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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Why can't we just let Jesus be Jesus?

Moses, the law-giver, maintains the law is not difficult to obey. He says: "This commandment which I command you today, it is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will ascend more
NEXT ( 3/6/2011 11:04:09 AM -08:00 )

The Holy Spirit, Jesus and Social Justice in Black Churches: Making Noise or
In a 1999 essay titled "A Good Time or a Good Life? The Black Church in the Twenty-First Century," I attempted to chart the opportunities and obstacles facing black churches on the eve of the new millennium. An extensive quotation from the essay more
Huffington Post (blog) ( 3/5/2011 8:54:46 PM -08:00 )

Why can't we just let Jesus be Jesus?
I'm not close to being a Christian, but I am a person of faith who is quite the Jesus fan. Why? Because this guy, more than anyone I've ever known or heard of, fearlessly lived his relationship with God, the great Whatever. more
Washington Post ( 3/5/2011 8:04:17 PM -08:00 )

Jos crisis Northern Christians shouldn't fight back — Wale Oke
Jos crisis Northern Christians shouldnNational Vice President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), South West region, Bishop Wale Oke speaks on why Northern Christians must not fight back despite the attacks on them as advised by some. Excerpts: NORTHERN Christians have been told to more
Nigerian Tribune ( 3/5/2011 3:00:32 PM -08:00 )

African-Americans bristle at notion of 'slave of Christ'
For evangelical author John MacArthur, the best way to explain a Christian's relationship to Jesus is what appears to be a simple metaphor — one often used by the Apostle Paul. “To be a Christian is to be a slave of Christ,” writes MacArthur, more
Kansas City Star ( 3/4/2011 8:42:21 PM -08:00 )

Matthew 5:22: The Forgotten Gospel Passage on Name-Calling
How do we know that what we read in the Gospels is what Jesus really said? Well, for believers, their tradition tells them so. Christians believe that the church is guided by the Holy Spirit, and so the writings that were chosen for inclusion into the more
Huffington Post (blog) ( 3/4/2011 6:06:39 PM -08:00 )

Creation as the Body of God
"God remains in immediate sustaining attentiveness to everything that exists, precisely in its 'thisness.'" -- John Duns Scotus The Incarnation of God did not happen in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. That is just when we started taking it seriously. more
Huffington Post (blog) ( 3/4/2011 6:02:47 PM -08:00 )

Family responsibility (IV)
DEAR Reader, We have been looking at the responsibility of the man in the home. The man is the head -leader of the family unit, the home Provider and he has the tool of love for effective leadership. This week, from God's Word, you'll find out how to more
The Nation Newspaper ( 3/4/2011 3:02:10 PM -08:00 )

Be doers, not hearers only
Be doers, not hearers onlyMANILA, Philippines – Once a man died and went to heaven. St. Peter gave him a tour of the amazing sights and places around. Then he led him to a hall where so many tongues were hanging. The new resident was scared. more
Manila Bulletin ( 3/4/2011 7:08:21 AM -08:00 )

Billy Graham | Sins are forgiven, but we are still accountable
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: If all our sins are forgiven, then why does the Bible say we'll have to stand before God to be judged? Does this mean it isn't enough to believe in Jesus and put our trust in him as our savior? — SL DEAR SL: No. more
Kansas City Star ( 3/3/2011 8:46:40 PM -08:00 )

I believe that the bible does in fact condemn my lifestyle.
The Bible says & condemns a lot of other things in the New Testament, but let's not write about such things. CNN thank you for posting this. I will continue to read CNN. An I to am a sinner who is forgiven for my daily sins, that are no bigger or more
CNN (blog) ( 3/3/2011 6:04:25 PM -08:00 )

Nicole C. Mullen Reflects on Her Insufficiencies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While Nicole C. Mullen graced the stage at the National Religious Broadcasters convention recently with two musical performances, she said in an interview this week that she always more
Christian Post ( 3/6/2011 6:55:01 AM -08:00 )

