The creators of the upcoming "Noah" biblical epic starring Russell Crowe have released a video trailer featuring an inside look at how they brought to life what is undeniably the movie's biggest prop and centerpiece — the massive ark that the Old Testament narrative says was built by Noah and his family to protect them and "all living creatures" from a worldwide flood.
"There was a huge issue of what is this ark gonna look like," says Director and co-writer Darren Aronofsky in the trailer. "The idea was let's go back to what God tells Noah in the Bible."
Aronofsky adds, "It basically describes a box. It doesn't talk about a bow. It doesn't have to navigate. It wasn't like Noah was trying to take the ship anywhere. It basically has to survive the flood." more >>
The Apostle Paul's exhortation to Christians of all marital statuses has confused more than a few believers hoping to align their lives with his teachings. Redeemer Presbyterian Church Pastor Tim Keller made an effort to answer questions regarding those verses found in the Bible specifically addressing singlehood and marriage at a recent conference.
"If you have a wife, do not seek to end the marriage. If you do not have a wife, do not seek to get married. But if you do get married, it is not a sin. And if a young woman gets married, it is not a sin. However, those who get married at this time will have troubles, and I am trying to spare you those problems. But let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: The time that remains is very short. So from now on, those with wives should not focus only on their marriage," Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 7:27-29 (NLT).
Speaking at S1NGLE, a conference organized by Redeemer Presbyterian Church's Family Ministries on Saturday, Keller sought to clarify what he described as "enigmatic verses to the average reader." more >>
Christian writer and intellectual Wesley Hill, who identifies as gay, has entered the fray of an increasingly meshed LGBT and church climate through his decision to pursue chastity.
The author of "Washed and Waiting" and professor at Trinity School of Ministry spoke about his decision and how his fellow unmarried straight and LGBT Christians ought to set boundaries at S1NGLE, a conference organized by Pastor Tim Keller's Redeemer Presbyterian Church's Family Ministries on Saturday.
Hill said that during adolesence, he first realized he would be forced to make some serious decisions about his sexuality and faith. more >>
Oral arguments in a lawsuit by an atheist organization against the placement of the "World Trade Center cross" at a museum on government property will take place later this week.
American Atheists will present their case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, arguing that the WTC cross does not belong in a museum on government leased property.
Two days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, construction workers found a cross beam among the wreckage of the Twin Towers. more >>
A Forbes article titled "Ranking The 9 Toughest Leadership Roles" lists the pastorate among some of the most difficult leadership positions, alongside corporate CEOs, mayors and university presidents. But the most difficult leadership role, according to the list, is stay-at-home parent.
The article, listing the "pros" and "cons" of the nine listed positions, suggests that "leaders who flourish in one realm may fizzle or even fail spectacularly in another one."
While corporate CEOs rank as no. 9 (the least toughest leadership role), the position was followed by United States Congressperson (no. 8), Editor for a Daily Newspaper (no. 7), Mayor (no. 6), and Pastor, Rabbi, Mullah or Other Holy Leader (no. 5). more >>
There have been several prominent news reports on the sudden and mysterious deaths of several bankers and businessmen from around the world since January, leading some to speculate that the deaths point to economic trouble on the horizon and others to suggest that work-related pressures likely played a part, as suicide has been a factor in many of these cases.
The latest mysterious case reported is that of James Stuart Jr. Stuart, a former CEO of National Bank of Commerce whose career path includes time at Citibank and First Commerce Bancshares. He was found dead on Feb. 19 with no details given on the circumstances of his death, according to JournalStar.com.
Just a day prior, it was reported by the New York Post that 33-year-old JPMorgan banker Li Junjie had jumped 30 stories to his death from the roof of the Charter House building in Hong Kong used by the company. more >>