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I Hope This is the Fastest Growing Church in the Country

A week after John Oliver began his “Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption” Church on Last Week Tonight in order to expose gimmicky televangelists who want your "seed" money, we got an update on his church's growth.Not only were there bags full of money, there were plenty of (literal) seeds, too.The video can be seen here.

(Video) Optimist or Pessimist?

Guy Finley shares that each of us is part of a goodness that is far beyond any belief that you will ever know. Truth transcends belief. Become a Realist and find the truth of the way things really are independent of conditioned thinking. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIjA2HUmrsc[/youtube]

We Are Your Friends

[caption id="attachment_36290" align="alignleft" width="300"] Copyright Warner Brothers 2015[/caption] Director Max Joseph brings some of the "Catfish" sensibility to "We Are Your Friends," with an intimate, documentary feel and a storyline...Show More Summary

Being Evel

Evel Knievel was an international celebrity in the 1960's-70's, known for three things: showmanship, stunts that succeeded, and stunts that failed. He was recognized for jumping over 19 cars in his motorcycle, for crash-landing after...Show More Summary

Rosenwald

Aviva Kempner, the director of the acclaimed documentaries about baseball star Hank Greenberg and television pioneer Gertrude Berg, has a new film about early 20th century Chicago businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald. Like...Show More Summary

Movie Preview: "The Masked Saint"

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp32DgBZHos Ridgerock Entertainment Group and P23 Entertainment Inc. have announced January 8, 2016 as  theatrical release dateShow More Summary

Trailer: Ashby with Mickey Rourke, Emma Roberts, and Nat Wolff

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1mInlMP_Ts[/youtube] Sara Silverman as the mother of a high school student? Even by Hollywood traditions of actresses being cast as mothers when they are barely older than the actors playing their children, that seems jarring. But Nat Wolff and Mickey Rourke (as "Ashby") seem like a fun combination.

The Patient Body: How Ethics Saved the Life of Medicine

“The Patient Body” is a monthly column by Ann Neumann about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine.

Where "Hope" goes: From well-received film to DVD (out today)...to TV series?

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdA4I7xDFzY Where Hope Grows  hits the  DVD market today. The film, which is also available on digital HD, debuted in theaters last May when I recommended it. Show More Summary

Wednesday Link List

As we often are, today we’re indebted again to the multimedia team at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, aka Twenty-One-Hundred Productions for a list of recommended “life verses” depending on your Myers-Briggs personality type. Click the image to source. Portions of today’s link list were pre-recorded for later broadcast. An article at Mission Network Online claims that […]

Saturn In Sagittarius: Don't Be Afraid Of Your Freedom!

So: what will happen to you when Saturn re-enters Sagittarius on September 17th and stays there until December 2017? Astrologers have an understandable tendency to generalize when it comes to the nature of a given planet in a given Sign. Show More Summary

FREE Tickets to an August 31, 2015 Screening of "Learning to Drive"

I am delighted to have some free passes to give away to a Washington DC, August 31, 2015 screening of "Learning to Drive"! It's first come-first-served and tickets will go fast. To get your passes, click here. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IThfFYmEGEs[/youtube] NOTE: Get there early. Show More Summary

Candidate in Nashville Mayoral Race Accused of Being an Atheist by Opponent’s Campaign

Earlier this month, no candidate won the majority of votes in an election to become the next mayor of Nashville, Tennessee. So on September 10, there will be a runoff election between the top two vote-getters, Megan Barry and David Fox. Show More Summary

Christian Preacher Cindy Jacobs Claims She Helped a Woman Grow Three Inches Instantaneously

Cindy Jacobs, the co-founder of Generals International, is a faith healer who works miracles. Or so she claims. Last time we mentioned her, she was supposedly turning metal into bone.But her latest miracle is really something. Jacobs says she helped someone grow three inches in an instant, all because of her faith in God:

Trailer: Lucky Stiff -- A Musical About Death, Money, Love, and Theft

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgcTBFbnjvo[/youtube] A young down-and-out British shoe salesman named Harry Witherspoon takes his dead American uncle to Monte Carlo for the best time of his life—a week of fun, dancing, gambling and sun. Show More Summary

Gurukulam

It is hard to think of a form of communication more contrary to the internal stillness and oneness of meditation than a movie. Meditation seeks to remove our minds and spirits from the distractions of the outside world to free us from the non-essential. Show More Summary

Islamic Lecturer Hamza Tzortzis Explains Why His Data Was Found in the Ashley Madison Hack

This is Hamza Tzortzis, a Muslim apologist and lecturer for the Islamic Education and Research Academy: And here's Tzortzis explaining how his name, address, birth date, and credit card number -- all of which were found linked together in the Ashley Madison data hack -- don't implicate him at all, because identity theft. (Yeah, that's the ticket...)

Trailer: Dane Dehaan as James Dean and Robert Pattinson as his Photographer Friend in "Life"

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd4q7vF__8Q[/youtube] Photographer Dennis Stock befriended James Dean and saw him as the symbol of a cultural upheaval that inspired him to a naturalism with his photos like what Dean was doing with his acting. Pattinson plays Stock and Dane Dehaan plays Dean in "Life," co-starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Joel Edgerton.

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