Disney’s ‘gay moment’ sours many Christians

A gay plot twist in Disney’s upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast” continues to stir discontent among Christians, with an online poll at Faith Driven Consumer (FDC) among the latest to voice displeasure. The poll reports 95 percent of 6,700 consumers said they are less likely to see the film because of an intimate attraction […]

‘The Shack’ film stirs debate as did preceding book

A fictional and emotionally destroyed Mack Phillips answers a mysterious invitation to a remote, isolated cabin. There he finds a trinity of fatherly love in a woman named “Papa” whose cohorts teach Phillips forgiveness and the faith to run on water — literally. It’s the synopsis of the movie “The Shack,” based on William Paul […]

Repent & be saved, ‘Emanuel 9’ families urge Roof

Convicted murderer Dylann Roof should repent of the massacre of nine people he killed at Mother Emanuel church, the victims’ survivors said after a jury recommended the death penalty Jan. 10. “Judgment day is coming sooner for him than what he expected,” Denise Quarles, daughter of massacre victim Myra Thompson, said on ABC News after […]

Cliff Barrows, stalwart of Billy Graham crusades, dies at 93

Clifford Burton “Cliff” Barrows, who served as music director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for more than 60 years, died Nov. 15 in Pineville, N.C., after a brief illness. He was 93. The Marvin, N.C., resident had traveled the world with Billy Graham since the noted evangelist’s first crusade in 1947 in Grand Rapids, […]

NewSpring among largest, fastest-growing churches in U.S

Two other Palmetto State churches included on top-100 list Twenty Southern Baptist congregations are among the 2016 top 100 fastest growing and largest participating churches in the U.S., with NewSpring Church in Anderson, S.C., ranking highest in both categories among Southern Baptists. In the lists compiled annually in collaboration between Outreach Magazine and LifeWay Christian Resources, […]

Disney film true tale of Christian faith, triumph

A girl living in poverty in the Katwe slums of Kampala, Uganda, becomes a national chess champion and enriches her life with Christ in Disney’s “Queen of Katwe,” based on a true story of struggle and triumph.   Disney maintains faith elements in telling the story of a young Phiona Mutesi who learned chess through […]

Saeed Abedini files for divorce from Naghmeh

Formerly imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini has filed for divorce from his wife Naghmeh nearly 10 months after she sought legal separation from him, the two revealed on Facebook. “My heart is deeply saddened to be sharing the news that Naghmeh and I will be divorcing,” Saeed Abedini posted the evening of Oct. 5. “She has […]

‘Sad’ Russian anti-evangelism law ends a ministry

Missionaries Donald and Ruth Ossewaarde always suspected their Gospel ministry in Oryol, Russia, wouldn’t last when they began in 2002, he told Baptist Press by telephone from his home in the central Russian town of 320,000. But he had not expected to be among the first people arrested under Russia’s new law prohibiting organizations from […]

BGEA releases new My Hope film ‘Decisions’

As evangelist Billy Graham approaches his 98th birthday, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has released a new video in the My Hope outreach that has reportedly led more than 10 million to Christ internationally. Graham’s son Franklin delivers the Gospel in the new evangelistic film “Decisions,” a 28-minute free resource featuring diverse Americans who […]