Todd Burpo, whose book Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back is set to become a full-length motion picture next year, calls the parts of the film he has seen "accurate" and well-made. Both book and movie narrate the near-death experience that reportedly brought his 3-year-old son, Colton Burpo, face-to-face with Jesus Christ.
"They're sharing Colton's message accurately and honestly, and they're doing it incredibly well," Burpo, whose book has sold more than 8 million copies since its release in 2010, told The Christian Post on Tuesday. While the film is still in production, the author has seen the trailer (included below) and other scenes from the movie. "I think God is telling people the story," Burpo marveled.
The father shared the miraculous story of the book's success. "When we shared our book, there's no way we have caused people to buy it in stores," he said. Nevertheless, it has exploded, and the film will take it even further. "Hollywood is a great medium – how many people go to the movies rather than read books?" Burpo asked. more >>
Benjamin Scot Miller filmed his son's first year, and this touching story has gone viral on YouTube. Born prematurely, Ward Miles was too small for his mother to hold, and even when she could hold him, he needed a complex medical apparatus to stay alive.
"He was born way too early, and the obstacles he had to overcome were really big, but not bigger than our God," Miller wrote about the video. He posted it last Friday, on his wife, Lyndsey's, birthday, "as a gift to her." The video has since found more than 4.7 million views, with nearly 37,000 "likes."
"This is a story of a mother's love for her baby," Miller wrote. The video opens on July 20, 2012, four days after Ward's birth, when Lyndsey finally got to hold him. Born over three months premature, Ward weighed just under 1.5 pounds four days after birth. more >>
Last week, BBYO, a Jewish teen organization, organized prescreenings of the new film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," but with a twist – they teamed up with local food banks and asked for food donations. Across the country, Jewish teens participating in this effort donated over 17,000 pounds of food.
"Many American and Canadian youth saw hunger as a foreign issue," Natalie Spring, director of campaigns and leadership initiatives at BBYO, told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. Showing that hunger is a problem here in America as well, Spring cited the Food Research and Action Center, which found that 49 million Americans faced hunger in 2012 – 16 million of them children.
"Our biggest message to our teens is that this is not a Jewish issue," Spring stated. "This is an American issue and an important issue for all people." The BBYO spokeswoman said she hopes the teens involved will energize their schools and families to address the issue of hunger. more >>
They are single by default, by circumstance, or by choice. They may have visions of marriage and family while others have totally given up. The rarest of all in the Body see their relational context as a gift. But regardless of perspective and desire, all these men face unique moral and spiritual struggles which require more, not less, character than their married friends.
Strong beliefs are required to support stronger (but culturally disapproved) behaviors that preserve spiritual integrity. It's ironic that the most influential man who ever walked the planet was unmarried, yet was self rooted in God and had a purpose that transcended the broken male culture of his day. Jesus, as well as a host of other examples in the Bible, provide the template for our conversations with and ministry to unmarried men. Here are the top three issues, examples and principles we should be addressing with this group of men God wants to use mightily.
"Catching Fire," the new sequel to "The Hunger Games," opened this past weekend. It broke the November box office record with a staggering $161.1 million, and Christian reviewers say the sacrifices in the film prove remarkably similar to the deaths of early Christians in the Roman coliseum.
"I was struck by the level of sacrifice and strangely selfless heroism that we find in the film," Paul Asay, senior associate editor for Focus on the Family's review blog, Plugged In, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. In his own review, Asay wrote "The premise and plot of The Hunger Games can recall for some the Church's earliest martyrs – those who took part in another bloody spectacle on the floor of the Roman Colosseum."
"Catching Fire," the sequel to "The Hunger Games" (2012), follows the story of Katniss Everdeen, a heroine who voluntarily sacrifices herself to save her sister from a bloody struggle where children must fight to the death. The gladiator-like battle, known as the "Hunger Games," was instituted to keep the colonies in the empire of "Pan Am" subservient. In the first film, Everdeen wins the games, along with Peeta Malark, a boy from her district. more >>
Just in time for Thanksgiving, YouTube channel LAHWF teamed up with new energy drink company GungHo to give families free groceries for the holiday.
Seemingly picked at random, families who's carts were stuffed with groceries were informed at checkout that their whole cart would be paid for. Almost every person at the register broke down crying and got emotional about the blessing they had just received.
Watch the video below and be inspired to help out a family who could use something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. more >>