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Posted 8/29/14 at 11:52 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |


Joan Rivers, Death, and the Hamptons

By Wade Burleson

It was sad to hear that Joan Rivers suffered a heart attack while undergoing a medical procedure, and is now in critical condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. The eighty-one year old comedian is a known for her biting sarcasm and verbal scorching of other famous people through comedic quips and barbs. She says that comedians should never apologize for their jokes, because they’re here on Earth to make people laugh. I'm not sure if the targets of her jokes actually laugh, but that's another story.

Photo: Flickr/David Shankbone - Creative Commons

Joan Rivers says that she reads the New York Times obituaries every day. She's looking for people she
can't date any more. She carries her humor over to the funerals she attends. "My friends are all dropping like flies," says Joan. "I go to the funerals of my girlfriends and I hear the minister say, 'She’s in a better place.' What? Are you kidding me? No, she’s not. She had a house in the Hamptons!" FULL POST

Posted 8/29/14 at 2:23 AM | Sylvie Simms

Top 5 Travel Destinations For Wine Lovers

There are a myriad of places you can travel across the world to see wonderful wineries and taste their wine selections; here are the Top 5.


Posted 8/28/14 at 7:06 PM | Alliance Defending Freedom |


What’s Wrong With This Picture? TV’s Narrow Portrayal of Religion

Photo: Pixabay/Nemo - Public Domain

AUTHOR: The Alliance Defendiong Freedom Creative Team

Who is your favorite Christian character on television?

That’s a tough one given the limited options, like the kind of choices you’d get in a socialist cafeteria. For years, the best we had going for us was The Simpsons’ Ned Flanders. And that’s not saying much … except that Christians can have neatly trimmed mustaches.

Generally speaking, the rules of thumb for representing Christians in medialand go something like this:

  1. Make them wild-eyed religious nut-jobs with bad hair on some kind 98i,lof bizarre mission.
  2. If making them wild-eyed doesn’t jive with the plot, still give them bad hair.
  3. They must always be out of touch with reality.

To be fair, bad hair can be endlessly entertaining. Consider Don King, a person whose troll-toy locks never lack for conversation starters.

Unfortunately, there seems to be an unspoken 4th  rule in which folks of a religious ilk, particularly Christians, shouldn’t really be represented at all. And according to Time Magazine’s culture critic, James Poniewozik, we’re the worse for it. FULL POST

Posted 8/28/14 at 5:52 AM | Sylvie Simms

Make the Most of your Summer on the Lake

Fun in the Sun

Summer is here and that means months of fun. Since the summer heat doesn’t last for long, it’s important to make the most of your summer. The best place to do this is on the lake. If you live on or near a body of water, here are a few things you can do to have a summer full of fun.

Water Tubing

One of the funnest activities to do on the lake is go water tubing. People of all ages can enjoy this activity since it does not require much skill or ability. This is a great activity to do with larger groups since more than one person can get on the water tube.


Boating is another lake activity that can make your summer complete. Pontoon boats especially are great for relaxing days on the lake. You can usually fit a lot of friends and family comfortably. Also, if you get warm while on your boat, you can take a quick dip in the lake since pontoon boats are easy to get in and out of. And if you own a pontoon boat, there are tons of accessories you can add to make your boat customized to your liking.


Posted 8/25/14 at 6:14 PM | Barry Bowen

God's Not Dead Producer Diagnosed With ALS; Christian Filmmakers Take Ice Bucket Challenge

Russell Wolfe, one of the producers of the movie God's Not Dead, revealed on Facebook that he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Since I was recently diagnosed with ALS, I've decided to take the ice bucket challenge myself. Thank you to all my family & friends who have supported me through the past several months. Please continue to promote awareness of ALS and help find a cure! God's Not Dead and God Heals!

Since 2006 Wolfe has produced 22 movies, acted in 14 productions and worked on three film projects as a screenwriter, according to the Internet Movie Database. Wolfe plays the role of Dr. Stevens in God's Not Dead.

Wolfe's ice bucket challenge is viewable on YouTube.

Wolfe then challenged actor David A.R. White to take the ice bucket challenge. White's acting career started with the Christian film Geronimo. FULL POST

Posted 8/25/14 at 3:32 PM | Musical Notes

Quirky Christian Singer Gives Birth

Goliath album cover

After directing the movies The Second Glance and Blue Like Jazz, Steve Taylor has returned to his musical roots.

Steve Taylor was a pioneer in the Christian music world recording albums filled with satirical, quirky lyrics. Taylor's songs addressed racism ("We Don't Need No Color Code), greed/the prosperity gospel ("Cash Cow") and other controversial topics.

Twenty years have passed since Taylor recorded his last solo album. In May this blog reported that Taylor and bandmates The Perfect Foil launched a Kickstarter project to fund a new album. The new recording was completed Saturday. Kickstarter reports:

"Goliath" was born at 3:45pm on August 23rd at Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine. Weighing 0.6 ounces (including flash drive), Bob Ludwig was the attending mastering engineer. Danny Seim, the mix engineer, listened in via phone line. Band is resting comfortably. FULL POST

Posted 8/25/14 at 1:33 AM | Olabode Ososami

No sequel for Mrs Doubtfire


Robin Williams was everyone's favourite nanny and we gather that Fox 2000 was planning a sequel. In the original film, the comedian played a recently divorced actor who used his talents to transform himself into a Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire so that he could see more of his three young children.

