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Hugh_Hefner_2007Former atheist Lee Strobel recently shared on social media that he had a conversation about the Gospel with Hugh Hefner, who died this past month.

“Hugh Hefner dead at 91. I remember sharing the Gospel with him,” Strobel revealed in a Twitter post. “He saw significance of the Resurrection but had never checked the evidence.”

Strobel, who authored the book “The Case for Christ”, was an atheist journalist before his life was transformed and he became a follower of Christ. Strobel began looking into the evidence for the Resurrection and became convinced that the Bible was true. Strobel’s conversion experience was recently turned into a hit movie.

Strobel said he once visited Hefner’s notorious Playboy Mansion to interview “Hef” about his views on theology. Strobel says he was able to get an interview with Hefner because one of the producers on Strobel’s show “Faith Under Fire” had a connection with someone who was a Playboy employee, according to The Christian Post.

“We went over to the Playboy mansion, which for me was just freaky,” Strobel shared in a recent episode of the Billy Hallowell Podcast. “It was the last place I ever expected to go.”

Hefner was not aware that Strobel was an evangelical Christian, but was said to become engaged with conversation and was genuinely curious about Strobel’s beliefs upon finding out.

“He was quite engaging in terms of the conversation. We talked about what he believed and he had a very minimalistic, deistic view of God,” Strobel said. “He said he has a minimal belief in God.”

Strobel said Hefner especially “perked up” when it came to discussing evidence for the Resurrection. Hefner told Strobel he was at “the head of the line hoping it’s all true” but that the rational part of him prevented him from truly believing.

“He saw the relevance of the resurrection, he saw the significance of it,” Strobel said.

The evangelical author was later able to share the gospel with Hefner, explaining that humans are “separated by our sin, by wrongdoing” and that Jesus “offers forgiveness as a free gift of his grace.”

Before he left, Strobel left a copy of his bestselling book “The Case for Christ” for Hefner, and expressed his hope that he would read it.

While no one can ever be sure of Hugh’s personal relationship with God, we can be sure that God was working through Strobel in sharing the Good News.

the-stray-movieWritten and directed by Mitch Davis, “The Stray” is a heartwarming family film based on a true story that will be in select theaters on October 6th.

The movie showcases the story of a stray dog named Pluto, that came out of nowhere and quickly made himself at home with the Davis Family that was on the brink of falling apart.

Mitch Davis was a career-driven man who was neglescting his family and marriage, while his wife was at her wit’s end raising three young children. When Pluto showed up, they thought the last thing they would need is another mouth to feed. In the time that Pluto was with the Davis family, the dog managed to save one of the lost toddlers, bring companionship to the 9-year-old son, and help repair a marriage and family bonds. Sometimes, help comes from the most unlikely places and our prayers get answered in the strangest ways.

“It’s really not a stretch to say that Pluto gave me my life back,” said Mitch Davis. “He saved me and my family in more ways than one. And although ‘The Stray’ reflects my personal story, I know there countless families across America who could say the same thing about a pet that greatly impacted them with its unconditional love – which is why I hope families will see this film together.”

The Stray received the Dove Family Approved Seal for its portrayal of positive values and is a film you can take your entire family to see.

The Stray is a heartwarming family movie that is wonderfully entertaining, while teaching about love for a pet, love of family and making time for family,” said Donna Rolfe, Dove Foundation.

The full trailer for the movie can be seen below. For more information, check out “The Stray” movie website.

The power of prayer and forgiveness is at the heart of a new movie in theaters that follows three Christian families in Atlanta who cross paths in the wake of tragedy.

David Newman (Richard T. Jones) is about to succeed his father as senior pastor of a successful, predominantly African-American church. John Danielson (C. Thomas Howell) has high hopes for his gifted daughter who has a chance at signing a record label contract and providing financial stability for her family. Kate Hernandez (Jaci Velasquez) is a restaurant owner who employs her daughter, Maria (Karen Valero), as a delivery driver.

These families come from very different cultures and live very different lives in the same community, but a texting and driving accident brings them together to test their faith in ways they didn’t think were possible. As these families collide and suffer crises of faith that will either tear them apart or bring them together, audience members will find themselves cheering, singing, crying and praising God along their difficult journeys.

In addition to challenging our notions of the limits of faith, this is a film that addresses some important social issues: texting while driving, organ donation and racial prejudice. Featuring multi-cultural characters was especially important in the making of this film.

“We wanted to show a variety to show the unity of all of us. Our unity is in God. And if your heart is there, you’re in the right place. This film is about unity, forgiveness, God’s grace. No color matters. We want people to be able to see themselves,” said executive producer Dr. Cameron Lewis in a recent media interview.

What also makes this film stand out is how relatable it is to one’s life and how it encourages audiences to do a little soul-searching of their own.

“I would love for people to step back in their own lives and think about how they can be a better person to their fellow man,” said producer Angela White in a recent media interview. “We want people to walk away knowing the word of God is there to comfort you and that having faith in what you can not see is okay, as God has your life covered, and the questions you may have are already answered.”

Watch the powerful trailer before you see the film on the big screen.


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