Family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, co-founder of the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala, announced today the nominees for the Grace Awards for Most Inspiring Movie & TV Performances in 2009.
Heading the list of six movie nominees (in alphabetical order for each title) are Sandra Bullock and Ray McKinnon for "The Blind Side," Jim Carrey for "Disney's A Christmas Carol," Nicolas Cage for "Knowing," Albert Hall for "Not Easily Broken," and Tyler Perry for "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself."
The seven television nominees (alphabetically, by title) include Billy Ray Cyrus and Matt Ward for "Christmas in Canaan," Anna Paquin for "The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler," Robert Schuller for the pilot episode of "Everyday Life...
2009 was the year that Hollywood finally looked at their BLIND SIDE, caring Southern Christians who opened their home to the homeless and demonstrate the redemptive power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in action.
2009 was the year that a 78-year-old man finds out that caring about others is the best adventure in UP.
2009 was the year that Hollywood discovered in a beloved classic piece of literature, A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, the Good News that the bad news of eternal damnation does not have to be if you allow the Truth of Christmas, who is Jesus Christ, to transform your heart.
2009 was the year that learning to love others, especially your father, brought real self-esteem and overcame selfishness and gluttony in CLOUDY WIT...
By David Outten
The Telegraph (a popular English news website) reports that voodoo leaders in Haiti are upset that aid is not coming to followers of voodoo as quickly as it is coming to evangelicals. The article, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/haiti/7119572/Haiti-earthquake-voodoo-high-priest-claims-aid-monopolised-by-Christians.html, claims that followers of Haitian voodoo worship hundreds of spirits called "Iwa." The article quotes Kompe Filo, a popular Haitian television and radio personality, saying, "God is angry against humanity, not just Haiti but all humanity. This is a message that man must change, and reconnect with the natural world around him. We have a lot of beliefs modern people shou...
By David Outten
After three years of nominating almost exclusively R-rated movies for best picture, the Academy Award nominations for the best pictures of 2009 include UP and THE BLIND SIDE. Perhaps this is because the Academy has doubled the number of nominees from five to ten, but nevertheless it's refreshing to see even two family-oriented films appear in the mix. This year there are six R-rated nominees, three PG-13s, and UP, which is rated PG.
UP is the first movie given a +3 acceptability rating by MOVIEGUIDE to be nominated for best picture since BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in 1991. THE BLIND SIDE received -1, four movies received a -2, three received a -3, and AVATAR received a -4 because of its strong pantheist worldview.
by Vishal Mangalwadi
The 9 million people of Haiti, largely of Afrcan descent, inhabit about 10,000 square miles of the paradise-like Caribbean island of Hispaniola. They constitute the only nation to gain its independence through a successful slave rebellion in 1804. Sadly, Haiti remains the poorest country in the Americas.
Its independence was inspired in part by the secular idealism of the French Revolution and biblical Christianity, but launched in a voodoo ceremony on August 14, 1791, that, according to oral tradition, included sacrificing a pig, drinking its blood and making a pact with the demonic supernatural.
In 200 years, none of its 32 coups, multiple dictatorships and democratic elections succeeded in building political ...
Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment announced its picks today for the Best 2009 Movies for Mature Audiences, to be presented at its 18th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry Feb. 23 in Beverly Hills.
The 10 movies will vie for the "Crystal Papa Bear Award" for Best 2009 Movie for Mature Audiences.
Dr. Ted Baehr, Founder of Movieguide®, said, "A number of tremendous filmmakers in 2009 clearly understood the importance of reaching a wider audience by creating inspiring movies for mature audiences that honor faith, forgiveness, redemption, self-sacrifice, compassion, temperance, truth, and love wrapped in popular entertainment. We are thrilled to honor our choices for the Ten...
The hours of mass media consumed by American children and teenagers just took another big jump upward.
A new study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation shows that American children age 8-18 consume on average 75 and one-quarter hours of one or another form of mass media per week, an increase of more than 15 hours per week since 2004.
The study observed 2,002 school-age children from October 2008 until May 2009. It was supported by a more comprehensive study of 702 students who wrote media diaries.
Media Consumption, Age 8-18
Average Hours and Minutes Per Day
Several churches in Phoenix, Ariz., San Francisco, Calif., and Lambeth, England are fighting new "noise abatement" orders from local city councils.
"The law is being used as a pretext to harass and silence Christian viewpoints not approved by the State," said Andrea Williams, director of The Christian Legal Centre in England.
"Churches shouldn't be punished for exercising their faith publicly," adds Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. "The law is unconstitutionally vague and has been abused to silence a form of worship that has peacefully sounded through the streets of our nation since its founding."
Bishop Rick Painter of Christ the King Church in Phoenix was convicted and sentenced to a 10-day suspended jail se...
A Dutch lawmaker will be tried for a "hate crime" in the Netherlands for making a short documentary warning that Islam threatens Western Civilization.
Dutch Parliament member Geert Wilders previously was banned in Britain - a sentence later overturned in court - for making the movie FITNA (meaning "strife"), which features verses from the Koran, the phony religious text invented by Arabs and Persians, alongside images of terror attacks in 2001, 2004, and 2005 in the United States, Madrid, and London.
Leader of the Dutch Freedom Party, Wilders has been living under 24-hour protection by police for nearly six years, because Al-Qaeda has called for his murder.
Wilder calls the "hate crimes" prosecution an "attack on freedom of speech....
The Quebec government in Canada has moved to ban all expressions that homosexuality is immoral or unbiblical.
Kathleen Weil, Quebec's Minister of Justice and Attorney General, released the new policy last month, according to WorldNetDaily. Jean Charest, the Premier of Quebec, writes that the policy is intended to "move towards full acceptance of sexual diversity."
The new policy, among other things, would ban even statements merely saying that heterosexual relationships are the highest form of "sexual orientation."
In Leviticus 18:22 and 24-30, of course, God clearly calls homosexual behavior wicked or evil, and Jesus Christ agrees with that judgment in Mark 7:20-23.
- Sources: WorldNetDaily 01/17/10.