Celebrate America with These Patriotic, Pro-American Movies
Celebrate America with These Patriotic, Pro-American Movies
July 02, 2015

© Baehr, 2015 May the Fourth Be With You! Celebrate America with These Patriotic, Pro-American Movies   Here’s a good way to instill in your children patriotism and a love of America:  Rent a patriotic movie.  The only trouble is that these days, those movies are few and far between. Here are “Ted’s Picks” for patriotic, pro-American movies with faith and values, many of which you can watch with your whole family this holiday and some that require extreme caution even for older teenagers and adults because of some rough content. The list is divided into Classics and Recent Movies. Classics 1. SERGEANT YORK: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4 - 1941: Based on the diary of Alvin York, the most decorated sol...
 

 
Shirley Caesar and Roma Downey Honored With Stars on Walk of Fame
Shirley Caesar and Roma Downey Honored With Stars on Walk of Fame
June 30, 2015

Shirley Caesar and Roma Downey Honored With Stars on Walk of Fame by Moriah Dee, Contributing Writer On June 22nd, this year’s group of honorees for the Hollywood Walk of Fame were announced. The list included people like Bradley Cooper, Steve Carell, Bruno Mars, Adam Levine and many more. Among the list were two names that are very exciting to see recognized for their talent. Being recognized in the category of recording is gospel singer Shirley Caesar. Shirley Caesar, dubbed the Queen of Gospel, is an award winning gospel singer and also a Pastor. With 11 Grammy awards, 18 Dove awards, 14 Stellar awards, Shirley Caesar still finds the time to pastor her church Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, NC. Along with being hono...
 

 
Sadie Robertson to Star in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2
June 30, 2015

Sadie Robertson to Star in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 Lyndee Fletcher, Contributing Writer GOD’S NOT DEAD was one of the highest grossing independent films of 2014. Pure Flix Entertainment announced last fall a second installment would be soon to follow. Now Sadie Robertson from Duck Dynasty has disclosed that she will be joining this sequel. Sadie is not new to the limelight, growing up on the set of Duck Dynasty and placing second in season 19 of Dancing with the Stars. She has quite the loyal following on Instagram and her “Live Original” video she posted on YouTube received over 2.8 million views. In the video, she talks about her insecurities and encourages girls to be themselves, live original and not set other girls’ body imag...
 

 
A New Movie About Christian Worship Band Hillsong United
A New Movie About Christian Worship Band Hillsong United
June 30, 2015

A New Movie About Christian Worship Band Hillsong United by Moriah Dee, contributing writer   If you grew up in the church, you have probably heard the name Hillsong. Hillsong is a quickly growing global church that started in Australia 30 years ago. The church now has over 30 locations around the world, two of which have just started this year. Many Christians across the globe have probably heard something about the lead pastor Brian Houston, and even more Christians have heard of the world famous worship band that came out of this global house. Hillsong United was started by Pastor Brian Houston’s son Joel Houston in 1998 and has become one of the most well-known Christian worship bands around the world. Their shows are ofte...
 

 
Maybe “Just Enough” is a Selfish Prayer
Maybe “Just Enough” is a Selfish Prayer
June 29, 2015

Maybe “Just Enough” is a Selfish Prayer Lyndee Fletcher, Contributing Writer   “And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.” Hebrews 7:7 Today in the church and the Christian body as a whole there is a stigma that if a Christian is trying to acquire wealth they are selfish, absorbed and not depending on God for their needs to be met. This seems logical many times with a plethora of pastors on TV asking for, “$50 and you’ll be healed” or “Give to us and you’ll have financial breakthrough.” It makes sense that we as Christians are scared of money. After all, doesn’t the Bible say that money is the root of all evil?  Actually, the Bible says...
 

 
2015 Variety Purpose Summit
June 26, 2015

2015 Variety Purpose Summit: Hollywood Professionals Gather in Los Angeles to Discuss Faith and Film By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor   Entertainment industry professionals gathered June 25th for the Variety Family Entertainment and Faith Based Summit in Los Angeles. At the 4th annual sold out entertainment summit, content creators and studio distributors gathered to speak, discuss and strategize on how to reach the faith based audience in an authentic way. “Faith has been a part of [movies and television] for a long time, from the beginning.” Peter Goldwyn, SVP of Samuel Goldwyn Films said. “It’s only been in recent years that studios have started catering to that audience.” One of the outcomes of successes like HEAVEN...
 

 
Principles of Visual Perceptions as Applied to Television
Principles of Visual Perceptions as Applied to Television
June 25, 2015

Principles of Visual Perceptions as Applied to Television By Jack Hanick, Contributing Writer There are basic principles that guide the visual perception of television. While it is well established that TV is a visual medium, it is necessary to break down this truth into practical rules to create an effective presentation. Television audiences have a short attention span. This phenomenon is not correlated to innate intellectual capacities of audience members or to their ability to concentrate. This short attention span is universal across all cultures, ages and intellectual capacities. The root reason for this is the nature of the human imagination as it interacts with visual images on the TV screen.   Place many objects ...
 

 
Dear Christian: It’s Not the End of the World
Dear Christian: It’s Not the End of the World
June 24, 2015

  Dear Christian: It’s Not the End of the World By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor This morning, the Supreme Court officially decided that all 50 states, including those that ban same sex marriage must issue marriage licenses to same sex couples that desire them. The decision is being described as a turning point for America, or for some, another reason to sit back, vote for the candidates with the “R” next to their name and wait for Jesus to return. Liberals have taken to the street in celebration, quite literally, and conservatives are looking for one-way tickets to anywhere but here. The truth of the matter is this: if you’re a Christian, your mission today and tomorrow is no different then it was yesterday. Same sex mar...
 

 
Let’s Get Down to Business
Let’s Get Down to Business
June 24, 2015

Let’s Get Down to Business: Understanding the Negative Effects of Adult Content Inserted into Children’s Movies and How to Prevent It By Elizabeth Shea Bolger, Contributing Writer Edited by Dr. Ted Baehr Imagine an 8-year-old you sitting on the couch in your favorite snuggly pajamas surrounded by your five closest friends, popcorn in hand, and a movie anticipating to be watched. You triumphantly choose TOY STORY 2, your favorite go-to movie. Popular among your friends, TOY STORY 2 is the pinnacle of classic children comedies. You laugh when Buzz tries to fly, cry when Woody finally makes it back home to Andy, and you relate to the adventure of their journey; however, what you did not realize but your subconscious 8-year-old ...
 

 
In Memoriam:  Composer James Horner (1953-2015)
In Memoriam: Composer James Horner (1953-2015)
June 24, 2015

In Memoriam:  Composer James Horner (1953-2015) Movies would not be what they are without composers, and Hollywood just lost one of its greatest. James Horner died in a small plane crash June 22, 2015 just north of Santa Barbara, California. He was the pilot and was flying alone. The cause of the crash is still unknown. Horner’s last composition listed on IMDB is THE 33 a powerful, redemptive movie about the 33 Chilean miners who survived for 69 days a half of a mile underground. Horner began to be noticed with his acclaimed score for what is considered the best STAR TREK movie, STAR TREK II:  THE WRATH OF KHAN. Among Horner’s most acclaimed soundtrack scores are BRAVEHEART, THE ROCKETEER, AVATAR, TITANIC, APOLLO 13, THE...
 

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