NOAH:  Outstanding. . . and Not for Everyone
NOAH: Outstanding. . . and Not for Everyone
April 09, 2014

By Rod D. Martin, Contributing Writer Auteur filmmaker Darren Aronofsky may well have produced his masterpiece in Noah, a cinematic and – astonishingly, for a self-proclaimed unbeliever – theological tour de force. But it’s not for everyone. Definitely not. As in, repeat after me three times:  “It’s an art film. It’s an art film. It’s an art film.” And, if your tastes run elsewhere, you’re just going to hate this movie. Many of Christendom’s best and brightest, from Movieguide’s Ted Baehr to Focus on the Family’s Jim Daly, have vouched for NOAH’s orthodoxy. Others have certainly disagreed, such as Brian Mattson, who thinks the whole production is a big Gnostic head fake. And maybe it is (though the ...
 

 
Fighting Media Bias: Filmmakers Defy Biased Kickstarter Opposition to Their Pro-Life Movie
Fighting Media Bias: Filmmakers Defy Biased Kickstarter Opposition to Their Pro-Life Movie
April 08, 2014

By Rachal Marquez, Contributing Writer If someone were to mention the name Kermit Gosnell, most people wouldn’t know who he was. Sadly, this is evidence of entirely how little media attention this horrific story has received. In 2013, a jury convicted former physician Kermit Gosnell of killing babies born alive at his abortion clinic in Philadelphia. He’s been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Remarkably, though, this story received little attention from the media, in comparison to the plethora of coverage that usually surrounds stories about convicted murderers, especially when the victims are children. However, the filmmaking team of Phelim McAleer, wife Ann McElhinney, and their partner, Magdalena S...
 

 
NOAH Inspires People to Read the Bible, Stats Reveal
NOAH Inspires People to Read the Bible, Stats Reveal
April 07, 2014

By Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer Since well before the release of Darren Aronofsky’s epic actioner NOAH, religious leaders and Christian critics have been discussing the extra-biblical material inserted into Hollywood’s new adaptation of the story. From the portrayal of the title character as a crazy, bedraggled, even murderous zealot to some potentially New Age symbolism and TRANSFORMERS-like “Rock Monsters,” even Christians with merely a smidgen of Old Testament literacy would be able to detect freewheeling deviance from the Genesis account. In the midst of the social media debates and online articles arguing whether NOAH is to be commended or condemned, one thing that Christians can’t dispute is recent evidence wh...
 

 
Could Captain America Spark Political Change?
Could Captain America Spark Political Change?
April 03, 2014

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor “They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin “This isn’t freedom, this is fear.” ~ Captain America As CAPTAIN AMERICA:  THE WINTER SOLDIER storms into theaters, one can’t help but wonder what those in Washington D.C. are thinking of the latest Marvel cinematic installment. With dialogue and themes that feels as if it’s been written by America’s founding fathers, it’s not too often we get to see a movie that so deeply exposes governmental overreach on such a large scale. Could this movie bring a political shift or change? What kind of impact could this story have? Watch the CAPTAIN AMERICA: ...
 

 
Study:  Poverty and High Rates of TV Viewing Are Linked
Study: Poverty and High Rates of TV Viewing Are Linked
April 02, 2014

A study conducted by the General Social Surveys of NORAC at the University of Chicago found that 34.1 percent of American families making less than $9,000 per year averaged watching more than five hours of television per day. Of families making more than $150,000 per year, only 1.1 percent watched more than five hours a day. Obviously, someone not working has more time to watch television, but the findings show a gradual decline in television viewing as incomes rise. Thus, working people making $30,000 watch more than twice as much television as those making $75,000. Income Percent watching 5+ hours of television Less than $9,999 34.1% $10,000 to $19,999 29,3% $20,000 to $29,999 22.5% $30,...
 

 
God Is Very Alive at the Box Office
God Is Very Alive at the Box Office
April 01, 2014

By David Outten, Production Editor Hollywood is quickly discovering God is not dead at the Box Office. While NOAH is generating massive debate among Christians, and a solid box office return, GOD’S NOT DEAD is also a hot topic in Hollywood. The Los Angeles Times wrote about the success of NOAH and the box office results for the top four movies and then said, “Delivering a bigger surprise - again - was “God’s Not Dead,” which with $8.7 million finished fifth at the box office for the second week in a row.” Facing the huge competition from NOAH, GOD’S NOT DEAD only had a 4.5 percent drop in change from last weeks box office haul. Opening in more than twice as many theaters, the $35 million dollar Arnold Schwarzenegger m...
 

 
Director of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 Gives Exciting Insights!
Director of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 Gives Exciting Insights!
March 31, 2014

By Evy Baehr, associate editor of MOVIEGUIDE® Movieguide® gave an award to the first Amazing Spider-man by director Marc Webb, and the second looks quite good as well. Though we haven’t seen the entire film, the clips show a theme of standing up for what is right even in danger, even though no man is eternal, not even Spider-man. The first Amazing Spider-man did not show much of Parker’s parents, but this movie actually starts with a scene of the parents dying for what they believe. Webb says that he included the parents to “unfold as that long shadow that was cast over Peter Parker’s life”. From what is seen, the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 has amped up the action, with the villains even more powerful and more explosives. Elect...
 

 
Bringing the Gospel to Inmates
Bringing the Gospel to Inmates
March 31, 2014

Christian Ministry NEXT Launches Powerful Prison Ministry NEXT and Bible League International Join to Bring Inmates andTheir Families the Good News of Jesus (Seattle, WA) NEXT, the publisher of the Japanese art style manga Bible series, is distributing 40,000 manga Bible books to inmates as well as their families throughout the Illinois correctional system with an eye to expand quickly into other states. "We are so thankful for this opportunity that has opened up to present the gospel to people in difficult circumstances using this unique illustrated translation of the Bible," says NEXT President and Founder Roald Lidal. NEXT's manga series is a five volume series based on the Bible and illustrated by acclaimed Japanese artists Ryo...
 

 
What's Wrong with Noah?
What's Wrong with Noah?
March 29, 2014

By Kat Butler, Contributing Writer Aronofsky’s NOAH has all the trademarks of a big-budget Hollywood production, including a tightly-written and executed script and superb performances. Turn to social media, and you’ll see most of the divisions of opinion about the film gravitate around two irreconcilable poles: (1) Who cares if Aronofsky took some liberties with the Biblical narrative if it makes a great movie; and, (2) how dare Aronofsky take liberties with the Biblical narrative? The dichotomy misses the point. The real question we should be asking ourselves is, do the changes highlight, or deviate, from the truth of the narrative upon which it is based? In fact, is Aronofsky’s NOAH based on the Bible at all? Is it...
 

 
True Beauty is Divine: A Christian View of Art
True Beauty is Divine: A Christian View of Art
March 28, 2014

By Tom Snyder, Ph.D., Editor There is much confusion today when it comes to religion, art and morality. One of the biggest myths of our secular society is the idea that religious beliefs are irrational, that faith and reason are mutually exclusive categories. As a Christian, I totally reject any such notion. Traditional Christianity isn’t opposed to logic and reason. On the contrary, it’s the only religion that gives solid, rational arguments for believing in logic and reason. In fact, some of the most logical and rational thinkers and philosophers throughout history have been orthodox Christians. Names like St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Harvard law profession Simon Greenleaf spring immediately to mind. Thus, although C...
 

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