Monday, 03 April 2017 09:22
The Case for Christ movie: An atheist wrestles with the evidence Copyright © 2017 Rusty Wright 672 words If you're a committed atheist and your spouse becomes a follower of Jesus, it might just rock your world. That's what happened to hardnosed Chicago Tribune legal affairs editor Lee Strobel, who marshalled his skills in journalism and law to find out what had happened to his wife. Strobel's quest became a bestselling book, The Case for Christ, and now a movie. He writes that Leslie's 1979 announcement stunned him. He felt "like the victim of a bait-and-switch scam. I had married one Leslie – fun…carefree…risk-taking – and now I feared she was going to turn into some sort of sexually repressed prude who would trade our upwardly mobile lifestyle for all-night prayer vigils and volunteer work in grimy soup kitchens." "Instead," he continues, "I was pleasantly surprised – even fascinated – by the fundamental changes in her character, her integrity, and her personal confidence." He aimed to investigate faith from top to bottom to see if it made sense. The film stars Mike Vogel (The Help), Erika Christensen (Frasier, Traffic) and Oscar-winner Faye Dunaway (Bonnie and Clyde, Network). (Spoilers ahead.) Rigorous methods; avoiding pitfalls Educated at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Yale Law School, Strobel determined to use the rigorous methods a veteran journalist and legal analyst would about a court case: sifting evidence, evaluating reliability, considering alternatives. He studied history, archaeology, and ancient literature and interviewed experts. Strobel wanted to avoid pitfalls he had experienced earlier in his career when an apparently clear-cut court case he was covering had its guilty verdict reversed. In retrospect, he realized he had been viewing the facts through preconceived biases that blinded him from objective evaluation. He determined to study from a fresh perspective the faith he had thought was a fairy tale. For nearly two years he asked hard questions about source reliability, about Jesus' life, death and alleged Resurrection, and more. The book and the film present what he discovered, not as academic treatises – though the book is well written for thinking readers, and extensively documented – but in the context of colorful, touching stories about how he wrestled with his findings. Skeptical, analytical questions The movie skillfully weaves his skeptical, analytical questions into the fabric of love, pain, sorrow and joy that composed his marriage and family life. A glimpse of what he encountered: Regarding the source material, he found scholarly support for "the essential reliability of the New Testament documents…their accurate transmittal through history…extensive corroboration by ancient historians and others," and for the assertion that "archaeology underscores their trustworthiness." Regarding Jesus, he found multiple attestations that Jesus claimed deity. Jesus' "I and the Father are one" New Testament claim is echoed by contemporary friends…and even enemies, who accused him of blasphemy for an assertion they considered outrageous. Lots of mentally disturbed people believe they are God. Was Jesus one of them? Strobel says Jesus' discourses display "no sign of dementia, delusions, or paranoia." Rather they evidence "profound wisdom...uncanny insights…poetic eloquence, and…deep compassion." Jesus fulfilled many Hebrew prophecies regarding the Jewish Messiah. Strobel cites Peter Stoner, a mathematician who calculated the probability of just eight of these coming true in one person as one chance in 1017. Empty tomb; a little girl's wish And Strobel found convincing evidence that Jesus was executed, buried, and returned to life. The tomb was empty and many eyewitnesses said they saw him alive again, some at the cost of their lives. He concluded, "The atheism I had embraced for so long buckled under the weight of historical truth. …It would require much more faith for me to maintain my atheism than to trust in Jesus of Nazareth!" He invited Jesus to forgive him and become his personal friend in 1981. The change in his formerly self-absorbed life was so radical that a few months later, his five-year-old daughter said, “Mommy, I want God to do for me what he's done for Daddy.” The Case for Christ is a compelling film that is sensitive toward those who disagree and aims to get viewers thinking about matters that can make a world of difference in their lives and families. Well worth seeing. Rated PG (USA) "for thematic elements including medical descriptions of crucifixion, and incidental smoking." www.TheCaseForChristMovie.com Opens April 7 (USA) Rusty Wright is an author and lecturer who has spoken on six continents. He holds Bachelor of Science (psychology) and Master of Theology degrees from Duke and Oxford universities, respectively. www.RustyWright.com # # # RW: All text, pics and links proofed, double-checked, and AOK 3/31/17. The Case for Christ movie: An atheist wrestles with the evidence. If you're a committed atheist and your spouse becomes a follower of Jesus, it might just rock your world. That's what happened to hardnosed Chicago Tribune legal affairs editor Lee Strobel, who marshalled his skills in journalism and law to find out what had happened to his wife. (Short op-ed) Editors: Suggested keywords for Search Engine Optimization for your web posting of this article: Atheist, atheism, Christ, evidence, Lee Strobel, Leslie Strobel, Chicago Tribune, legal affairs, journalism, law, sexually repressed, bait-and-switch, scam, faith, integrity, confidence, Faye Dunaway, Oscar, Academy Awards, Bonnie and Clyde, Network, The Help, Frasier, Traffic, Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, University of Missouri School of Journalism, Yale Law School, reliability, history, archaeology, literature, bias, Jesus, deity, dementia, delusion, paranoia, compassion, prophesy, Jewish, Messiah, Peter Stoner, probability, Resurrection, tomb, forgiveness, Editors: Note pictures below. For access to these images and more, check here and here. Atheist Lee Strobel (Mike Vogel) discusses faith with a Chicago Tribune colleague. Copyright © 2017 Rusty Wright672 words Lee (Mike Vogel) and Leslie (Erika Christensen) Faye Dunaway plays a psychology professor Leslie and Lee StrobelPhoto: Heidi Mittelberg
