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Posted 11/24/14 at 9:40 AM | Phil Cooke

Lessons From Bill Cosby's Viral Meltdown

Photo: Brandt Smith - Public Domain

When it comes to the multiple allegations of rape pointed at comedian and actor Bill Crosby, many people are asking, “Why now?” Why are these accusations which date back to 2006 suddenly going viral – all these years later? Back then, Cosby made public denials, settled a civil lawsuit out of court and kept his reputation intact – until now. But why it’s suddenly exploded anew can teach us a lot about how reputation management and real or perceived wrongdoing have changed in the age of the Internet.

Let’s begin with how were the accusations resurrected.  It started recently when a comedian named Hannibal Buress joked about the old allegations as he performed in Philadelphia, Cosby’s home town. A video of the performance was then posted on the website of city magazine PhillyMag.com. After the video was published, Google searches for “Cosby” skyrocketed. It’s worth noting that the Buress comedy routine criticizing Cosby wasn’t new. He’d done it in other venues, but apparently, posting the video created real momentum. Plus, the fact that he did it via comedy, made it more comfortable for people to discuss, and the buzz began. FULL POST

Posted 11/19/14 at 8:17 PM | Candice Lanier

Pictorial: Thanksgiving Menu Ideas & Recipes

Photo Credit: Defogitall

Thanksgiving will be here soon and for those of you who are still in the planning stages or if you haven’t even gotten to that point, I’ve put together a pictorial of menu ideas and suggestions, including recipes. It consists of appetizers, soups, salads, a variety of meats, side dishes, breads and desserts. Easy to navigate, it is a diverse selection with an emphasis on traditional Southern cuisine and my family’s favorites.

Click here to get started!

Posted 11/18/14 at 1:25 PM | Brian Wallace

Dave Hester: America's Reality TV Villain

We love to hate television villains, but our favorite shows would be boring without them. Learn all about Storage Wars villain Dave Hester from this infographic.

Posted 11/17/14 at 6:42 PM | Sunny Shell

'Saving Christmas' Flops With Faithful Christians and at the Box Office

Top and bottom photos are screen shots from "Saving Christmas". The center photo is of what a manger during the time of Christ's First Coming looked like.

Kirk Cameron has done everything he can to promote his latest project, "Saving Christmas". He's offered his fans a chance to win a trip to watch this film with him in New York City, he's made videos to moms and dads as to why they should celebrate Christmas as pagan-like as he does, and has given interviews to only those who applaud his latest work.

Unfortunately, there is no one who can save this film from being in direct violation of Romans 14:5-6 and verses 22-23; its gross mangling and twisting of Scripture, and abhorrent encourangement to indulge in pagan revelry and gluttony.

"Saving Christmas" received a low 10 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, a meager 2.5 rating on IMDb and didn't even rank in the top 10 at the box office its first weekend (it came in at number 15). The number one movie this past weekend (Dumb and Dumber To) was also new and grossed $36.1 million while "Saving Christmas" couldn't even make $1 million, coming in at $992,087. You'd think with Kirk's popularity, and all the hype, time, effort and money he and his people have invested in this film, it would've done better. Thankfully, Christians are smarter than some think, and not even the glitter of a celebrity Christian can cause us to bow down to a golden calf wrapped in faux "holiday cheer". FULL POST

Posted 11/15/14 at 7:39 PM | Damon Rambo

Give me Back my Money! My Review of "Interstellar" with Matthew McConaughey

Yesterday, the family and I went to see Matthew McConaughey's new movie "Interstellar." Entering into the theater, forbidden tray of nachos in my hand (I am on a low carb diet), we joyfully made our way to our seats. We arranged our junk food, exchanged smiles, and settled in for the previews, the excitement building.

Why was I so excited over a silly movie? Well, there were several reasons. First, I am a sci-fi (no, NOT Scyfy!) nerd. I love Star Trek, Star Wars, and all things space related. I also have a thing for post apocalyptic literature, and end of the world movies, so this movie was perfect for me. Second, I am a pastor in a small town, and I do not get to the movies, much. The nearest theater is nearly an hour away, and besides, I usually just do not have the time. Finally, the folks over at Gospel Spam gave the movie a fairly good review. The people at Gospel Spam do not usually give good reviews, so I figured that, considering the source, this movie must be a masterpiece of unrivaled writing, production value, and special effects.

