Mark Burnett and Roma Downey Talk Faith, Film and Ben-Hur

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The story of Judah Ben-Hur has been one of the culture’s most popular, most powerful stories for more than a century now, and Jesus has always been at the center of it. Earlier this summer, I wrote a blog about the 1880 book Ben-Hur: The Tale of the Christ, discussing the faith journey of author […]

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Vodcast: The Little Prince and the Beautiful Mess of Story

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Stories are so misunderstood. As much as we all enjoy them, we often fail to recognize—or just flat out misunderstand—their importance and power, both for ill and for good. Which is why it’s nice when a story comes along that reminds us of the beauty that a good story can unveil and the ways they can […]

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They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our … What?

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I was reading a Los Angeles Times interview with comedian Amy Schumer. She talked about a Twitter to-do from some weeks back, when fellow comedian Leslie Jones—one of the stars of the new Ghostbusters movie—was temporarily pushed off the service after being inundated with hateful, often racist tweets. “It was just so much hate at […]

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of Three Movies, a Book and a Surprising Conversion

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The nearly four-hour epic Ben-Hur, released in 1959, won an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Charlton Heston. The American Film Institute lists it at No. 72 on their list of “America’s 100 Greatest Movies.” If it’s that good, then why will Mark Burnett and Roma Downey release a new […]

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What Does the Truth Feel Like?

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Every now and then when I’m reviewing music for Plugged In, I’ll come across a lyric from an artist that succinctly encapsulates some aspect of our culture. That happened recently when I reviewed Gwen Stefani’s first new solo album in 10 years, This Is What the Truth Feels Like. Before I talk about the lyric […]

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The 33: Rescued Both Physically and Spiritually in the Mine

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Most of us can vividly recall being glued to our television sets on Oct. 13, 2010. It was on that day that 33 Chilean miners who had been trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days were miraculously hoisted to safety, one at a time, encapsulated in what looked like a gigantic, steel bullet. The movie, […]

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Are Christian Films the New Roman Road? Woodlawn’s Jon Erwin Thinks So.

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The Plugged In team has literally screened thousands of movies—and sometimes a moviemaker brings a film right to our very own campus. But when filmmaker Jon Erwin (October Baby, Mom’s Night Out) came to Focus on the Family back in July to screen his new film, Woodlawn, he made the decision to not show it—even […]

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War Room: Fighting for the Time To Pray

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War Room: Fighting for the Time to Pray

War Room surprised everyone when it muscled its way toward the top of the box office standings. Not very many people thought a movie about prayer had a, well, prayer of achieving something like that—let alone doing so while showing on significantly fewer screens than its competition. More important than that, though, is what War Room […]

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