Lamp Post: October 28, 2014

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The Lamp Post is a collection of recent news articles, opinion pieces or blog posts that I found interesting and worthy of attention. If you see something that you believe should be in The Lamp Post, tweet it to me at @WardrobeDoor with the hashtag #LampPost.

Facts & Trends: Americans Believe in Heaven, Hell and Heresy

For most Americans, heaven and hell are real places, it’s the getting there that’s a bit shaky.

A LifeWay Research study commissioned by Ligonier Ministries sought to check the theological temperature of the people in the pews and the streets to see what beliefs hold sway over the public.

They found 67 percent of Americans believe heaven is a real place, while 61 percent say the same thing about hell. But 45 percent of Americans believe there are many ways to heaven and only 18 percent believe even “small sins” are worthy of damnation.

Variety: “King David” Movie in the Works at Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. is launching development on a “King David” project, setting up the biblical story with Gulfstream Pictures’ producers Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.

It’s the second David project in the works in Hollywood. Variety reported in July that Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Ridley Scott were developing a movie focusing on the king of Israel following the battle of David and Goliath.

Washington Times: Christian rapper Jackie Hill-Perry comes out as ex-gay firebrand

Hill-Perry provides an interesting testimony. She gives a different take on the issue from many others at the ERLC conference who spoke against reparative therapy and distanced themselves from ex-gay language.

Jackie Hill-Perry considers herself not merely an agent of change, but its embodiment as well.

A Christian spoken-word poet from Chicago, Ms. Hill-Perry professes to be a former lesbian — a change she ascribes to God.

Tennesseean: Hatch Show Print presents the Scripture

Hatch Show Print’s simple, iconic style made it a revered Nashville institution, trusted by entertainers for more than a century to grab the ticket-buying public’s attention.

The letterpress printer’s latest client trusted it to interpret a message more ancient and holy.

The Common English Bible’s Nashville-based distributor contracted Hatch to create new paperback covers showcasing three Scriptures — a fresh look for this Christmas giving season. The 2011 translation replaces anachronistic phrases with the language of today.

Guardian: Is 2014 the year the platinum album dies?

2014 is expected to become the first year in modern history where no artist has sold more than 1m albums in the US. Although the past 12 months have seen massive sales for Disney’s Frozen soundtrack, no other record has earned the equivalent of a platinum sales certificate from sales this year.

This stripped-down acoustic performance by HillaryJane has to be one of my favorite versions of “Oceans.”

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