1. Mel Gibson
Gibson Quote: " The Holy Ghost was working through me on this film, and I was just directing traffic."
- Mel Gibson directed one of the biggest Christian movies that ever hit the Hollywood screen, "The Passion of the Christ." The film had a lot of criticism behind it but brought many to the truth of Jesus! more >>
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Dr. Richard Land, the new president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, called on evangelicals on Friday to stand up and reclaim culture from a world "wracked by demonic activity," and act like winners in Christ against the powers of the devil.
"We do not live in a neutral world. We live in a world that is wracked with demonic activity, and evil and malign satanic intent," Land declared on Friday night at SES's 20th annual Christian Apologetics conference. "We need to understand that. We are engaged in spiritual warfare. And once we become believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we begin to march in the opposite direction of the devil."
The session began with a video presentation honoring the life of evangelist Chuck Colson, a born-again Christian who started Prison Fellowship Ministry, reaching out to prisoners and advocating for their spiritual transformation. more >>
Dr. Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, has said that Billy Graham's message in "My Hope" can be used to help address the spiritual well-being of the Windy City, which has now become the murder capital of America.
"There is a tremendous amount of violence in Chicago, and much of it is gang related. There is also a rootlessness of the children living in the context of torn relationships, which gives birth to much of this violence," Lutzer said. "So, many people in this city are desperate for a spiritual solution."
According to official 2012 statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September, Chicago had more reported murders than any other U.S. city, with 500 homicides – 81 more than second-placed New York City. The report followed numerous news stories of excessive violence that have come out of Chicago in the past couple of years, including a particularly violent Fourth of July weekend where 12 people were shot dead and at least 60 others were wounded. more >>
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is currently the longest-serving Justice on the Court. In a new interview, Scalia spoke about his Catholic faith, belief in God and the Devil, and how he thinks the Devil is working these days.
When asked by "New York" magazine's Jennifer Senior if he believed in heaven and hell, Scalia replied, "Oh, of course I do. Everyone is going one place or the other. I even believe in the Devil. Yeah, he's a real person. Hey, c'mon, that's standard Catholic doctrine. Every Catholic believes that… If you are faithful to Catholic dogma, that is certainly a large part of it."
Scalia attended public elementary school and a Catholic high school in New York City. He has made no secret of his religious beliefs and how they have influenced his decisions while on the Supreme Court. more >>
Evangelist Will Graham took the message of the Gospel to Japan for his first time last month during a two-day Celebration of Hope event in the prefecture of Fukushima, an area of the country devastated by natural disasters and massive leaks of radiation.
"Japan has a Christian remnant that is less than 1% of the entire population. Because of Buddhism and Shintoism, many do not even understand the concept of the One True God. By and large they aren't what we would call 'anti-Christian.' They just don't understand the faith," Graham, the grandson of famous evangelist Billy Graham, told the Christian Post. (Note: a source close to CP says the reported percentage of Christians in Japan can vary based on those who are evangelical and those who simply identify as Christians [4 percent]. Missionaries will report a lower percentage [at least under 3 percent] in order to maintain funding, the source said.)
Graham said he was especially sensitive to the region's devastation. In 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the area, followed by a deadly tsunami that claimed the lives of more than 15,000. Since then, the prefecture of Fukushima, home to a nuclear facility, has been considered a ground zero in terms of devastation as the plant still leaks toxic and radioactive water. more >>
Dustin Kensrue traded in his heavy rock chords and vocals as the frontman of Thrice for stripped down emotive and powerful church music as the Worship Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Bellevue, Wash. He released his first album worship album, The Water & Blood, today.
"At Mars Hill music we are really trying to write music for the local churches to sing," Kensrue told the Christian Post. "We want to proclaim and celebrate the gospel in the sense of what God has done through Jesus Christ. We are here because of what Jesus has done. He's called the church into being. There's freedom in that and there's a lot to be celebrated."
The opening track, "Rejoice," is an upbeat intro song that explains the power of God and why He should be exalted. more >>