By the Rev. Canon Dr. Mark A. Pearson
Many years ago my ministry was enhanced by reading a book called Blessed to Be a Blessing by United Methodist pastor the Rev. James K. Wagner (1980, Nashville: The Upper Room). Although this book was specifically about having an intentional ministry of healing in one's church, I took it as a maxim for our work for Christ in all its fullness: we cannot be a blessing unless we were first blessed by God, AND once we're blessed by God we must be and take God's blessing to others.
Otherwise, what? Trying to minister in our own strength will lead nowhere. We'll burn out and we'll not bear fruit. At the Protestant Reformation Martin Luther, in his monumental hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" ...
Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4
PREMIERE: December 9, 2009
TIME: 30 minute
STARRING: LaVan Davis, Cassie Davis, Denise Burse, Lance Gross, Demetria McKinney, China Anne McClain, Larramie "Doc" Shaw, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Allen Payne, David Mann, Tamela J. Mann, and Palmer Williams, Jr.
DIRECTOR: Chip Hurd
SUPERVISING PRODUCER: Roger M. Bobb
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Tyler Perry and Reuben Cannon
WRITERS: Brian Egeston and Torian Hughes
CONTENT: (CCC, BB, L, V, M) Very strong Christmas Christian message and worldview with strong moral elements, even though family argues a bit; one "d" word and one "h" word; very light comical violence where peopl...
Re-imagining the Story of David
Quality: * * * * Acceptability: -1
PREMIERE: March 15, 2009
TIME: 48 minutes
STARRING: Christopher Egan, Ian McShane, Susanna Thompson, Sebastian Stan, Dylan Baker, and Wes Studi
DIRECTOR: Francis Lawrence
PRODUCERS: Barry Berg
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Michael green, Francis Lawrence, John A. Smith, and Erwin Stoff
WRITER: Michael Green
DISTRIBUTOR: NBC TV
CONTENT: (BBB, CC, Ho, Ev, LL, VV, N, A, MMM) Very God-centered, Juedo-Christian worldview talking about God's anointing and God's miracles, with a prophetic black preacher, opposed by war mongers, corrupt officials and hedonists, plus homosexual character and a mention that God used evolutio...
Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4
RELEASE DATE: 2009
ARTIST: James Sundquist
LABEL: Eagle Records Masterworks
DISTRIBUTORS: World Net Daily, Southwest Radio Church, Lighthouse Trails
CONTENT: (CCC) Very, very Christian worldview; and, nothing objectionable.
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Everyone
REVIEWER: Dr. Ted Baehr
James Sundquist's AN ANTHOLOGY OF SACRED CAROLS FOR THE CLASSICAL GUITAR is a timeless masterpiece of instrumental music. It has just been re-released and is must listening, especially for Christmas. The carols include some wonderful classics such as Joy to the World, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Silent Night, and some other beautiful renditions of many more sacred carols. This album was aired o...
Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide® has joined the ranks of many Christian leaders who are speaking out to endorse a web based movement, www.RestoreStephenBaldwin.org. Borrowing from the Book of Job, the movement points out that God restored Job by the “token gifts” of his friends. Actor Baldwin has suffered much persecution for his outspoken faith in Christ as well as a humiliating bankruptcy. The new movement hopes to do for Baldwin what others did for Job: to restore him financially and in doing so, bring much honor to the God that Baldwin serves. Baehr adds, “Please support him and restore Stephen Baldwin. Help us to get behind him because he’s done so much for others.”
By Skin Mead, Executive Producer of FINDING HOPE NOW
How does a film get made in God's Economy, for God's Purpose? Not as you might think.
I'm a person who has many strengths and tons of weaknesses, a person like you, who likes to have a certain amount of control over life and a feeling for where things are going. But that wasn't God's plan for me with the film FINDING HOPE NOW.
About me. . . I have degrees in math, science, and business. Not English. Not writing. In school, I hated writing. As a matter of fact, I would do anything to avoid an essay test. Give me a good old multiple-guess test anytime.
Yet, I felt a passion to write this story. A yearning inside of me that said this story can change a lot of lives. I felt God calling ...
By Ted Baehr with Tom Snyder
From the very beginning, our ministry of Movieguide®, dedicated to transforming the culture by redeeming the values of the mass media of entertaining according to biblical principles, has had a global impact.
For example, within five years of starting to publish and broadcast Movieguide® in Atlanta, our subscribers, supporters and friends came from as far away as the state of Tasmania, a small island off the coast of Australia.
As Don Stanley, who now lives in Israel, recalls when he was a senior executive with ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company):
"With three kids growing up as teenagers in the early nineties, a big issue in our house was engaging culture - especially in the areas of movies and music...
By Ted Baehr, Jeff Holder, and Tom Snyder
For years, the mass media has been trying to turn science against religion while trying to demonize anyone who believes in more traditional, and more biblical, forms of Christianity and Judaism.
Such is the case with the new movie "Creation," which opens in two or more cities Christmas day, and wider on Jan. 22, 2010.
Despite its title, "Creation" is not about God creating the Earth. Instead, it's the story of evolution's founding father, Charles Darwin, and his struggle to write the book that would "kill God."
Moving forward and backward in time, the movie shows Darwin's Christian wife struggling with her husband's increasing lack of Christian faith. It also mocks the Christians who oppose ...
President Obama managed to de-Christianize the Holy Day of Christmas recently.
Apparently, the President said at the annual tree lighting ceremony at the White House recently that Christmas is "a tradition that has come to represent more than any one holiday or religion."
Once again, President Obama shows his lack of knowledge, wisdom, experience, and moral conscience.
- Sources: Don Feder, GrassTopsUSA, 12/13/09.
Not only do most Americans, an estimated 96%, celebrate Christmas, but, according to a November Rasmussen poll, 72% favor saying "Merry Christmas" over "Happy Holidays," with only 22% favoring the generic greeting.
Also, a Rasmussen survey released Dec. 10 showed that 76% of American adults said it's okay to display religious symbols, like Nativity scenes, in public settings, compared to only 11%.
The December poll also showed 83% believe public schools should celebrate religious holidays.
Schools should celebrate religious holidays
Favor saying "Merry Christmas"
Favor saying "Happy Holidays"
Religious symbols in public are okay