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 20:51
MEDIA ALERT "Frankly Faraci" Debuts on Dove Channel Today EPISODE ONE VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE TO EMBED ON ALL WEBSITES, SOCIAL PLATFORMS Los Angeles, March 21, 2017 | TruthPR.com | — Dove Channel, Cinedigm's (NASDAQ: CIDM) OTT family-friendly streaming service, is pleased to present Frankly Faraci, its first original series, beginning today on the platform. Backed by extensive media coverage, strong reviews, and key endorsements from trusted organizations, the show is already capturing the attention of audiences. Hosted by journalist Matthew Faraci, the show provides viewers with an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at high-profile figures in entertainment, music, sports, business, and politics who are doing good things in the world. Today's inaugural episode, featuring The Piano Guys, is available now and can be embedded on your website or social media platform.
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:10
Cinedigm's faith-based Dove Channel streaming service says the first episode of its first original show, Frankly Faraci, will debut March 21. New episodes will premiere weekly. The series, hosted by journalist Matthew Faraci, profiles high-profile figures—entertainment, sports—doing "good things in the world." The first episode (each is 22 minutes) features The Piano Guys. Future shows include hip-hop artist Propaganda and former NFL player Bryan Schwartz. The channel is accessible via a variety of online devices and platforms, including on Amazon Prime’s new Streaming Partners Program.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 18:39
The Three Part Series Commemorates the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation Worcester, PA, November 30, 2016 | TruthPR.com | - A new three part documentary series, The Reformation: This Changed Everything will be broadcast on select public television stations beginning December, 2016. American Public Television, a leading syndicator of public television programming is offering the series to the approximately 360 PBS affiliate stations nationwide. Individuals are encouraged to contact their local PBS station to inquire about broadcast in their area. The Reformation: This Changed Everything details the history and analyzes the legacy of the Protestant Reformation, a movement which forever changed the religious, political and cultural landscape of the Western World. Produced by Christian History Institute in association with Global Story2 Films, Lathika International Film and Entertainment, and Midgett Productions, the series was developed in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation’s start, October 31, 2017. On that date in 1517, five hundred years ago, Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Cathedral Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Shot at key locations across Europe, The Reformation: This Changed Everything is a visually rich, dynamic documentary series written by Emmy award-winning screenwriter Linda Midgett and narrated by acclaimed British actor David Suchet (Agatha Christie’s Poirot). This fast-paced documentary takes a journalistic look at the major characters and ideas of a tumultuous period, in European history. The series features a diverse array of scholars and presents a mix of Protestant and Catholic voices candidly discussing the theological and political issues surrounding the Reformation. Over 20 expert commentators appear in the series including: Bishop Robert Baron, of Los Angeles and host of the recent television series, Catholicism. Other commentators include: Dr. Joel Harrington of Vanderbilt University, Dr. Michael Horton, Westminster Theological Seminary, Dr. Jacqueline Rose, University of St. Andrews, Shane Claiborne, founder of The Simple Way, Mark Galli, editor of Christianity Today and, the Very Reverend Fr. Thomas Baima, Vicar of Ecumenism at the University of St. Mary on the Lake. Vision Video has released the series on DVD and Video on Demand, under the title, This Changed Everything: 500 Years of the Reformation. It is currently available via their website, www.visionvideo.com, through the series’ official website, and through online as well as store retailers nationwide. ### For further information and to inquire about interviews please contact, Matthew Oser at Matt@VisionVideo.com 610-584-3500 Ext. 336. Since 1972 Gateway Films/Vision Video has distributed and produced a wide range of films and television programs with a focus on Christian and biblical history. Vision Video distributes content worldwide to digital platforms, television outlets, and on DVD. www.visionvideo.com. Christian History Institute is a non-profit ecumenical organization founded in 1982. CHI provides educational resources related to church using print, video, and the Internet.www.christianhistoryinstitute.org. American Public Television (APT) distributes thousands of hours of programming to America’s 360+ public television stations. APT may be best known for bringing names such as Julia Child, Fred Rogers, The Three Tenors and Monty Python to public attention. Today APT programs include prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies.www.aptonline.org.
