Can ‘NOAH’ Be Used To Evangelize?
Can ‘NOAH’ Be Used To Evangelize?
March 27, 2014

By Tom Snyder, Editor, and Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer The new biblical epic NOAH presents several challenges to Christians who might want to use the movie as an evangelistic tool. As MOVIEGUIDE® noted in its review of the movie, the filmmakers have added extra-biblical changes, twists, spins, and additions to their version of the story of Noah and the Ark. Most of this extra-biblical material is apparently designed to stretch the Bible’s short description of the Great Flood into an exciting three-act adventure movie with more tension and more jeopardy. Some of this material is very speculative in that it tries (according to the filmmakers themselves) to give a reason for why Noah gets drunk in Genesis 9:21 of the biblica...
 

 
Confessions of a Serious Prude.
Confessions of a Serious Prude.
March 26, 2014

By David Outten, Art Editor There’ve been times when I’ve been called a prude. I looked it up. A prude is “a person who is described as being concerned with decorum or propriety, significantly in excess of normal prevailing community standards.” Decorum is “prescribed limits of appropriate social behavior within set situations.” Propriety is “The usages and customs of polite society.” Wow, am I ever a prude. I am not a fan of “f” words, public nudity or people slurping soup. I’m not rich, but I miss cloth napkins. I prefer china, or even Corelle, to paper plates. Am I a snob? Few people who know me would think so. I can be a bit of a slob, but I like civility. I like it when people can have a disagreemen...
 

 
6 Fun Things NOAH and DUCK DYNASTY Have in Common
6 Fun Things NOAH and DUCK DYNASTY Have in Common
March 24, 2014

In light of NOAH releasing this weekend, here are six hilarious parallels between the reality TV show and the biblical epic. 1. If you call them, they will come.   Photo: Zach Dilgard, AE Networks 2. The Patriarch will lead the way.   Photo Cred: A&E            3. Always be on the lookout for outsiders.   Photo Cred: A&E 4. If you try, the whole family can all fit in one boat.   Photo cred: A&E/ Zach Dilgard 5. Listening to God can save your family.   6. Lastly, transportation is key!          ...
 

 
GOD'S NOT DEAD Makes Box Office History!
GOD'S NOT DEAD Makes Box Office History!
March 24, 2014

GOD’S NOT DEAD Makes Box Office History! Ben Kayser, Managing Editor DIVERGENT may be the number one movie at the box office this weekend, but the movie that everyone is talking about is the independent faith based movie GOD’S NOT DEAD. Pulling in $9.2 million dollars on the first weekend and amassing an impressive $11,852 per screen average, the movie stands as further proof of the desire to see faith affirming movies on the big screen. GOD’S NOT DEAD is a movie about Josh Wheaton, a freshman college student who is forced to defend his Christian faith against an angry philosophy professor. Starring Kevin Sorbo as the atheist professor, David A.R. White as a priest who encourages Josh and guest appearances of DUCK DYNASTY stars Wi...
 

 
NOAH vs. Al Gore
NOAH vs. Al Gore
March 24, 2014

Noah vs Al Gore By David Outten In Genesis 6:17, 18, God tells Noah, “I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens. . . but I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark – you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.” When Noah was finished building the arc God flooded the earth in forty days and forty nights. The sea level rose thousands of feet to where the only humans to survive were those in the ark. Inspired by former Vice President Al Gore and other self-described “experts,” today’s environmentalists are trying to scare the pants off school children with cries, “Sea levels are rising! Sea levels are rising!” They’d have you selling ...
 

 
A Movie Executive’s Guide to Christianity
A Movie Executive’s Guide to Christianity
March 24, 2014

By David Outten, Art Editor, with Tom Snyder, Editor There is only one God, but in most towns in America there are more churches than movie theaters. There’s a reason for this. In the Bible, the Book of Acts (and the letters that follow) describe the Church as passionate believers in Jesus Christ who have difficulty agreeing on what they can eat, what they can drink, what teachers they should listen to, and more. Christians can start new churches over disagreements on carpet colors, but they all pray to the same God. Christians will argue over the merits of movies. Some may not like the actor or director who made a movie. Some may go livid over the addition of a character not in the Bible, to a story supposedly based on the B...
 

 
What You Didn't Know about the Newsboys and GOD'S NOT DEAD
What You Didn't Know about the Newsboys and GOD'S NOT DEAD
March 21, 2014

BANDING TOGETHER AT THE MOVIES: Jeff Frankenstein of Newsboys on GOD’S NOT DEAD By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor Movieguide® had the opportunity to talk to Jeff Frankenstein, the keyboardist for the Newsboys band, on the role the band had in the new movie GOD’S NOT DEAD. Originally, “God’s Not Dead” was a Newsboys song, so the filmmakers, who had similar themes in their script, called the Newsboys about working together on the movie. Happily, they paired up. The movie was released this Friday, March 21! Make sure to check out MOVIEGUIDE®’s review. Here’s what Jeff had to say: MG:  How did you get approached for the movie? Jeff:  The song and the concept of the movie came up at the same time. It...
 

 
Combining Bravery and Selflessness: Behind the Scenes of DIVERGENT
Combining Bravery and Selflessness: Behind the Scenes of DIVERGENT
March 21, 2014

By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor DIVERGENT is a thrilling science fiction adventure set in a futuristic, dystopian Chicago that separates its citizens into five factions based on different virtues:  the selfless, the peaceful, the brave, the intelligent and the honest. Beatrice, a young girl from the selfless faction, discovers she doesn’t fit into one particular faction. Instead, she’s what they call, “A Divergent.” This rarity makes her a danger to those in power. So, in order to survive, she must keep it a secret. DIVERGENT takes typical young adult fiction clichés and sets them in a fascinating, compelling world, which can be read in full detail in our review here. Movieguide® recently had the chance to ask the directo...
 

 
Does Media Tear Apart Your Family?
Does Media Tear Apart Your Family?
March 20, 2014

By David Outten, Art Editor I live in a house with four generations. The ages range in from three to 86 years old. As you can imagine, the choice of what to watch on the living room television is problematic. This is compounded by the presence of three computers, an iPad, and four cell phones. If, on a rare occasion, a single movie is found acceptable by all six residents, you can almost bet there will be phone calls, emails, or text messages that seek to distract the event. Imagine being a family in a little house on the prairie (before electronic media). Different family members might want to read different books, but I imagine family members actually talked to one another more. I’ve lived through a couple of major storms where...
 

 
Eight Meaningful Muppet Moments
Eight Meaningful Muppet Moments
March 19, 2014

By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor   1. When Gonzo talks to a fish alien about his existence.       2. When Scrooge's heart is transformed.           3. When the Muppets pitch a wholesome show to a TV network.       4. Mahna Mahna got stuck in every Muppets head       5. When all of Rizzo's family supports him so much they follow him everywhere.       6. When Kermit gives us an insight on how hard it is to be green.       7. When these two guys always told the honest truth.         8. When K...
 

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