The latest episode of A&E's hit show "Duck Dynasty" played on the largest TV in the world on Wednesday, as Texas Motor Speedway unveiled its new "Big Hoss TV." That same episode also reached the least amount of viewers the show has ever had, continuing a decline from last summer's high point.
"If you told me we were going to do this a couple years ago, I would've never believed it," Willie Robertson, "Duck Dynasty" star and CEO of Duck Commander, said in an interview shown on the screen. "I hope we look good."
The 12-story Big Hoss TV, built by Panasonic, measures 20,633 square feet (94.6 feet tall and 218 feet wide) and costs $40 million. It has been designed to stand against winds up to 130 miles per hour, and the strength of the LED bulbs were tested by having golf balls hit the screen, simulating hail. ANI News reported that the TV, larger than Boeing's biggest 767, is set to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest TV in the world. more >>
NFL free agent wide receiver Jason Avant says his grandmother's faith led him to Jesus. She prayed for him for years, and when he finally came to Christ, it was the happiest day of her life.
Her positive influence goes back to his drug-dealing days,Avant told CBN News in a video interview posted Friday.
"I was the worst gang-banger/drug dealer ever because my grandmother gave me too much truth for me to be comfortable in that environment," he said. The NFL star admitted to dealing drugs as early as sixth grade when he was growing up on the south side of Chicago. He lived with his Christian grandmother, but most of the other relatives he lived with were gang-bangers, so he grew up familiar with drug deals and drive-by shootings. more >>
Lamar Odom's professional basketball comeback was recently sidelined after he suffered a back injury.
Odom, the 34-year-old former NBA forward, joined the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa last month to close out the 2013-2014 basketball season, ESPN reports. However, E! News is reporting that Odom has "finished his present contract," after suffering from a back injury according to the Spanish basketball club.
Odom contributed two games, playing for 22 minutes on the team, according to E!. He has already arrived back to the United States where he will treat his injury, the publication reports. more >>
Organizers of the Wildfire Conference, a men's gathering in South Carolina next month that will feature prominent Christian leaders, expect to draw between 8,000 and 10,000 participants who they hope to help equip with tools to deal with a godless culture, fatherlessness, broken relationships, and the importance of male leadership in the church.
"After years of perfecting our men's impact weekend, we have landed on a unique format that helps men align their everyday passions with God's eternal purpose. We are here to take on the everyday challenges that men face," Michael Queen, director of events for Wildfire, told The Christian Post.
Phil and Alan Robertson of 'Duck Dynasty' are planned as part of the speaker lineup. Organizers say the two stars of the reality TV series will share stories from their family's experience in the spotlight and how their faith has been tested in the entertainment industry. Washington Redskins quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is scheduled to share about his faith both on and off the field, and speaker and author Max Lucado plans to share a message of redemptive grace. In addition, the conference will feature praise and worship music by The Katinas. more >>
Trent Shelton thought his dreams came true when he made it to the NFL but it took being cut from multiple teams and overcoming depression for him to realize that God had a bigger plan for the athlete that would involve challenging millions of people to turn to Jesus Christ and change their lives.
Shelton, the 29-year-old founder and president of the Christian non-profit organization, RehabTime, is a motivational speaker, YouTube sensation, and author who has gained over 2 million Likes on Facebook. Although Shelton was named one of the 20 most inspiring people on the web by under30CEO.com, he had to overcome his own pain before he could motivate others.
Shelton, the son of a preacher, was used to being the star football player in both high school and college. However, it wasn't until he got to the big leagues as an undrafted free agent that God began to humble him. more >>
Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Atlanta held its final service Sunday with a commemorative march to make way for a new multibillion stadium set to be built in the city's downtown area.
"Of course, there are a lot of feelings, a lot of memories that we will forever cherish and be thankful to God that he allowed us to have this experience," said Rev. Rodney Turner, reports CBS Atlanta. "But we are excited about what's next."
Turner notes that the church has to be cleared out by the end of the week as construction has already begun in areas nearby. The congregation will temporarily hold services at Carver Bible College in southwest Atlanta beginning next Sunday while they search for a permanent worship site. However, Turner hopes they can eventually return to their neighborhood where they have been for nearly a century. more >>