Despite an increased availability of Christian media and other resources, the Church "seems to be of little help" in providing "real answers to real problems," says Pastor Tony Evans of the 11,000-member Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship church in Dallas, Texas.
In an extended post to his more than 1 million followers on Facebook Saturday, the prominent evangelical leader lamented what he sees as the "devolution" of America as a nation and the loss of the American dream before knocking the ability of "God's Church" to provide "real answers to real problems."
"America is in serious trouble. From sea to shining sea we are witnessing the devolution of a nation. Regardless on which side of the political isle you sit, it is clear that things are unraveling at warp speed. The United States is quickly becoming the divided states as disunity and conflicts abound," Evans began. more >>
"The Story of God" with Morgan Freeman, premiering Sunday night, serves as the intriguing exploration of one influential man's journey to faith. In the National Geographic Channel/Revelation Entertainment's series, Freeman sets out to travel 20 cities in seven different countries on an intimate journey to find answers to the big mysteries of faith.
Although viewers are not sure initially what to expect when they see Freeman on the cover surrounded by various religious symbols, the actor was able to set the tone by sharing about his childhood and the losses he experienced.
"Everybody grieves but some people have a certainty that helps them cope with grief. They are certain they will see their loved ones again in Heaven. For some of us, it's not quite that simple. In fact, it's the greatest question we ask ourselves: What happens when we die?" Freeman asks. more >>
Danny Duchene, who was given a double life sentence but was released from California's Sierra Prison after 32 years, on Pastor Rick Warren's request, was dedicated as a pastor for Saddelback Church's prison ministries this weekend. Duchene shared his spiritual journey with the congregation.
"God can use anybody, even in the most unlikely places," Warren told the congregation in his message, "God Can Use Anybody," and later asked Duchene to share his story, as part of the church's "The Miracle of Mercy" campaign.
Duchene said he's been part of the Saddleback family since 2003, and that he once shared his testimony with the megachurch through the phone from the prison 13 years ago. more >>
"God's Not Dead 2" shines a light on the religious freedom battles being waged across the country that many Americans are not aware of. Using a similar formula as the first film, the creators of "God's Not Dead 2" move from scientific proof of God's existence to evaluating historical proof of Jesus' life on Earth.
Having a female lead this time around, '90s icon Melissa Joan Hart ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Melissa & Joey") takes on one of her most dramatic roles to date and brings the plot home with her convincing performance of persecuted teacher Grace Wesley.
When not looking after her grandpa, Walter (Pat Boone), Wesley spends most of her time in the classroom teaching high school history. But one day her answer to a student's question about Jesus' teachings compared to Gandhi's ideology, lands the happy-go-lucky teacher in court. more >>
Popular '90s actress Melissa Joan Hart says she faced intense pressure from those closest to her for answering the call to take the lead role in the film "God's Not Dead 2."
"I had a hard time in my personal life being able to make room for this movie. I felt very persecuted within my own inner circle...I felt very called to do this movie," Hart shared.
The actress admitted that she avoided watching the original "God's Not Dead," until she read the script for the sequel, and after reading the script and seeing the original film, she felt certain she was called to the role. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" reality TV stars Phil and Kay Robertson, the patriarch and matriarch of the down-to-earth, fun-loving family who has won America's hearts, recently opened up to share the touching story of how Phil reluctantly came to Christ.
In a video for I Am Second, the husband and wife talked about their early, turbulent years as a teen couple trying to find their way as Phil eventually got on the straight and narrow after a run-in with the law.
During his college years Phil Robertson was a self-described "bone to be chewed." His wife, Marsha (Miss Kay), said the young couple came from very humble beginnings. more >>