This prequel-like tale may have lessons about friendship, selflessness and goodness, but is it suitable for children, and does it live up to its predecessor, The Wizard of Oz? Read to find out.
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This Friday Jack the Giant Slayer hits the silver screen. Read our review of this revisionist screen fairy-tale that is following in the footsteps of flicks such as Hansel and Gretel and Once Upon a Time.
Using new technologies, The Bible stands apart from previous Scripture-based portrayals in production quantity and quality
Legendary Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline is back with a new album, new lead singer and a new agenda:to be a voice for orphaned children in Haiti. The net proceeds from the album, Kings & Queens, will go to the Hands and Feet Project, an orphan-care ministry founded by band members in 2004.
The multiple-Grammy-winning group, which formed in 1986 under the name A-180, recorded and toured for two decades until 2006, when former lead vocalist Mark Stuart suffered vocal challenges. In the intervening years, members of the band turned their focus to their families and ministries. So when they were approached about going back on tour, they were a bit reluctant.
“Our first thought was, ‘No, we’re doing other things,’” says bassist Will McGinniss, who serves as chairman of the board of the Hands and Feet Project. “But when we heard the idea that this could really advance what we’re doing in Haiti, that’s what really got us excited about the project.”
The Hands and Feet Project hosts two orphanages in Haiti that house 100 children each in family-style villages. But in recent months, both facilities have reached maximum capacity, and the organization has had to turn away hundreds of children due to lack of space.
This month, the band returns to the tour circuit with new lead singer Kevin Max, formerly of dc Talk, with plans to raise funds to open two more villages.
The album’s first single, “Kings & Queens” showcases children from the orphanages and the miracles God has performed in their lives.
The action-adventure genre doesn’t normally fall under the category of family-friendly entertainment—and it certainly isn’t often associated with biblical morals. But MeThinx Enterainment’s The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone, scheduled for release this month, is both.
The movie, based on a series of novels by Bill Muir, features life lessons for children that parents can rally behind: teamwork, the triumph of good over evil and the importance of each person to God. The film also contains minimal violence.
Alex Kendrick, associate pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., and co-creator of the Christian films Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous, plays Daniel, who stops to make a donation at a foster home where he grew up and is convinced to forego a playoff baseball game to tell the resident children a story.
Off the cuff, Daniel intrigues the children with the tale of Billy and Allie (played by Billy Unger and Sammi Hanratty), a pair of teens who recover a long-lost medallion that takes them back in time. In their travels, the two hook up with an arrogant young king and his friend, as well as a wise old man, and are caught up in an effort to save the king’s island people from an evil warlord.
Kendrick urges parents to take their children to see the film—if not for the entertainment, then for the biblical message it conveys.
“Our kids’ hearts are under attack from the deception of ‘destructive lies’ found in media and our culture and the words of ‘mean kids,’” Kendrick says. “This is a film that every family should see ... twice.”
Plumb (Curb Records)
Since 1997, Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, known by her stage name Plumb, has offered polished modern pop songs that lend themselves not only to Christian radio, but also movie soundtracks (“Stranded,” “God-Shaped Hole,” “Boys Don’t Cry”).
Lee’s occasionally brutal honesty (“Cut,” “Damaged”) also landed her on the playlists of countless young women and young men dealing with hard issues of life.
Now she returns to the spotlight with her first album in six years, Need You Now. With the help of co-writer Matt Bronlewee, Lee navigates heartbreak, hope, healing, happiness and encouragement against a backdrop of melodic pop rock.
Jars of Clay singer Dan Haseltine provides a perfect vocal complement on the inspirational “Drifting.” “One Drop” is a light, catchy song that seems destined for media crossover and provides a soothing contrast to the haunting despair of the opener, “Invisible.”
The title track, which already spent weeks at the top of Christian radio charts, is a rousing prayer for divine intervention, and Lee has said the album is named in honor of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Need You Now alternates between moments of deep contemplation and pure levity and joy—one moment, Lee cries out to God; the next, she celebrates the unconditional love of her husband. Her return should earn attention and accolades from listeners hoping to communicate their faith with authenticity.
Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson)
In this follow-up to the best-selling author’s 2012 book, Grace, readers are inspired by stories of God’s miraculous rescue of people who dug themselves into a pit. From rebellious Peter to proud King David, Max Lucado shows that God’s grace can reach anyone.
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The legendary Christian rock band emerges from retirement now fronted by Kevin Max of dc Talk, with an album that seeks to provide shelter and a voice for Haitian orphans. Net proceeds from Kings & Queens support the Hands and Feet Project in Haiti, founded by the band in 2004.
Perry Stone (Charisma House)
When Bible teacher Perry Stone learned that high priests spoke in tongues in the holy of holies, he was intrigued to discover more little-known details of the Holy Spirit’s presence in the Old Testament. In his newest book, Stone tackles such subjects as the anointing, whether the Holy Spirit is masculine or feminine, why the Spirit is likened to a dove and how to discern if you’re operating in the gifts of the Spirit.
Joseph Prince (Charisma House )
As senior pastor of the 24,000-member New Creation Church in Singapore, Joseph Prince is known worldwide for his teaching on God’s grace and the abundant life we can have in Jesus. In Provision Promises, Prince compiles divine vows taken straight from God’s Word that offer wisdom and inspiration.
Chad Norris (Chosen Books)
Norris provides a humorous, honest account of how his encounter with the Holy Spirit turned his world—that of a staunch Southern Baptist preacher—upside down.
T.W. Hunt and Melana Hunt Monroe (NavPress)
Penned by the Bible-teaching father-daughter duo, The Hope of Glory helps spiritual seekers find the peace that comes when they trade a worldly perspective on life for a heavenly one.
Joel C. Rosenberg (Tyndale)
Following the mold of his previous prophetic thrillers, Joel C. Rosenberg’s latest novel takes readers into a world in which Israel bombs Iran’s nuclear plant, the U.S. turns its back on the Jewish state and a CIA operative races against time to divert colossal disaster. Damascus Countdown is sure to live up to its predecessors.
Recorded live at the Passion 2013 conference in Atlanta, this latest Passion album features the music of Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, David Crowder, Matt Redman and Christy Nockels, as well as teaching by Louie Giglio.
Watch as Mandisa ministers to a national television audience with her hit song, "Stronger."
Pastor and author of the widely popular book Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman continues to challenge what it means to be a committed follower of Christ. In his latest book, he examines idol worship.
Pro-family advocates welcome Democrats admiring Lincoln. Now, they are appealing to the political party to show the same concern for millions yet unborn that Lincoln showed for millions then in chains.
Billy Grahams ministry has been a remedy for the soul of millions. Now the Chicken Soup for the Soul publishing brand released its newest edition, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Billy Graham and Me.
Meant to Be, the newest Pure Flix Entertainment release, is a film that could sear the heart of even the most staunch abortion advocate.
Christian music artist Carman has been diagnosed with cancer. He announced the news on his Facebook page Thursday morning. Please pray.
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