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Teen Faith: You Must Be This Old to Ride This Theology

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Are teenagers able to define their own theologies?

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Lisa Simpson Dabbles in Wicca

posted by dross

On last night’s episode of “The Simpsons” Lisa tries to join a small coven of teen Wiccans, who are arrested on charges of witchcraft. Check out the clip belowThe best line of the episode (not in the clip) was uttered […]

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Five New Favorite Songs For Christmas

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Now that the turkey leftovers have been put away, and Black Friday is just a bad memory until I get my credit card statement, I can turn my indulgent nature to listening to the Christmas music I love nonstop. Christian […]

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Best Advent Reads for 2009

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Here are my choices for some great Advent devotionals for the season.

Macaroons Sing for Jewish Kids

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Guster and the Zambonis spawned The LeeVees, a band that played Hanukkah rock songs; then The LeeVees birthed The Macaroons, a band that plays Jewish rock for kids.

Watch Video: David Hyde Pierce on Alzheimer’s Disease

posted by dross

In this clip, ABC News Correspondent Father Edward Beck interviews actor David Hyde Pierce–best known as Dr. Niles Crane on “Frasier”–about his family’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. To see more of this interview, visit ABC News.

‘Big Night': My Thanksgiving DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Big Night”, though not about Thanksgiving, is a great holiday movie choice.

Turn the Other Neck: ‘Twilight,’ Vampires and Christianity

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Last week Donna blogged about the new novel “Thirsty,” by Tracey Bateman, a Christian take on the vampire vogue spurred by the success of the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer. Bateman’s vampire, like Meyer’s Edward, is a sympathetic fiend: a […]

‘Jon & Kate Plus 8′ Series Finale

posted by Ellen Leventry

‘Jon & Kate Plus 8′ may be ending too soon for Kate, but what about the viewers?

Watch Video: Elaine Stritch on Faith

posted by dross

In this video clip, ABC News Correspondent Father Edward Beck interviews stage and screen star Elaine Stritch, who currently stars on “30 Rock” as Colleen Donaghy, about her Catholic faith. To see more of this interview, visit ABC News.

Christian Vampire Novels: Finally Joining the Twilight Trend (sort of)

posted by Donna Freitas

The runaway success of Twilight long ago ensured that bookstore shelves would become saturated with vampire novels from authors and publishers hoping to hit the Twilight jackpot again. A little over a year ago I wrote a feature for Publishers […]

‘New Moon': Better than ‘Twilight’…and it’s Because of…JACOB!

posted by Donna Freitas

I was in the theater last Friday morning, the day of the release of ‘New Moon,’ with the rest of the screaming, teenage Twilight fans. Though, a good number of us were in the “I’m thirty-something and I love Twilight […]

Exclusive Video: Jon Gosselin Tells Rabbi Shmuley ‘I Wasn’t Feeling Loved’

posted by dross

You may remember a few weeks ago Rabbi Shmuley Boteach had a public (but not free…) talk with reality TV star Jon Gosselin about whether fame was a blessing or a curse. During that talk Jon publically apologizes to Kate, […]

Review: ‘New Moon’ Rising

posted by Ellen Leventry

“New Moon” offers up formulaic, fantasy-filled fun you can sink your teeth into.

Susan Boyle Breaks Sales Records and Reveals Secrets

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Susan Boyle’s debut is a bestseller and she is using the limelight to speak out about her past

Oprah’s Show To End; Her Influence…?

posted by Douglas Howe

CNN and other outlets are reporting today that “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will be ending after 25 seasons. The last show will be coming up soon: on September 9, 2011. Okay, so it’s not so soon! Mrs. Winfrey has followed […]

Introducing Stuff Christian Culture Likes

posted by dross

A big welcome to one of Beliefnet’s newest blogs, Stuff Christian Culture Likes, written by the hilarious and wonderful Stephanie Drury. From her bio: “I sort of consider myself an expert on Christian culture as I am a preacher’s kid […]

‘Friday Night Lights’ Does Church Right

posted by Kris Rasmussen

FNL’s latest focuses on Julie Taylor’s thoughts on church.

