A Russian man who doctors say should have been dead long ago has volunteered to become the first human head transplant patient in a groundbreaking operation one neurosurgeon calls "HEAVEN."
The Russian man, Valery Spiridonov, 31, has Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, "a genetic disorder that wastes away muscles and kills motor neurons — nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that help move the body," according to The Atlantic magazine.
"He has no memory of ever walking, and his movement today is limited to feeding himself, typing, steering his wheelchair with a joystick, and little else. He sits with his right leg perpetually crossed over his left, and his body below the neck looks shrunken, almost deflated. His condition is fatal, but there's no telling how much time he has left — according to doctors, he should have died long ago," explained writer Sam Kean in a feature on Spiridonov, appearing in the September issue of the magazine. more >>
Some people act as if they don't care about what might happen to them after they die, living only for the moment. The Rev. Billy Graham warns, however, that this mentality is foolish because Heaven and eternity are real.
In his nationally syndicated column published by the Kansas City Star on Sunday, Graham says eventually these people will "enter eternity and stand before God, and then it will be too late."
Graham references Hebrews 9:27: "People are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment." more >>
The film "Pass the Light," which encourages younger generations to share the love of Jesus instead of cursing the darkness, is gearing up for an online release this month following its success in select theaters nationwide.
The movie follows Steve Bellafiore (Cameron Palatas), a religiously devout teen who yearns to become a football starter and works twice as hard as his high school peers to accomplish that goal.
Steve's work ethic and kindness radiate through his life. Upset by his parents' estrangement, Steve is even more disturbed by the message of hatred and intolerance espoused by Franklin Baumann ( Jon Gries), an extremist candidate for Congress. Steve wants to make the point that Baumann's exclusionary and fear-based message has very little to do with his Christian perception of Christ's teachings. more >>
Mel Gibson's upcoming film "Hacksaw Ridge" details the heroics of a U.S. Army medic whose only weapon on the battlefield during World War II was prayer.
Based on the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider Man"), who served in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle in the Pacific and miraculously saved 75 men without firing a shot, "Hacksaw Ridge" will hit theaters nationwide on Nov 4.
Doss served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army but refused to kill or carry a weapon into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. Consequently, he thought it was fitting to become a medic during the war. more >>
A North Carolina church is offering a program called "Racists Anonymous" that helps people overcome racist tendencies by using a 12-step program similar to how "Alcoholics Anonymous" treats those working to overcome substance abuse.
Trinity United Church of Christ of Concord, an LGBT-affirming congregation, started the program in late July and has held five meetings since then, averaging out about a dozen attendees of varying races and genders.
The Rev. Nathan King, lead pastor of Trinity UCC since 2001, told The Christian Post that their program was modeled off of another Racists Anonymous group that meets at Congregational United Church of Christ in Sunnyvale, California. more >>
Major League Baseball star Daniel Murphy says playing in the World Series last year for the New York Mets gave him a glimpse into the love of Jesus Christ as he experienced both triumph and failure.
Murphy, who's now a second baseman for the Washington Nationals, spoke about his faith and the impact it had on him when he played for the New York Mets in an interview with Tim Pierson, the Nationals' team chaplain, at Faith and Family Night at the baseball stadium in Washington, D.C. last Friday.
"My wife and family had an opportunity last year to [watch me play] in the World Series," Murphy told Pierson. "And got the most perfect picture of Jesus' love and how it's not dependent on our current circumstances. Jesus loves us right where we're at. He always gives us what we need. Amen. He doesn't always give us what we want." more >>