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Snake-Handling Pastor Dies from Snake Bite

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Photo: National Geographic

There is some sad news coming from Middleboro, Kentucky. Pastor Jamie Coots and reality star of National Geographic’s, Snake Salvation, died Saturday, February 15 when bitten by a rattlesnake he was handling during his church’s service. The 42 year-old was bitten during the day’s service but refused treatment from paramedics. It has been rumored that the pastor had been bitten eight times before.

In May of 2012, another pastor, Mack Woldford also died of a rattlesnake bite. While considered a bold pastor, Wolford has also been characterized as a “daring man of conviction” who truly believed that the Bible actually mandates Christians to handle serpents to test their faith in God, and if they should get bitten, God will heal them. Ironically, Wolford’s father was also a snake-carrying preacher, who also died the same way years ago.

Snake handling (or serpent handling as some would rather call it) has been a ritual a number of smaller churches in Appalachia since the early 20th century. Unlike what some would think, that actual handling of snakes is only a small part of each service. Parishioners often quote Mark 16:17-18:

“And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Or Luke 10:19:

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

According to an article in USA Today reporting Woldford’s death it stated that, “Those who die from snakebites are never criticized for lack of adequate faith; it is believed that it was simply the deceased’s time to die.”

Jamie Coots and ministry partner Andrew Hamblin had struggled to keep the over-100-year-old tradition alive and saw things a little differently. According to the  National Geographic show website, the two believed that if they didn’t practice the ritual, they would be destined for hell. “Hunting the surrounding mountains for deadly serpents and maintaining their church’s snake collection is a way of life for both men. The pastors must frequently battle the law, a disapproving society, and even at times their own families to keep their way of life alive.”

National Geographic offered their condolences to the family today: “In following Pastor Coots for our series, ‘Snake Salvation,’ we were constantly struck by his devout religious convictions despite the health and legal peril he often faced. Those risks were always worth it to him and his congregants as a means to demonstrate their unwavering faith. We were honored to be allowed such unique access to Pastor Jamie and his congregation during the course of our show, and give context to his method of worship. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.” The network went on to say that they would air a tribute special to Coots, although they have not stated when that would air.

So, what do you think? Do you think God mandates that Christians are supposed to handle snakes or serpents? What about the time that Satan tried to tempt Jesus as it written in Matthew 4:5-7:

“Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

(Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 6:15-17 by the way.)

Like Hollywood Game Night? Now You Can Own It.

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Hollywood Game NightIn what seemed like sort of a gamble for NBC last summer has paid off for the peacock channel. Hollywood Game Night, now in its’ second season, brings back the classic celebrity game show in a whole new format. Hosted by Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night takes place in her imaginary living room complete with a live band. Teams of four sit across from each other on couches. One member of each team is considered a “civilian” (your every-day average Joe) while the other three are made up of Hollywood stars. Each team works together in a variety of short party games, similar to what you can do in your own home.

NBC has just announced that a home version of the Hollywood Game Night has actually begun to hit Walmart store shelves today as well as the NBC online store. Later, distribution of the game will be enlarged to other retailers as well. Cardinal Industries, a leading game developer, has created a card game based on the hit show.

“The Hollywood Game Night Party Game is a great way to bring the fun of the show right into your own home,” said Kerry O’Donnell, director of global licensing, NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group. “The pop culture trivia and fast-paced format of the games will provide outrageous fun and lasting memories for our fans. We are really proud to be working with Cardinal on this project as the show continues into its second season.”

The game includes five different card games, dual purpose coasters, a timer, a dry erase score chart and a marker to keep score. Players will learn how well they know pop culture, who can “doo” a song the best and which team can conquer the Celebrity Name Game Challenge.

“’Hollywood Game Night’ is tailor-made for home entertainment,” said Joel Berger, President, Cardinal Industries. “Its unique, teamwork-based format provides the perfect kicker for any party, event or simple family evening at home.”

Meanwhile, Hollywood Game Night, the TV show, will reappear February 27th.

TCM to Hold Tribute to Shirley Temple

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Shirley Temple will be honored on Sunday, March 9, 2014 on TCM.

Shirley Temple will be honored on Sunday, March 9, 2014 on TCM.

Even at the age of 85, Shirley Temple Black still had that unmistakable smile and curly hair that made her famous so many years ago. Sadly, “America’s Little Darling” passed away Monday, February 10 at her home in Woodside, California.

To honor the former child star, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will hold a mini-marathon of Shirley Temple movies on the network all day on Sunday, March 9. “Shirley Temple was a good friend and an extraordinary human being who, after being the most famous person in the world at age 6 and Hollywood’s pint-sized Queen at age 7, grew up to be such a lovely, civic-minded citizen, wife and mother, as well as the U.S. Ambassador to two countries,” said TCM Host Robert Osborne. “There will never be another one like her.”

TCM’s tribute will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Temple’s classic Heidi followed by seven other favorite films. The complete schedule is as follows:

  • 4:30 p.m. – Heidi (1937)
  • 6:15 p.m. – Stowaway (1936)
  • 8:00 p.m. – Bright Eyes (1934)
  • 9:30 p.m. – The Little Princess (1939)
  • 11:15 p.m. – I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)
  • 12:45 a.m. – The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947)
  • 2:30 a.m. – A Kiss For Corliss (1949)
  • 4:15 a.m. – That Hagen Girl (1947)

Watch the 2014 Winter Olympics 24 hours a day

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2014 Sochi Winter OlympicsNBC has announced that they are offering an innovative temporary pass to view live streaming content of the Olympic Games (via NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports, of course) to help create curiosity for “TV Everywhere” adoption.

During the XXII Olympic Winter Games, which are being held in Sochi, Russia from February 6-23, all NBC viewers are being offered a multi-day, yet temporary, pass to access live streaming content. The vast majority of live streaming will only be available to verified cable, satellite or telco customers. However, “Unverified viewers will be given a one-time 30-minute temporary pass the first time live-streaming content is accessed,” states today’s press release. “This will provide ample time for users to gather their credentials to verify, but not miss any Olympic action. Viewers will also be given a subsequent pass for five minutes per day thereafter.”

TV Everywhere is still a fairly new industry term. It is where consumers discontinue traditional pay television subscriptions for TV content that is exclusively programmed through over-the-air television and/or online on-demand services such as Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and others. Authenticated streaming and video on-demand services allow traditional television providers to directly compete with these disruptive competitors, and add value to existing television subscriptions in an effort to retain subscribers.

 

The Olympic Games is a real example of how “TV Everywhere,” can be used on a daily basis. Verified cable/satellite and telco customers will have access to more than 1,000 hours of live streaming content of the Games which is more than double the hours of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. At no additional charge, multi-channel customers can verify their video subscriptions at NBCOlympics.com.

It has also been announced that for the first time ever, all of the Winter Games across all of the 15 sports (98 events) will be streamed live. The site will also feature exclusive content, real-time results, medal standings, event highlights and analysis, athlete interviews and profiles, and rewinds of all event coverage.

In order to access the more than 1,000 hours of live Olympic programming this winter at NBCOlympics.com, existing cable, satellite and telco customers should follow these verification procedures:

  1. Go to NBCOlympics.com/LiveExtra
  2. Click the “Verify Now” button
  3. Select your cable, satellite or telco provider
  4. Enter the username and password that corresponds with your account
  5. Upon verification of your subscription to an Olympics-eligible package, you will be signed in throughout the Games on that device.

Customers with multiple devices will need to repeat the procedure on each device.

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