Pat Boone, the legendary entertainer, has just endorsed the pro-life, Tea Party Republican congressional candidate Clayton Trotter in the San Antonio, Texas, District 20 race against liberal, pro-abortion Democrat incumbent Charlie Gonzalez.
Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter Doesn’t Measure Up, Says Bestselling Author on the Afterlife
Even with an understated entrance into the box office, acclaimed director Clint Eastwood’s latest movie, “Hereafter” is holding ground with critics. Yet James L. Garlow, PhD, bestselling author and theologian, disagrees with them — and his reasons may surprise most.
“The glimpses of the hereafter in the movie were virtually non-existent” said Garlow, author of “Encountering Heaven and the Afterlife.” “This is where ‘Hereafter’ fails us all: It tells viewers nothing about the life after this one.”
And Garlow’s critique holds weight. For the last three years he has been studying the afterlife, the paranormal, and the supernatural, collecting stories, analyzing research, and observing society’s near-obsession with all of it. He has even published two books with his findings and the stories he’s encountered.
Paranormal Activity 2: Efficiently unnerving skin-crawler in which a prosperous California couple (Sprague Grayden and Brian Boland) and the husband’s teenage daughter by a previous marriage (Molly Ephraim) try to protect the latest addition to the family, a 1-year-old boy, from the malignant designs of a demon. Using the device of a set of security cameras the parents have installed after an initial incident they take for a break-in by vandals, director Tod Williams extends the franchise that began with 2009’s “Paranormal Activity” by telling a related story that, like its predecessor, avoids gratuitous gore but that also tones down the original’s excess of sexual themes and vulgar language. Occasional intense but stylized violence, a few uses of profanity, some rough and crude language, a handful of mild sexual references. A-III — adults. (R) 2010
Halloween brings out school ban policies, one city bans teens from Trick-and-Treating with a $1,000 fine
Oregon Beaver State Believer,
Halloween is almost here and with it comes a school’s balance between competing interest over appropriateness, what to ban and what to allow in this very wild holiday when compared to other student celebrated celebrations. There are religious concerns and concerns over how costumes depict violence, race or sexual issues. In Salem, Harritt Elementary allows costumes but does not allow costumes depicting monsters. Principal Bill Wittman told the Statesman Journal, “It’s a subject that gets wrestled with this time of year, and there are people on both sides of the fence,”
One Portland school, the Chief Joseph elementary school, found their balance by banning Halloween Costumes at school but throwing a costume party after class. Like other schools, they are calling their Halloween party a Harvest Festival.
When her brother (Sam Rockwell) is convicted of a brutal murder and imprisoned for life, a working-class Massachusetts woman (Hilary Swank), who dropped out of high school, completes her undergraduate degree and struggles to finish law school and gain admission to the bar, all in an attempt to clear him. As her suspicions focus on one of the arresting officers (Melissa Leo), she gains the help of a fellow law student and newfound friend (Minnie Driver) as well as that of a famed attorney (Peter Gallagher). Gritty yet touching, director Tony Goldwyn’s fact-based drama — set in a hardscrabble environment, its dialogue studded with vulgarities — celebrates its heroine’s selfless dedication and endless determination. But it also shows the toll her crusade takes on her marriage and her relationship with her two young sons (Conor Donovan and Owen Campbell). Some gruesome crime scene images, brief rear nudity, a suicide theme, about a dozen uses of profanity, close to 60 instances of rough language, and frequent crude or crass terms. L — limited adult audience (R) 2010
Two-thirds see connections between messages coming from America’s places of worship and higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth
By Public Religion Research Institute,
Regardless of their own religious views on the issue, few Americans believe that places of worship are doing a good job handling the issue of homosexuality. The PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service, found that more than 4-in-10 Americans gave religious organizations a “D” (18%) or an “F” (24%). The number of Americans giving places of worship low marks is more than twice as many as give them high marks; Only 5% of Americans give them an “A,” and only 11% give them a “B.”
A plurality (43%) of Americans say the messages coming from places of worship are negative, and 4-in-10 Americans believe that these messages contribute “a lot” to negative perceptions of gay and lesbian people. One-third (33%) of the public also believe that messages from religious bodies are contributing “a lot” to higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth, and another third (32%) say these message contribute “a little;” only 21% say they do not contribute at all.
Georgene Rice of KPDQ-FM interviews Karen James, wife of Kelly James, who lost her husband on Mt. Hood in 2006, finds God’s plan in a time of tragedy.
Georgene: Thank you for joining us today, it’s a blessing to be able to hear the rest of the story. In 2006 people were riveted to their television sets as details of these climbers were revealed and ultimately the outcome was not what we had hoped. But we always wonder what happens to the family of the survivors in these kinds of events. Tell us how life is for you now.
Karen: Life is going very well. When we left the mountain I think everyone felt that there was no Christmas miracle. I’ve learned over the years that God showed up and we had to face a tragedy but it carried us through the darkest times of our lives. The kids and I are doing good and now we are in a time in our life that we can look back and see how God carried us and we are dedicated in living our life in a way that we can share our stories that would make Kelly proud.
QUESTION: My husband and I are glad that the church is finally talking about the problem of pornography and purity in the Body of Christ, and helping men address this issue. But why do we never hear about purity for women in the way they dress? I’m talking about women who profess to be Christ-followers. They become a stumbling block to their brothers when they dress seductively or dress to be sexy as the world has deemed fashionable. Please address the issue of modesty.
ANSWER: That is a great question, and it’s very problematic. Just recently I was speaking at a church, and found I could not look a certain direction at the congregation because of how one woman was dressed. This happens frequently. I’ve been in churches where I can’t look at the worship team because of how a woman is dressed and swaying seductively while holding the microphone. It’s something you would expect in a nightclub, yet it’s in the church—the Body of Christ.
Author Josh McDowell Admits to Imperfection in New Book, ‘The Unshakable Truth’
DALLAS, Oct. 22 /Christian Newswire/ — “Though imperfect, the church is alive and well,” according to a revolutionary, new book by Josh and Sean McDowell. The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience The 12 Essentials of a Relevant Faith (Harvest House) — a discipleship tool designed to help students, parents, youth leaders and pastors know why they believe what they believe — directs readers to the very foundations of Christianity established by 300 Church Fathers in Nicaea in AD 325.
In October, the McDowells will travel to Dallas, TX, and Chicago, IL to launch The Unshakable Truth book campaign. The tour comes in the wake of a new Pew Forum & Public Life study (Sept. 2010) which finds that “atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths.” (AP Religion)