Culture

“No Vacancy” – An Amazing True Story of Faith That Works Through Love

What do you get when you put together a down and out addict, a Florida county with numerous hurting homeless individuals and families, a jaded, cynical reporter, an “angel unawares,” and a pastor and his church with a passion to love others? You get a powerful story of miracles and lives transformed by God’s love. That is what the movie “No Vacancy” is all about! During the last recession, Lake County, Fla., had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Homelessness for individuals and families was growing and Pastor Cliff Lea, of First Baptist Leesburg, had a growing […]

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Faith-Based Films to Look Forward to In 2022

This year is seeing a robust line-up of very diverse faith-based films that will touch and change many lives. These films not only bless believers, but also provide an excellent opportunity for outreach. We can all get involved by praying for and spreading the word about these upcoming films.   Preview of Releases Check each film’s website for additional information. Release dates for some are known but the dates for many films are yet to be determined (TBD) so an updated list will be published later this year. Films listed here will show for at least one week except for […]

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Kelsey Grammer to Play Calvary Chapel Founder Chuck Smith in “Jesus Revolution” Movie

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Kingdom Story Company and Lionsgate announced recently that Kelsey Grammer, Anna Grace Barlow, Jonathan Roumie, and more have joined the cast of “Jesus Revolution,” a film inspired by the true story of a national spiritual awakening in the early 1970s and its origins within a community of teenage hippies in Southern California. Grammer (“Frasier”) will star alongside Joel Courtney (“Super 8”), previously announced, as well as newly joining cast members Anna Grace Barlow (“The Big Leap”), Jonathan Roumie (“The Chosen”), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“According to Jim”), Ally Ioannides (“Parenthood”), Julia Campbell (Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion), […]

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An Exciting Year for Faith-Based Films in Theaters

Faith-based films touch and change lives; inspire and encourage believers and provide a special opportunity for an uplifting experience for our families. After a long pause, 2021 saw a resurgence of faith films in theaters. These films included “Show Me the Father” and “Courageous Legacy” (by the Kendrick Brothers) and “The Jesus Music” and “American Underdog” by the Erwin Brothers. Some of the other faith films in 2021 were “God’s Not Dead: We The People,” “Journey with Jesus,”  “The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis,” “Sabina: Tortured For Christ, The Nazi Years,” “Christmas with the Chosen,” and […]

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Jesus, Only Jesus – Song Story

Fifteen attempts and nothing. This song’s theme is too broad and it won’t work. The task is too much. The spiritual weight, too heavy. How could a song be written about a revival that would usher in a move of God? What message could contain the power of repentance? As Village Hymns set out to write this song called “Jesus, Only Jesus,” these were the questions burning in our bones. Jesus comes Quickly, Jesus swooped in and redirected our questions. With His gentle voice, He reminded us of His power and His might. He placed His books on history in […]

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Good News Wants to Know… – Changer

Each month we ask faith, business and nonprofit leaders to answer a light-hearted question designed to help people get to know them better and bridge our community. This month, Good News Wants to Know… What book, story or movie has been a life changer or path changer for you (aside from the Bible)? Nothing Like It In The World: The Men Who Built The Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869 by Stephen E. Ambrose – The building of the transcontinental railroad changed the way people and goods moved across the U.S., ultimately changing the world.  It is important to note that Congress committed […]

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Faith-Based Films Are Returning to Theaters

The last major faith-based film in theaters was “I Still Believe,” an Erwin Brothers production about the inspiring true love story of Christian singer/song-writer Jeremy Camp and his wife Melissa – a story demonstrating hope in the midst of life’s storms. Sadly, less than two weeks after it opened in March 2020, the COVID-driven lockdowns began and most movie theaters shut down. Of course this and other previous releases are now available via streaming, DVD and for licensed Church showings. Thankfully, in many areas most movie theaters have been opening again, and starting this September we will once again see […]

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Calvary Christian Academy Grad Develops Faith-based Film “Death of an Artist”

When we think of faith-based filmmaking, we often think about the content of a film and rarely stop to question the process behind making one. My name is Christopher Schunk, I am a graduate of Calvary Christian Academy’s (CCA) class of 2017, and I am in my final semester of film school at Biola University, a small Christian university in Southern California. God called me to pursue filmmaking around the beginning of my high school career at CCA. I accidentally took a film class due to the cancellation of another class, and I can only say this was the hand […]

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“I Still Believe” tells Jeremy Camp’s Story of Faith in the Face of Tragedy

  “I Still Believe” is based on the true story of Christian singer/song-writer Jeremy Camp’s rise to prominence intertwined with the ups and downs of his real-life romance with Melissa Henning, who eventually became his wife. This movie is being promoted as a love story, but Jeremy and Melissa’s story is so much more. At the center of their story is Melissa’s on and off struggle with cancer, both before and after their marriage. It is in the midst of this struggle that, not only is their faith tested, but also the degree of Jeremy’s commitment to Melissa. As Tom […]

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Orlando’s Wycliffe Discovery Center Named Among Top Religious Museums in the Nation by USA Today 

USA Today has recognized the Wycliffe Discovery Center as one of the ten best religious museums in the United States. The newspaper’s  2020 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards were selected by a panel of experts who partnered with their 10 Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. The top 10 winners in the category Best Religious Museum are as follows: Ark Encounter – Williamstown, Ky. Creation Museum – Petersburg, Ky. Museum of the Bible – Washington, DC The International Museum of Muslim Cultures – Jackson, Miss. Wycliffe Discovery Center – Orlando Biblical […]

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