been invited, an LGBT activist group said it was "disheartened" with the fair organizers' decision.
"At this time, however, Willie, Korie, and Si Robertson are the only scheduled presenters," Donna Red Wing, the executive director of One Iowa said in a statement. "Patriarch Phil Robertson was quoted in an interview with GQ for his hurtful remarks regarding LGBT people, in addition to comments made about the Jim Crow South." more >>
Say it ain't so, Pope Francis!
While delivering his weekly Sunday homily, the leader of the Roman Catholic accidentally uttered the Italian equivalent of the F-word.
The Pope inadvertently confused the Italian word "caso," which can mean a case or example, with the swear word "cazzo," though he hardly let it rattle him as he made his way through his sermon. more >>
Matthew McConaughey, winner of the Academy's "Best Actor" award, gave homage to God for his victory on Sunday evening, a move that few make in acceptance speeches, according to a graphic by The Associated Press. Voices in Christian media praised his speech, arguing that it took courage.
"First off I want to thank God because that's who I look up to," McConaughey, who won the "Best Actor" award for his portrayal of AIDS patient Ron Woodruff in "Dallas Buyers Club," declared at the Academy Awards on Sunday. McConaughey added that God has "graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand." Before thanking his wife, children, mother, and late father, the actor quoted late British Actor Charlie Laughton – "When you got God, you got a friend and that friend is you."
Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture for the Media Research Center, argued that this speech "breaks the mold of what Hollywood's image of Christians is." According to a graphic by AP, Academy Award winners thank many people, but God is not usually on the top of their list. More frequently, they thank the Academy, their spouse, mother, father, children, and management – in that order. more >>
In the 1972, "Evidence That Demands a Verdict," apologist Josh McDowell argues that there are three conclusions one can draw about the life of Christ. Jesus was a liar, lunatic or Lord.
In the "Son of God" movie, a compilation of old footage from last year's History Channel "The Bible" series and previously unreleased scenes that were not included in the television show that opened in theaters on Friday, the film's producers and spokespeople, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey present their case for the third identity.
The two hour and 18 minute film opened on Friday, Feb. 28, and stars Diogo Morgado as Jesus, Sebastian Knapp as John, Darwin Shaw as Peter and Amber Rose Revah as Mary Magdalene. Christopher Spencer directed "Son of God" and also co-wrote it along with Richard Bedser, Colin Swash and Nic Young. more >>
Twelve years ago, Rick Warren released his book The Purpose Driven Life. People were told every person in every church should read this book. Everyone needs to know why we are here on earth, and this book provided the answers. More than 32 million copies were sold.
Today we're living in a different time, and there is need for a different resource so that once again, millions can be helped but in a much different way. May tens of millions respond because time really is running out-yet it's not too late.
Last week a video was released entitled, Is Gay Okay? 10 Things Everyone Needs to Know. I submit to you that this is a video every person in every church needs to view. Everyone needs to know the most important issue Christians face today and the answers to the questions surrounding it. more >>
An hour or so before the Justice Conference was set to kick off its first main session, I stepped outside of the Orpheum Theatre to soak in one last bit of warm Los Angeles sun and "fresh" air. The red badge dangling from my neck caught the attention of a nearby elderly Hispanic man with smudges on his face, who inquired, "You a tourist?"
I've called the L.A.-area my home for the past 9 years, but I suddenly became acutely aware of how out-of-place I must have looked to this man. Inside the theatre, I was just one of the many hipster-looking young adults who gathered together because we knew that calling Jesus our Savior also meant some sort of tie with justice. Outside of the theatre, I was a tourist - a foreigner - disconnected with the downtown L.A. surroundings and its impoverished residents.
While the Orpheum Theatre was noted by the Justice Conference's website as "one of L.A.'s most venerable landmarks," the truth was that we were located less than two blocks away from Skid Row, an area synonymous with poverty and homelessness. While stories of international injustice boomed from 12-foot high speakers, we were sitting just steps away from factories in the Fashion District with "sweatshop-like" labor conditions. more >>