Two-time Acadamy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington is best known for his roles in "Glory," "The Preacher's Wife," "Remember the Titans" and "Training Day." But the Hollywood A-lister has sounded more like a pastor when he took to the podium at recent events.
The New York native first made headlines when he appeared as the guest speaker for Dillard University's graduating class this spring. Instead of delivering the standard "the world is your oyster" speech, Washington encouraged graduates to "put God first."
The actor expressed similar sentiments last weekend at the Church of God in Christ's annual "We Care" Charities Banquet in St. Louis, Missouri where he testified of God's faithfulness, even when he has fallen short. more >>
As America continues to grow more hostile toward public prayer and conservative religious viewpoints, younger generations of courageous Christians will be faced with the challenge of defying the norm of secular culture to defend prayer and biblical truth.
In his book No Fear: Real Stories of a Courageous New Generation Standing for Truth, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins highlights 11 instances when young men and women risked everything to defend biblical truth and their religious beliefs from intense societal, political, cultural and spiritual opposition.
Perkins hopes readers, especially younger Christians, will be inspired to live out their faith with the same courage displayed in the real-life stories exhibited in his book, No Fear, which was praised by leading evangelist Franklin Graham, who believes the book will "help raise up a new generation of world changers." more >>
An El Salvadoran fisherman who was lost at sea for over a year says that he prayed to God for forgiveness before he eventually washed ashore 438 days after losing radio contact.
José Salvador Alvarenga, 36, and his colleague, the late Ezequiel Cordoba, 22, went on a fishing expedition off the coast of Mexico on Nov. 17, 2012. But, little did Alvarenga know that the fishing trip would take him on a 6,700-mile journey in the Pacific Ocean that ended with him washing ashore on the Marshall Islands.
Alvarenga, who explained his ordeal to Guardian reporter Jonathan Franklin to produce the best-selling book 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea, recalled getting caught in a storm about 50 miles from the coast about two days after he launched to sea. more >>
In a move that touched the hearts of many, Disney allowed a man his dying wish to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," although the film is yet to be released.
Daniel Fleetwood, 32, who was terminally ill with cancer, knew he did not have much time left. A devoted fan of the science fiction series, Fleetwood was granted his dying wish of seeing the film.
Not slated for public release until mid-December, a social media campaign brought Fleetwood's request to the makers of the seventh installment of the classic movie series. more >>
A rescued sun bear that was orphaned by poachers has been situated in a new recreational environment, courtesy of an Asia-based animal rights group.
Murphy, as the adorable bear is called, joyously plays about his new place, which bears (no pun intended) a strong resemblance to a child's playground.
According to Animals Asia, Murphy was initially destined for a far less pleasant fate following the death of his mother. more >>
The Bible has much to say about how we should treat our physical selves: Treating the body as a temple, disciplining the body, taming the tongue, running the race.
While such gems as "cleanliness is next to godliness" do not appear in the Good Book, parts of the Old and New Testaments do talk about staying fit.
Need some motivation to run those laps, to skip that second helping of chicken or that extra-large soda at the movies? Here are some verses and passages for you! more >>