Morgan Freeman has circled the globe in a quest to examine how different cultures view God for his upcoming NatGeo docuseries "The Story of God," and says a visit to Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, for the series made a positive impression on him.
"In a Houston megachurch I connected somewhat," Freeman told Page Six this week. "Encouraged to think positive. You don't just get some things just like that! You have to go do it to get it. God's plan for us is to succeed."
The 78-year-old Oscar winner is referring to his visit to Lakewood Church in early December of last year to explore the practices of Christian megachurches as research for the upcoming docuseries, which he hosts and executive produces. The fact that Freeman was "encouraged to think positive" during his visit coincides with the perennial uplifting themes of Osteen's messages. more >>
A Baptist high school guidance counselor and youth pastor's wife in Missouri is wearing a hijab (Muslim headscarf) to school every Monday as a way of showing solidarity with Muslims and combating anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Martha DeVries, the guidance counselor at North Kansas City High School, began wearing a headscarf to school every Monday after she was inspired by a sermon from her pastor in which he challenged his congregants to make a difference.
"I am a follower of Jesus. I do believe that I am called to live out His message. I believe that the most important commandment is 'love God and love others,'" DeVries said in an interview with the Religion News Service. "It's not my intent to take on the establishment of the entire Islamic faith, it's my intent to say I stand with Muslim women in my community." more >>
For the first time in Wheaton College's over 150-year history, the Illinois evangelical higher education institution has named a woman to be the school's provost.
Earlier this month, Wheaton College President Philip Ryken announced that Seattle Pacific University assistant provost and Wheaton alumna Margaret Diddams will take over as provost after current provost Stanton Jones steps down later this year.
While the announcement follows a tense few months between the Wheaton faculty and administration after Jones suspended and recommended the termination of associate political science professor Larycia Hawkins for asserting on Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same god, before that Jones announced last August that he would be stepping down due to health problems. more >>
As a child Saturday morning meant cartoons and plenty of them. I was especially fond of the antics of Bugs Bunny. So many things which he did were both strange and impossible.
I found it very interesting to see the way cartoon characters reacted to fear, particularly, the ostrich, burying its head in the sand. Later in life I was surprised to discover how this act worked its way into common language usage. "Don't be like the ostrich burying your head in the sand when things get tough." You know, "when the going gets tough the tough get going" and all that stuff.
I found it even more interesting to learn that the ostrich, in fact, doesn't bury its head when in danger or ever for that matter. So, to answer my own question, the ostrich, actually saw nothing. more >>
Several parents in East Sussex, England, are upset after learning of a teacher's plans to host a "transgender day" at a Church of England-aided primary school to raise awareness about "gender issues," and at least three families have already indicated that they will pull their children from the school.
According to The Daily Mail, as many as 10 parents have spoken out against the proposed transgender day at St. Mary the Virgin Primary School in Hartfield, which educates students as young as four years old.
The awareness day, which seemingly aims to teach the students that it is acceptable to identify differently from their biological sex, was announced on Monday by the school's headteacher, Emma Maltby. more >>
The father of the current head of the Church of Scientology will be telling all about the life of his son in a book many believe will be a denunciation of the secretive religious sect.
Titled Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, the book is authored by former Scientologist Ron Miscavige and Dan Koon.