‘JESUS’ FILM REACHES MILLIONS

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A group of kids in South Asia watch a version of the "JESUS" film adapted for children. Since the film was first released in 1979, it has been reworked and adapted many times for different audiences in addition to being translated into 1,500 languages.

A group of kids in South Asia watch a version of the “JESUS” film adapted for children. Since the film was first released in 1979, it has been reworked and adapted many times for different audiences in addition to being translated into 1,500 languages.

ORLANDO — The “Jesus” film will be translated into its 1,500th language this month.

Josh Newell, the Jesus Film Project’s director of marketing and communications, told Baptist Press that the latest translation — into Daasanach, a language spoken by an ethnic group inhabiting parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan — is part of the project’s initiative to reach the world’s remaining 865 language groups that have 50,000 or more speakers.

It’s a “big milestone,” Newell said — “a celebration of a partnership from Bible translators to church planters to individuals who use it throughout the world to reach people from far-flung corners to city high rises.” [Read more…]

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DISNEY’S ‘GAY MOMENT’ SOURS MANY CHRISTIANS

By Diana Chandler
Baptist Press

170315disneyNASHVILLE (BP) — A gay plot twist in Disney’s upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast” continues to stir discontent among Christians, with an online poll at Faith Driven Consumer (FDC) among the latest to voice displeasure.

The poll reports 95 percent of 6,700 consumers said they are less likely to see the film because of an intimate attraction the bumbling LeFou character expresses toward the villainous Gaston. And 94 percent of those polled said they will likely spend less money on all Disney offerings as a whole, the online forum of 41 million Americans reported March 14. [Read more…]

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THE SHAKINESS OF ‘THE SHACK’

By Todd Brady
Vice President for University Ministries, Union University

Todd Brady

Todd Brady

Based on the wildly popular best-selling book, The Shack, the movie by the same title hits theaters March 3.  While all that glitters is not gold, The Shack proves that all that is spiritual is not trustworthy.

Pastor Eugene Peterson outrageously claimed that the book “has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress did for his.”  Wynonna Judd said that the “story has blown the door wide open to my soul.” [Read more…]

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‘THE SHACK’ FILM STIRS DEBATE AS DID PRECEDING BOOK

By Diana Chandler
Baptist Press

170228the-shackNASHVILLE (BP) — A fictional and emotionally destroyed Mack Phillips answers a mysterious invitation to a remote, isolated cabin. There he finds a trinity of fatherly love in a woman named “Papa” whose cohorts teach Phillips forgiveness and the faith to run on water — literally.

It’s the synopsis of the movie “The Shack,” based on William Paul Young’s New York Times bestseller and award-winning book by the same title, that some described as a biblically sound parable. And as with the 2007 controversial book that sold more than 20 million copies, others are criticizing the movie as a farce that serves to deeply distort rather than affirm biblical truths. [Read more…]

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ABC DEBUTS TRANSGENDER CHILD ON TV

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161005modern-familyNASHVILLE — An 8-year-old girl who lives as a transgender boy appeared on the Sept. 28 episode of ABC’s “Modern Family,” portraying a transgender friend of Lily, the daughter of the show’s leading gay couple, the series’ director has announced.

Modern Family director Ryan Case identified the show’s first openly transgender actor on Twitter, saying, “He’s 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily’s friend Tom in this week’s Modern Family.”

Jeff Johnston, issues analyst for the marriage and parenting group Focus on the Family (FOTF), told Baptist Press the episode would likely confuse children. [Read more…]

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TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT TARGETS CHILDREN

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Lonnie Wilkey

Lonnie Wilkey

Growing up in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s I constantly heard adults bemoan the direction that television programming was heading.

Little did they know.

What seemed “over the top” then pales in comparison to programming on network television today. And even worse, there are more networks clogging the airwaves with questionable programming. In my early years there were the big three (ABC, NBC, and CBS).  More networks simply mean the more likely bad programming will continue to multiply. [Read more…]

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MOVIE’S TICKET SALES TOP $1 MILLION

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-LifeWay Films

-LifeWay Films

NASHVILLE — Ticket sales for an encore showing of “The Insanity of God” in theaters Tuesday, Sept. 13, pushed box office receipts to $1.1 million.

“Due to the success of the film’s two one-night theater showings,” Trey Reynolds, manager of LifeWay Films, said, “we are planning a church simulcast for the film the first or second week of November, with a consumer DVD and church license DVD to be released Nov. 21.”

The feature documentary film produced by the International Mission Board and Cooke Pictures and distributed by LifeWay Films tells the story of missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken. After the death of their son, the couple traveled to 72 countries, into the depths of the persecuted church, to find out if God actually makes a difference in difficult places.

The film is based on a best-selling book of the same name  from B&H Publishing Group.  

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COLUMBINE MARTYR FILM SEEKS BOLD YOUTH REVIVAL

By Diana Chandler
Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) — When two fellow classmates approached Rachel Joy Scott on the lawn of Columbine High School and questioned her belief in Jesus, she affirmed her faith and was shot to death at point-blank range.

The story of her martyrdom has been told perhaps countless times in books, sermons and interviews in the past 20 years, but Pure Flix Entertainment hopes its upcoming film of Scott’s 17 years on earth inspires students nationally to accept and boldly proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Beginning a month in advance of the Oct. 21 opening of “I’m Not Ashamed,” the Pure Flix Faith and Family Alliance ministry and ad hoc partners will kick off the national six-week “I Am Hope” evangelistic and discipleship movement targeting students. [Read more…]

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ALAMO 18-YEAR-OLD APPEARS ON AGT

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Daniel Joyner performs “Jailhouse Rock” during a musical presentation in 2015 by students of Crockett County High School, Alamo.

Daniel Joyner performs “Jailhouse Rock” during a musical presentation in 2015 by students of Crockett County High School, Alamo.

ALAMO — Daniel Joyner, 18, has moved past several rounds of competition on the popular TV show, “America’s Got Talent,” even receiving two yeses from the infamous judge Simon Cowell, and recently performed again in Los Angeles, Calif., this time on live TV.

The active Christian and member of First Baptist Church, Alamo, where he also helps lead worship, has enjoyed the experience, he told the Jackson Sun. Daniel was in Los Angeles with his mother, Paige, for performances at press time on July 25. His father, Brian, is minister of music and youth of First, Alamo, located about 25 miles northwest of Jackson. [Read more…]

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MOTHER’S FAITH INSPIRES FILM MAKER

Tennessee native Gary Granstaff Produces Faith-Based ‘The Masked Saint’

The Masked Saint, portrayed by actor Brett Granstaff, is based on a book by the same name, written by Chris Whaley, a Baptist pastor who was a former wrestler.

The Masked Saint, portrayed by actor Brett Granstaff, is based on a book by the same name, written by Chris Whaley, a Baptist pastor who was a former wrestler.

FRANKLIN – After decades of living in Seattle, Wash., and Los Angeles, Tennessee native and movie producer Gary Granstaff returned to his roots. Granstaff was reared in the small community of Defeated in Smith County near Carthage.

He attended and became a member of First Baptist Church, Carthage, where his mother (Hazel Granstaff) was an icon in the church and in the community. She taught school and was a librarian for more than three decades in Smith County. Now in his 60s, Granstaff even recalls seeing the Baptist and Reflector as a child. “The Baptist and Reflector was one of the first publications I remember coming to our home,” he said. [Read more…]

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