The real-life story of arguably the greatest college walk-on, Brandon Burlsworth, hits theaters on Aug. 26th, in the inspirational film titled, "Greater." Actor Neal McDonough is now opening up about how the young athlete's faith touched everyone on set.
McDonough, known for his role as the villain in the hit TV show "Arrow," took a departure from the evil Damian Dark to take on the role as Marty Burlsworth, the brother and arguably biggest influence in the life of Burlsworth.
Starring McDonough and introducing Chris Severio, "Greater" follows the true story of Brandon Burlsworth, who is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Burlsworth dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks but was told he wasn't good enough to play Division I ball. Undeterred, Burlsworth took a risk and walked on in 1994. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Burlsworth displayed dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. The awkward kid who once was an embarrassment to his teammates and an annoyance to his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched. more >>
Contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave performed at Minnesota's Sanford Center on Sunday while missing its recovering bassist, Jason Weaver.
Weaver suffered from a life-threatening diabetes-related foot infection in June, which called for at least seven surgeries where both feet were amputated.
"He had to have both of his feet amputated due to [an] infection — this wicked infection," Mike Weaver, Jason's brother and lead vocalist and guitar player, told The Bemidji Pioneer this week. "That sounds absolutely tragic and it is in that instant but he is somebody that really hopes in the Lord." more >>
Missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken have interviewed more than 600 persecuted Christians in over 72 countries, and now the film "The Insanity of God" will convey the amazing story on the silver screen across the country.
For just one day, Aug. 30, LifeWay Films, International Mission Board with Fathom Events will present the film, based on the Ripkens' 2013 best-selling book by the same name, in 530 movie theaters nationwide.
"They discover the church not only survives under persecution, but it thrives," says Trey Reynolds, manager of LifeWay Films, in a statement. more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside, California, is cautioning Christians to be careful not to burn bridges when sharing their faith with others, emphasizing that their objective is not to win arguments, but to win souls.
Laurie said in a Facebook video about sharing one's faith that the objective before Christians is to "build a bridge, not burn one."
"The objective is to win the soul, not just win the argument. So look for ways to engage people," Laurie said in his message. more >>
Some people have a more difficult time trusting in God than others, says the Rev. Billy Graham, citing examples in the Bible to illustrate what happens when people take their eyes off of God.
In the latest installment of his syndicated column published in the Kansas City Star, the famed evangelist says he believes that some individuals do seem to have a harder time trusting in God and believing that His way is always best.
"They may be sincere believers — and yet they still have a hard time taking their hands off their situation and living by faith," says Graham. more >>
Tom Meyer, a member of Wordsower International Ministries and a professor at Shasta Bible College in California, was in a major car accident with his family in Minnesota on Sunday, but used the frightening incident as an opportunity to share the Gospel.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Meyer explained that despite the car being a "total loss," neither group of people from either car were harmed by the collision.
"We had just finished up our summer tour of speaking the Word of God from memory and were on our way back home to Shasta Bible College and had just prayed that our precious Lord would take our hand all the way home," explained Meyer. more >>