Christian filmmaker Darren Wilson created a Kickstarter page on Thursday to raise money for an upcoming film project about the Holy Spirit, and after fewer than five days, nearly 800 backers have already pledged more than $120,000 to his cause.
Wilson, founder of Wanderlust Productions, is the creator of documentary films such as "Finger of God," "Furious Love" and "Father of Lights." Each of the films focuses on a different characteristic of God, and documents different "God encounters" people around the world have had.
"Holy Ghost," the film concept that donors have so eagerly invested in, will be about the nature of the Holy Spirit and the search for evidence of his influence on Earth. more >>
While I'm often accused of finding Prolife messages behind every tree, it can't be denied that 42 brings an inherent message of courage, compassion and composure that prevailed in the lives of Jackie and Rae Robinson as well as Dodgers Manager Branch Rickey. These same principles are needed so much in the ongoing heated moral debates of our time.
While the skin color and racism devil is somewhat subdued today, it still rears its ugly head. Then we are also contending with moral questions surrounding the sanctity of natural life and marriage. This "three headed monster" of racism, anti-procreative liberty and sexual perversion has crept into our lives with the intent of leading us further astray.
This is why the movie 42 is so inspiring; and the themes of racial unity, nonviolence, marital fidelity and Christianity are so very refreshing. They apply to our present day struggles while they stir our hearts and rouse our conscience. more >>
"Home Run," a new faith-based film that hits theaters Friday, tells the story of a professional baseball player as he deals with an addiction to alcohol that puts his career in jeopardy. In an interview with The Christian Post, producer Carol Spann Mathews shared the message that she hopes Christians will take away from the film: change is possible.
"I think the thing that I just want to say over and over again is that I believe that there's a huge population of believers, Christians, who sit in our churches week after week and they're feeling very alone," said Mathews, who has produced television series that have aired on The Family Channel, ESPN and ESPN Original Entertainment. "And they're good-willed people, they worship, they do the Bible studies, they're decent people, but they're buckling under a load of shame and guilt from past decisions or habits they can't break. And I believe that this movie is for them, because I think it says, first and foremost, that they're not alone, and that everyone struggles, and that there's hope for change."
Cory Brand, the main character in "Home Run," is a star athlete whose alcoholism catches up with him when he gets a DUI and is suspended by his team. His agent, in an attempt to salvage his career, sends him to his hometown, where he must coach a youth baseball team while also working his way through a faith-based recovery program, Celebrate Recovery. more >>
The United Methodist Church says its connection to the movie "Home Run" that premieres this weekend runs deep, both in its support of Christ-centered 12-step and recovery group ministries and the film producers' use of member churches for locations.
"A growing number of United Methodist churches offer a well-known recovery ministry featured in the movie – Celebrate Recovery, a real-life addiction recovery program that grew out of California's Saddleback Church," stated the UMC public information office.
"In the case of 'Home Run,' United Methodists even played an important part in the movie's production," UMC officials said. "Several scenes in the movie were filmed at New Haven and West Tulsa United Methodist churches in Oklahoma." more >>
An expert with a pro-family group that serves as a watchdog for graphic content in entertainment media does not believe the recently announced changes to the MPAA's ratings system offer anything new.
Dan Isett, director of public policy for the Parents Television Council, told The Christian Post that while the decision was a "step in the right direction" it did not go far enough.
"Certainly anytime there is more information for parents it's a good thing. There's nothing to criticize about that," said Isett. more >>
Executive Producer of the History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries Scott Sassa was booted from his $6 million job by conservative heads at media giant Hearst Corporation last month after they got wind of his racy text exchange negotiating a drug-filled $1,000 sexual encounter with a teenage escort last Christmas.
Sources speaking with the Business Insider have since suggested that Sassa, 54, could also have been the victim of a "catfish" scam of Manti Te'o proportions.
While millions of Christians were busy experiencing the epic stories of "The Bible" unfold on the small screen in March when "The Bible" series was being aired, however, the New York Post was breaking the scandal on Hearst's former president of entertainment and syndication. According to the report, the 18-year-old escort was texting Sassa "sexy pictures, and he was responding using words you absolutely would not want your bosses to see." more >>