Just one day after his shocking suicide, beloved comic Robin Williams, 63, was secretly cremated and laid to rest off the coast of California's Marin County. His ashes were said to be scattered in the San Francisco Bay near his famed Mrs Doubtfire house. His widow, Susan Schneider, has confirmed that Williams was privately facing the early stages of Parkinson's disease, along with battles with depression and anxiety, prior to his death.

I have never seen a Robin Williams movie that was not brilliant and enjoyable … and Mrs Doubtfire seemed so wholesome to watch with many lessons . Still … It is now almost laughable to suggest as in Deuteronomy 22:5 which deals with the issue of men dressing in women’s clothing and vice versa that we all were amused at what God hates. In this passage in Deuteronomy, God commands that a woman is not to wear that which pertains to a man and a man is not to wear that which pertains to a woman, for all that do so are an “abomination.” Modern day fashion have made this admonition almost ludicrous, but it still remains in the Bible and His word never returns void. FULL POST

Posted 8/22/14 at 3:55 AM | Marc Newman |


"If I Stay" Just Made Me Want to Leave

If I Stay -- another Young Adult book adaptation from Gayle Forman -- tells the story of cello-playing teen Mia, who reconstitutes her love for her rocker boyfriend Adam through a series of flashbacks that occur as she lies in a coma resulting from a horrific car crash. If you haven't figured out that it's a weepy, you haven't seen the trailers.

If I Stay continues the hip-yet clueless parental theme from The Fault in Our Stars. The mom and dad are exactly the kind of ideal parents every fictional teen seems to have these days: supportive, kind, quirky, oh, and understanding (encouraging, in fact) of their daughter's underage drinking and premarital teen sex. It's cool with 17-year-old Mia's dad that her 18- or 19-year-old boyfriend Adam keeps her out all night on New Year's Eve, because, after all, Adam owns some of her dad's music from "back in the day." The only person who appears to set any rules at all for young Mia's behavior is Mia. She sets her own curfew, but her "fun loving" parents encourage her to break it.

And because it is set amidst a tragedy it allows all the teens watching it to feel so, well, tragic.

No one gets pregnant, no one gets cheated on (despite the presence of Adam's innumerable groupies), no one gets permanently brokenhearted, but there is an awful lot of longing looks. And in the second half of the story -- the one where Mia is in a coma trying to decide if she will stay or go (hence the title) we discover from the wise nurse that whether she lives or dies is completely up to her. The white-tunneled afterlife beckons, but there's no God, none of the living pray (Mia says "God" but it is unclear what her intentions are). FULL POST

Posted 8/21/14 at 5:53 PM | Sunny Shell

Movie Review: 'Leaving Limbo' Waking After 19 Years

Authors and media representatives occasionally contact me to review their book or movie. Ninety percent of the time I say "No". I don't decline their request to be unkind, but most often the reasons are: I have to manage my time wisely due to the effects of my rare metabolic disease; we have different theological views and I don't enjoy writing a bad review just because I don't agree with a non-essential; and finally, I can't recommend the book or movie because I didn't really like it and don't desire to discourage a brother or sister in Christ simply because their work didn't interest me.

When I was contacted by Sandy Boikian, the writer, director and co-producer of "Leaving Limbo", I actually said, "Yes" and I'm delighted I did.

"Leaving Limbo" is an honest and refreshing look at the life of its main character, Monica (Mandy Brown), who has miraculously awaken from a 19-year coma. It was based on the stage play "My Wonderful Coma" by the same playwright Sandy Boikin. FULL POST

Posted 8/21/14 at 1:55 AM | Erma Byrd

Nancey Jackson Johnson at Sirius XM New York Studio


Nancey on Board to Sing at the 11th Annual New York Call at Jones Beach on August 23

Los Angeles, CA (August, 20, 2014) - After kicking off The Heart Tour at Perfecting Faith’s Church Without Walls, Nancey Jackson Johnson made her way to Sirius XM Manhattan studio to chat with “Praise “ host Meta Washington. The interview is set to air on Friday, August 22 @5pm/ET and Saturday, August 23 @8am/ET. Jackson Johnson performed her latest single, “A Little Longer” and talked about family, ministry and her new album, “The Heart of Nancey Jackson Johnson” on Camdon Music.

 On Saturday, August 23 at Nikon Jones Beach Theater Nancey will join in the festivities at the New York Call gathering. The 11th Annual gathering was launched to break down walls that divide and promote unity. The free fun family event will bring together the best in gospel music , exhibitors, pastors and churches along with a large out-door health pavilion with free screenings, give-a-ways, kids pavilion and more. For more information visit www.newyorkcall.org.


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