Is Church Accountability the Key to Overcoming Drug Addiction?
By Michelle S. Lazurek, Contributing Writer
A few years ago, I walked into what I thought would be a normal small group. I slumped down onto the couch, took off my coat, and placed my Bible and study book on the coffee table. As people began to enter, we made idle chitchat while we scoffed down the many refreshments on the table before us. As the group began to share about their weeks, they shared superficially about their jobs, families and extracurricular activities. One ordinarily talkative man remained eerily silent. When we got to him, he uttered one word as tears streamed down his face:
In that moment, I knew this was no ordinary meeting. We all gathe...
Mission, Ministry and Music
Recently, MOVIEGUIDE(r) had the blessed opportunity to hear a concert by an artist whose mission and ministry is foremost in her life: Sarah Vienna.
Here is Sarah’s description of her music, mission and ministry:
For the past 12 years, God has been using me to lead an international humanitarian aid organization call Firm Foundations Romania www.firmfoundationsromania.com . This organization is being used to transform culture in this region of Romania. To compliment this positioning, I have recently been leveraging my singing and songwriter gifts to produce music with the intent to transform hearts.
Music was a part of my life even before I was born. My mother was strumm...
Headlines in the News – August 22, 2014
** Christian Hollywood Actor Makes Bold Statements About Atheists
In an interview with The Blaze, Kevin Sorbo, who starred in the popular Christian movie GOD’S NOT DEAD, had bold words about atheists and their “weird” issues with Christianity.
“They’re offended by something they don’t believe in,” Sorbo said. “Well, it offends about 90 percent of people of the country that they take the nativity scenes down, but apparently, the majority doesn’t have a voice in this country anymore.”
Sorbo, who played an atheist in GOD’S NOT DEAD, added, “I’ve seen these guys [atheist activists] on TV and cable outlets. . . I see the anger when these guys get on TV, and I’m ...
Principles To Live By:
An Exclusive Interview with Jim Caviezel of WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL
By Evy Baehr, Executive Managing Editor
This month, the new faith based movie called WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL comes to theaters. The movie stars Jim Caviezel as Coach Bob Ladouceur, the coach of a winning team. When Coach Bob suffers a heart attack and the team loses one of its players, he must teach the team the values that can get them back on track.
MOVIEGUIDE® had the opportunity to speak with Jim about the movie and his role.
MOVIEGUIDE®: What did you know about this team or how was this personal?
Jim: When I grew up, every summer I was at basketball camp. My vacations were going to basketball camps. My personal experience ...
By Tom Snyder, Editor
Several actors have starred in three or more movie franchises, but there’s only one star we can think of who actually created three of the franchises in which he starred, and that’s Sylvester Stallone, the creator of the ROCKY and the RAMBO movie series.
Stallone’s third franchise, THE EXPENDABLES, released its third movie this weekend.
Stallone, 68, sounded like a human Energizer Bunny while talking about his new movie and his career at a recent press conference in Los Angeles.
“Age is a state of old mind,” Stallone said. “It gets to a point where, if you get old enough, you forget how old you are, and that’s the best thing….
“I’m not ready to sit at home and play with my Pomerania...
Overcoming Misguided Mindless Media Morality
By David Outten and Tom Snyder
News media outlets recently have suspended several reporters and commentators for their allegedly controversial political views.
ESPN suspended two of its stars recently for being offensive. Steven A. Smith was suspended for a remark about women provoking domestic violence and Dan Le Batard was suspended for renting provocative billboards sarcastically “thanking” Lebron James for bringing two NBA championships to Miami.
Reporter Sean Bergin of Channel 12 in New York/New Jersey was suspended for a remark he made about too many black youths having no father in the home.
Following the shooting death of Jersey City police offer Melvin Santiago, Bergin...
Robin Williams and
Hollywood’s Fading Star System
Was Robin Williams a casualty of Hollywood’s fading star system?
Robin Williams had roles in three movies yet to be released. Last year he had a television show. Yet, his was still being financially crushed. He went through two divorces when his paychecks were much larger. He joked about alimony really being “all the money.”
Not many years ago, being an A-list star meant you could command $20 million or more for a movie role. Williams was an A-list star.
It’s been reported he dreaded having to do MRS. DOUBTFIRE II, but that he signed on to the project because he needed the money.
Williams once starred in movies like GOOD MORNING VIETNAM, HOOK, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, and...
Tina Susanto, 51, came to City Blessing Church in 2007 when she moved to the United States from Indonesia. Susanto has been a “Christian” for 30 years, “but for 20 of those 30 years it was meaningless.” She didn’t know God very well and was fooling around with the idea of God. “I never took it seriously. Even though I called myself a Christian I never read the Bible, spent time with God or went to Bible study. It wasn’t until one day when a lady came up to me and invited me to Bible study did I start to change my ways. She taught me how to pray, read the Bible and develop my walk with God,” Susanto said.
From that moment on, Susanto’s life changed forever. Susanto decided to dedicate her life to Jesus and live a life t...
Bringing THE GIVER to the Big Screen
By Evy Baehr of MOVIEGUIDE®
Walden Media is known for bring beloved books to the big screen, including Movieguide® favorites like “Chronicles of Narnia”, “Bridge to Terabithia” and many others. This time, Walden is giving us the widely successful book, THE GIVER. Movieguide® had the opportunity to speak with the head of Walden, Micheal Flaherty.
MOVIEGUIDE(r): How was it working with Harvey Weinstein?
Micheal Flaherty: Because we got to work on this we got in all these fun discussions, about God, politics. Really loved working with him. He loves ideas, loves talking about them and is always willing to listen…
MOVIEGUIDE(r): When did Walden get involved?
Finally the best selling novel, THE GIVER, comes to the big screen. Jonas lives in a dystopian society, when he receives the memories of the past, he learns his community is missing out of some of the greatest elements of living, in THE GIVER. THE GIVER has a romantic worldview with some politically correct elements, but overall has a positive message.
Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from some of the cast of the movie, including Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, director Philip Noyce, novel writer Lois Lowry and some other cast members. Read on to hear what they said about their experiences of bringing this novel to screen.
Question: Jeff, from what I understand, you alone have spent twenty years on this project...