"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 >>
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has released a Christmas-themed video on YouTube that has quickly garnered massive attention.
"A Savior Is Born — Christmas Video" was uploaded on the first Sunday of Advent and has already garnered more than 348,000 views.
The video features a diverse collection of young people quoting the biblical account of the birth of Jesus, focusing on the prophecy in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah and the Gospel account of Luke. more >>
A church in Kentucky will soon be offering the story of the season through a distinctly American means of presentation: a drive-thru.
Green River Baptist Church, located in Cromwell, Kentucky, will present their 15th annual drive-thru nativity display from Thursday until Sunday.
NEW YORK — Al Sharpton called Republican 2016 presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's pending meeting with a group of black pastors on Monday a "smart thing" but warned the clergymen not to be "trumped by Trump."
"It's a smart thing he's doing to meet with black ministers 'cause the majority of black voters still go to church and that's why we are conveniently Democrats. But the question is, now that you're in the room with them can you fill the room with answering real questions," said Sharpton.
The civil rights activist and Baptist minister revealed at a press conference at the National Action Network's Harlem headquarters in New York City on Monday that he has spoken to a number of the ministers scheduled to meet with Trump in the now controversial meeting and he urged them "don't let him off the hook." more >>
"90 Minutes in Heaven," the stirring film of Don Piper's miraculous trip to heaven and back, is coming to DVD and On Demand Dec. 1. The Christian Post caught up with Piper to talk about the making of the film and the real-life struggles he faced after he died and came back to life.
"It's surreal to watch people be you and say your words and reenact a part of your life; it's quite disarming to sit there and watch it," Piper reflected on the filming experience to CP.
"There were times when they would actually turn to us after filming a scene and say 'what do you think?' You don't normally have that happen, so Giving Pictures did everything they could to make this an authentic film," Piper revealed. more >>
Leading up to and since the release of his new album Purpose, Justin Bieber has become quite the unlikely evangelist. The A-List star has been sharing his spiritual journey with the world and exposing the mainstream media to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In a recent L.A. Times review, the headline of Bieber's new tour read, "How Justin Bieber turned Staples Center into a megachurch."
The reviewer described his experience at the Justin Bieber: Purpose World Tour as a pop concert - movie premiere - skateboarding demonstration and a church service. He said the multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles was transformed as the 21-year-old singer sung through some of his older and newer hits.
To some it was probably no surprise because God has been the center of Bieber's conversations lately, but the journalist did not expect to hear about the singers deep love for Jesus at the sold-out venue. "Between the skateboarding and the singing, though, Bieber sat on a stool next to Judah Smith, the man described as his pastor, and more or less preached," L.A. Times reporter Mikael Wood wrote. more >>