"Whatever you believe. Share it. I'm at a point where I'm not going to hold this in."
After successfully enduring a year of criminally bad behavior, Justin Bieber appears to be walking the straight and narrow in an attempt to clean up his image and live his life right … I guess. In a new cover story interview with Complex magazine, JB talks about host of subjects including his feelings on Christianity and religion. According to JB, it is his intent to “live like Jesus” because, he says, Jesus created a “pretty awesome template of how to love people” and, you know, that “he died for our sins” stuff. That’s not to say that The Biebs wants to BE Jesus, cuz “that would be weird”. That’s also not to say that he’s religious because he is really bothered by the “really weird stuff going on at churches” … so to be clear, he says that one can live like Jesus and not be Jesus nor go to church because, he says, “You don’t need to go to church to be a Christian. If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a taco.” Got it? Want more? Read on. More »
"Ciara was on tour, and I was looking at her in the mirror, and God spoke to me"
UM EXCUSE ME WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU’RE NOT HAVING SEX WITH CIARA? First of all, Russell Wilson will always get all the props in the world because HE’S NOT FUTURE. Okay? Yes. Thank you Russell, thank you for not being Future. But I have to admit that I busted out laughing when I saw that he gave an interview and publicly declared that he’s not having sex with his new girlfriend… and that it’s because he received a direct message from God about leading Ciara down a different path. Now, it’s not that I don’t believe God sometimes sends direct messages to believers… it’s just that, well, it’s kinda funny to think about God being all like, “Nah dude. Don’t even hit that yet.” Click inside for more!
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The Holy Child
After the family spent some time in Armenia over the past few days, Kanye West, his daughter North West and his wife made their way to Jerusalem for the next leg of their holiday. Earlier today, little Miss North West was baptized at St. James Cathedral in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem because, duh, as the only begotten child of Yeezus, the Holy Land is the only place she could be baptized. As you might expect, the church was swarmed by fans and photogs which resulted in a scene of madness as the family made their exit. Click below to see crazy video from little Nori‘s blessed day. More »
Because there is LOTS to discuss
Last night, another amazing episode of The Good Wife aired, and I woke up still thinking about how much I enjoyed the very strange, very honest “Mind’s Eye.” The episode was like a Virginia Woolf fan’s erotic dream (yeah, I said it), and there are about a million reasons to watch it, and experience the unfolding of Alicia Florrick‘s thought processes. But one subject the show took on, as it has been doing a lot recently, is atheism. A proud and forthcoming atheist, Alicia Florrick has never seemed to struggle with her lack of faith in a higher power. But after her break down last week, and another awkward situation this week, she finds herself in need of faith—even though it’s not her own. Click inside for more!
Yes, his CHURCH now has an agent
The Hollywood Reporter has a story in its new issue about how Pentecostal megachurch Hillsong, attended by celebrities like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, has signed a deal to be represented by the William Morris Entertainment agency … making it the first church to have a Hollywood agent. According to the report, the church’s “celebrity pastors” are already repped by William Morris so, I guess, it was only a matter of time before the church itself got an agent of its own. As a person who grew up in the Pentecostal church, I can’t even wrap my head around the idea of pastors being celebrities who need Hollywood agents but I really am having a hard time understanding why a church of any kind would need representation. Is the idea here to sell entertainment or religion … or both? More »
Oh my, Odin!
For the first time since Christianity came to Iceland about 1,000 years ago, the people of Iceland have decided to erect a new temple devoted to the pagan Norse gods. The Ásatrúarfélagið association, which believes in and promotes faith in the Norse gods like Odin, Thor, Freyja, Loki, etc., is leading the charge to have this new temple built in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik … which is something that hasn’t happened since the age of the Vikings. People, we’re talking about a thousand years! This is insanely exciting to me. More »
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He was *thrilled*, I'm sure
Yesterday we learned that actress Angelina Jolie and hubby Brad Pitt were planning to meet with Pope Francis at a VIP meet-and-greet opportunity at the Vatican. Today we learn that that meet-and-greet took place sooner than expected as the first photos of Angelina and Pope Francis have been released. The pontiff and director were brought together after Jolie‘s film Unbroken was screened at the Vatican (even tho the pope was unable to attend the screening because he had some pope work to do). She asked for a photo, he asked for an autograph — I’m guessing — and two of the world’s most famous people came face to face at last. More »
His prayers have been answered
It would appear that Pope Francis‘s position as God’s representative on earth has finally paid off because according to a new report, he is FINALLY going to get to meet Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. An “insider” claims that Brangelina will make their way to the Vatican at some point soon to participate in a VIP meet and greet with the pontiff. It’s unclear why exactly this meeting will take place but sources maintain that the “nonreligious” Brangelina are fans of the message that Francis has presented to the world in his short time as pope. And I’m sure the pope is just dying to be able to say that he had an audience with Santa Angelina. It sounds like a win/win situation all around. More »
She has since removed the photo from Instagram
Selena Gomez and a bunch of friends made their way to Abu Dhabi to celebrate the arrival of 2015 and she managed to cause a major controversy in the process. Selena and co. paid a visit to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and she very disrespectfully exposed her ankles inside the mosque for a photo opp that she shared on her official Instagram profile. While an exposed ankle may sound like a non-issue to us in the Western World, it is a major offense in the Muslim World. Click below to see the photo that caused this controversy in Abu Dhabi (which Selena originally shared on Instagram then removed after it was deemed offensive by Muslims) and learn more about this, IMHO, disrespectful and childish incident. More »
No Booze, No Weed, No Friends
Remember back in June when we learned that Justin Bieber decided to get baptized in a bathtub in NYC in order to wash away his sins? Well, since that time homeboy has been doing a great job of sinning some more but, apparently, he is ready to clean up his act FOR GOOD and walk the straight and narrow … or something. TMZ is reporting that JB is currently on retreat right now with Pastor Carl Lentz (the guy who baptized him in the bathtub last summer) in order to learn how to spread the word of God. That’s right … The Biebs has forsaken alcohol, marijuana and his bad influence friends in order to become a pop star of God, like, for real. More »
Posted under: Carl Lentz, Justin Bieber