Posted 10/28/14 at 12:43 PM | Brian Wallace
Posted 10/25/14 at 12:04 AM | Joyce Thrasher
One day I had to go to the doctor. Ladies, you know the one I’m talking about - The Doctor all of us women HAVE to see once a year. Donny went with me to this appointment and he came into the examining room with me. The doctor was old, even older than my husband. While the doctor was doing “the exam,” he looked at Donny and said, “You’re a lucky man.” My sweet husband shook his head in agreement and said, “Yes, I am.” The doctor then asked, “How did an old man like you get a woman like this?” Donny looked at him and said, “I’m a lucky man.” At least two more times the doctor said to Donny, “You’re a lucky man.” The exam ended, Donny and I went home, but over the next few weeks, out of the blue, I just had to use that phrase. I couldn’t help myself! Every so often, I would say to Donny, “You’re a lucky man.” And we would both laugh.
Fast forward to Valentine’s Day, which was a few weeks off. I went to the salon where I have my nails done and noticed that they were running a special for a Brazilian Wax! Now, I had heard of this, but had never had it done. Then my mind started going crazy, like it often does, and I thought, “What if I got Donny a ‘lucky man’ shirt and got the Brazilian Wax and surprised him when he came home on Valentine’s Day?!” So I made an appointment to be “waxed” at 2:00 in the afternoon on Valentine’s Day. I had everything planned. Donny had a wedding to perform that evening and he would be home around 8:00. FULL POST
Posted 10/24/14 at 7:17 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Actor and director Shia LaBeouf’s turbulent background lent a raw edge to his acting roles in Disturbia, Transformers, Lawless, and The Company You Keep. His edgy behavior off the set has led to growing entanglements with the law and an inner sense of hopelessness he couldn’t shake.
LaBeouf is currently co-starring with Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman in David Ayer’s World War II film, Fury, released earlier this month to positive reviews.
In a candid, profanity-laced conversation with Interview Magazine, LaBeouf revealed that his own existential crisis led to his conversion to Christianity during the making of the film.
“I found God doing Fury,” LaBeouf told Interview Magazine. “I became a Christian man, and not in a f—ing bulls—t way — in a very real way,” he said.
“I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me. And you can’t identify unless you’re really going through it.” FULL POST
Posted 10/22/14 at 5:04 PM | Sunny Shell
Last Thursday, October 16, 2014 I had the blessing of being interviewed live, on Brannon Howse's Worldview Weekend Radio program. If you missed it, you can visit my media page or listen to the podcast here.
What a joy it is to be connected with another faithful saint in Christ who loves God's Word, God's truth and God's people. I am grateful to the Lord for Brannon's much needed ministry to the Body of Christ in a time where apostasy is prevalent, and false teachings within the church are more dangerous to Christians than all the world's "persecutions" against us.
Sadly, one of those people who are no longer teaching what is in accord with sound doctrine, from within the Body of Christ, is Kirk Cameron. Rather, it seems Kirk has embraced a theological view called Christian Reconstructionism (Theonomy). FULL POST
Posted 10/21/14 at 6:30 PM | Marc Newman
Christians have been divided about Halloween for decades. Some Christians outright reject it as a pagan holiday that celebrates demonic evil. Others see it through the lens of contemporary culture and enjoy watching little kids dress up in costumes and go door to door, meeting their neighbors who liberally pass out candy. Some split the difference and host “Harvest Festivals.”
But Christians should not miss the opportunity that Halloween affords to discuss important spiritual topics that are easier to introduce at Halloween than at just about any other time of the year. Hollywood has served up hundreds of horror flicks over the decades, and while some are worthless — such as the "slasher film" sub-genre — many of them are valuable as doorways to discussion about the supernatural, death, and a way of escape.
In a culture with a slavish devotion to scientific materialism, any opportunity to discuss things that exist outside of the physical world should be welcome. Scientific materialism is the philosophical position that nothing exists other than physical matter. This view is championed by the late Carl Sagan, Christopher Hitchens, and the new atheists. And even when many of our schools do not directly advance the cause of scientific materialism, their ignoring of the spiritual is a de facto endorsement. If spiritual things are excised from the public square, then people are left to conclude that they are either non-existent or irrelevant to the way people live their lives. FULL POST
Posted 10/15/14 at 2:26 PM | Marc Newman
In the midst of an economy that is no friend to the working man, desperate eyes turn anywhere there is news of work. For many people, one such place is North Dakota, a state positioning itself as the second coming of the gold rush – a black gold rush. Fracking has turned the United States into the OPEC of the West. Towns such as Williston are being overwhelmed by a flood of newcomers who believe that North Dakota is the answer to their prayers. But, as many of them soon learn, the promise does not extend to everyone. And those who arrive with blemished records, arrests, or worse, discover that they have landed in an unwelcoming no man’s land where the local community is closed to them, and friends are hard to find.
