By David Outten and Ted Baehr
The international smash-hit AVATAR has provided more opportunity for commentary than there is unobtanium on Pandora. Political activist Alan Keyes smartly pointed out that AVATAR follows in the footsteps of movies like TARZAN where the savior of the natives turns out to be a white man who becomes the greatest native of all and combats the further encroachment of greedy white men.
In AVATAR, the great human savior is virtually anointed by Eywa, the "god" of Pandora. Early in the movie, he is spared from certain death when "light flowers" descend like doves from heaven indicating that he is a chosen one. Concluding that Eywa has found in him a pure heart his would-be killer takes him to see the tribal chief ins...
Fifty semi-finalists have been announced for the 5th Annual $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays by first-time and beginning screenwriters, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and presented by MOVIEGUIDE®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment.
"We are greatly encouraged to see a wealth of quality screenplays coming through our doors," said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®. "With the impending release of the first Kairos winner, "The Revelator," we look forward to finding the next winner to bring wholesome, faith-filled entertainment to the mainstream."
Finalists will be announced at the beginning of February with the top three winners being awarded at the 18th Annua...
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By Dr. Ted Baehr and Dr. Tom Snyder
The liberal and left-wing reaction against Fox News political commentator Brit Hume’s comments on Fox News Sunday recently telling Tiger Woods to turn his life around by leaving Buddhism and becoming a Christian has been startling.
One MSNBC host said Hume’s comments “diminished” Christianity and that his “Christian friends” (conveniently nameless, of course) agreed with him.
Then, bloggers on radical left-wing websites like The Huffington Post began insulting Brit Hume for daring publicly to mention Christianity in a positive light.
Finally, comic lightweight Jon Stewart and one of his goofy commentators on “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central weighed in by mocking Brit Hume and his ...
By Gary Nosacek
Americans are obsessed with reality, or perhaps, I should say "reality" as portrayed by the TV networks. Ratings indicate that we are glued to our screens watching people "survive" on islands and sing their way to becoming "idols".
This love affair with "reality" has even begun to color what we see as "news". We now have multi-day coverage of "Balloon Boys" and couples who crash White House parties. Apparently, two wars, health care debates, and economic problems are not real enough for the news directors!
Of course, the real irony of it all is that none of it is really "reality". The producers are not hiding behind bushes in a jungle, like Jane Goodall, secretly filming whatever the chimps naturally are doing. Rather, th...
By Mike McManus
Brit Hume, former Fox News Anchor, now a commentator, touched off a firestorm when he made some compassionate remarks about Tiger Woods on a Sunday Fox show:
“Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether he can recover as a person I think is a very open question. It is a tragic situation. He has lost his family. It is not clear to me whether he will have a relationship with his children.
“The Tiger Woods who emerges once his news value dies out of this scandal – the extent to which he can recover seems to me to depend upon his faith. He has said he is a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith.
“So my message to Tiger is, `T...
By Tracey L. Carson
The doors of the Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania burst open a few weeks early this year as a windfall of over 280 aspiring Christian writers filled the hallowed halls. Many had a suitcase in one hand and a manuscript in the other. All were thirsty for different dispositions of knowledge, seeking weaponry for their entrance onto the battlefield for a greater Christian presence within today's entertainment communications media.
Under the direction of founder Marlene Bagnull, Litt.D., the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference began in 1983 as a one day event. Bagnull, along with a staff of 61 instructors, welcomed the multitude of enthusiastic beginner, intermediate, and advanced wo...
Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4
AUTHOR: Robert Spencer
PUBLISHER: Regnery Publishing, Inc.
CONTENT: (CCC, BBB) Very strong Christian, biblical worldview contrasted with the evils of Islam.
INTENDED AUDIENCE: All ages
REVIEWER: Dr. Ted Baehr
REVIEW: THE COMPLETE INFIDEL'S GUIDE TO THE KORAN is great reading and must reading. New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer carefully, thoroughly and insightfully exposes the malevolent nature of Islam and Mohammed. He proves Islam is not a religion of peace, as Christians and Jews would define it. The peace that the Muslims refer to only occurs with the complete world domination of Islam. Robert p...
Quality: * * * Acceptability: +4
WRITER: Jim Palmer
PUBLISHER: Jim Palmer
CONTENT: (BB, C) moral worldview with Christian inclinations; and, nothing objectionable.
GENRE: Self-help; Informational
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Would-be stunt persons & film buffs.
REVIEWER: Dr. Theodore Baehr
REVIEW: While many people think of Hollywood as a spiritually dark place, many of the stunt men and women are people of faith and values. As our friend Bob Yerkes used to say when he was teaching Circus of the Stars and pushing someone off a platform and into the abyss he will ask if they knew Jesus. Many of the stunt men not only know Jesus, but also pray in the midst of extreme adversity.
That said, the book STUNT ADJUSTMENT is a wond...
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" ...