Purge Night in Baltimore:  Hollywood Movie Inspired Monday’s Riots and Looting
Purge Night in Baltimore: Hollywood Movie Inspired Monday’s Riots and Looting
May 01, 2015

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor If you still don’t think the mass media has no influence on the hearts, minds and behavior of children and teenagers, we submit for your consideration the riots and looting in the city of Baltimore Monday, April 27, when hundreds of schoolchildren and older teenagers gathered in the city after school let out and started throwing large rocks and bottles at police, setting fires, looting stores, and destroying cars and buildings, including houses. The catalyst for all this arson, rioting and looting? A message and flier were sent out Monday across the city via social media calling for a “purge” (based on two infamous movies, THE PURGE and THE PURGE:  ANARCHY) to take place s...
 

 
Superhero Movies Are Important!
Superhero Movies Are Important!
April 29, 2015

Superhero Movies Are Important! By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor   Back in January 2013, a story went viral when a mother posted a video. In the video was her eight-year-old son Zach, a fanatic Batman fan who was battling leukemia. Sitting on a hospital bed, the video captured a sweet moment as Zach spoke with Batman star Christian Bale over the phone. The moment was touching, not just because of Bale’s act of kindness, but because it was powerful to see a little boy receive so much hope and joy from a fictional superhero. The massive success of recent superhero movies, including the new Marvel epic AVENGERS:  AGE OF ULTRON, reflects a part of ourselves that civilization strives towards (or at least should). Internal and ext...
 

 
LITTLE BOY and Big Faith
LITTLE BOY and Big Faith
April 28, 2015

LITTLE BOY and Big Faith By David Outten The movie LITTLE BOY is about faith. A little boy who dearly loves his father attempts to bring him home from World War II by exercising faith. It’s a very emotional story with many good points, but it fumbles the ball on the message of faith. The little boy (regularly picked on by larger classmates) spends time with his father imagining heroic adventures in which the father asks, “Do you believe you can do this?” The little boy always responds, “Yes, I believe I can do this.” This kind of faith is self-confidence. Self-confidence is a very valuable and important kind of faith. People without self-confidence seldom accomplish anything. Without self-confidence you seldom even try t...
 

 
Review of Dr. Ted Baehr’s “How to Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul)” Wins Big EPA Award!
Review of Dr. Ted Baehr’s “How to Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul)” Wins Big EPA Award!
April 27, 2015

    Review of Dr. Ted Baehr’s “How to Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul)” Wins Big EPA Award!    Dr. William Spencer’s review of Dr. Ted Baehr’s acclaimed book “How to Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul)” has won a significant prize from the Evangelical Press Association (EPA). This review, published in the Africanus Journal, beat out hundreds of submissions from huge Christian periodicals, such as Christianity Today, by receiving 2nd place for Higher Goals in Christian Journalism.  In response to his journal becoming Gordon-Conwell’s “award-winning” journal, Dr. Spencer writes, “I have to credit your inspiring book with the material to reach such a height.” Dr. Baehr answers,...
 

 
Work of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Encourages Essentials of Faith, Love, Hope
Work of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Encourages Essentials of Faith, Love, Hope
April 27, 2015

Work of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Encourages Essentials of Faith, Love, Hope By Dr. Diane Howard   Depicting essential elements of faith, love, and hope are basic ingredients in the work of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. This weekend their movie "Little Boy" has been released. In an exclusive interview with this writer, Eduardo Verástegui has told that he and the other producers have felt challenged to address the need of the world to get back to the "essentials of love, truth, and compassion." Furthermore, Eduardo Verástegui has shared how he and his team (that now includes Roma Downey and Mark Burnett as executive producers for "Little Boy") want to "turn on the Light in today's moral crisis in the world." More...
 

 
Repairing and Transforming the Culture by Redeeming Hollywood
Repairing and Transforming the Culture by Redeeming Hollywood
April 23, 2015

Beyond Illusion: Repairing and Transforming the Culture by Redeeming Hollywood By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher   In our age of a crumbling and increasingly illiberal, bigoted and anti-Christian culture, the good news is that there are many people who are concerned and trying make a difference. The blueprint for making a difference and repairing the culture, however, requires seeking wisdom, knowledge and understanding, and then training to show ourselves approved by correctly handling the Gospel of our LORD, Jesus Christ. As I’ve said often, we need more Christians in Hollywood in this regard, and less Hollywood in the Christians. Even so, there’s a strategic approach to turning Hollywood rightside up. This includes many imp...
 

 
Disney Star Returns to Church Because of LITTLE BOY Movie
Disney Star Returns to Church Because of LITTLE BOY Movie
April 23, 2015

Disney Star Returns to Church Because of LITTLE BOY Movie By Paul Warner, Contributing Writer   Thanks to the filmmakers of the new movie LITTLE BOY about faith, one of the movie’s actors, former Disney Channel actor David Henrie, has returned to the church after years living as an agnostic. Henrie, who plays the role of London Busbee, the brother of “Little Boy” Pepper Flynt Busbee, said at a recent screening of the movie that his producers, including Eduardo Verastegui, helped him return to his faith. “They were instrumental in changing my life, helping me to find the greater good and awaken the little boy in my heart, and led me back to my faith, led me back to my beliefs, and it has completely changed my life,” Hen...
 

 
Cinematic Monkey Business
April 23, 2015

Cinematic Monkey Business: Self-Contradictions Among Hollywood’s Nature Loving, Anti-Capitalist Activists By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor While thinking about the storyline in Disney Nature’s new animal movie, MONKEY KINGDOM, we came across a funny contradiction in the movie’s story, and in many other animal documentaries, that shows a problem in the thinking of many of pro-environmentalist, animal-friendly activists. MONKEY KINGDOM’s story follows a troop of monkeys in the jungles of Sri Lanka. There is a strict pecking order to this monkey troop, which is led by alpha males. Maya is an adult female born into the lower class. Survival’s hard for her because she’s at the bottom. When Maya has a ...
 

 
The CW Has a New Show Tackling Faith
The CW Has a New Show Tackling Faith
April 21, 2015

The CW Has a New Show Tackling Faith: Behind the Scenes of THE MESSENGERS By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor   A new show on the CW titled THE MESSENGERS is trying to tackle issues of faith amid the backdrop of a world that could soon be facing its end. The series introduces five individuals from around the country. Vera Buckley is an atheistic scientist, who’s investigating some irregularities coming from a meteor. Erin Calder is a single mother with a past of alcoholism, who’s trying to keep her daughter away from her controlling ex-husband police officer. A federal agent, Raul Garcia, is betrayed by his own team while undercover in Mexico. Peter Moore is an awkward teenage boy, who moves between group homes and has a hist...
 

 
Should You “Accept” Bruce Jenner?
Should You “Accept” Bruce Jenner?
April 19, 2015

By David Outten, with Dr. Ted Baehr Bruce Jenner was interviewed on ABC by Diane Sawyer April 24. The interview was as friendly and as tolerant as you can get — which is the problem. Bruce Jenner comes across as a nice, sincere person, who would be heartless not to accept. He explained that his desire for a sex change operation stemmed from his feelings going all the way back to when he was a child. He felt like a girl trapped in a boy’s body. Are you heartless if you oppose sex change operations? Are you being judgmental to think Bruce Jenner is wrong? Does love require you to be accepting? Look at your own childhood. Children are very different. Some are boys; some girls. Some are tall; some short. Some will grow up ab...
 

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