The Overnighters is director Jesse Moss’ unflinching look at this broken world. Pastor Jay Reinke, the shepherd of Concordia Lutheran Church, loving husband and father, is determined to step in and bring hope and healing to the depressed and damaged people (primarily men) who come to him looking for shelter, aid, and compassion. But the opening line in this film -- suggesting that Reinke’s public persona and private self are in conflict -- keep the viewer wondering when the entire narrative that the pastor has carefully crafted will come undone. FULL POST
Posted 10/15/14 at 9:10 AM | Phil Cooke
It’s widely believed that in the digital age, television is dead. But as with many rumors, nothing could be further from the truth. That lesson is supported by recent research from Nielsen Ratings. Plus, you’ll be surprised at who’s watching TV versus spending time online. Here’s some of the findings:
Number of TV channels in the average home in America: 189
Number of channels consistently watched per home: 17
50% of all TV viewing comes from 20% of the audience.
705 minutes – the average time “heavy” viewers watch TV per day.
86% of Americans use their smartphones as a “second screen” while watching TV. But watching TV is their primary behavior.
There’s much more in the report, and here’s a list of Nielsen reports on media and entertainment. My point is that we don’t learn anything from rumor and myth. Understanding behavior is critical to connecting with audiences in the 21st century. FULL POST
Posted 10/14/14 at 10:30 AM | Phil Cooke
In the digital age, there’s plenty of controversy about traditional advertising versus digital advertising and social media (not to mention guerrilla advertising.) But a recent survey from HUB Entertainment Research reveals the truth about how people find new TV programs. The results may be surprising:
58% – Traditional Advertising
41% – Word of Mouth
34% – TV Channel Guide
20% – Facebook Post
19% – Editorial Content
11% – Previews
10% – Recommended by Sites and Apps
6% – Twitter Post
4% – Other Social Media
In the survey, nearly 60% of viewers aged 16-64 who watch at least 5 hours of TV per week and use social media at least once a month say they started watching a new show because of traditional advertising. And according to Variety Magazine, once viewers become fans of a show, about half will engage with the content on social media, but they don’t make it a habit. FULL POST
Posted 10/12/14 at 8:42 PM | Sunny Shell
On Friday, November 14, 2014 Kirk Cameron's "Saving Christmas" will be opening in select theaters across the country for only two weeks.
This movie is all about making fun of any Christian who doesn't think like or agree with Kirk Cameron and his company. According to Kirk and friends, one of the main purposes of "Saving Christmas" is to dispel the beliefs that most of our traditional Christmas practices e.g., decorating Christmas trees, feasting, mistletoe, gift exchanges, etc., are from pagan origins or fabricated myths about actual people who lived during the fourth-century—namely Saint Nicholas of Lycia, commonly known in the United States as Santa Claus.
"Our focus on December 25 came from the Roman holiday called Saturnalia. This was a pagan observance of the birthday of the unconquered sun. Saturnalia began December 19 each year...Many of our Christmas customs have their origins in Saturnalia, which was marked by feasting, parades, special music, gift giving, lighted candles, and green trees. As Christianity spread through the Roman empire, the pagan holiday was given Christian connotations." FULL POST
Posted 10/10/14 at 6:45 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
While many trek to their local theaters to see the remake of Left Behind starring Nicolas Cage, a growing number of Christians question the basic premise of the film, which involves the rapture of the church before the Great Tribulation, followed by the visible return of Jesus.
“There’s one major problem,” says Steve Wohlberg, author of End Time Delusions: The Rapture, the Antichrist, Israel and the End of the World (Destiny Image), “the Left Behind books and movies reflect a theology I believe has multiple holes.”
Wohlberg recently completed a four-part DVD series based on his End Time Delusions book, which he admits goes against the grain of what many Christians have been taught.
“A careful study of each New Testament text used to support the rapture theory, taken in context, teaches only one return of Jesus Christ at the very end of the age, not a silent coming followed seven years later by a visible one,” Wolhberg asserts. FULL POST