‘The Road’ Takes a Bend into Christian Marketing

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Entertainment Weekly and the usually astute, if crabby, Get Religion blog did their best to raise a kerfuffle last week about news that Dimension Films is hoping to market “The Road,” the new apocalyptic movie thriller, to conservative Christians. Dimension […]

Jessica Harp CD Review: What ‘A Woman Needs’

posted by shuang

You might not recognize the name Jessica Harp, but you might recognize the name “The Wreckers,” the country-rock duo Jessica Harp formed with Michelle Branch between 2005-2007. Earlier this summer, I saw Jessica Harp perform to a crowded, small venue […]

‘New Moon’ the Movie: My Top Five Hopes for Twilight II

posted by Donna Freitas

The countdown to the release of ‘New Moon,’ the second movie in the Twilight Saga, is long underway. In less than forty-eight hours all will be revealed! OK. Maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic. Regardless, I’m excited to see what’s […]

Miley is No Fan of ‘Twilight’

posted by Kris Rasmussen

Miley Cyrus is no fan of “Twilight.”

Celebrities Tell Us What They’re Grateful for in 2009

posted by dross

In celebration of Thanksgiving, Robin Williams, Kate Gosselin, Michael J. Fox, Renee Zellweger, Michael Strahan, and other movie stars and TV personalities tell Beliefnet what they’re most grateful for this year. Check out our Thankful Quotes from Celebrities gallery.

Exclusive Clip: ‘Veggietales Saint Nicholas – A Story Of Joyful Giving’

posted by dross

In this clip from “Veggietales: Saint Nicholas: A Story Of Joyful Giving,” Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and their friends travel in a runaway sleigh.

NatGeo Asks ‘Who Was the First Jesus?’

posted by Ellen Leventry

National Geographic Channel’s Second Annual Expedition Week offers plenty of adventure.

Watch Video: Twitteleh!

posted by Donna Freitas

If you haven’t seen this already it’s a must. Twitteleh: Twitter for your Jewish Mother, is hilarious. Twitteleh is a spoof on both Twitter (obviously), and the affectionate reputation Jewish moms have for checking in on their kids a bit […]

Defending ‘Sex Rehab’

posted by Ellen Leventry

Critics have labeled VH1’s “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew” voyeuristic but does that devalue the show’s message?

Update on Grandduggar Mackynzie

posted by dross

Michelle Duggar talks about enjoying her new granddaughter Mackynzie Renee.

Where’s the ‘Glee’?

posted by Ellen Leventry

‘Glee’ has always been a quirky blend of song and social commentary, but this week’s episode, “Wheels,” feels like after school special territory.

‘Pray the Devil Back to Hell': My DVD Pick of the Week

posted by Kris Rasmussen

A documentary about Liberian women and their peaceful protest is now on DVD.

Ian McKellen vs. Hotel Bibles

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

While visiting hotels, openly gay actor Sir Ian McKellen rips the page calling homosexuality an “abomination” from the hotels’ Bibles.

‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer: To Appear On Oprah

posted by Donna Freitas

Stephenie Meyer will do only one appearance to promote New Moon, the second movie in the Twilight Saga (releasing Nov. 20th), but it’s a biggie: Oprah will feature Meyer for a full hour this Friday, November 13th, on her show. […]

On ‘Glee’ the Last Shall Be First

posted by Kris Rasmussen

“Glee” shined with an inspiring look at those with disabilities.

Twilight Author Stephenie Meyer: A Biography (Graphic Novel-style)

posted by Donna Freitas

Everything you wanted to know about Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga that has turned into a world-wide vampire-loving phenomenon–is available today, Wednesday, November 11th, and it’s illustrated. A graphic novel biography series called “Female Force,” which has featured […]

Andre Agassi is ‘Open’

posted by Douglas Howe

Former tennis pro Andre Agassi opens up about his drug use in a new book, “Open.”

Comedy Central Goes to Abu Dhabi

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Comedy Central starts a Middle East comedy channel in Abu Dhabi.

Watch Clip: ‘A Passion for Giving’

posted by dross

In this clip from the upcoming PBS documentary “A Passion for Giving,” Count Alexandre de Lesseps talks about the work he has done in Burman, helping rebuild a village after a tsunami.For more information on when the documentary is airing […]

Carrie Prejean Discusses ‘The Biggest Mistake of My Life’

posted by Douglas Howe

Ms. Carrie Prejean is either a humble servant of the Lord who’s learned from her prior mistakes, a courageous champion for Christian values, an opportunistic young diva who’s ingeniously combining a conservative mindset with risqué acts caught on tape, a […]

Watch Comedy Clip: ‘Thou Shalt Laugh 4′

posted by dross

In the newly released DVD “Thou Shalt Laugh 4,” watch and laugh as Christian comedian Michael Jr. talks about his experience going back to church for the first time.

‘The Men Who Stare at Goats': Two Hours Worth Staring At

posted by Ellen Leventry

The quirky ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’ delivers laughs and lessons.

