It's pretty cool when Congress names a special task force after you. It's even cooler when that task force makes recommendations that advance the cause of justice.
In 2014, in an all-too-rare case of bipartisan cooperation, Congress created the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections to tackle what many have called a crisis in the federal prison system.
Why they named it after Chuck was pretty clear. In the words of the Task Force: "Chuck Colson, who served time in federal prison and upon release founded the world's largest prison ministry, was a vigorous advocate on behalf of the incarcerated at a time when criminal justice reform had virtually no support on either side of the aisle. We salute his leadership and we are grateful for the chance to move the cause forward with our efforts." more >>
ARLINGTON, Va. — "Risen" flips the script on the traditional telling of the resurrection of Christ, focusing on the story through the lens of a non-believer, a Roman military Tribune tasked with finding Christ's missing body in order to quash hopes among the Jews of a risen Savior.
Directed by Kevin Reynolds, the Sony/AffirmFilms faith-based movie stars lead actor Joseph Fiennes, 44, ("Shakespeare in Love" and "Luther") who delivers a credible portrayal of the fictional Roman Tribune, Clavius. Ordered by Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) to find Yeshua's body and prove the empty tomb of "The Nazarene" to be no more than a hoax to "keep a crusade alive," Clavius will stop at nothing to that end.
With the help of his aide, Lucius, played by Tom Felton, Fiennes' character scouts out clues that he believes will lead to Christ's missing body, much like a detective would a criminal case, giving "Risen" a mystery-like quality that will appeal to believers and non-believers alike. It's what attracted Fiennes to the film. more >>
During his Decision America Tour stop in Atlanta this week, the Rev. Franklin Graham told a local news station that God's judgement is coming to America for going against His law, which is destabilizing society.
Graham, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was asked a series of questions by the media outlet about gay marriage, specifically why people who oppose same-sex marriage aren't just as wrong as those who supported segregation.
"The Bible doesn't teach segregation. But the Bible is very clear about what it says about homosexuality. No question. It is very clear. So you can't argue with that. Segregation was something men came up with. God didn't come up with that," Graham said earlier this week in an interview with local station 11 Alive following a rally at the Georgia capitol. more >>
Gospel singer Tina Campbell says she's grateful to God for bringing her out of public marital struggles with her husband, Teddy, to create a body of work that led her to win an NAACP Image Award as a solo artist.
"I never knew that when my life was falling apart a couple of years ago on my reality show that God would use those challenges to birth a body of work that you all would be recognizing today," Campbell said during her acceptance speech at the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards. "So thank you. I can't believe y'all got me up here crying."
After close to two decades in the music industry where she has received numerous accolades with her sister and co-star of the WEtv reality show "Mary Mary," Campbell said the award is just as affirming as the first one she ever received. more >>
There is a key to achieving understanding and racial harmony where there is confusion and discord, says Phillip Holmes, a writer and the co-founder of the Reformed African American Network (RAAN), in a post last week on the website DesiringGod.org.
Having grown up in the majority black town of Pickens, Mississippi, Holmes eventually moved 45 minutes south to Jackson where he attended a majority white college, a majority white church, and a majority white seminary. So he's learned a thing or two when it comes to race relations.
"Over the years I've learned that the conversation is complicated and how we view the world and ourselves can radically shape how we engage one another." more >>
Jeremy Lin is doing more than entertaining North Carolina basketball fans, the Charlotte Hornets point guard has inspired over 2,600 students to stop bullying.
"Can't wait to visit one of the @CharMeckSchools," Lin tweeted last week. "Thanks to the 2600+ students taking a stand against bullying."
The 28-year-old NBA player started a reading challenge in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District through his nonprofit organization The Jeremy Lin Foundation. Instead of just reading books, students will have an opportunity to earn points by taking quizzes and reading articles written by Lin and other celebrities and writers about bullying. more >>