In The Relational Soul, counselor Richard Plass and former pastor James Cofield, uncover why deep, meaningful connections with God and others cannot exist without trust, and why maturity develops only through authentic community.
I was raped at 8 years old by my uncle, but it was too late because they already had me in church. Though the rape caused homosexual desires and activities as my years went on, it was too late because the seed of righteousness was inside and they had trained up a child in the way that he should go.
Written as an introductory text for seminary level classes, this third and final volume in the Exploring Christian Theology series is easily accessible for any who have an interest in knowing their God and His purpose for humankind on a deeper level. The book’s opening chapter gives “The Christian Story in Four Acts” from a wide-angle view, helping to orient the reader in God’s grand narrative.
Clara's book "Open Heart, Open Mind" is a very honest work that made me wonder how she was able to focus and push herself to victory considering all the difficulties she encountered.
Grammy award winning Gospel singer Israel Houghton took to his Facebook page on Feb. 22nd to announce the end of his 20-year marriage to his wife Meleasa. “I failed and sinned in my marriage” he hinted about an affair he had some years earlier. Houghton, a five Grammy Awards winner, 13 Dove Awards winner and 2 […]
However, discerning Christians can perceive the errors, recognize the truths, and enjoy the movie.
As the son of a pastor, Dean's spiritual guidance started at an early age. "There have been different points of epiphany in my life where God really broke through," Dean said. "As a second grader, I recall having a spiritual encounter with God. I remember kneeling at the altar, praying. My dad was there, and I remember feeling God's presence."
What seemed downright mean-spirited to me about the movie was the first six minutes, where his wife from the first film divorces him after six days for the presumed reason that the character is fat and doesn't make any money. HA. THEN his mother, this seemingly really kind-hearted old woman gets hit by a milk truck.
After a few sips, only a whisper slipped from her lips. The drink burned her vocal cords. Sly as a snake, a boy’s family concocted a drink in order to harm her. Like Maloti, 50 million other women experience this persecution sealed within India’s borders.
This decay of his life bleeds through the film in Andrew’s practice sessions. In the beginning, he plays like one would think a jazz drummer would play. He moves his head with the beat, sways, and makes viewers want to jump on a drumset. As his practice sessions continue, he moves his bed into his practice room, grimaces, sweats, and bleeds through the layers of Band-Aids plastered on his blistered hands.
It is the inspiring story based on the journey of “The Lost Boys” who trekked over a thousand miles across Africa to save their lives. Sudan has been involved in a civil war fueled by religious, ethnic, and regional strife since the mid-1980s. Thousands of children experienced unfathomable horrors and unimaginable hardship.
The Song is a modern day adaption of Song of Solomon. Viewers will walk out of the theatre inspired by THE SONG and encouraged to pursue a life of significance yet challenged with the question, “From where does true significance come?”
Sadly, some in the “Christian” culture will probably be offended by the film, others may dismiss the deeper questions raised because they do hit close to home by depicting a not too pretty reality that lies hidden underneath churches and ministries. But hopefully, most will see the parody and humor and appreciate the film’s quality and realness.
I have always had a passion for film. Film is what moves me. I started my career in music of course but I‘ve always loved acting. Three summers ago, I got an email and it was this character description about this project. I don’t know if this has ever happened to you or not, but I just knew I was going to be a part of this project. So, I went to this audition and God just took over from there.
My decision to move outside of the walls of the traditional church literally began with The Voice. My boss is the one who encouraged me to email Mark Burnett about one of my songs on the record called Mercy Tree. At first I thought, “why would he talk to me I was just one of the contestants on The Voice?”
When difficult circumstances overwhelm us and push us to despair, can we really maintain hope? In You’ll Get Through This, long-time pastor and New York Times best-selling author Max Lucado answers this question with a resounding “yes!” As few can, Lucado uses the art of storytelling to transform the Bible’s account of Joseph into a […]
“Please, celebrate me home…”
That Kenny Loggins song, covered for American Idol by past winner Ruben Studdard, played as Jason Castro watched the carefully crafted, tear-jerking montage of his Idol journey. Celebrate me home. That’s a tall order for anyone after losing what is arguably the biggest singing competition in America.
Finally, director Zach Snyder and story writer Christopher Nolan cut all the corny traditions of Superman mythology that have embarrassed Superman fans for decades and put some real humanity into the man of steel. No Lex Luther “I’ll get you, Superman!” lines, no convenient kryptonite rocks, and no red underwear. Snyder reinvents Superman similar to the new Batman trilogy, based in a stronger sense of reality with a relatable hero riddled with inner conflict.
