Many listeners have already connected with the single "Forgiven" from Sanctus Real's fifth album, Pieces of a Real Heart. The band streamed this song on their Web site and asked fans to share stories of forgiveness. Sanctus Real was surprised by the response as hundreds of people from around the world sent in their stories. read more
Chasen trumpets the true essence of God's nature in their new release, That Was Then This Is Now, out today. The CD is replete with themes of love, redemption, grace and compassion that are designed to draw listeners into authentic worship. read more
If there ever was an album for the body of Christ it's the Catalyst Music Project. Catalyst, a leadership organization, set up a songwriting contest and more than 300 worship leaders submitted 750 songs, representing more than 500 churches. The album features 12 of the contest songs from contributors such as Rod Attaway, Scotty Willbanks, Jeremiah Jones, Phil Wickham, Laura Story, Heather Williams, Fee and many others. read more
Releasing today, Passion: Awakening from sixsteprecords features leading worship artists Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Hillsong United, David Crowder Band and others on a dozen tracks of emotion-charged anthems recorded live. Eight of the songs are new, first-time releases. read more
Walt Disney Pictures | Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry | Rated PG
Sometimes a filmmaker finds the perfect story to match his or her particular talents, and I can't think of a better match in recent memory than Tim Burton making Alice in Wonderland.
Lewis Carroll's two Wonderland novels combined an imaginative, fantastic children's world with a somewhat creepy undertone of insanity, and Burton is known for his visually stunning style that combines creativity and creepiness. read more
Popular author and Women of Faith speaker Patsy Clairmont takes a lighthearted look at the Christian life in Kaleidoscope: Seeing God's Wit and Wisdom in a Whole New Light. In 33 chapters—with such titles as "The Tube of Mirrors," "Barnyard Wisdom," "Stretchmarks" and "Sewing Kit for the Heart"—she delves into everyday issues for busy women. read more
Todd D. Hunter, founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Orange County, Calif., shares his journey of despair in Giving Church Another Chance: Finding New Meaning in Spiritual Practices, which features a foreword by emerging church scholar Scot McKnight. The author's background includes time spent at Vineyard, Calvary Chapel, emerging churches, house churches and more. read more
PureFlix Entertainment | Starring Kevin Max, Jeff Deyo, Kerry Livgren, Tom Wright | Rated PG
Grand Design is the hottest Christian rock band around, and lead singer Johnny C (Kevin Max) is a rising star. For a while he successfully leads a double life-proclaiming Jesus onstage but choosing a sinful lifestyle offstage. Even when his wife leaves with their daughter and he's fired from the band, Johnny C doesn't grasp why he needs to change. read more
VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, owner of Jellyfish Labs, explains his strategies to reach kids today and his current projects, JellyTelly online programming and the new What's in the Bible? DVD series.
Q: What's the aim of the new DVD series, What's in the Bible?
A: To bring Christianity to life for kids by walking them through the entire Bible—from Genesis to Revelation. I think VeggieTales did a good job teaching individual Bible stories and Christian values. What we're trying to do now, though, is connect all those dots to show kids the big picture. Instead of teaching Christian values, we're teaching Christianity. Instead of teaching individual Bible stories, we're teaching the entire Bible. I think it's the next step after VeggieTales—sort of "VeggieTales v2."
Q: Are you nervous about how this will be received by VeggieTales fans?
A: I was at first, until we started showing what we've done so far to a few Veggie fans for feedback. They loved it. They couldn't believe how much teaching we packed into half-hour episodes, or how fun it was to learn in this format. read more
You can find a lot on Craigslist—even band members. When frontman Geoff Hunker moved to Nashville, Tenn., he was ready to form a band and turned to Craigslist for help. "I just put up an ad looking for guitar, bass and drums to just see what happened," Hunker says on the band's Web site. "Probably 80 percent of the stuff that came out of it was just absolutely horrible." read more
Need a shot of faith? Author Julia Loren's newest book, When God Says Yes: His Promises and Provision When You Need It Most, is a collection of testimonies, many by well-known ministry leaders and will bring a needed reminder of how God takes care of His people. read more
Author and speaker Priscilla Shirer desires for Christian women to live beyond the point of just being saved and living a complacent Christian life. In One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land, she takes a deeper look at the journey of the Israelites out of Egypt into the land of milk and honey. She correlates their journey to the journeys many Christians take today. read more
When Brenton Brown was in high school in Cape Town, South Africa, he started playing the guitar and "fell head over heels" in love with it. He continued to play during college and received a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. He moved to the United Kingdom and joined the Vineyard Church, where he led worship and has appeared on many Vineyard worship CDs.
But then he got sick and was eventually diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. In the midst of learning how to cope with his condition, Brown was inspired in his songwriting. The songs on his new album, Adoration, reflect his growth during this season of difficulty.
But Brown and his wife, Jude, experienced an even bigger test of faith when their first baby, Grace, died in utero and had to be delivered stillborn. With devastated hearts they chose to trust the Lord and worship. The song "Adoration" was Brown's response.
The Buzz features Brown's own words describing his experience of worship in the midst of unbelievable pain and hardship. (Click here to purchase this album.)
Amazing God, You Can Bear the Weight of Every Heart
Sometimes it feels as if the burdens of this life are just too heavy to bear. Sometimes they weigh down on us so hard that the thought of anyone being able to carry them seems ludicrous. read more
Brothers Tim and Jon Neufeld with Dave Lalonde and James Johnston make up the modern-worship band Starfield. They continue to write for the church, and their new album, The Saving One, is a mix of modern-worship anthems and songs of personal confession. read more
Newworldson has had a season of success since their debut national release, Salvation Station, two years ago. The Canadian band has garnered numerous award nominations, including two Juno Awards for Gospel Album of the Year, and the band won two Roots Album of the Year awards for Best New Artist and Group of the Year. Their video Working Man claimed the No. 1 spot on the Gospel Music Channel. It's been a wild ride, and now the band is back offering ramped up, vamped up music and lyrics on their self-titled album. read more
By R. Loren Sandford | Chosen | softcover | 192 pages | $13.99
This book applies to anyone experiencing spiritual burnout. However, R. Loren Sandford's background and retelling of conflicts with elders, gossips and immature church members mean its leading appeal will be to pastors. Still, Renewal for the Wounded Warrior can benefit the entire body of Christ with its exploration of the three stages of burnout and the "dark night of the soul" that follows. read more