Equal Opportunity Offender? The ‘Family Guy’ Special

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

Is “The Family Guy” an equal opportunity offender, or just anti-Semitic? Or are there things that some will always view as comedically “off-limits”?

Enter to Win: ‘Touched by An Angel: Inspiration Collection’ DVDs

posted by dross

Were you inspired and uplifted by the TV show “Touched by an Angel”? If so, you’ll love our latest giveaway. We have 5 sets of 2 “Touched by an Angel: Inspiration Collection” DVDs to give away. Want one? Post a […]

Every Junkie’s Like a Setting Sun: Musicians Who Beat Their Addictions

posted by idol chatter

A list of musicians who have famously stayed clean and sober after fighting drug addictions.

Watch Trailer: ‘The Messenger’

posted by dross

Watch the trailer for “The Messenger” starring Woody Harreslson and Ben Foster as military officers tasked with notifying the family members of fallen soldiers.

Revisiting Anne’s Attic: ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ (BBC)

posted by Esther Kustanowitz

A new BBC version of “The Diary of Anne Frank” takes a slightly different approach, including a more authentic narrative.

New Sports Inspiration Page!

posted by Douglas Howe

“I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” “I just wanna go the distance.” “You’re an impertinent man, Mr Hobbs!” Perhaps you remember one of these quotes from a certain kind of movie. A special kind […]

Girardi the Good Samaritan

posted by Douglas Howe

“I’m goin’ to Disneyland!” …Or so went the story of what champions used to say to the camera after winning the world championship. In an inspiring twist to a great evening for Gotham, New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi provided […]

Michael Lohan Says God Has Taken Lindsay’s Career Away

posted by dross

Michael Lohan has said God has taken his daughter Lindsay Lohan’s career away.

Marion Ross’s 10 Ways to Have ‘Happy Days’

posted by dross

“Happy Days” mom Marion Ross shares her 10 tips for “Happy Days” with Beliefnet.

Watch Trailer: ‘Avatar’

posted by dross

Watch the trailer for “Avatar,” the upcoming James Cameron sci-fi film.

Vanity Fair’s ‘Proust’ Now in Book Form

posted by Douglas Howe

Vanity Fair magazine has a long tradition that’s being made into a book. I suspect it’ll be a movie before too long! There’s just something wonderful and inspiring about getting to know other people better, whether it be stars, friends […]

ABC’s ‘V': Leapin’ Lizards, This Reimagining is Fun

posted by Ellen Leventry

The reimagining of the classic 80s sci-fi series delivers deep messages, but also face-ripping, alien-revealing good fun.

‘Sesame Street’ Anniversary: Beliefnet Staff Share Lessons Learned

posted by dross

For Sesame Street 40th Anniversity Beliefnet staff share the lessons they have learned from the beloved children’s TV show.

‘Twilight”s Robert Pattinson is HOT: Oh Edward!

posted by Donna Freitas

Really: what’s a day without gazing at “Twilight”‘s Edward Cullen–I mean Robert Pattinson–and that gorgeous face of his. And those smoldering eyes! Can’t forget the eyes. The moody look. That twisted smile. Sigh. Okay. I’ll stop. But really: want to […]

Jared and Jerusha Hess: Your Typical Mormon Filmmakers

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Let’s out with it: Jared and Jerusha Hess, who wrote (both of them) and directed (Jared) the 2004 independent film “Napoleon Dynamite” are Mormons. Can we move on now? We cannot. The Hess family religious affiliation gets brought up in […]

Kate Gosselin Interview with Natalie Morales: A New Side of Kate

posted by dross

Last night in between watching my beloved Yankees try to win the World Series, I tuned into TLC’s special “Kate: Her Story,” in which Kate Gosselin, star of “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” was interviewed by NBC’s Natalie Morales. When […]

‘The Lovely Bones’ as Ghost Story

posted by Donna Freitas

I’d never really thought of Alice Sebold’s bestselling novel “The Lovely Bones” as a ghost story–though to call it haunting is an understatement, too. But there is no getting around the fact that the story’s protagonist, Susie Salmon, raped and […]

Hi, My Name’s Jon Gosselin. (Hi, Jon!) And I’m a Fame-aholic.

posted by Paul O'Donnell

Here are three reasons to suspect that you’re a fame-a-holic. One, your life is a disaster. Two, even when you come to terms with your mistakes and apologize to those you’ve hurt, you have a microphone clipped to your lapel. […]

Take the Classic Movie Love Quotes Quiz!

posted by dross

Take the Beliefnet Classic Move Love Quotes quiz.

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