A new ad by the Church of England depicting a former drug user playing the role of Jesus in a re-enactment of the Passion Play before Easter is looking to send a message that faith and hope triumph over struggle.
"From bereavement to addiction, from homelessness to imprisonment, Easter is a reminder that suffering doesn't have the last word and that love is more powerful than the grave. Each of the stories is a testimony to the fact that love wins," said the Rev. Arun Arora, director of communications for the CofE.
"As the Church across the globe celebrates Easter day we wanted to make a film that highlighted the stories of individuals who have come through suffering to the Easter joy of faith in Jesus." more >>
The quote was so shocking that I'm shocked it didn't get more attention.
When you hear it, you want to put your head in your hands and weep.
In biblical days, you would have torn your garments in mourning. more >>
A Chaldean Catholic bishop in Syria has warned that two-thirds of all Christians in the war-torn country have left since the conflict began in March 2011, which means close to a million believers have fled the country.
Antoine Audo told reporters that there were close to 1.5 million Christians in Syria in 2011, but five years later there are now only around 500,000 left.
Christians and millions of other Syrian civilians have left the country to escape the ongoing civil war, which is being waged between the government of President Bashar al-Assad, various Islamic rebel groups trying to take out his regime, and the Islamic State terror organization, which joined the battle for control in 2014. more >>
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont came under fire Sunday when he suggested during the Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan that white Americans don't know what it's like to be poor or live in the "ghetto."
"When you're white, you don't know what it's like to be living in a ghetto," said Sanders. "You don't know what it's like to be poor. You don't know what it's like to be hassled when you walk down the street or you get dragged out of a car. And I believe that as a nation in the year 2016, we must be firm in making it clear, we will end institutional racism and reform a broken criminal justice system."
Sanders' comments came in response to a question on racial blind spots from CNN's Don Lemon who asked: "In a speech about policing, the FBI director borrowed a phrase from 'Avenue Q' saying, 'Everybody is a little racist.' So on a personal front, what racial blind spots do you have?" more >>
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz spoke about curing poverty at the National Religious Broadcasters annual meeting.
At the Christian media gathering in Nashville, Tennessee, Senator Cruz took part in a presidential forum on Friday and was asked questions on a wide range of topics.
Conservative writer and anti-poverty activist Star Parker asked about how to deal with growing poverty in America, especially in relation to broken families. more >>
If you have ever wondered why Jesus said that one had to come to the Kingdom of Heaven as a little child, maybe this video offers an explanation.
In a social experiment conducted by Meir Kay, children were offered a dollar bill and given the option to spend it on ice cream or a nearby beggar.
One can see the kids thinking about it, weighing the options, with most going towards the homeless man to give it to him instead. more >>