Burkes column: Many paths lead to spirituality
Not a big fan of vegetables? Don't worry, this is one “Cabbage” you're sure to enjoy.- 2:05 pm I get e-mails from well-meaning Evangelical folks who, knowing that I come from a Southern Baptist tradition, will challenge me to take my column to the next more
Herald Times Reporter ( 3/6/2011 12:52:56 AM -08:00 )

Christian Comment with Methodist Preacher Mrs Christine Colby
CHURCH is a place where people go to worship and show adoration for a mighty creator. It is also a place where people of like mind gather together to corporately confirm their faith. Attending church offers a unique opportunity to find out about God more
Stroud News and Journal ( 3/6/2011 12:40:20 AM -08:00 )

1 Peter 1:13 to 2:1: March 13—Ready for action
When I attended US Navy boot camp for training more than half a century ago, we recruits were introduced to the kind of emergencies we might face at sea. From life on a farm I knew about tying knots and fighting brush fires, more
Florida Baptist Witness ( 3/6/2011 12:08:45 AM -08:00 )

I love the Bible (Part One of....???)
I love the Bible, for more reasons than I could possibly write in one blog post, but I will stick with one reason here: I love its oddly-angled continuities. I could be describing my old house, literally, but I am describing the ways in which the more
America Magazine (subscription) (blog) ( 3/5/2011 10:30:25 PM -08:00 )

People cling to Jesus,fantasy of eternal life
The late Joseph Campbell said his favorite definition of religion was "misinterpretation of mythology" because it attributed historical references to spiritual symbols. This definition seems particularly apt for recent letter writers, who are convinced more
Knoxville News Sentinel ( 3/5/2011 9:24:45 PM -08:00 )

Dwelling on the truth
THE state of our societies as it is is degrading in its form in terms of morality. The world of intelligence in its attempt to make resolutions and usher in peace, security and justice has failed. So unfortunate indeed for a generation of people so more
Fiji Times ( 3/5/2011 3:46:14 PM -08:00 )

Pastoral letter by the Bishops on the occasion of Lent 2011
For the Christian Community, Lent is a time to reflect upon the will of God the Father and how our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished it by his death on the cross. It is also an invitation for us to fulfill God's will in all its aspects. more
Gozo News ( 3/5/2011 12:15:05 PM -08:00 )

'God knows who I am'
"Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." This Psalm speaks to one of God's most amazing and naturally incomprehensible more
The Freeport News ( 3/5/2011 9:41:46 AM -08:00 )

Big night for Tyler Perry at Image Awards

Ensemble film nabs awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress Kimberly Elise. By Shawn Adler Tyler Perry has yet to crack the Oscar ceiling, but the multi-hyphenate took home the gold at the NAACP Image Awards Friday night more ( 3/5/2011 11:36:19 AM -08:00 )

Willow Smith whips on stage to be Justin Bieber's supporting act while winning
Willow Smith whips on stage to be Justin BieberAt 10-years-old most children are preoccupied with video games and sleepovers but Willow Smith spends her evenings on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans. The pint-sized pop star performed in front of 12000 tweens last more
Daily Mail ( 3/5/2011 10:14:47 AM -08:00 )

Halle Belly
Halle BellyPRINCE looks BERRY like actress HALLE as the two come face-to-face at the NAACP Image Awards. The pair could have been separated at birth with their flamboyant clothes, cropped hair, glitzy earrings and cute smiles. Halle wore a daring frock with a more
The Sun ( 3/5/2011 7:23:15 AM -08:00 )

Halle Berry lights up NAACP Image Awards; David Arquette in car crash
Halle Berry lights up NAACP Image Awards; David Arquette in car crashHappy Saturday, Lifeline Nation. Arienne Thompson here up and at 'em early to spread the word on celebs. ... Talk about a double dose of hotness. Halle Berry and Sofia Vergara met up to compare notes on how to stay more
USA Today ( 3/5/2011 6:50:04 AM -08:00 )

Halle Berry Dons Daring Dress To NAACP Image Awards (PHOTOS, POLL)
Halle Berry stepped out to Friday night's NAACP Image Awards in LA in a patterned Pucci dress that for us would be standing room only, if we managed to leave the house in it. But the actress worked the cutouts and plunging neckline...and she even more
Huffington Post ( 3/5/2011 6:17:18 AM -08:00 )

