Posted 2/17/14 at 10:01 AM | Alex Murashko |
I had the opportunity to see a pre-screening of the Son of God movie at Saddleback Church recently and wanted to share something with you. Pastor Rick Warren hosted the film's producers, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, at the special screening for local pastors. And despite what some of you may look at as just another well-oiled promotional campaign, I urge you to get past any skepticism about the movie's theatrical release on Feb 28 and get engaged in any way you can.
I recommend beginning with prayer. Do not simply say, "Oh, too much hype." Get past that.
In my opinion, this movie will impact the world for Jesus more so than any movie previously. It's like "The Passion of the Christ" without the "art" (beautiful as it was) and much more representative of The Bible, especially the spoken words, verse by verse. FULL POST
Posted 2/7/14 at 10:15 AM | Alex Murashko
AN EVENING WITH DENNIS PRAGER & RAVI ZACHARIAS
Does God Matter? Finding Your Moral Footing in the Quicksand of Secularism
Biola University campus, La Mirada, California
We live in trying times. Those of us who take belief in the God of the Bible seriously feel burdened by the problems that arise in our increasingly secular society. People are abandoning truth, Western culture is failing, and the lines between right and wrong are becoming irrevocably blurred. Two prominent voices, one Jewish and one evangelical Christian, will appear on stage together to engage in an open, honest and entertaining dialogue about the challenges we face as a nation and civilization. This is about asking and answering tough questions in a God-honoring and purposeful way!
Join us for an evening with nationally-syndicated radio show host Dennis Prager and world-renowned Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias. The evening will be hosted by famed radio show host Frank Sontag of Los Angeles’ KKLA 99.5 FM. Sponsored by Hashtag Productions, and Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute and Christian Apologetics Program. FULL POST
Posted 1/30/14 at 9:49 AM | Alex Murashko
Posted 1/23/14 at 10:17 AM | Alex Murashko
Talk about a Twitter (and Facebook) firestorm! One has been raging since last Sunday. NBC Football Night in America commentator and former NFL coach Tony Dungy said he wasn't as concerned about Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman's controversial on-field interview after the playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers as he was about the defensive back's actions immediately following his victory-saving play. Dungy, a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, released a video (below) of his thoughts about the controversy on his blog on the All Pro Dad website Wednesday.
"I wasn't focused in as much on his interview as I was on what happened directly after the interception on the last play," Dungy said. "He went and really approached Michael Crabtree, appeared to be mocking him a little bit, Crabtree pushed him a little bit, and they get into a little confrontation. FULL POST
Posted 1/7/14 at 10:25 AM | Alex Murashko
World Help is traveling with five passionate storytellers on an adventure into Africa . . . and you’re invited to join the journey, say the bloggers at the humanitarian group. The organization invites you to follow the team as they use their words to paint a new picture of Africa—one rising from the ashes of poverty.
Project: Rescue Homes
We are raising funds to build and outfit 3 rescue homes. Too many children wander the dangerous slums of Uganda hungry, sick, and utterly alone. Operation Baby Rescue is intervening and saving countless lives.
On this trip, the World Help Bloggers will be launching the campaign for a much-needed expansion of the Baby Rescue Center in Uganda—Rescue Homes. These facilities are designed to provide holistic care for children who would otherwise be left for dead. Starting with the completion of a partially built home and then constructing even more, these homes will bring life to thousands of children for generations to come. We hope you’ll Join the Rescue. FULL POST
Posted 12/30/13 at 12:25 PM | Alex Murashko
Two-thousand thirteen was a year of heartbreaking personal tragedies suffered by Christian leaders, and The Christian Post and the Church & Ministry gave due coverage. In early April, Southern California-based megachurch pastor Rick Warren, and his wife, Kay, lost their son, Matthew, to suicide. Warren grieved quite publicly by journaling through social media, and he and his wife helped bring the issue of mental health to the forefront of the Christian community.
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Posted 12/24/13 at 7:09 PM | Alex Murashko
Posted 12/19/13 at 7:24 PM | Alex Murashko |
Richard Land: ‘Gay Thought and Speech Police Attack Reality Show Star for Paraphrasing Bible Verse!’
Charlotte, N.C.— In the wake of this morning’s news that Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the reality television show on the A&E cable network, was dismissed from “Duck Dynasty” by the network for his comments about homosexuality and sexual sin in America, a backlash has begun that A&E never expected.
A&E put Robertson on an indefinite hiatus from the show after the family head talked about his beliefs on sexual sin in the January issue of the men’s magazine “GQ.” Robertson compared homosexuality to adultery and other sin.
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” the network said in a statement today. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.” FULL POST
Posted 12/2/13 at 2:01 PM | Alex Murashko |
Good News of Great Joy, Daily Readings for Advent By John Piper
Mary's Magnificent God - December 2
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me
blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” —Luke 1:46–55 FULL POST
Posted 11/22/13 at 8:25 PM | Alex Murashko
Kay Warren to speak at Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day event at Saddleback Church tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013). If you are unable to make it to Saddleback tomorrow it's going to be webcast. Link for webcast: http://saddleback.com/newsandevents/suicideprevention/
Pastor Rick Warren posted:
Every 14 minutes someone commits suicide in America.
Every 15 minutes, the loved ones have to deal with it.
Nov 23 in the International Survivors of Suicide Day
Tomorrow, Saddleback Church is hosting an encouraging seminar for friends and loved one of those who've committed suicide.
KAY WARREN WILL SPEAK AT 1 pm PST (4 pm EST)
CLICK HERE FOR INFO:
Every year, survivors of suicide loss gather together in locations around the world to feel a sense of community, to promote healing, and to connect with others who have had similar experiences. This year, join Saddleback and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for a day-long event on Saturday, November 23, 2013. FULL POST