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 >>
Heaven is for Real tells the story of the small town Nebraskan Burpo family whose 4-year-old son Colton has a near-death experience where he visits heaven and meets Jesus.
The unraveling of this majestic vision is documented in the film, but it doesn't seem to be the main focus. Instead, the movie makers chose to deviate from stressing the vision, and decided rather to show the day-to-day life of the Burpo family and how they balanced church, work and bills with their son's experience.
Greg Kinnear does a fantastic job as Todd Burpo, a jack-of-all-trades that pastors a church, repairs things and fights fires. He becomes skeptical of God's actions once his son is laid up on the operating table for a ruptured appendix. He wrestles with the actual experience and this struggle continues well into the boy's recovery and his explanation of his visit to heaven. more >>
The UP TV premiere of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" on Palm Sunday delivered the network's highest ever ratings among households and key demographics, nearly 10 years after the most successful Christian movie ever made opened in theaters.
"We knew that 'The Passion of the Christ' would resonate with our audience and attract new viewers to UP as well," said Charley Humbard, president and CEO of UP. "The film is the centerpiece of our extensive Easter programming and truly epitomizes our holiday theme: 'Easter Lives Here.'"
The 2004 movie averaged a 1.2 household rating, with an average audience of 1.1 million viewers, making it the strongest telecast ever among W18-49, W25-54, A18-49, A25-54 and P2+. The movie will air again on Thursday at 10 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. PDT. more >>