To say that I was wrong, would be an understatement. The movie started out slow, setting the scene, as many movies in the post apocalytic genre do. That was fine. I am used to it. The problem is that it kept on being slow. Ten minutes, turned into thirty. Then an hour. I wondered to myself when something of significance was going to happen. The things that did happen, that may have been interesting in a different movie, were presented in such a way as to rob it of any suspense or dramatic intensity. Finally, the ending was...painful. That is the best way to describe it. It was one of those moments, where the sheer stupidity of what you are seeing makes you squirm in your seat, and turn your head away in shame and embarassment. It reminded me of the silly stories my little girl made up when she was younger....stories that were cute coming from a five year old, but kinda pathetic coming from grown-ups in Hollywood. FULL POST

Posted 11/13/14 at 12:41 PM | Phil Cooke

What Hollywood Knows About Resilience That You Don't

Ken Wales

Love it or hate it, one thing you can say about many producers in Hollywood is that they are remarkably resilient. They don’t give up, and in some cases keep pitching ideas for years. There’s something to be said for that, because in my experience, when people outside Hollywood hit a wall, get rejected, or suffer a defeat, nine times out of ten, they give up. But in Hollywood, you’ll find producers that are still pitching ideas, concepts, and scripts they developed decades ago – and in an amazing number of cases, they eventually strike gold.

For instance, back in the 1980’s, Ken Wales, who’s had a long career as a producer in Hollywood acquired the rights to Catherine Marshall’s book “Christy” – about a pioneer woman living on the American frontier. He pitched that book to every studio in town and did it for years. But time after time, he was turned down. Studio after studio, financier after financier. Turned down flat. FULL POST

Posted 11/12/14 at 7:35 AM | Ann Frailey

The Hobbit or Not?

My husband was a big Tolkien fan and it was really he who insisted that I should write a book connecting the Christian aspects of The Lord of the Rings to people’s every day lives. I’m glad I followed my husband’s advice at the time he gave it, because he is no longer here it offer it. Though The Road Goes Ever On – A Christian Journey Through the Lord of the Rings will never reach the heights of say, Joseph Pearce’s books on the same themes, they do aspire to reach readers who want to look deeper and connect the here and now with the yearnings that touches The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit readers.

Initially I did not want to see The Lord of the Rings movies because I was afraid that they would spoil the book. I was wrong. They enhanced the story for me. I was just as inspired by the movies as I was by the books. But when it came to The Hobbit I was keenly disappointed. It seemed that everything which could be changed was. At the time the first Hobbit movie came out, John was losing his eyesight, so it was difficult for him to really see and enjoy the movie. Still, he wanted to and he really tried. By the time the second movie came along, he was suffering a great deal but the inspiration of the stories meant a lot to him, and he insisted on taking us all out to see the second Hobbit movie even though it had snowed and he was in a lot of pain. Such is the force of a good story. Sadly, it was the last conscious thing John ever did. He went to sleep that night and never woke up. FULL POST

Posted 11/6/14 at 2:39 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

BONO and Jesus

My dear friend and fellow Evangelist Randy Hogue texted me the quote below. It touched me so much that immediately I added a picture of Bono and shared it on FB and less than 18 hours it got over 144 shares and scores of comments. Literally, because of friends sharing it with their social network thousands of people read his take on Christ in less than a day. Everyone has a platform and we should use ours to promote Christ.

Ironically, six months ago while preaching on JC-TV @ Trinity Broadcast Network in Santa Ana, CA for the closing night of their telethon on world-wide television I quoted a song title from U2. My text was in Luke 19 preaching on Jesus going through Jericho and He made a Kingdom connection with Zacchaeus. God gave me this but I shared in the sermon that Christ was coming to and through Jericho like U2′s number one hit: “WITH OR WITHOUT YOU.” I love that old hymn: “Pass me not gentle Savior, hear my humble cry, while on Earth thou art calling, DO NOT PASS ME BY.” Jesus said today is the day of salvation and tonight or tomorrow is not guaranteed. Below is Bono on Jesus and because of grace Jesus is IN Bono. FULL POST

Posted 11/4/14 at 1:09 PM | Erma Byrd

Great News for the Donnie McClurkin Radio Show


McClurkin Wraps Up the Year on a High Note…Exciting Events and Appearances Set to Roll Out in 2015

(Los Angeles, CA)  - As the year comes to an end Donnie McClurkin finds himself still on the fast track.Last week McClurkin hit double digit ratings in the New York area on WBLS-FM making it the #1 music program in its time slot. The Donnie McClurkin Show celebrated its eight year anniversary this year and continues to grow. The show can be heard internationally in London, Jamaica, and Bahamas. FULL POST

Posted 10/28/14 at 12:43 PM | Brian Wallace

Brew Your Own Beer At Home

Brewing your own beer can be a fun hobby. Learn the basics from this infographic.

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