Pastors and Christian leaders throughout the U.S. are jumping on board a campaign to spread the Gospel message via the upcoming film "Son of God" by buying out multiplex cinema screens for the day before its public release on Feb. 28.
"Few movies have been able to take over an entire multiplex – every screen, every seat; only blockbusters like 'Hunger Games.' But now the religious epic 'Son of God' is taking over several multiplexes nationwide on Thursday, February 27, the day before it debuts on 3,000 screens," say the film's promoters.
As of Monday, multiplexes in at least 10 cities nationwide are playing "Son of God" on all of their screens on the evening of Feb. 27. "It's very interesting to see this level of excitement around the movie," stated James Meredith, VP, head of Marketing & Communications for Cinemark. "We've already scheduled a few large-scale theatre buyouts for 'Son of God' in theatres across the country. The interest level for meetings, events, screenings and buyouts seems to be on par with that of major blockbuster, tentpole or franchise movies." more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Pastor Rick Warren encouraged hundreds of local Southern California pastors and ministry leaders attending a pre-release screening of "Son of God" at Saddleback Church Tuesday to use a six-week study the best-selling author created using scenes from the movie.
The "Son of God – The Life of Jesus in You" series (LifeWay publishers) will launch at Saddleback to coincide with the movie's release. Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, who were at the special screening, had asked Warren to create the book study with their movie as a tool.
"This is an incredible opportunity to double the size and number of your small [Bible/book study] groups," said Warren after the screening. He explained that the first time he used a movie to launch a series to be used in small groups was with "The Passion of the Christ." Warren said he offered content that was not available anywhere else, and while members of small groups were first attracted to attend by the nature of the content, they stayed in the study groups because of the formed relationships. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren will soon release an accompanying cookbook to his New York Times No. 1 bestseller, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life. The book contains healthy recipes designed to encourage readers to embrace the essentials of food, fitness, focus, faith and friends.
"In this cookbook you will find a menu of American classics that don't compromise taste and that will help you live healthier and give you energy to fulfill your God-given purpose," said Warren in a statement. "Food is one of the great ways to create fellowship and build relationships so it is our desire that this cookbook will help individuals rediscover how easy it is to cook fresh, delicious whole foods."
Set to release on Feb. 18, The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life, is a collaborative effort between Warren, renowned doctors and The Daniel Plan signature chefs who focus on providing tips for a Daniel Plan pantry as well as how to shop, plan menus and snack smartly. more >>
People have the ultimate power to change their own thoughts, but in order to so do, one must "feed, focus, and free their minds on a moment by moment basis," preached Rick Warren, founding pastor at Saddleback Church based in Lake Forest, Calif., during last weekend's worship services.
"Satan can't control your thoughts, only you can, and God can't control your thoughts," said Warren during Sunday's sermon. "If you're having bad, scary, guiltily, lonely, depressed and discouraged thoughts, it doesn't help to say, 'God change my thoughts.' God is going to say, 'it's your mind, you do it.'"
Three Christian churches in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are tackling the stigma that accompanies mental illness through their Celebrate Recovery programs by offering support to members of their churches and community who suffer from unstable mental health.
Those with mental disorders have found the group meetings to be a safe haven where they can shed their shame and feel embraced.
"There is always reluctance among most to share their issues of life," said Bill Peters, ministry leader for Celebrate Recovery, and who spoke on behalf of the churches. "Denial is at the heart of our American culture because we have been brought up to believe that we can be independent of others." more >>
Pastor Rick Warren spoke about his No. 1 New York Times bestseller, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life, explaining that the book is not just about dieting, but is based on biblical principles and aimed at helping people make a difference.
"'The Daniel Plan' is far more than a diet; it is about living a healthier life based on biblical principles," NewsOK quoted Warren, the founding and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California, as saying Saturday.
"You can't love if you don't have the energy to love," Warren, the author of another bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life, said. "If you go home every night and lie on the couch because you're exhausted from not eating right and your blood pressure is too high, well, how can you make a difference? Change your life and change the world. That's our goal with this book." more >>