Monday, 12 September 2016 11:42
LOS ANGELES, CA., September 12, 2016 | TruthPR.com | -- The world premiere of "The Atheist Delusion," which claims to "destroy atheism with one scientific question," will be screened to a private audience while streaming live from within Ken Ham's recently opened Ark Encounter, the massive life-sized Noah's Ark in Northern Kentucky. Ray Comfort, the movie's producer, said, "From the start, we were concerned that people wouldn't take seriously a movie that 'destroys atheism with one scientific question.' But it does exactly that by scientifically confirming the existence of God. Having a respected, scientifically based organization like Answers in Genesis being willing to premiere it is such an honor." Thousands have already viewed the movie within the first two days of its pre-release as a paid download, but on October 22, its official release date, it will be streamed live from the Ark. Comfort said, "This film isn't likely to convince the average proud and closed-minded atheist. But countless others, tempted to believe the ridiculous lie of atheism, are open-minded, and will be convinced by seeing the irrefutable proof for the existence of God." The best-selling author and filmmaker, whose movies have been viewed by millions, added, "We would love for millions more to watch 'The Atheist Delusion,' and invite Christians to host the live-streaming event from their church or home. The world premiere will be highly evangelistic, as well as thoroughly encouraging, equipping, and inspiring to seasoned believers." The private event, hosted by Ray Comfort and Ken Ham, will be streamed live on AtheistMovie.com on October 22 at 8 p.m. (ET). At the same time the movie will also be released on YouTube. To view the movie before its official release, see www.AtheistMovie.com for details. To host a premiere go to: www.atheistmovie.com/host-live-premiere To Request Interviews with Ray Comfort Click here.
Friday, 02 September 2016 09:40
“Decisions” film available as a free evangelism tool for churches, individuals and organizations CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 1, 2016 / TruthPR / – Over the last 12 years, millions around the world have heard the Gospel through My Hope, a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. My Hope is set to launch an all-new 30-minute program entitled “Decisions” which will be accessible—free of charge—anywhere via television broadcast, internet streaming and DVD. “Decisions” features a Gospel message from Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and looks at the lives of people of different ages and backgrounds who have heard the Gospel through Graham’s 2016 Decision America Tour and made life-changing decisions to follow Christ. “I’ve been talking to people about the importance of decisions. I see thousands of people faced with a choice… and I want [them] to know the truth,” said Franklin Graham. “Any time you have a crowd of people, I can guarantee there will be somebody in that crowd that doesn’t know Jesus Christ. So, every time I’m at the microphone I’m going to give the Gospel.” Through the Decision America Tour, Franklin Graham is holding prayer rallies in each state capital encouraging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives, and to pray for our nation. As the tour travels to all 50 states in 2016, Graham is presenting the simple truth of the Gospel—the hope found through a relationship with Jesus Christ. “Decisions,” the 2016 installment of the evangelistic films available from My Hope, follows in succession of previous films: “Value of a Soul” (2015); “Heaven” (2014); and “The Cross” (2013). Beginning Sept. 1, churches and individuals will be able to download the full program or view it at that time at www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org. A free DVD version of “Decisions,” including “A Time for Decision: Pray, Vote, Engage,” a special 30-minute program that goes behind the scenes of the Decision America Tour, will also be available. Pre-orders are now being taken with shipment expected in early fall. “Decisions,” will also be shown as the Billy Graham television special airing on local and Christian networks beginning Oct. 10. Check local listings for airings in your area. -more- “We are very happy to offer this resource to the church which will powerfully present the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Steve Rhoads, vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who is responsible for My Hope globally. “The church in the United States has a unique opportunity at this moment to proclaim Jesus, who offers hope and redemption to a lost world. We pray that the good news will be preached and that God will bring a revival to His people.” For more information on My Hope, including tips on how the available free resources can be used, visit www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org. You can participate by preordering your free copy of “Decisions” and beginning to pray and prepare for an event in your community. ### About My Hope Beginning in 2002, My Hope has been implemented in 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. More than 305,000 churches and 4 million individuals have participated, and more than 10 million salvation and rededication decisions for Jesus Christ have been recorded. My Hope was first implemented in United States in 2013, and has since resulted in more than 200,000 decisions for Christ. This year, My Hope field representatives across the nation have been meeting and encouraging local pastors in their efforts to reach people with the Gospel. In addition to last year’s film titled “Value of a Soul,” churches continue to use other films like “Heaven,” “Defining Moments” and “The Cross,” which collectively have seen nearly 2.25 million views on YouTube and more than 1 million copies distributed on DVD. Meanwhile, a new film called “The Worth of a Soul” will release this fall in the UK in conjunction with My Hope UK. About the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world by every effective means available. From its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., the BGEA directs a wide range of domestic and international ministries. For more information, please visit www.billygraham.org. Get news updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BGEAnews.