One can only imagine what it must have been like for Daniel when he served King Nebuchadnezzar. Did Daniel ever resent the Babylonian people? Exactly how much was he oppressed for his faith and heritage? How did he cope with serving the king of a nation who enslaved his entire people? Through the story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), The Butler (directed by Lee Daniels) shares with us insight on how a White House butler, who served under eight presidents, lived in a nation bent on oppressing him and his people.
I confess; there’s just something about movies where the bad guy goes down in flames and the good guy wins. It may be in the spiritual DNA; we live in a time where evil reigns, and we long for the day when it is utterly vanquished. Movies that mimic the good-triumphs-over-evil theme temporarily satisfy the longing for justice.
The history books tell of Honest Abe’s achievements, of ending the bloodiest American war and healing the nation. Some books may tell of his personality, that he was earnest, patient, guarded, generous, and firm, all of which may be interpreted as differently as the eye that reads about them. But with the movie Lincoln, we now have a tangible, indelible portrayal of the character of our 16th president.
Unconditional, directed by Arlington native Brent McCorkle, says many things about love, forgiveness, underprivileged children, and even a little on racism. Quite a lot to cover in less than two hours. Wind lifts the story of Samantha and her journey to find peace, but the film glides shakily under the weight of its many themes. With so much to teach this fallen world, the biggest mistake for Christian filmmaking is trying to say it all in one story.
It’s almost impossible not to like Jordin Sparks. Her stunning performances on American Idol’s sixth season instantly won her a place in the hearts of many music lovers, not to mention she’s gorgeous and comes off as exceedingly humble. What’s not to like? Well, with last month’s release of Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 movie of the same name, there is at least one thing. Her acting.
On top of this Bane-sized disappointment, the story has more holes than a paper snowflake. Bane and his partner in crime Talia Al Ghul (Marion Cotillard) have no motive for blowing up Gotham other than because that’s what Daddy would have wanted.
From its posters and advertising, Brave, directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, gives off a Joan of Arc impression in the way that the heroine must undergo physical, dark challenges and face her worst fears to achieve a certain goal. Even though the idea of physical struggle is a part of this story, if you go into the theater expecting this to be what the movie is really about, you’ll walk out confused and perhaps uninterested. But make no mistake, Brave has a message significant to every human being who’s ever lived.
Before The Avengers, the name Joss Wheadon (director, screenwriter) would elicit either “he’s a genius!” or “Joss who?” He certainly has come a long way from cult television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly to director of the most anticipated Marvel movie.
Grammy Award-winning singer Priscilla Marie Winans Love, fondly known as CeCe Winans, never imagined being a speaker. She was comfortable in her career as a world-famous gospel artist, and her dreams were to accomplish more in that sphere. An urgent phone call from a friend requesting that she speak at a conference burst the walls of the music bubble she was used to shining in. “CeCe, you have got to speak,” her friend said. “If you don’t speak out, then who’s going to speak out?” This was the turning point--she realized she could impact the lives of many youths from her God-given celebrity platform by speaking and singing. Hence the birth of her annual Always Sisters Forever Brothers Youth Conference in 2005.
In a fictional contest called The Hunger Games–where people either stab you in the back or stab you in the heart–most participants check their friendships at the door. But despite her enemies’ willingness to kill and be shaped by a desensitized society, a young female contestant named Katniss grieves for her tragic ally in the most brutal competition known to man in this futuristic sci-fi film. Though directionless and alone in the wild, Katniss refuses to let her circumstances harden her and instead mourns over the body of a fallen comrade. Her ability to feel deeply for an “enemy” stirs many of the watching audience, and they begin to rebel against the disgusting game.
I get excited whenever I see an indie film like Doonby, because I never know what to expect. Indie storytelling rarely follows the everyday Hollywood we’re used to, and it’s a great way to break out of the assembly line and enjoy something handmade. Though Doonby fell below par in some areas, having the guts to experiment can yield real treasures in moviemaking.
I attempted to watch Sex and the City at the height of its popularity, because I like to keep up with pop culture, and because I enjoy good writing. Beyond all the fornication and strange manifestations of self-discovery that most Christians would chafe at, one main thing kept me from being fan: what I’ll call the Friends Phenomenon. Like Friends, the writers of Sex and the City managed to reduce the city’s teeming sea of various cultures, races, religions, and classes to a diluted monolithic wading pool. I didn’t recognize my hometown; I didn’t see myself in any of the faces of the characters, and the women were reduced to martinis and Manolo Blahniks. Yawn.