Top of the Week: Chris Pratt Mocked for His Christianity Amid Release of New Marvel Film

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Hollywood star Chris Pratt is drawing scorn from leftists on social media in the wake of the release of the first trailer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe flick Thor: Love and Thunder.

In the short clip, there is a funny moment after Star-Lord — played by Pratt — gives his team a pep talk, telling them that whenever they feel lost, all they need to do is "look into the eyes of the people that you love." At that point, Thor — played by Chris Hemsworth — stares awkwardly and intensely into Star-Lord's eyes.

When atheists find evidence of Jesus' Resurrection and become believers, you know there must be more than just faith that it happened. Two of the most famous former atheists came to a Truth for a New Generation conference outside of Greensboro, North Carolina, to talk about how they ended up strong defenders of the fact Christ really did rise from the dead.

As a successful cold-case detective, J. Warner Wallace became so well known at solving decades-old murders, he ended up as the foremost expert on national TV true crime shows.

But as an atheist, he decided to turn his superior detective skills on disproving the Resurrection of Jesus Christ—or even proving it if the evidence should somehow take him there.

I was a workshop speaker at a Christian conference several years ago, and the topic was the history of Israel. In my short 20-minute message, I quickly reviewed how Israel was founded and the major wars and developments up to today. Afterward, a young man—probably a college student—approached me. Scratching his head and with a puzzled look, he said, "But I thought Israel was founded on stolen Arab land?"

It's a common accusation and misunderstanding—but a critical one to disprove because if it were true, the very founding of Israel would be illegal. How could Christians support such a thing? Let's consider a few facts to get to the truth.

Mark Twain's Observations

The famous travel writer and author of Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain, went to the Holy Land in 1867 and documented the empty barrenness of the land in his book The Innocents Abroad. Here are a few of his observations:

When Charlotte Holmes went to her doctor for a routine checkup, she got quite a shock. They told her, "Either you're having another stroke, or you're about to have a heart attack."

Her blood pressure had spiked to 234 over 134. Before long, Charlotte was having an out-of-body experience that turned heavenly.

"They called a code and they come running in. I was above my body. I could see them doing chest compressions. I could see them, all the nurses around. I could smell the most beautiful flowers I've ever smelled. And then I heard music. And when I opened my eyes, I knew where I was. I knew I was in heaven."

WATCH a Special Video Tribute to Dede Robertson

Mrs. Adelia "Dede" Robertson, beloved wife of M.G. "Pat" Robertson, founder of The Christian Broadcasting Network, died Apr. 19, at her home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was 94.

Mrs. Robertson is survived by her husband, Pat Robertson, her four children, Timothy Robertson (Lisa), Elizabeth Robinson (Charles), Gordon Robertson (Katharyn), and Ann LeBlanc (Gary), 14 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren

Dede Elmer was born Dec. 3, 1927, in Columbus, Ohio, to Ralph P. and Florence B. Elmer. She graduated from Ohio State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in social administration. She worked as a fashion model and was a beauty queen in the Miss Ohio State contest.

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