Hip hop artist and actor Ja Rule said in a recent interview with HuffPost Live that Hillsong Church NYC's "come as you are" atmosphere helped him welcome God into his life.
The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, spoke with Marc Lamont Hill about his experience touring churches to promote his new movie, "I'm In Love With A Church Girl." He was regularly asked during the tour if he was saved or if starring in the film impacted him spiritually, he shared, and he would respond by saying he loved God and believed in Him, but was taking his faith slowly.
"But what I was really saying is: 'I don't feel like I'm a part of this yet. I don't feel welcome,'" he said. more >>
"Paradise," a new film with an Oscar-winning cast, written and directed by Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar for writing the 2007 film "Juno," opened in a handful of theaters and doesn't even make the list on the box office reports. Christian reviewers explained why, and one listed the 10 malicious – and ridiculous – lies it tells about followers of Jesus.
"I think it ended up as a fairly unreleasable film," Craig Detweiler, an author, filmmaker, cultural commentator, and associate professor of Communication at Pepperdine University, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. "You can't attack the audience that you're potentially seeking and satirizing at the same time," Detweiler explained.
The film follows the story of Lamb, an ultra-conservative Christian girl from Montana whose fiancé dies in the plane wreck that nearly claims her own life. Seeking the fun time she was always denied as a Christian, she heads off to Las Vegas to experience the world. more >>
Last Saturday morning I woke up still shaken by the movie "12 Years a Slave" after watching it in the theater with my wife on Friday night.
On Sunday morning, I was still reeling.
I never thought Hollywood could deliver a dignified, honest sensitive portrayal of slavery and the pernicious effects of racism in America but it has in this film and I encourage everyone, if you can take it, to go and see it. more >>
Christian reviewers say the underlying theme behind the new hit ABC TV series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." reflects the way Jesus impacted the world through seemingly ordinary people who can do extraordinary things.
"I think S.H.I.E.L.D. celebrates the everday heroes getting caught in potentially extraordinary circumstances," Craig Detweiler, an author, filmmaker, cultural commentator, and associate professor of Communication at Pepperdine University, told CP on Monday. He even compared this underdog story to the tale of Jesus' disciples. "The foundations of the Christian Church begin with Jesus leading a team of outsiders who seemingly have no business challenging something as massive as the Roman Empire."
"Yet acts of courage, service, and bravery can undermine the mightiest of armies," Detweiler added. The Pepperdine professor explained that while the show's director, Joss Whedon, is known for rejecting faith in God, people of faith are often drawn to his work. more >>
Gwyneth Paltrow has expressed outrage over "completely false" rumors of an affair with a billionaire developer this week.
The actress has been married to Coldplay front man Chris Martin for the past decade, and the pair share two children together, but her relationship with Martin has been under the spotlight this week after rumors were sparked by media reports of an alleged affair - something the actress strongly denies.
According to recent reports, Paltrow had a "romantic relationship" with supermodel Elle Macpherson's billionaire husband, Jeff Soffer, in 2008. more >>
1. Mel Gibson
Gibson Quote: " The Holy Ghost was working through me on this film, and I was just directing traffic."
- Mel Gibson directed one of the biggest Christian movies that ever hit the Hollywood screen, "The Passion of the Christ." The film had a lot of criticism behind it but brought many to the truth of Jesus! more >>