Here’s what you need to know in Christian News for Dec. 16:
Unbiblical Exodus Movie Performs Poorly at Box Office
“Exodus: Gods and Kings” topped the weekend box office and earned $24.5 million, according to official studio estimates.
The Ridley Scott film starring Christian Bale had a reported budget of $140 million.
“Exodus won the weekend, but it was less than divine,” says Jeff Bock, box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations. “An opening like that is not going to cut it for a film that cost $140 million. It’s going to be a big battle going forward.”
Exodus was poorly received by critics, with a 27 percent approval score on RottenTomatoes.com. Forty percent of audiences said they liked the movie.
Cam Newton Thanks God for Survival After Car Wreck
Cam Newton thanked Jesus for his life after he fractured his lower back in a car accident.
Newton, who is the Carolina Panthers quarterback, totaled his truck in the accident.
The Panthers released a statement: “Newton has two transverse process fractures in his lower back and no further internal injuries.”
Newton then posted on Instagram an image of his totaled truck with the following message:
“I do not know where to begin because by the look of that picture soMEone is supposed to be dead or severely injured worse than what I am right now,” Newton wrote. “While I am resting up the thought that keeps flashing in my mind is that GOD IS GOOD and someone has their protective hands on my life shielding me from any danger that may come my way!
“Life is too short for you not to appreciate it to the fullest; through the good and the bad! I thank you to the people who have been keeping me in their prayers and well wishes for a speedy recovery,” he wrote. “I am appreciative for the many great things GOD has given me to be thankful for. It’s an old cliché statement but it says “‘GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS!'”
Kansas Pastor Getting Death Threats After Officiating Same-Sex Weddings
A Kansas pastor says she is getting death threats after she started performing same-sex weddings.
Rev. Jackie Carter, a pastor at First Metropolitan Community Church says alleged vandals broke windows at the Wichita church.
“When you’re here and the phone rings, and there’s heavy breathing and two seconds later the doorbell rings and then somebody’s throwing rocks through the windows. All those things combined create fear,” Carter said.
Despite the threats, Carter said she will still perform the marriages.
“I’m not going to change my message of inclusion, I’m not going to change my message of love, and I’m not going to stop marrying people. I’m going to keep it up!” she told the news station. “This is ridiculous hatred that has no place in this city or state or this country.”