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JERUSALEM (RNS)—Many artistic renderings of biblical figures hang in churches and museums, but no one really knows what they and their contemporaries looked like.
Now, an international team of archeologists, forensic anthropologists and facial reconstruction experts has tried to answer this question by recreating the faces of three adults and a newborn whose skeletal remains date back to biblical times.
Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum and popular Christian author Max Lucado have paired up with singer Susan Boyle for a Christmas film in the trio’s first theatrical release.
The Christmas Candle features a minister who struggles with his own faith and belief in miracles as he ministers to the English village of Gladbury. The film is a first for Santorum, who is now CEO of distributor EchoLight Studios.
Although a tale about friends getting together for Thanksgiving, the Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, is really a metaphor about family relationships during the holiday.
See if this sounds familiar: Charlie Brown and his sister, Sally, are preparing to go to their grandmother’s home for dinner when Charlie gets a call from Peppermint Patty who has invited herself and two other friends, (Marcie and Franklin), to Charlie’s place for the holiday. Without getting a word in edgewise, Charlie finds himself hosting a Thanksgiving meal knowing nothing about cooking except how to fill a bowl with cold cereal and making toast. Which begs the question … where are the parents?
As one does in such occasions, Charlie is aided in the kitchen with the help of his friend, Linus, his dog Snoopy and the yellow bird, Woodstock, making for a questionably sanitary condition. Together, the quartet produces plates of buttered toast, pretzel sticks, popcorn and jellybeans. The feast is set up in the backyard on a ping-pong table surrounded by lawn chairs. Peppermint Patty arrives in flip-flops (in November!) with her friends in tow and everyone sits down to eat.
If you look at the Walt Disney Feature Animation films of the last 13 years, you’re going to see why I have been on sort of a “Disney Sabbatical.” Apart from the greatness of Pixar and what they have been able to accomplish in both story and wonder, it has seemed like Disney Animation films have fallen flat. It wasn’t until I saw Tangled that my interest in what Disney can put out there was rekindled. What Tangled did for me was open up my heart to the possibility that “animated-films-that-weren’t-Pixar” could be great again … and it looks like Frozen has just upped its game!
(RNS)—In November of 1963, C. S. “Jack” Lewis knew he was dying. The Irish-born literary scholar, children’s author, and Christian apologist had come out of a coma in July, only to be diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. He retired from his post at Cambridge University, choosing to die at home in the Kilns, where he lived with his brother, Major Warren (“Warnie”) Lewis.
On Friday, Nov. 22, he retired to his bedroom after lunch. At 4:30 p.m. GMT he took some tea. An hour and a half later, Warnie heard a crash and discovered Jack unconscious. Within three or four minutes, he was dead, exactly one week shy of his 65th birthday.
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