The Christian drama "War Room," by filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, earned $11 million in its box-office debut over the weekend despite playing in only 1,135 theaters. It was placed No. 2 behind "Straight Outta Compton," which earned $13.2 million, but after playing in 3,142 locations.
The faith-based film on the power of prayer, which hit theaters Friday, marks the highest debut for the Kendrick brothers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The N.W.A saga "Straight Outta Compton" remained at the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive weekend. However, "War Room" averaged $9,360 in 1,135 theaters, as compared to $4,125 in 3,142 theaters for "Straight Outta Compton," according to The Warp. more >>
Have you been using AshleyMadison.com, but now fear that your affair will become public knowledge?
Live long enough and you learn this lesson: Anyone might do anything in certain circumstances. Just as bad people do bad things, sometimes good people do bad things; not just "minor" things, such as the proverbial white lie, but major things.
Including adultery. more >>
This scenario is true … but it's also a job most would decline.
The scorching sun is unrelenting. The workers shovel the hardened ground using whatever modest garden tools they can find. Some loosen the dirt with repurposed broom handles. Others dig with their bare hands, pounding out clots of dirt to transform them into workable soil. Blistering sunburn and suffocating humidity are just part of the job — a job they volunteered to do. There's even a waiting list for the chance to work 10-hour days in the dirt and heat.
In the shadow of penitentiary walls, abandoned prison grounds and neglected fields are being transformed into vibrant vegetable gardens by the calloused hands of inmates. more >>
Imagine that a loved one dies, and years later you receive a letter they wrote before they passed. That's how writer Anne Morse describes My Final Word, the new book she co-authored posthumously with the late evangelical figure, radio commentator and former Nixon aide Charles Colson, which shares Colson's uncanny foresight and words of wisdom regarding many of today's critical issues — most notably religion.
The book is comprised of memos, or mini-essays, written by Colson that hadn't before been published or used in any formal capacity. "He used his memos as a sort of diary at times," Morse, a journalist and longtime writer for Colson, told The Christian Post. Colson would routinely dictate his thoughts using a voice recorder and later have them transcribed, she explained.
"He did a lot of dictating daily. We had thousands [of memos] to choose from." Morse told CP that those memos had never been turned into a script for BreakPoint, Colson's Christian worldview daily radio commentary, or used in his column for Christianity Today. Hence the impetus for the book. more >>
Responding to a report that up to 400 pastors or church staff members could resign from their positions because of accounts registered to the Ashley Madison site, one owner of a faith-based crisis firm says some of those on the list did not sign up for the service and he can prove it.
Hunter Frederick, president of Frederick & Associates, a crisis management firm, reached out to The Christian Post and claims he's had about 30 people attached to churches who contacted his firm concerning how to handle the scandal. According to Frederick, "several" of those that have contacted his office are not clients of the Ashley Madison adultery site though their names appear in the recently leaked data.
"The data does not match up for some of these pastors," Frederick declares, "we have access to the raw data and we can tell if their names do not match addresses or credit card info." Frederick says he received the raw data from journalists and admits to using the data to reach out to some church pastors and staff members to lend assistance for the purposes of reconciling them with their church and helping them get the rehabilitation they need. more >>
PHILADELPHIA — The eyes of the world will be on Pope Francis when he makes a visit to the western hemisphere next month, stopping first in Cuba before heading north to Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. But his stop at the Ground Zero memorial in NYC amid commemoration of the deaths of thousands due to terrorism has been described by organizers as an "extremely important event for the world."
Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with survivors and family members of those killed in the World Trade Center attacks, which claimed the lives of 2,606 people. Those slain were mostly New Yorkers but among them were visitors hailing from the United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, South Korea, India, and dozens of other countries. More than 400 of those killed when the Twin Towers fell were law enforcement officials and firefighters who were among first responders when al-Qaida-linked terrorists crashed commercial airliners into each tower.
That Sept. 25 meeting with 9/11 families will be held outside by the twin reflecting pools at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in downtown Manhattan, Helen Osman, secretary of communications for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, explained during a briefing about the pope's U.S. visit with reporters Friday. more >>