Culture

Life after death

How one woman held on to her faith after her husband’s tragic death In “Holding Fast for Purpose,” Karen James tells the story of losing her man to a mountain. Kelly James was a man’s man; a follower of Jesus; a lover of life; a godly dad and hopeless romantic. He was a 25-year veteran mountaineer who had straddled the world’s most famous summits. But the final peak swallowed him whole and refused to give him back. In her book, Karen shares her desperation as a rescue operation is mounted to find her husband and climbing partners Brian Hall and […]

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Families petition MPAA for ratings

The Family Guide to Movies and Culture has asked the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to drop its “failed” ratings system and return to “standards-based” guidelines, announced Dr. Ted Baehr, Movieguide’s founder and publisher. Movieguide is also asking Americans to sign a petition urging the MPAA to end the ratings system and adopt a Code of Decency. “The MPAA’s ratings system never worked really well, but it has gotten much worse since it added the ambiguous PG-13 rating,” Baehr said. “Parents, especially mothers, can no longer trust the ratings for movies, especially in light of the PG-13 ratings for […]

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Three killed when car hits MercyMe tour bus

Two teenagers and an unborn baby were killed Aug. 8 when a car collided with a tour bus carrying the band MercyMe at an intersection in Fort Wayne, Ind. MercyMe had wrapped up a concert in Fort Wayne, and around 1:15 a.m. their bus was traveling through a green light when a car in an oncoming lane attempted a left turn in front of the bus.The driver, 18-year-old Kara Klinker, was nine months pregnant at the time, and her child was pronounced stillborn at a local hospital. The mother remains hospitalized in critical condition.Two of the car’s passengers, Dario Boutte, […]

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YouTube bans video showing abuse at Planned Parenthood

In a censorship that appears politically motivated, the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube has blocked a video critical of Planned Parenthood made by the student-led nonprofit Live Action. The video shows a Planned Parenthood clinic in Birmingham offering to “bend the rules” of Alabama’s parental consent and mandatory reporting laws in order to cover up statutory rape with a secret abortion, and has opened an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office into the nation’s largest abortion provider. YouTube offered no prior warning or specific explanation for removing the video, which contains no apparent violations of YouTube’s “community guidelines.” After […]

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Modern evangelicalism builds empires, not disciples

A review of  ‘A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church’ Joel Osteen’s effervescent smile to the contrary, all is not well in American evangelicalism. If you grew up evangelical, or spent all your Christian life in that domain, you might, like the proverbial frog in the kettle, not know how influenced by American culture modern American evangelicalism is. Warren Cole Smith, veteran journalist and author of “A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church,” is our guide to how accomodative and consumeristic we evangelicals are in relation to culture. For instance, Smith argues that we evangelicals are just as prone to being […]

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Local rapper Proverb Newsome shares the Gospel in Cambodia

This spring, Musicianaries International, Inc., a Life that uses food, music and evangelism to meet real needs in Cambodia, lost a key figure in their organization when their founder, Christian recording artist Bobby Michaels, passed away while ministering in Cambodia. Fortunately for the Life, West Palm Beach rapper Proverb Newsome has stepped into the musical space Michaels left open. “The legacy Bobby Michaels has left in Cambodia is huge – it’s massive,” says Newsome. Newsome was recently sent to Cambodia with a team from Calvary Chapel Jupiter, including Ryan Gunn, Justine Kaminski, Aaron Mondok, Vicki Sarapad and John and Regina […]

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Steven Curtis Chapman comes to South Florida Aug. 15

Five-time Grammy Award winner Steven Curtis Chapman will perform at Land Shark Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 15, as part of the Marlins’ “Super Saturdays” home game program. The Christian singer and songwriter will take the stage after the Florida Marlins take on the Colorado Rockies at 6:10 p.m. The concert will also be followed by a fireworks extravaganza. Concert attendees are also invited to stop by the Strike Zone at Gate H, where players and celebrities will be signing autographs. Chapman’s most recent album “This Moment” is based on the themes of family, worship and international awareness. After releasing his […]

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Faded Glory

How the networks trivialize patriotism   The word “patriotism” conjures images of Old Glory, the Liberty Bell, soldiers landing on the beaches at Normandy and the Founding Fathers – at least in the hearts of most Americans. But on the broadcast networks, “patriotism” has become little more than a marketing term. ABC, CBS and NBC give more emphasis to the “patriotic” trappings of holidays – like potato salad and red, white and blue attire – than “patriotic” ideals or the men and women who defend them.Several times each year, Americans are called to celebrate their patriotism. The Culture and Media […]

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Adoption groups counter ‘Orphan’ horror film

Adoption advocates are rallying to speak up for the world’s orphans in light of a recent Warner Brothers horror film that depicts a young adopted orphan girl as a murderer. The movie “Orphan” was released in theaters on July 24 and tells the story of a couple that adopts a young girl named Esther from the local orphanage. She appears sweet at first but turns out to be, to put it mildly, a terror. The trailer shows her being picked on by school classmates and then, seconds later, on a murderous rampage. One early version of the trailer – which […]

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Adoption groups counter ‘Orphan’ horror film

Adoption advocates are rallying to speak up for the world’s orphans in light of a recent Warner Brothers horror film that depicts a young adopted orphan girl as a murderer. The movie “Orphan” was released in theaters on July 24 and tells the story of a couple that adopts a young girl named Esther from the local orphanage. She appears sweet at first but turns out to be, to put it mildly, a terror. The trailer shows her being picked on by school classmates and then, seconds later, on a murderous rampage. One early version of the trailer – which […]

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