Titanic director James Cameron and Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici say they aren't trying to undermine Christianity in their new documentary that claims the remains of Jesus, his wife, Mary Magdalene, and their child have been found.
Oscar-winner Cameron and Gemini-winner Jacobovici unveiled two limestone boxes they believe once contained the remains of Jesus and Mary Magdalene during a news conference Monday at the New York Public Library.
Cameron, best-known for producing the blockbuster movie Titanic, said the $4-million US documentary doesn't set out to undermine Christianity.
"It's very far from the case," said Cameron. "What this does is celebrate the real-life existence of … this man, who, 2,000 years ago, had a vision and communicated it to people." The claim that the bones of Jesus have been found could challenge the Christian belief that Jesus died and was resurrected three days later.
Many Christians believe Jesus' body was kept at the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City. The burial site identified in the documentary is in a southern Jerusalem neighbourhood nowhere near the church.
Claims nonsense, says expert
Rev. Canon William Cliff, rector and chaplain at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont., said he's "doubtful" about the claims in the documentary. "The Christian faith has always believed that Jesus was resurrected, so there would be no bones," said Cliff, who also teaches theology at the Anglican Church of Canada-affiliated college. The Israeli-born, Canadian-raised Jacobovici said the documentary is not trying to answer any questions, but is intended to "bring the story to the world and let the experts weigh in." Jerusalem-based biblical expert Joe Zias called the documentary nonsense, saying those involved in the project have "no credibility whatsoever."
"It's an old story that's been recycled. The story first broke in 1996 by the BBC. It burst in a couple of days," Zias said.
A tomb such as the one discovered in 1980 would have held more than 200 ossuaries and there is no way to determine whether six of those boxes contained the remains of members of a single nuclear family, Zias said.
It has been a long time since Edmonton fans cheered Mark Messier the way they did Tuesday night.
Messier, who celebrated five of his six career Stanley Cups with the Oilers before retiring in 2005, had his No. 11 raised to the rafters of Rexall Place in an emotional ceremony prior to Tuesday's game between the hometown Oilers and Phoenix Coyotes.
Mark Messier wipes away tears during Tuesday's tribute at Rexall Place. The 46-year-old Edmonton native is the sixth member of the Oilers so honoured, joining Al Hamilton (3), Paul Coffey (7), Jari Kurri (17), Grant Fuhr (31) and Wayne Gretzky (99), now head coach of the Coyotes. "One of the reasons that made it so special to play here is that I was born and raised here," Messier told the capacity crowd of 16,839 in attendance. Dressed in a vintage Oilers uniform, Messier skated a lap around the ice with the Stanley Cup to a tumultous standing ovation and was already in tears by the time he placed it on a table at centre ice. "I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your support," Messier said. "This [franchise] is an institution in the world of sports."
Well It's been a long long time since i have last posted and i do apologize for that.
Thank you for everyone that came and participated on Sunday Afternoon for curling and then came to pizza hut for some food and prizes. Everyone had a lot of fun and us newbees got to get the hang of what curling was really and truly like. (Next time I think I will make sure to bring my parka and snow pants in the ice area)
So some updates on what's going on:
Tonight is ALPHA at the church at 7pm
Pioneers on Thursday night (6:30pm) - -> followed by band practice at 8pm
Floor Hockey on Friday Night
Young Adults Saturday Night (talk to Jon and Tracy for details)
AND REMEMBER.... Our "Missions or No Missions" Self Denail Campaign is off and running so make sure to save up during the week so we can hit our goal each week.
Your prayers are greatly appreciated for all those who are sick within our congregation right now. God works in mysterious ways and he knows what is in store for each and everyone of us.
Hebrews 2:17, 18, "He had to be made like these brothers of His in every way, so that He might be merciful and faithful as their high priest before God, For since He Himself has passed through the test of suffering, He is able to help those who are meeting their test now."
I know that God will comfort them and give them patience and tolerance for hope for the future.
Just to all those people right now that are sick or who has a loved one that is sick, just know that you have many many friends praying for you, and an awesome God looking over and out for you!
The Alpha blog (the link is under the "Church Programs") is now under way. Each week I will post the ALPHA study topic and you guys (the participants of Alpha) can comment away on how you feel about that topic. Basically just say what is on your heart, it is open for anything!
1. Prayer Talk to the Lord as your Father and friend. (Matthew 6:6) 2. Bible Study God's Word is food for your soul. (I Peter 2:2) 3. Fellowship Become a functioning member of a Bible-believing church. (Hebrews 10:25) 4. Witness
Interested in buying some items that are going to SURE make your home spark and have pi-zaz? Well......we have just the solution! This Satuorday the Youth are putting on a Yard Sale at the church from 8am-2pm. We are selling them by the table for $25.00. If you are interested, WHICH WE KNOW YOU ALL ARE in buying a table and to help support the church youth ... contact jon savage at (780)-458-1937 for more details.
Do you know that praising God is the best thing to do first before anything else? Have you ever been in a situation that you feel all alone? Or have you encountered a difficult situation in your life and you don't know what to do, like losing your job or suffering the loss of someone very close to your heart? Consider the good times such as when you receive a raise from your boss or earn high marks at school? What do you usually do during these moments? Praising God makes every circumstance of our lives complete, essential, and eminently worthwhile.
Here are some scriptures that are about giving praise to God
"Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom"
"I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth." Psalm 34:1
..... "Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name." Hebrews 13:15
Praising God is awesome! We should be living and breathing ideas or ways of how we are going to be praising God that day. Why do we praise God? Because he is worthy of our praise. It is vitally important to live in an attitude of praise toward God.
Have you heard about this year's Self- Denial Campaign? It is based on the game show: Deal or No Deal. We will be hosting a game show at the beginning of each service for the next 8 weeks entitled: "Missions or No Missions"
Make sure you come prepared each week to give generously to help those in need in various countries.