Hillsong Church says they remain committed to leading people to Christ through their music despite news of their documentary, "Hillsong - Let Hope Rise," being pulled from its distribution.
The documentary on the most famous worship band in the world was first announced by Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. last year. However, after being unable to close the rights deal for "Let Hope Rise," Warner Bros. has removed the film from its previously announced April 1 release date.
"The producers of the movie 'Let Hope Rise' have advised us that while Warner Bros. is no longer distributing the movie, there are ongoing positive discussions with other distributors who have indicated their interest in this project from the start," Hillsong Church said in a statement via Grace Hill Media. more >>
Warner Bros. recently pulled the documentary "Hillsong – Let Hope Rise" on the most famous Christian worship band in the world, Hillsong UNITED.
Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. first announced "Let Hope Rise" in July, and the film was originally expected to release worldwide on April 3. However, Warner Bros. removed the film from that slot earlier this month. While details are scarce, Alcon said that the company was unable to close the rights deal for the movie, according to Variety.
Back in July, Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment announced the release of the music documentary, which will narrate Hillsong's extraordinary journey from a youth group band at Hillsong Church to a worldwide phenomenon. Today, it is uncertain when "Let Hope Rise" will see a release. more >>
Lawmakers in Mississippi have introduced two pieces of legislation that, if approved, would make the Holy Bible the official book of Mississippi, even though such a move might conflict with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
With Mississippi lacking an officially designated book of the state, three Mississippi lawmakers, Reps. Tom Miles, Michael Evans, and William Arnold (also a non-denominational pastor), are sponsoring bills in the state legislature that would label the Holy Scripture as the state's official book.
Evans told AL.com that the idea of making the Bible the official book of Mississippi came about when he was discussing with his constituents about all the "wrong in the world" and how if more people read the Bible things could be better. more >>
The Overflow, the world's first-ever Christian and gospel on-demand music streaming service, went live today, and co-founder Stephen Relph hopes listeners grow closer to God.
Unlike other streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify, TheOverflow offers a subscription to faith-based and family-friendly music, helping Christians discover, share, and listen to music.
"I was an avid listener of Christian music but it was always difficult to find," Relph explained of the TheOverflow. "Our goal is to reduce a lot of that complexity and provide options in Christian music genres." more >>
Carrie Underwood recently admitted to knowing that her latest single "Something in the Water" would be a hit before it was even recorded last year.
The country music singer released the faith-filled song about conversion, baptism and keeping the faith in late Sept. Ever since, the track has been aired on country music charts, including Billboard's Hot Country Songs where it remains perched at number-one today. Earlier this month, Underwood revealed that she understood the song's significance early on, predicting that it would become a hit.
"I knew while we were writing 'Something in the Water' that we really had something special," the Grammy Award-winning singer explained to ABC Radio. "This was one that, as it was happening, I was recording stuff on my phone. Like, 'Oh my gosh.' Like, 'Let's do it again. I can make that better. We can do this better.'" more >>
On the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church urged the congregation to embrace differentness in others and take a stand about justice when needed, just as the civil rights movement leader did.
Hybels, the founding and senior pastor of the church in South Barrington, Illinois, began by talking about two basic kinds of wills, impulsive wills and reflective wills.
The impulsive will, he explained, is linked to our basic instincts, such as rage, hate, prejudice and revenge. The reflective will, on the other hand, "pushes the pause button," appeals to our higher angels, considers several other inputs from God that might influence what our eventual response will or should be, he said. more >>