PHOENIX, Arizona – March 26, 2013 – The 34th Annual Telly Awards presents The Sky’s The Limit Productions with a “Bronze” Telly in this year’s 2013 Telly Awards for the faith-based “teaser,” The Five-Day Crucifixion.” Among the 13,000 entries submitted from around the world, a judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly Award, and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition. Based on its own merit and unique distinction in creativity, each entry is weighed against the high standard of The Silver Telly Council. “The Five Day Crucifixion” is based on a full-feature screenplay, written by Salvatore A. Bono. Filmed on location in Scottsdale and Gold Canyon, Arizona, the teaser was jointly produced by The Sky’s The Limit Productions, and Quicksilver Consortium the production arm of ShowBiz Arizona. John Santo’s “life and death” struggle with Satan is a “high stakes” spiritual battle between good and evil.
WASHINGTON (RNS) For supporters of gay marriage, Tuesday’s arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court show just how far this debate has come: It’s no longer “if” gay marriage will be accepted and legal, but “how” and “when.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for the release of an Iranian-American minister from a Tehran prison, a welcome step for advocates who had accused the State Department of being “AWOL” on the case.
In a column for Huffington Post Politics, I lay out a significant challenge for the Republican Party: the gap between Millennials (age 18-29) and white evangelical Protestants on controversial issues like same-sex marriage.
(RNS) When Teresa MacBain declared her loss of faith last Easter, she expected to lose her pulpit and many friends. She did. But in the year since, she’s gained a new community and a new sense of confidence.
More Than Half Believe the Bible Has Too Little Influence in Society, Yet Many Seldom Read It
American Bible Society Releases In-depth Findings in Its Annual State of the Bible Report
NEW YORK, March 26, 2013—A new report released today finds Americans overwhelming (77%) believe morals and values are declining in the U.S. The most-cited cause for the decline? A lack of Bible reading. The findings are reported in American Bible Society’s annual State of the Bible survey released today. The report details Americans’ beliefs about the Bible, its role in society, its presence in U.S. homes and more. As in previous years, the survey found that the Bible remains a highly valued, influential force in America.
Presbyterians for Middle East Peace commends President Obama on his just-completed trip to Israel. The President spoke powerfully to the fact that the rights and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians must be recognized for peace to be possible. He described the harsh reality of the threats Israel faces and Israel’s right to security, while pointing out that “the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and justice must also be recognized”. The President stressed that the “two state solution”, two states for two peoples, remains the best and most viable path to sustainable peace, saying “the only way for Israel to endure and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state is through the realization of an independent and viable Palestine”. President Obama forcefully described the need for ordinary people to engage in bridge-building and peacemaking, saying “That is where peace begins – not just in the plans of leaders, but in the hearts of people; not just in a carefully designed process, but in the daily connections that take place among those who live together in this land, and in this sacred city of Jerusalem. Speaking as a politician, I can promise you this: political leaders will not take risks if the people do not demand that they do. You must create the change that you want to see”.
Christophor’s refreshing and comprehensive analysis of major religions in light of the profound lessons from numerous NDE journeyers offers a rich new tapestry of understanding that I find most valuable.” Eben Alexander, MD, author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife (NY Times Bestseller)
One of the most fascinating topics of religious or spiritual debate concerns what happens when you die. And while you really can’t find out until you get there — and even then it is pretty much impossible to report back to those left behind — there is a small slice of the human population who have had what are referred to as near-death experiences, or NDEs, and who come closest to telling us what it’s all about. Author Christophor Coppes is fascinated with NDEs. Coppes’ studies have revealed a recurring theme in reported NDEs, the existence of The Light, representing a powerful, all-encompassing and unconditional love that is referred to in a variety of ways in the world’s great religions. In his new book, The Essence of Religions (Select Books, April 1) Coppes compares the fundamental elements of NDEs with those of five world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.