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What's Hot? 04/18/14

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the Internet, music, television and movies.

Trending Today on Twitter - 4/18/14 1. #FarmHeroesSaga 2. #GabrielGarciaMarquez 3. Happy Good Friday 4. #YouAndIToday 5. #AskEmmert 6. #LIAMAPPRECIATIONDAY 7. #RIPMagcon 8. NBA Championship 9. Jersey Shore 10. Miami Source: Twitter Popular Today on Bing - 4/18/14 1. Blake Griffin Flopping 2. Iran Uranium Stock 3. Lauren Parsekian 4. Cannes Film Festival 2014 5. Michael Egan III 6. Korean Ferry Sinks 7. Girl Mauled By Dogs 8. Jews Ukraine Source: Bing iTunes Top 10 Singles - 4/18/14 1. Happy (From "Despicable Me 2") - Pharrell Williams 2. All of Me - John Legend 3. Let It Go - Idina Menzel 4. Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz) - Jason Derulo 5. Turn Down For What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon 6. Play It Again - Luke Bryan 7. West Coast - Lana Del Rey 8. Sing - Ed Sheeran 9. Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J) - Katy Perry 10. Not a Bad Thing - Justin Timberlake Source: iTunes Top 10 TV Shows in Prime Time - Week Ending 4/13/14 1. CBS NCAA Basketball Championship 2. NCIS 3. The Big Bang Theory 4. NCIS: Los Angeles 5. Dancing with the Stars 6. CBS NCAA Basketball Champ - Pre Game 7. Voice - Mon 8. Voice - Tues 9. Blue Bloods 10. 60 Minutes Source: Nielsen Co Top YouTube Videos - Ages 13-17 - Today - 4/18/14 1. Broforce #1 2. Chris Brown - Loyal (Explicit) - ft. Lil Wayne, Tyga 3. Cyanide & Happiness - The Weatherman 4. Kiss The ... read more

What's So "Good" About It?

A Good Friday message for the not-so-necessarily religious!

It’s Good Friday…and a lot of people wonder why, on the day the Savior of mankind was brutally murdered…we would call this Friday “Good.” For me, the answer lies in an encounter Jesus had with a rich young ruler; he was a community leader who believed he was doing everything right: living well, keeping the law to the letter. He struts up to Jesus, and says, “Good Teacher! What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Well, knowing who the guy really was, Jesus first asks, “Why do you call me ‘good?’ Only GOD is good.” This was that young guy’s chance to say, “but you ARE God,” and if he did, that would have been the answer the rich young ruler was looking for. Recognize Jesus for Who He Is, and that’s called faith—you win! That’s how you gain eternal life! When it became clear that the wealthy young dude believed he had EARNED his way into heaven, Jesus said: “OK, here’s what you have to do. Sell everything you own and give it to the poor. Then, take up your cross and follow me!” Well, the rich man could not give up his stuff, and walked away without the affirmation he was looking for. Now, does that mean WE’RE supposed to sell everything and give it to the poor, in order to gain eternal life? Of course not! There’s nothing you or I can do to earn or deserve heaven. It wasn't about how much the young ruler had ... read more

Lady Gaga Portrayed as Fallen Angel, Resurrects Jesus in Music Video

Lady Gaga’s new music video for single “G.U.Y.” has Christians calling blasphemy.

Lady Gaga’s new music video for single “G.U.Y.” has Christians calling blasphemy. The semi-pornographic video, which can be seen on YouTube, features Gaga as a fallen angel. During one scene of the almost 8-minute video, the viewer sees Gaga resurrect a man clearly intended to represent Jesus and then clone him. The title “G.U.Y.” refers to “girl under you” which is a repeated phrase throughout the song. In the introduction to the song, Gaga speaks the words, “Greetings Himeros/God of sexual desire, son of Aphrodite/Lay back, and feast as this audio guides you through new and exciting positions.” Throughout the rest of the video, dancers are shown mocking sexual intercourse while wearing little clothing to go along with the risque lyrics. Gaga describes her style of music as “Artpop” but Christians have been quick to voice the lack of art they see in this video reports Charisma News. Still, some support Gaga’s form of art. Pop singer Lily Allen was reported in Rolling Stone magazine saying, “If she’s not succeeding commerically because she’s standing by what she does as art, then that’s a (expletive) great thing. That’s to be commended. That’s what makes a martyr. There’s nothing wrong with that.”   Publication date: April 17, 2014   read more

Jews Ordered to 'Register' in East Ukraine

Jewish people in eastern Ukraine are being told they need to “register” with the separatist forces.

Jewish people in eastern Ukraine are being told they need to “register” with the separatist forces USA Today reports. Jews coming from a synagogue in Donetsk said that pro-Russian militants gave them pamphlets informing of the required registration. Each Jew is allegedly to provide the pro-Russian forces with a list of property they own and pay a fee. The leaflets say the penalty for not cooperating is losing all possessions, citizenship, and deportation. The government buildings in the city of Donetsk have been taken over by the pro-Russian forces, which call themselves an “anti-terrorist” group. The pamphlets are marked with Denis Pushilin’s name, but the chairman of “Donetsk’s temporary government” denied his association with them. Jews in eastern Ukraine feel a connection between these demands and the Nazi occupation of Ukraine in World War II. Jewish Donetsk resident Olga Reznikova said, “The text reminds of the fascists in 1941.” Anti-Defamation League director of international affairs Michael Salberg fears that the distributed leaflets will serve as propaganda to turn people against the Jewish community. He says the message is “we’re going to exert our power over you.” “Jews are the default scapegoat throughout history for despots to send a message to the general public: Don’t step out of line,” Salberg said.   Publication date: April 17, 2014 read more

Twitter #EasterMeans Campaign Goes Viral

The Church of England has launched a new Easter-inspired Twitter campaign that has gone viral.

The Church of England  has launched a new Easter-inspired Twitter campaign that has gone viral. #EasterMeans is the prompting Christians all over the world to express what the season means for them reports Christianity Today.. Thousands of people have taken to Twitter with thoughts, stories, quotes, and photos. Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham said, “I’m very positive about the #EasterMeans campaign because Twitter is all about relationships and interaction, it invites response and enables Christians to talk in public and one to one about what really matters to them.” Right Reverend John Pritchard, the Bishop of Oxford shared his thoughts on Easter via the social media outlet. “Nothing is impossible. You can’t keep a good God down,” he tweeted. Church officials are hoping that the social media movement will spark both personal contemplation and conversations amongst Christians. During the remainder of Holy Week, Archbishop of York Dr. John Sentamu invites Christians to “place our trust in the God and Father of Jesus Christ and let the Holy Spirit change us from glory to glory.”   Publication date: April 17, 2014 read more