"For Colored Girls" top winner at NAACP Image Awards
LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Xinhua) -- "For Colored Girls," a Tyler Perry drama dealing with nine women's lives and struggles as women of color, garnered the best picture award at the 42nd National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) more
Xinhua ( 3/5/2011 12:15:27 AM -08:00 )

'For Colored Girls' a big winner at Image Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 'For Colored Girls' was a big winner at the NAACP Image Awards, taking the best picture, director and supporting actress prizes. Based on the award-winning play "for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf more
The Associated Press ( 3/4/2011 9:50:00 PM -08:00 )

"For Colored Girls", Perry win big at Image Awards
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Director and writer Tyler Perry was the big winner at the NAACP's Image Awards on Friday, winning top awards for his movie "For Colored Girls" and best TV comedy series trophy for "Tyler Perry's House of Payne. more
Reuters Canada ( 3/4/2011 8:23:31 PM -08:00 )

'For Colored Girls' wins for best film at NAACP Image Awards
Denzel Washington is named outstanding actor for 'The Book of Eli,' and Halle Berry is named outstanding actress for 'Frankie & Alice.' Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls" won best film at the NAACP Image Awards, while Kimberly Elise (right) won best more
Los Angeles Times ( 3/4/2011 8:17:26 PM -08:00 )

Prince Upstages Halle Berry, Sofia Vergara and Every Other Hot Babe at NAACP
The Purple One (or really more of a robin's egg blue tonight) made a rare appearance as a presenter Friday at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards, and you'd have thought Halle Berry had come tumbling out of her golden gown the way the crowd roared and more
E! Online (blog) ( 3/4/2011 7:56:57 PM -08:00 )

Memorable Moments at the NAACP Image Awards
Memorable Moments at the NAACP Image AwardsThe NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), more
Huffington Post (blog) ( 3/2/2011 5:43:11 AM -08:00 )

Halle Berry Raises Eyebrows At NAACP Awards (PHOTOS)
FOX aired their annual coverage of the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards last night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, which honors people of color in television, film, music and literature genres. Just like the Academy Award last Sunday, more ( 3/5/2011 6:14:58 PM -08:00 )

John Legend, Willow Smith, Usher and Company NAACP Awards Winners
John Legend, Willow Smith, Usher and Company NAACP Awards WinnersR&B crooner John Legend and the infamous Roots Band lead the pack of winners at the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards which went down last night (Feb 4.) in Los Angeles, California. they won two awards for their collaborative album WAKE UP!, more ( 3/5/2011 4:52:32 PM -08:00 )

NAACP Image Awards Go Off Smoothly
NAACP Image Awards Go Off SmoothlyTyler Perry accepts the award for outstanding motion picture for the movie "For Colored Girls," at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards on Friday, March 4, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Check out related stories, more
Afro American ( 3/5/2011 4:40:01 PM -08:00 )

2011 NAACP Awards
Halle Berry poses backstage at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles on March 4, 2011. When using Facebook Connect your image and name may display on Wonderwall. All Privacy Settings are controlled by Facebook Charlie vs. Denise, Part 2? more
Wonderwall ( 3/5/2011 4:21:33 PM -08:00 )

Kevin Brown best known for 30 Rock: Red Carpet 42nd NAACP Image Awards
Today Kevin Brown arrives for the 42nd NAACP Image Awards show. Best known for his comedy in '30 Rock' tonight promises to be exciting. Kevin also starred in the movie: The Firefly and the Bride. See the photo of Kevin to the left. more ( 3/5/2011 2:15:11 PM -08:00 )

42nd NAACP Image Awards: White, Long, Gowns Adorn the Red Carpet (photos)
Today at the 42nd NAACP IMage Awards Red Carpet show, it was ablaze with gorgeous, stunning women. An outdoor event the 42nd NAACP Image Awards are held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The pictures showing the red carpet outside, more ( 3/5/2011 2:14:59 PM -08:00 )

NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet fashion: 20 gorgeous gowns of the evening (Photos)
On Friday night the celebrities gathered at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards. The evening brought together celebrities to celebrate the contribution of to recognize the achievements in movies, television, more ( 3/5/2011 2:14:52 PM -08:00 )

"For Colored Girls" Wins Big for Tyler Perry at NAACP Image Awards
"For Colored Girls" Wins Big for Tyler Perry at NAACP Image AwardsLast night, director and writer Tyler Perry won big at the 42 nd annual NAACP Image Awards. He won best picture and best director for his film, “For Colored Girls.” Perry wrote, directed and produced the film. The movie is based on the play “For more
AllMediaNY ( 3/5/2011 2:06:35 PM -08:00 )

Victoria Justice, Halle Berry, and More: NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet
On Friday night, March 4th, the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards took place. Stars, from the young Victoria Justice to Oscar winner Halle Berry to the vivacious Sofia Vergara headed over to Los Angeles to join in on the festivities. more
Gather Celebs News Channel ( 3/5/2011 1:57:06 PM -08:00 )

Beastly: Review By Jami Philbrick

Beastly's Alex Pettyfer isn't the worst of the bunch. Here is a list of boyfriends you don't want to bring home to the folks. In Beastly, opening this weekend, Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens re-tell the tale of Beauty and the Beast with a Gossip more
Vancouver Sun ( 3/5/2011 2:29:30 PM -08:00 )

"Beastly" beauty and Thierry Mugler's skeleton boy
"Beastly" beauty and Thierry Mugler"Beastly" (in theaters Friday March 4) cures the unnecessary need for a modern-day retelling of the classic fairytale, "Beauty and the Beast" but don't worry -- this one is different! It has hip and cool actors like Euro boy du jour Alex Pettyfer, more
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) ( 3/5/2011 10:39:31 AM -08:00 )

'The beast will have no fur'
Vanessa Hudgens, as Lindy, and Alex Pettyfer (Hunter) star in Beastly, an updated version of the Beauty and the Beast tale. By Jamie Portman It's not every actress who is struck dumb by the appearance of her co-star. But it happened to Vanessa Hudgens more
National Post (blog) ( 3/5/2011 5:30:55 AM -08:00 )

'Beastly' teen needs a beauty's love
Photo credit: AP | In this film publicity image released by CBS Films, Alex Pettyfer, left, and Vanessa Hudgens are shown in a scene from "Beastly." An updated version of a fairy tale about the shallowness of more
Newsday (subscription) ( 3/4/2011 9:23:07 PM -08:00 )

Review: Beastly Could Use More Singing Teapots
Beastly is a modernized version of Beauty and the Beast that has no idea how to tell a modernized version of Beauty and the Beast. You have to admire the bravery of the filmmakers, who went ahead and made a movie despite not more
Seattle Post Intelligencer ( 3/4/2011 4:35:21 PM -08:00 )

Movie Review: Beastly Is All Beauty, No Beast
Movie Review: Beastly Is All Beauty, No BeastReview in a Hurry: What if they adapted Beauty and the Beast and forgot to make the beast ugly? That's the monstrous flaw in this leaden, Gossip Girl-ized version of the fairy tale, starring Alex Pettyfer as the tatted-up "beast" who falls for bland more
E! Online (blog) ( 3/4/2011 12:15:54 PM -08:00 )

In this stunningly bad riff on Beauty and the Beast, a cocky NYC high schooler (Alex Pettyfer) is turned into a tattooed eyesore by a vengeful teen witch (Mary-Kate Olsen) who gives him one year to break the spell by wooing a classmate (Vanessa more
Entertainment Weekly ( 3/4/2011 11:52:06 AM -08:00 )

It's a pity he's merely pretty
Halfway through "Beastly," a modern-day young adult take on "Beauty and the Beast," Vanessa Hudgens's character, Lindy, confesses she's a "substance over style" kind of girl. Too bad for her. By casting the gorgeous Alex Pettyfer more
Washington Post ( 3/4/2011 11:31:00 AM -08:00 )