Tuesday, 19 July 2016 09:32
Audio Download for Radio Opens in Theaters Nationwide July 22 *|FACEBOOK:LIKE|* NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 18, 2016 /TruthPR.com/ -- New York Times best-selling author and notable filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza said that if every American could see this , Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, it would be "impossible for Hillary Clinton to get elected." Hillary's America reveals disreputable facts about Hillary and the secret history of the Democratic Party and Hillary's combative rise as presidential candidate.The 100-minute documentary uses narrative elements mixed with interviews to present a complete picture of the history of the Democratic Party, starting with slave-owning President Andrew Jackson and guiding viewers through Margaret Sanger's founding of Planned Parenthood and up to President Woodrow Wilson, who screened the Ku Klux Klan-glorifying movie The Birth of a Nation at the White House.Vanderbilt University professor Carol Swain, who plays a significant part in the film, states "I would like to see this film reach as many people as possible, especially minorities who are convinced the democratic party is a party of Equality, Liberation, Civil Rights, and Economic Mobility. Once they watch the film I am hopeful it will encourage them to research additional information on these important issues".Swain adds, "To me the greatest Civil Rights issue of our time is the abortion of millions of black babies". According to the Guttmacher Institute's data on abortion, the number of abortions in the United States since 1973 is estimated at 57 million. Of the 57 million babies aborted since 1973, " +/- 31% have been black. Swain said "It is the Democratic party pushing for funding for Planned Parenthood where millions of black babies are aborted. This would be labeled a genocide if Republicans were behind this movement." "Carol Swain played a critical role in "Hillary's America." She presented with clarity and intellectual authority the role of the Democratic Party in undermining civil rights the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." - Dinesh D'Souza Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party is in theaters nationwide July 22.Be one of the first people to see Hillary's America, opening nationwide this Friday! Do you have your tickets yet? ### To Schedule an Interview or Request Carol Swain for a speaking engagement: Request Carol Swain
Thursday, 10 December 2015 17:05
ProFamily Films New Documentary Encourages Faith & Adoption THE 5 DAY ADOPTION DOCUMENTARY IS NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ AND ON DEMAND DVD'S Available December 21st HUNTERSVILLE, NC, Dec. 11, 2015 | Christian News Service | -- ProFamily Films announces the release of THE 5 DAY ADOPTION documentary on DVD, Blu-Ray™, & On Demand. In it, viewers are introduced to the moving true story about the power of prayer and courageous faith in God as a family embarks on a fast-paced 5-day adoption journey. From award-winning filmmaker Kevin Peeples of WAR ROOM, BEYOND THE MASK and BIRTH CONTROL: HOW DID WE GET HERE? comes THE 5 DAY ADOPTION, a compelling documentary that explores the power of prayer. Upon hearing the story, Peeples "knew it was a story that had to be told." The documentary features Todd and Barbara McCoskey sharing their second adoption experience and welcoming their newborn daughter, Christina, into their family. The film co-stars Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar from TLC's 19 Kids and Counting who state that it was "a joy" to be a part of this adoption. Jessa Seewald from Jill & Jessa: Counting On, states "My husband and I are looking into adoption. It is so inspiring to hear other people’s stories." She encourages the body of Christ to get involved in adoption one way or another, looking at how her parents were involved in the McCoskey's journey. "A great testimony of God's hand at work. It reminded me that He loves EVERY life. Very inspiring!" -Alex Kendrick, Director of War Room, Courageous, & Fireproof "I'm excited about the opportunity for it to speak to other people about adoption. This is an amazing testimony of how God works." -Jill Dillard of TLC's Jill & Jessa: Counting On "This is a real life example of what childlike faith looks like - never doubting, always trusting, and simply obeying no matter the result. It will not only challenge you to pray bold prayers but to go deeper with the very God who loves to answer them!" -The Benham Brothers, best selling authors of Whatever the Cost "Wow! An inspiring film that realistically depicts the adoption process - although I've never seen a couple go through it in just 5 days! Barbara and Todd displayed deep faith, kindness, and incredible empathy for everyone involved in their adoption. Recommended for all families, whether or not they have been touched by adoption." -Helene Nathanson, Executive Director - Nathanson Adoption Services To learn more, visit: www.5DayAdoption.com For Audio Download of Kevin Peeples Interview, click here. ### Source: ProFamily Films Kevin Peeples is available for interviews. Contact: Kevin@ProFamilyFilms.com About ProFamily Films: Pro-Family Films was born from a desire to build a culture that values life through the medium of film, by presenting a worldview that upholds, with integrity, a true gospel-centered attitude towards marriage, children, and family by encouraging a desire for multi-generational legacy.