Christian films continue to dominate at the box office thanks to a growing consumer appetite for faith-based entertainment, but one Christian professor says that a particular theme of Christian films and books, namely those about Heaven and the afterlife, could potentially be harmful to Christianity.
On Friday, the Michael Polish-directed feature film, "90 Minutes in Heaven," which is an adaptation of The New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Pastor Don Piper, was released to theaters across the U.S. It tells the real-life story of a Texas pastor who had a near-death experience and comes more than a year after Randall Wallace's box office hit "Heaven Is for Real," which made $101 million during its box office run. It also comes ahead of the highly anticipated Christian drama "Miracles From Heaven" starring Jennifer Garner.
Scot McKnight, who's a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois., shared his concerns about NDE-inspired films and the impact that they can have on Christian theology during an interview with The Christian Post on Friday. more >>
WASHINGTON — Emmy-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and Journey Films have produced a new two-hour documentary called "Chaplains" that will air on PBS stations in 2015, which seeks to enlighten the general public about the role that American chaplains play in their various arenas of work.
The film shadows chaplains from various faiths and theatres — from a Muslim police chaplain who serves as a middleman between cops and the hostile Muslim community, to a Buddhist chaplain who fulfills the spiritual needs of prisoners in an Oregon state prison — and provides a sense of the benefits that chaplains provide to the communities they serve.
At the film's premiere screening Thursday night at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Doblmeier, who has produced over 25 films focused on religion, faith and spirituality, explained that the reason for producing the documentary is that most people don't understand the importance that the chaplaincy has to society as a whole. more >>
Countless people were forever changed by the terrorist attacks that took place 14 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. And today, some of America's beloved entertainers are sharing how close to home the tragedy almost hit.
Mark Wahlberg, the 44-year old actor from "Transformers: Age of Extinction," was expected to be a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center 14 years ago. Although he was scheduled to get on that flight from Boston to Los Angeles, he opted to attend a film festival and boarded a chartered flight instead.
Years later, the Christian actor said he still has dreams about what could have taken place had he boarded that flight. more >>
ATLANTA — Ninety minutes really isn't that long, but it's an eternity when your loved ones think you're dead. Eternity is exactly where Don Piper visits in "90 Minutes in Heaven," a new film that promotes hope, starring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth.
Directed by Michael Polish, "90 Minutes in Heaven" is the film adaptation of The New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Pastor Don Piper, which has sold nearly 8 million copies to date.
The true story follows the Texas pastor who is returning from a church conference when the unthinkable happens — he's involved in a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler on a bridge. more >>
A lot of new "Star Wars" merchandise was released on "Force Friday," most especially new toys and costumes featuring characters from the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" movie. With these new releases, clues about some of the movie's characters were also revealed, according to a report in iDigital Times. If the accompanying costume descriptions are accurate, these may very be the most detail fans can get about these characters before they appear in the big screen.
John Boyega's character is Finn and the costume description confirms that he is a former Stormtrooper who had a change of heart. The packaging says: "After becoming stranded by himself in the deserts of Jakku, and meeting up with a girl named Rey, a Stormtrooper named Finn has joined the side of the Resistance. He began his adventure as a part of the New Order, but now he's one of the few people that can stop them."
As for another main character, Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, her costume description is said to reveal some new details about her character and the role she will play in the movie's story. It says: "After invading the Starkiller Base, one member of the Resistance has split from her group and found herself in a massive room full of First Order soldiers. Completely surrounded by Stormtroopers with blasters and Knights of Ren with lightsabers, she seems to be totally outnumbered. Unfortunately for her enemies, though, they've made a big mistake: it's not about the strength of the weapon, but the strength of the warrior that wields it." According to the report, it definitely confirms that Rey may be a powerful user of "the force." The description also provides fans with a sneak peek to an actual scene where Rey is involved, which hopefully makes its way into the movie. more >>
Members of the rock band Survivor, Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik, who co-wrote the famous "Eye of the Tiger" fight song for the 1982 movie "Rocky III," lashed out Tuesday at organizers of a rally supporting Christian Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, for playing the song as she walked free from jail Tuesday to address her supporters.
Davis was released from jail after spending six days behind bars. She was held in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing that it was against her Christian faith, and has become somewhat of an icon in the Evangelical Christian world for her stand.
"I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied and you are a strong people. We serve a living God who knows where each and every one of us is at. Just keep on pressing, don't let down because He is here. He is worthy, He is worthy. I love you guys. Thank you so much," said Davis defiantly as she was supported by GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, and one of her attorneys, Mat Staver, after weeping in amazement at the rally. more >>