Todd Burpo, the Kansas-based pastor and author of Heaven Is for Real, which spawned a film released in theaters on Wednesday, told The Christian Post recently that while he believes the majority of Americans believe in the afterlife, they likely have given it little thought.
"We put those thoughts off because funerals, lost loved ones and things like that we associate painful memories with that," he told The Christian Post.
Burpo said the glaring lack of human experience on the issue also makes it difficult to start a conversation about what follows death. more >>
The Hallmark Channel has been receiving criticism from Christian viewers since it recently censored the word "God" during a re-run airing of the movie "It Could Happen to You." The network has responded by saying it muted the word "God" so as to not use the Lord's name in vain.
Concerned Christian viewers have been flooding the cable network channel's Facebook page this week, questioning why the network chose to omit "God" from the film that aired last weekend. Some upset viewers commenting on Hallmark's Facebook argue that the muting of "God" is a sign that the network has caved into "political correctness."
"I was shocked, angry, and greatly disappointed that during the movie 'It Could Happen to You,' every time the name of God was used, it was muted out!!!!! I would never have thought the Hallmark Channel would cave in to so called political correctness. You can count on a lot of others feeling the same way and not tuning in anymore if this continues," commented Gracie Guillotte earlier this week. more >>
Do Christ's words in Matthew directing his disciples to raise the dead apply to his 21st followers?
Tackling modern day resurrection stories is the subject of Johnny Clark's new documentary DEADRAISER, which explores the motivations and stories of several Christians who have decided to literally act on Jesus' words.
Clark, a filmmaker who lives with his family in Boulder, Colo., said his initial fascination with the subject came when he was a kid and saw a "bonky video" of the apparent resurrection of man in "Africa who had been dead for two or three day." more >>
"Heaven Is for Real," the movie based on the near-death experience of a young boy who believes he visited heaven and met Jesus, is generating divided opinions among Christians on whether it presents a biblical message on heaven as it hits theaters Easter weekend.
The movie is based on the best-selling 2010 book Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, where pastor Todd Burpo reports on the near-death experience of his then 4-year-old son, Colton, who shares of meeting Jesus in heaven as well as a number of his deceased relatives after undergoing emergency surgery in 2003.
The film adaptation of the book, directed by Randall Wallace, opened on Wednesday, and has received the backing of some Christian groups, including Faith Driven Consumer, which reviews faith or Bible-based films. more >>
Palm Sunday, April 13 marked the beginning of Holy Week, when Christian believers celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. That evening, "The Passion of The Christ" made its commercial television debut on the UP Television Network.
Viewership was so strong, averaging 1.1 million viewers and placing 8th in its time period among cable networks, the faith-friendly network this week it will air an encore presentation with limited commercial interruption at 10 pm EDT/7 pm PDT on Thursday, April 17, as part of its two-week celebration of Easter.
These television events mark the ten-year anniversary of Mel Gibson's epic film that captivated the world and made box office history in its dramatic portrayal of the final 12 hours in the life of Jesus on the day of His crucifixion nearly 2,000 years ago. more >>
DeVon Franklin, Senior Vice President of Production for Columbia TriStar Pictures, is praying for a major turnout for the new film, Heaven Is for Real, in theaters this week. Blockbuster sales at the box office would, according to the Hollywood executive and devout Christian, result in more faith-friendly features on the big screen.
"The success of this movie opening weekend directly correlates to the decision to green-light and make more of them. It's an immediate thing," Franklin told The Christian Post via phone on Tuesday. "If there's a sense that there's a growing market and a growing hunger for more films like this, then the desire to continue to provide more films will increase, and decisions will be made to be able to make more films like this. more >>