By Mike McManus
Pastor Jay Dennis is not your usual pastor – quiet, modest and gentle. He’s loud, passionate and inspiring. He’s been successful. In 1999 he led a revival that so grew his church in Lakeland, Florida that he moved the congregation into the civic center of an old mall.
In 2010 a woman came to Pastor Jay to say, “I am concerned about my husband who is struggling with pornography, and I have a friend who is as well.”
Pastor Jay replied, “There are great resources available. People in the church are the people of hope who have faith, love, and who have every reason to believe we are on the winning side. The revival needs to start in the church with pornography-free living.”
Later he told his c...
Andrew Drexel, Contributing Writer
Kickstarter, the predominant crowdsourcing platform, announced earlier this month that it’s altering its project submission rules so that fundraising campaigns can launch without the previously-mandatory approval of a staff member.
Called “Launch Now,” the new feature “gives creators a simple choice: go ahead and launch your project whenever you’re ready, or get feedback from one of our Community Managers first.” 60% of projects have access to the feature, and that number will increase in the coming weeks, according to Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler.
Some are concerned that this further exposes Kickstarter and its users to fraudulent campaigns. However, a number of such fraudulent ca...
Lili Baehr finally gets her dream picture with Pat Boone, her childhood idol, at his 80th birthday bash
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
The dream picture. Lili Baehr (center),
with Shirley and Pat Boone
(Photo: Dan Wooding)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (ANS) -- Lili Baehr, the Argentine-born wife of Dr. Ted Baehr, the founder and chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission and Movieguide®, a family magazine, radio program and TV show which reviews all movies from a biblical perspective, has had pictures with many Hollywood celebrities during the annual Movieguide® gala.
But on June 1, 2014, Lili was finally able to get me to snap a picture of her with her childhood idol, Pat Boone, during the “Pat Boone...
How To Produce a Hollywood Movie and Television Show
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
One of the best conferences every year is the PGA’s “Produced By” Conference. Some of the talks, such as Joe Roth’s, are absolutely extraordinary. Even so, of course, some of them leave something to be desired.
The first session I attended was called “One World, Many Choices.” It gave an important insight into the tax and other incentives available throughout the world.
Joe Chianese hosted the panel and brought focus to understanding the issues. He noted there are 39 state incentive programs in the U.S. and more than 30 worldwide, with many being added every year, such as Malaysia. Incentives raise as many questions as they answer, not j...
Celebrating Fatherhood in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
By Job Garcia, Contributing Writer
As Father’s Day approaches, we acknowledge and highlight the vital role that fathers play in families, communities and societies. These unified bodies of people (families, communities and societies) thrive and succeed when fathers fully embrace their God-appointed role and function.
In the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movie, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the Academy Award nominated HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, starring Gerard Butler, star of the upcoming movie GODS OF EGYPT, the worth and significance of fathers is presented. The movie highlights the inherent characteristics of a father – leadership, protection an...
Top Fathers Day Movies
In honor of Father’s Day, here is a list of MOVIEGUIDE®’s 10 favorite movies celebrating fatherhood:
1. FINDING NEMO: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4− 2003: FINDING NEMO is a wonderful animated adventure about a small clownfish who goes in search of his son, who’s been put into a fish tank by human beings. Every second of FINDING NEMO is beautifully animated, spectacularly directed and written with great heart and strong moral values.
2. SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON: Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4– 1960: A rollicking good family movie adapted from a famous classic Christian novel. In accord with Johann Wyss' story, Christian elements have been designed into the s...
Evy Baehr and Lydia Jambazian
For years Hollywood has produced TV programs about “finding love” but really they are just finding sexual attraction. We all know these programs, the BACHELOR, THE BACHELORETTE, the new I WANT TO MARRY HARRY, etc., etc. Mostly, these programs are filled with catty reactions from girls who will put themselves out there to get the guy. It takes only a few minutes to realize that these programs do not have the same morals you have nor do you want your children’s, your own, or your grandchildren’s dating life to be anything like this!
Well, now there’s a new program allegedly applying Christian, biblical values to this subject, called IT TAKES A CHURCH.
What happens when you let your church play ...
By Dr. Ted Baehr
MOVIEGUIDE® thought that this brief chronological survey of the major movies and television programs featuring Jesus would be of interest to you.
THE EARLIEST REPRESENTATIONS
The earliest representations of Jesus on film were straightforward recordings of various Passion Plays.
This film was produced by American theatrical producers, Marc Klaw and Abraham Erlanger, in Horitz, Bohemia.
R.G. Hollaman and A.G. Eaves photographed the Passion Play on the roof of a NY skyscraper. The length of the film was 2,100 ft or about 20 minutes. A narrator took the place of captions.
Oberammergau Passion Play
This film was photographed by a Mr. Hurd, Lumiere’s Ameri...
By Lydia Jambazian, Contributing Writer
A remake of the first book in the best-selling book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, “Left Behind,” is coming again to the big screen October 3, 2014.
The movie stars Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray and Jordin Sparks in a story about the Biblical endtimes prophecy in Revelation. The movie takes a dispensational view of the Bible and focuses on the so-called “Rapture,” where Christians all over the world are taken up to heaven before the events of the Tribulation. Christian filmmaker, Paul Lalonde, produced and wrote the film, and Vic Armstrong (who has worked on movies such as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and I AM LEGEND) is the director.
Lalonde and the main filmmakers of the u...
There’s Another Destiny for This Child:
Pop Star Sees Her Work as Evangelism, Not Titillation
By Caleb Fite, Contributing Writer
Destiny’s Child, the R&B women's group from the early 2000s, disbanded in 2005, but not before leaving behind a legion of peppy dance tunes and many songs that made their way to the top of the charts. Even though they were greatly recognized by secular listeners, in some cases, such as their single “Survivor,” the ladies even affirmed their Christian beliefs in the lyrics.
Upon their dissolution, the three ladies that made up the group went their separate ways and pursued their independent careers. The most successful to date has been Beyonce Knowles who has forged a path in her own right earni...