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  • Pew: 25% of survey's Christians don't buy biblical God

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 27, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A fourth of self-identified Christians don't believe fully in the biblical description of God, Pew Research Center said in its latest study.

    Rather, 25 percent of American Christians believe in what Pew described as "God or another higher power" who is not necessarily all-loving, omniscient and omnipotent as Scripture reveals.

    "In total, three-quarters of U.S. Christians believe that God possesses all ... Read More

  • MercyMe saga opens big with two more faith films due

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 19, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- "I Can Only Imagine" opened third at the U.S. box office this past weekend as the Easter season heralds two more faith-based films.

    The saga of forgiveness and triumph based on the hit MercyMe ballad brought in $17 million from just over 1,600 locations March 16–18, based on Box Office Mojo statistics, far exceeding industry insiders' advance projections of $12 million. It was the best opening of a faith-based film since "Heaven is for Real" opened at $22 million in 2014.

    Affirm Film's "Paul, Apostle of Christ" opens March 23, followed March 30 by Pure Flix's "God's Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness." The latter is the third installment of the "God's Not Dead" series highlighting freedom of speech and religion, which debuted in 2014 as the highest grossing faith film that year at $60 million, according to Pure Flix Studio. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Is God at home in you?

    by Frank S. Page, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Frank Page takes note of an "intimate offer from our Lord" -- Jesus' promise in John 14 that He and the Father "will come and make their home with us." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Revival & the glory of God

    by Doug Metzger, posted Tuesday, January 09, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Doug Metzger recounts his realization that the motivation to pray for revival amid churches and a culture in decline must be, first and foremost, for the glory of God. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Can God love me if I hate myself?

    by Cody Glen Barnhart, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    "God designed the Gospel for us unworthies," Cody Barnhart reminds of times when doubt or self-hate creep in. "Instead of being antithetical to God's salvation, your sickness and shame actually pave the way for it." Read More

  • 9/11 petition seeks annual prayer, fasting, repentance

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 01, 2017 (one year ago)

    PITTSBURGH (BP) -- The interdenominational Christian group "In God We Trust" has collected more than 97,000 signatures in petitioning President Donald Trump to declare Sept. 11 an annual day of prayer, fasting and repentance.

    Driven by II Chronicles 7:14, the initiative seeks to "redeem the day" of Sept. 11, 2001, from the evil that took nearly 3,000 lives, and to return it to a confidence in God, said Don Black, founder of the two-year-old "In God We Trust" ministry leading the initiative.

    "With the growing threat of terror at home and around the world, this is the time for ... Read More

  • Gender-inclusive terms extended to God, mothers-to-be

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A growing number of institutions appear to be recommending the use of gender-inclusive language, this time extending non-gendered terms to God and expectant mothers.

    Divinity schools at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Duke University in Durham, N.C., in 2016-2017 course catalogues encourage non-gendered language in reference to God. The guidelines are addressed to students, faculty and administrators. Read More

  • 2nd 'Insanity' simulcast Nov. 13, DVD release Nov 21

    by Marty King, posted Thursday, November 10, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- More than 1,000 churches have registered for two simulcasts of the feature documentary film, "The Insanity of God." The first simulcast was Nov. 9 and the last is Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

    A DVD of the film on the persecuted church will be released Nov. 21. Read More

  • Behind the scenes of 'The Insanity of God'

    by IMB & BP Staff, posted Tuesday, October 04, 2016 (one year ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- When Nik and Ruth Ripken moved with their three sons to Africa, they had no idea how much obedience to Christ would cost.

    Years later, producer Craig Martin sensed that the Ripkens' experiences would be vital viewing for the church in America.

    The assassination of four Somali Christian friends and the death of their son Timothy rocked the foundations of the Ripkens' faith. Their spiritual crisis launched a search for answers. They needed to know: Is Jesus worth it? Is love more powerful than hate? Can faith in Jesus survive -- let alone thrive -- in hostile places? Read More