Like many others, I have been paying close attention to the lively debate that the recent parade of faith-friendly movies has ignited among Christians. It has been particularly interesting to me because I know personally, and respect in equal measure, many of the persons who have been widely quoted on both sides of the impassioned arguments. I offer the following thoughts in hopes of adding constructively to what has already been said.
As I see it, there are several serious questions behind the current public discussion, namely:
When it comes to what we Christians consider the underpinnings of Truth – that is, God and the Bible – is it really the case that there is no such thing as bad publicity? Is supporting even approximations of the Truth ultimately fruitful because they at least get people talking and thinking about it? more >>
Paul Walker's brothers bear a striking resemblance to the late actor, which were presented to the world in a photograph with his "Fast & Furious" film series co-star Vin Diesel.
Paul Walker's brothers will complete his portion of the seventh installment of the "Fast & Furious" film series that he was not finished filming before tragically dying in a car accident last year.
Walker, the 40-year-old actor who played Brian O'Conner in the popular car racing films, was the passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend before they both lost their lives. After the film resumed shooting last month, the "Fast & Furious 7" Facebook page posted a message about his brothers Caleb and Cody Walker filling in for their late brother. more >>
In the 1980s and early 90s the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase was one of the most charismatic heels to ever step foot into a WWF ring.
His microphone skills, coupled with his in-ring abilities made him the perfect villain to pit against legendary baby faces such as the Macho Man Randy Savage, The Immortal Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. DiBiase had everything he thought he ever wanted, and by the beginning of the '90s, the fame and the traveling that professional wrestlers are required to do was starting to take a toll on him and his family. Infidelity almost ended his marriage and things seemed to start spinning out of control. DiBiase saw only one option for fixing the mess he created at that point, which was to turn to Jesus Christ.
A new documentary titled The Price of Fame discusses DiBiase's journey more in depth through the eyes of his sons and fellow wrestlers who were around when he made the transformation that eventually lead to his evangelism ministry. more >>
ABC network's annual airing of the classic 1956 biblical epic "The Ten Commandments" dominated in the ratings for Saturday evening.
Despite going up against programs like "Ultimate Fighting Championship" and "Saturday Night Live," "Ten Commandments" more than held its own.
The faith-based film "Heaven Is for Real" recorded a highly impressive box-office debut over Easter weekend, taking in $21.5 million domestically and besting Johnny Depp's sci-fi blockbuster "Transcendence," which only earned $11.5 million.
"The film definitely played not only to a faith-based audience but to a mainstream audience as well," said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment, following the impressive debut, according to Deadline.com. "The title itself provokes dialogue no matter what you believe. It's based on a book and the true story of this family, so it makes it all that more compelling."
The Randall Wallace movie, based on the bestselling 2010 book Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, has earned an estimated $28,500,000 from 2,417 theaters nationwide in the first five days of its release, more than doubling its modest production budget of $12 million. more >>
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 >>