'Beastly': Alex Pettyfer gets his monster on
In the new film “Beastly,” opening Friday, Alex Pettyfer plays a cocky high school student who finds himself transformed into an alien-looking outcast after he runs afoul of a young woman dabbling in witchcraft. Taking him from beauty to beast was more
Los Angeles Times ( 3/4/2011 10:47:13 AM -08:00 )

'Beastly': A Slumber-Party Snoozefest, Sans Beauty
Beastly Boy ... And Girl: Riffing on a Disney classic, Beastly imagines Alex Pettyfer (left) as a magically deformed high school student who falls in love with Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens), the local damsel in distress. more
NPR ( 3/4/2011 10:26:41 AM -08:00 )

'Beastly' review: This story of a beauty and a beast is no fairy tale
Rich brat Kyle is handsome on the outside, ugly on the inside — until one day he makes the mistake of publicly humiliating a high-school Goth girl whose interest in witchcraft isn'ta pose. more
The Star-Ledger - ( 3/4/2011 9:01:04 AM -08:00 )

Vanessa Hudgens Talks 'Beastly' Attraction To Alex Pettyfer
My personal, shameful secret is that I think Alex Pettyfer's bald and be-scarred look in "Beastly" is, uh, kind of incredibly sexy...or at least, it was a secret. Now it's internet news! But leading lady Vanessa Hudgens has her own ideas about what more ( 3/4/2011 8:38:01 AM -08:00 )

'Beastly' is a beauty of a high school tale
The first good movie of the new year happens to be a "tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme." "Beastly" is a high school nonmusical update of "Beauty and the Beast." Witty, warm, well-cast and often wickedly funny more
Baltimore Sun ( 3/4/2011 5:07:56 AM -08:00 )

Tale as old as time, lame as it can be
'I think you might need something stronger than Clearasil': Vanessa Hudgens, left, comforts Alex Pettyfer. (ALLIANCE FILMS) Unless Jean Cocteau's perfectly lovely 1946 film La Belle et la Bête has some kind of massive secret constituency operating more
Winnipeg Free Press ( 3/4/2011 4:39:40 AM -08:00 )

'Beastly is no beauty
There's less to "Beastly" than meets the eye - and what meets the eye is no great shakes, either. It's a new spin on a classic that doesn't seem to have read the source material before deciding to update it, leading to some awkward interpretations at more
New York Daily News ( 3/4/2011 2:03:36 AM -08:00 )

'Beastly' is ugly
Next week, the ridiculous-looking “Red Riding Hood” arrives in theaters, while this week's specimen, a horribly scripted and directed update of “Beauty and the Beast,” is just plain ridiculous. Should all the blame be shouldered by more
Boston Herald ( 3/3/2011 10:05:34 PM -08:00 )

'Beastly' downright ugly
To paraphrase Charlie Sheen, you don't go to a new version of Beauty and the Beast expecting plot twists that will melt your face so your children weep over your exploded body. What it's entirely reasonable to hope for, more
Toronto Sun ( 3/3/2011 10:02:06 PM -08:00 )

Beastly: Beauty and the dermatitis dude
Beastly: Beauty and the dermatitis dudeBeastly, a modern high-school version of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, is no match for Disney's animated feature film of 1991, or of the ethereal Jean Cocteau classic from 1946, but it earns better than a passing grade. more
Globe and Mail ( 3/3/2011 9:01:21 PM -08:00 )

'Beastly' review: Can she unlock his inner beauty?
Romantic youth fantasy. Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer and Mary-Kate Olsen. Directed by Daniel Barnz. (PG-13. 86 minutes. At Bay Area theaters.) Takashi Seida / AP In this film publicity image released by CBS Films, Alex Pettyfer, background, more
San Francisco Chronicle ( 3/3/2011 7:20:05 PM -08:00 )

Beauty and the Beast Through History
When it opens this weekend, "Beastly," a new movie starring Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen, about a vain Manhattan high-school student transformed into a hideous monster, will join a legion of cinematic retellings of the classic fairy tale "Beauty more
Wall Street Journal ( 3/3/2011 5:58:51 PM -08:00 )