What were the most talked about topics discussed within the evangelical community in 2014? The Christian Post had a chance to chat with Ed Stetzer, author, speaker, and executive director of LifeWay Research Division and go over what issues seemed to gain the most attention among both pastors and congregations.
The following issues and topics are in no particular order.
1. LGBT inside church and ministries. When World Vision U.S. decided in March of 2014 to first, hire Christians in same-sex marriages and then, only two days later reverse its ground-breaking decision as the result of intense criticism from evangelical leaders, the conversation about gays within the Christian community increased in intensity. more >>
Director Gareth Edwards will be making a spin-off movie based on the popular epic space opera franchise "Star Wars." The still untitled companion film will be released right after the JJ Abrams-helmed "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which will hit the theaters next December, and before Rian Johnson's "Star Wars Episode VIII."
Collider indicated that the standalone film will have an initial working title of "Luminac Industrial Goods." The film will delve into the life of young Han Solo, the reckless smuggler with a sarcastic wit.
Recent rumors now pointed out that "Breaking Bad" alum Aaron Paul (who plays Jesse Pinkman in the AMC TV series) is "looking to be attached" to the spin-off film "in some fashion." The statement, however, does not say that Paul will suit up as Han Solo. more >>
One day before the New Year, Christian moviegoers can reflect on 2014's plethora of faith-based movies in Hollywood, from Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" to the latest release, Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken."
With Hollywood studios creating such a high rate of Bible-inspired movies this year, it is easy to rank each film based on their quality, messaging, and adherence to actual Scripture- in the case of the Bible-based films. Using this criterion, The Christian Post has compiled a list of the best and worst Christian films of the year.
Well-reviewed by Christian critics as well as secular writers, "The Good Lie" starring Reese Witherspoon lands at number one on this year's Christian film list. The film wowed audiences upon its release in Nov. and earned Heartland Film's Truly Moving Picture Award. The uplifting story follows Sudanese refugees who were given the chance to resettle in Kansas City, Missouri when an employment agent changes all of their lives. Over the course of the journey, moviegoers are introduced to realistic characters and reminded of the warming sense of family. more >>
Angelina Jolie recently spoke about her faith and how Louis Zamperini, the subject of her latest film, "Unbroken," greatly impacted her belief.
"When there is an obstacle, you have to rise to the challenge, not be overwhelmed by it, and we're not alone in the world," Jolie told People when asked about what she had learned from Zamperini. "I don't know if there's a name for that – religion or faith – just that there's something greater than all of us, and it's uniting and beautiful."
Zamperini was a fervent Christian who managed to survive 47 days at sea in nothing but a life raft after a plane crash during World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese navy and sent to a P.O.W. camp. In 1949, he attended an event led by evangelist Billy Graham and gave his life to Christ. His story captured hearts everywhere and was told in the best-selling book Unbroken, which Jolie then directed as a film. more >>
Dr. Alveda C. King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., took time to share her reaction to the film "Selma" on Wednesday.
The Gospel evangelist, who follows in her uncle's footsteps as a civil rights leader, shared her response to "Selma" after several inquiries via social media this week. Having been at the iconic leader's side during his movement to end discrimination, King was stirred by the new film.
"An invitation to a pre-release screening of the movie 'Selma' brought mixed emotions to my heart and tears to my eyes," the Gospel evangelist explained in a statement on New Year's Eve. "As I sat in the theater, I was transported back to the time when my Uncle MLK, my daddy AD [Alfred Daniel] King and so many civil rights icons were embroiled in the historical crosshairs that brought equality to the voting rights of blacks in America." more >>
Americans named Billy Graham the number four "Most Admired Man" in world of 2014 according to U.S. polling agency Gallup. The polling results mark the 58th time that the 96-year-old televangelist has made the top 10 list.
The pollster's telephone survey results from 805 U.S. adults ages 18 and older placed Graham, referred to as "America's pastor," in the top 10 list of most admired men in the world for 2014.
Two percent of poll participants named him as their first or second choice when asked "What man that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world do you admire most." more >>