Blockbusters like the "Man of Steel," "Iron Man 3" and "Frozen" are among the list of2013's most faith- and values-friendly films being celebrated at the 22nd Annual Movieguide Awards Friday night in Los Angeles.
Arizona pastor Steven Anderson, known for his controversial "Why I Hate Barack Obama" sermon and remarks that "gays should be executed," recently uploaded a new sermon to his YouTube account in which he attacks "Hollyweird" actor Nicolas Cage for starring in the "Left Behind" remake and "prostituting himself to liberal Christianity."
More than a dozen members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church have managed to recoup some of their losses, originally totaling nearly $1 million, in a civil suit involving Bishop Eddie Long and alleged Ponzi scheme mastermind Ephren Taylor.
After an upturned brick led to the discovery of thousands of buried bodies in one of Rome's ancient catacombs, scientists determined to solve the mystery behind the unusual discovery considered the possibility that the corpses might have been Christian victims of persecution.
Justin Bieber, seen recently in an X-rated photo with an adult dancer, reportedly scoured New York City over the weekend for a private pool where he could be baptized through Hillsong NYC church, led by his close friend Pastor Carl Lentz.
The Voice of the Martyrs, a Christian nonprofit that highlights the persecution of Christians worldwide, has drawn its attention this month to the hostilities faced by Christians in the Holy Land, and acknowledges that some might find its "position of highlighting Israel as a hostile nation" disagreeable and offensive.
Megachurch pastor and bestselling author Joel Osteen is making a second trip to New York City's Yankee Stadium this summer for his annual "America's Night of Hope" tour. The last time the Texas preacher and his family visited the baseball stadium in 2009, they brought a near-capacity crowd with them. But what happened during Osteen's visit to Yankee Stadium, and what can the estimated 55,000 worshippers who will likely join him in June expect this time around?
A pastor and a recent convert he was attempting to baptize drowned before 200 witnesses this week at a dam in Eastern Uganda. According to local news reports, at least seven other deaths have occurred at the same dam, also while baptisms were being performed.
The makers of the new "Left Behind" movie starring Nicolas Cage have posted a preview clip of the apocalyptic film online for enthusiastic fans, who have so far offered mixed reactions. The Hollywood star also appears in a separate video commenting briefly on the rapture.
Feed The Children, a 35-year-old anti-hunger relief organization known for its work in the U.S. and abroad, as well as a scandalous fallout with founder Larry Jones, is banking on a new president and CEO to plot its course in attaining the lofty position of becoming "the world's most respected nonprofit brand with the greatest impact of any nonprofit in the world."
The controversial yet successful "Preachers of L.A." docu-series that premiered on Oxygen Media last year has been approved for a second season, and producers of the program that features Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon and other Southern California ministers will start casting for Christian preachers in New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit for future spin-off series.
The British Museum has put on display a 4,000-year-old Cuneiform tablet that recounts specific instructions for building a giant vessel to survive a coming flood, and how it should house animals "two by two." The tablet, hailing from ancient Mesopotamia, or modern-day Iraq, has been dubbed a prototype of Noah's ark described in the Bible.
The Imago Dei campaign is the latest among a handful of emerging faith-friendly initiatives attempting to defuse heated conversations among Christians on certain polarizing issues, specifically homosexuality. While one called it another "right wing evangelical Christian" movement, others welcomed it, especially at a time when evangelicals have largely become known for what they oppose.
Pop singer Justin Bieber's arrest in Miami Beach for allegedly drag racing while intoxicated has prompted some Christians on Twitter to suggest that the Canadian singer's pastor, Judah Smith, and close friend Carl Lentz of Hillsong NYC may need to get involved. Meanwhile, the teen's fans of faith are using the hashtag #PrayforJustin to rally support for the 19-year-old star.
Amazon Publishing has announced the launch of a new Christian imprint called Waterfall Press that will focus on getting faith-based romance and mystery titles, along with inspirational works, into the hands of Christian consumers. Leading the pack of new titles on the way are works from popular inspirational authors Cherie Hill and Mark Buchanan.
A Florida jury has ordered the Florida Baptist Convention to pay $12.5 million to a man who was sexually abused by a Southern Baptist church planter as a boy, but the attorney representing the religious group insists the judgement will be overturned once he files an appeal.
American pastor and missionary Thomas (Tom) Randall has been imprisoned in Manila, Philippines on allegations that an orphanage he and his wife founded in the country has been operating as a front for human trafficking and that dozens of poor children living at the facility had been suffering sexual abuse for years.
Instead of going to the police, an Oklahoma father decided to take matters into his own hands when his 16-year-old daughter showed him suggestive text messages her youth pastor, eight years her senior, had been sending her. The father, now in jail, insists he was trying to protect his daughter when he physically attacked the man, who later needed brain surgery.
Ranked No. 1 on watchdog Open Doors' World Watch List for 12 consecutive years as the worst persecutor of Christians on the globe, North Korea is estimated to have imprisoned between 50,000 and 70,000 Christians for failing to revere their "Dear Leader," the title initiated by previous dictator Kim Jong-il and adopted by his successor and son Kim Jong-un, as a god.
The American Bible Society has named a new president and CEO, months after an apparent fallout among Pastor Timothy Keller and other evangelical Christians over the dismissal of the NYC-based nonprofit's previous president, Doug Birdsall.
Tony Campolo, conservative Christian preacher and influential social activist, has announced his intent to retire from the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE) in June after nearly 40 years of impacting the lives of at-risk youth in the U.S. and abroad.
Evangelist Benny Hinn has cancelled his trip to Bangalore, India where he was to participate in a prayer conference this week. The cancellation, reportedly due to a "visa problem," comes amid protests among Hindu groups who were concerned about Hinn converting their countrymen to Christianity.
Jared Sawyer Jr., a 16-year-old from Atlanta, Ga., who has been preaching for more than half of his life, was ordained as an associate minister at his Baptist church over the weekend and among supporters on Facebook offering him praise were others concerned about his lack of formal theological training.
A Baptist evangelist and a member of the Louis Farrakhan-led Nation of Islam yelled their respective versions of "the truth" over the din of screeching trains for the attention of weary commuters streaming through one of New York City's busiest subway stations one recent evening, all while a nearby and noticeably less rowdy group of Jehovah's Witnesses quietly replenished their table with more printed copies of their sect's beliefs.