Saturday, November 29, 2008

Prayer Lawsuit Ends

A lawsuit against a mayor’s involvement in National Day of Prayer has been dropped. Patrick Greene filed the suit in an effort to stop San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger from taking part in the event on the front steps of City Hall. Hardberger has annually reads a declaration in support of the event. Greene says he dropped the effort because the Mayor now says he didn’t know the sponsoring organization excluded other faiths.

Christians and Pornography

A documentary on pornography addiction among Christians premieres tomorrow on the ION Television Network. The network used to be known as PAX TV. The film is called Somebody's Daughter: A Journey to Freedom from Pornography. Three men and a couple talk about their struggle with pornography. Somebody's Daughter will later air on on INSP, the Daystar Television Network and Faith TV.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Henry Brandt Dies

The man considered by some to be the father of Biblical counseling has died. Henry Brandt died Wednesday from complications related to Parkinson's disease. He was 92 years old. A conference speaker and author, he’s best-known for his book Heart of the Problem. Brandt has a new book coming out called Soul Prescription.

New Warren Book Cracks Top 5

The Purpose of Christmas has nudged into the New York Times’ top 5 bestselling Hardcover Advice books. The new Rick Warren book is #25 USA Today’s weekly top 150 best sellers. It’s based on a Christmas message Warren gave at his California Saddleback Church two years ago. The 125-page gift book comes on the heels of his mega-bestseller The Purpose Driven Life which has sold 52 million copies. Profits for the new book go toward the church’s global initiative called the PEACE Plan.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Foster Kids

Some 1500 people showed up this past weekend at New Life Church in Colorado Springs for a gathering on adoption and foster children in the state. Colorado officials say it was the first-of-its-kind. The gathering included state and local governments, churches, ministries and adoption agencies. They hope Wait No More: Finding Families for Colorado's Waiting Kids will serve as a template for other states with similar problems.

Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years

Joel Gilbert's documentary called Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years: Busy Being Born.. Again! delves into the years when the Dylan became a born-again Christian. Born Robert Zimmerman, he left his Jewish roots and temporarily converted to Christianity in 1979. The singer was reeling from his recent divorce and hooked on heroin. He went on to record two albums wth Christian lyrics. But after two and a half years, Dylan came to believe that his Christian advisors were exploiting him and he joined Chabad-Lubavitch, a Hasidic movement within Orthodox Judaism. Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years is unauthorized and contains few frames of the man himself. Bill Dwyer of Los Angeles's Vineyard Christian Fellowship gets a lot of attention. He was the one Dylan called in 1978 seeking counseling.

Monday, November 24, 2008

A Dying Boy's Wish

Hundreds respond to a dying 11-year-old boy's wish to help the homeless. KOMO-TV has more.

(Brenden Foster died over the weekend)

Church Fire

An Indianapolis church vows to continue its ministry despite a devestating fire. WISH-TV has the story:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Search for Church Gunman

A gunman is on the loose after shooting two people at a New Jersey church this morning.

Turkey Giveaway

A Syracuse church gave away hundreds of turkeys yesterday. WSYR-TV has the story.

Terror Texts

A Christian College in Iowa is staging an unusual musical based on the Bible. Terror Texts presents six Old Testament stories taken verbatim from the King James version of the Old Testament with themes like cannibalism and rape. The actors at Northwestern College dress in Goth and are supported by a rock band and mosh pit. The show first ran in February and was brought back this fall. A line in the opening song, “Our story here begins with blood and ends with even more."