Model, actor, and singer Tyrese Gibson is mostly known for his racy R&B music and his role in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, but you might want to add motivational speaker to that list. In a recent Facebook post, the crooner discussed fame, self worth and the importance of falling in "love with Jesus."
Gibson has certainly made the most of social media by frequently posting comments and videos about his views on happenings in popular culture. His very passionate post often get criticized for being inspirational yet vulgar because of his use of foul language.
It's a message you've likely heard during some point in your childhood. Probably more times than you can remember, you've been told to "say thank you," or to "be grateful."
As an adult, you know that having an attitude of gratitude and thanks is a good thing, but how do you take it beyond a simple platitude and make it a daily way of life? Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren spells it all out in a sermon he delivered last week entitled: "Living Life as a Thank You Gift to God."
"If you live your entire life as a thanksgiving gift or a thank you gift back to God — for all the things he's done for you — it's going to increase your happiness in life," Warren says. more >>
A pastor in Tennessee has launched a witnessing campaign to get approximately 25,000 yard signs with the message "Christmas is all about Jesus" distributed statewide.
Pastor Jimmy Terry of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church of Clarksville has in past Christmas seasons distributed these yard signs on a local scale, but this year's goal is to reach out to the entire state.
While it's a fact that "Star Wars" fans can be diehard when it comes to "The Force," and some even claim "Jedi" as their religion, a major British cinema advertising supplier fears that an ad featuring the Lord's Prayer before the film could keep moviegoers away.
"Offended?" Carrie Fisher, who stars in the upcoming "Star Wars" installment: "The Force Awakens" as princess Leia, now General Leia, quipped when asked about the ad. "No. People should get a life," the actress said, according to Breitbart.
Digital Cinema Media decided to block the 1-minute ad produced by the Church of England because it felt that it could offend audiences, and said it has a policy against accepting political or religious content. The short film shows members of the public reciting The Lord's Prayer, including a gospel choir, refugees, weightlifters, and a sheep farmer. more >>
I've been a professor of evangelism for almost twenty years. Over the years, I've continually considered and asked why most believers never do evangelism.
Here are nine of the reasons I've discovered, given in no particular order.
1. Many don't know what "evangelism" is. more >>
"The Letters" hits theaters December 4, and takes an inside look into the life of Mother Teresa by focusing on the inception of her ministry and her battles with loneliness and spiritual emptiness. Although making a film comprised of the personal letters of one of the world's most adored person of our generation may seem like a very good concept initially, after watching the movie and hearing first hand that it was not at all Mother Teresa's desire to divulge her personal battles or charity to the public, it now all seems a bit insensitive.
The film kicks off in 1998 with Vatican investigator Benjamin Praagh, played by actor Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). He visits India after a supposed ray of light emanated from a locket containing Mother Teresa's photo in it and "healed" a woman with a tumor. The scene left out, however, that there were real life reports from the patient's doctor citing that medicine was the healer and not the revered mother.
The alleged miracle was what put Mother Teresa on track to becoming a declared saint by the Vatican, which was the preface of the film. But Teresa was instead ordained "beatitude," not a saint just yet because in Catholicism in order for a deceased person to be named a saint, evidence must be presented to persuade Church officials that the person in question lived a godly life and performed at least two miracles as evidence that God worked through them. more >>