Despite sexual allegations against some the biggest names in the entertainment industry, Hollywood seems to have no problem supporting similar behavior on the screen in their movies. Many movies in theaters today are full of vulgar language, and graphic sexual, occult and violent content. Even the latest Disney/Pixar release was focused on Mexico’s Day of the Dead and the various occult practices associated with it and many of the 2018 Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture are R-rated with lewd sexual content. But, as an old saying states, “It is better to light a small candle than to curse the darkness.” And thankfully, in the midst of this darkness in theaters, we are continuing to see a growing number of bright lights via the many faith-based films being released each year. Millions of people — churched and unchurched — saw these films last year, and most were touched in some way by the biblical messages in these movies. This is why many have a passion to help support and to spread the word about these films and to urge others to do the same.
Ways you can help
• Stay informed about upcoming faith-based films through sites like facebook.com/LightinDarkPlace and/or by joining the movie email list (see below for details).
• Pray! Any successful ministry needs effective prayer (and even fasting) behind the scenes.
• Help spread the word via social media, fliers, posters, church bulletins, etc.
• See the film on opening weekend and try to organize a group (large or small) to attend. Help your church or organization to organize groups for opening weekend. Feel free to contact me for discount tickets and for suggestions in organizing groups.
• Purchase tickets as early as possible. Successful advanced ticket purchases can expand a film’s release to additional theaters and larger auditoriums.
The list of films for 2018 is still being finalized, and the some of the dates here are subject to change. All dated films listed here are regular releases that will show for a week or longer in select theaters except for Fathom Events (indicated by **), which are usually scheduled for one night only, but sometimes have one or two encore showings.
“The Star” (started 11/17 but still playing in some theaters) Delightful inspirational animated film for young & old about the first Christmas – the birth of our Savior. thestarmovie.com
“Alien Intrusion” (** 1/11) Experts investigate UFO phenomena from a Christian perspective. Narrated by John Schneider. alienintrusion.com
“Samson” (starts 2/16) Biblical story of Samson brought to the big screen by Pureflix. samsonmovie.pureflix.com
“Is Genesis History?” (** 2/22) Scientists show how Genesis account is supported by scientific evidence. isgenesishistory.com
“Kirk Cameron: Connect” (** 2/27, 3/1) Learn what it takes to raise healthy kids in this social media world. Fathomevents.com
“The Second Coming of Christ” (starts 3/8) Journey of an atheist woman scientist who, at the end of time, discovers that faith can bring Miracles. facebook.com/TheSecondComingOfChristMovie
“I Can Only Imagine” (starts 3/16) True story behind the inspiring song. icanonlyimagine.com
“The Riot & The Dance: A Cinematic Celebration of Creation” (** 3/19) Nature/science documentary to open our eyes to the glory of creation. riotandthedance.com
“Paul, Apostle of Christ” (3/28) Story of Paul (James Faulkner) imprisoned in Rome and Luke (Jim Caviezel) as he writes the Book of Acts. paulmovie.com
“God’s Not Dead 3: A Light in Darkness” (3/30) A church is destroyed, and a congregation silenced, yet God’s light shines in the midst of trials. godsnotdead.pureflix.com
“Mary Magdalene” (3/30) Warning – Hollywood-produced film with likely a distorted view of the “untold” story of Mary.
“Like Arrows” (** 5/1, 3) Art of parenting from Family Life Today. familylifeministries.org/like-arrows
Films tentatively scheduled for later in 2018:
“Power of the Air”
“Run the Race”
“Unbroken 2: Path to Redemption”
For email notices about upcoming releases, advanced screenings and more, email your contact info to Stan at [email protected] (with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line. For up-to-date information, LIKE Stan’s Christian movie Facebook page (facebook.com/LightinDarkPlace) and Twitter @LightDarkPlace.
Stanley Goldenberg has been involved in grassroots promotion of Christian films for over 10 years. He hosts a regular “Movie Connection” program on LIFE-FM (90.9 FM) in Miami. He is also a federal hurricane research meteorologist who has published scientific articles and appeared in numerous TV hurricane specials.