VeggieTales “Celery Night Fever” Coming Soon

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VeggieTales “Celery Night Fever” Exclusively on DVD August 5th

GLENDALE, Calif. (July 30, 2014) – All the music, fun and values-based storytelling of VeggieTales return in a brand-new movies starring the veggie crew, whose antics are fresher than ever in Celery Night Fever, debuting on Aug. 5.

Actor Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Who Wants to be a Millionaire) stars – and sings – in Celery Night Fever, in which the retro funkadelic sights and sounds of polyester leisure suits and disco balls take center stage – along with a timeless message of friendship and forgiveness.

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My Interview with Randy and Rhoda – It Takes a Church

ITAC_logoI had a great time yesterday interviewing Randy and Rhoda who met at Christ Life Church in Tempe Arizona during the filming of an “It Takes a Church” episode. Since the filming about 4 months ago they have continued to court one another. I have included the sound file of the interview for you below but I also just wanted to point out some of the highlights — really my favorite Q & A’s from the interview.

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NOAH Prompted a Flood of Faith Conversations

Exclusive Editorial by Craig Detweiler, Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture at Pepperdine University

Noah_2It’s fairly common these days for a movie to get the entire country talking about a comic book or a series of tween novels. But the Bible? That’s a lot more rare – and yet it happened this spring when Noah was in theaters nationwide.  And I hope it happens again when the film premieres on Blu-ray and DVD July 29.

I say that not just as director of the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture at Pepperdine University, where I have a professional interest in movies that make you think while they entertain you; but as a Christian, I’m also energized about the dialogue the film started and how it got millions of people talking about the themes of the story of Noah found in Genesis and the nature and character of God.

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Precious life

precious lifeI saw this lovely video and just had to share it with you. Think about how God forms life and develops it in the womb of a mother. Watch the video and then share it with someone who needs to learn the truth.

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As More Schools Ban Paddling, Others Defend It

by Rachel Chason | Religion News Service

paddling(RNS) The use of corporal punishment on disobedient students — commonly known as paddling — will be banned this coming school year in three counties in Florida and two in North Carolina.

That still leaves hundreds of school districts in the 19 states where the practice is still legal.

As the number of studies showing the negative effects that corporal punishment can have on children has increased, the number of students paddled in public schools nationally has decreased — going from 342,038 in 2000 to 217,814 in 2009-10, according to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

Studies have shown that in states where paddling is allowed, it’s used disproportionately on minority students and those with mental, physical and emotional disabilities.

A 2008 Human Rights Watch report found that although African-American students made up 17.1 percent of the student population nationwide, they made up 35.6 percent of those paddled. The report also notes that children with disabilities in Texas made up 10.7 percent of the student population in the 2006-07 school year but accounted for 18.4 percent of those paddled. [Read the full article here: Corporal Punishment]

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Why Young Evangelicals are Moving to Poor Areas

by Eric Metaxas | BreakPoint

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A recent article in al-Jazeera America provided an inspiring glimpse of what restoration looks like.

You heard me correctly: al-Jazeera.

The article, “Downwardly Mobile for Jesus,” tells the story of what sociologist James Bielo of Miami University calls a “hot thing”: younger evangelicals moving back into the city, not out of a desire to enjoy the attractions of city life, but out of Christian commitment to make a difference in poor neighborhoods.

The story focused on families in Baltimore’s Sandtown neighborhood, a 72-square block area where the median household income is less than half the national average.

Matthew Loftus, the Chief Resident at a Baltimore hospital, moved into the community in 2009 with his family. Loftus and others like him are not dreamers or people seeking an adventure before getting on with their “real” lives.

Instead, they are people moved by a vision articulated by longtime Prison Fellowship board member John Perkins. That vision is dubbed “incarnational ministry.” As the name suggests, it takes its inspiration from the fact that God became flesh and shared in human suffering. Or put more colorfully, Jesus “did not commute back and forth from heaven.” [Read the full story here: Young Evangelicals]

The Church of England Votes to Ordain Women

by Al Mohler | President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

church of englandWriting about the age of John Milton, the British author A. N. Wilson once tried to explain to modern secular readers that there had once been a time when bishops of the Church of England were titanic figures of conviction who were ready to stand against the culture. “It needs an act of supreme historical imagination to be able to recapture an atmosphere in which Anglican bishops might be taken seriously,” he wrote, “still more, one in which they might be thought threatening.”

Keep that in mind as you read the news that the General Synod of the Church of England voted yesterday to approve the consecration of women as bishops of the church.

The votes came less than two years after a similar measure failed to gain the necessary two-thirds vote before the same synod. The election of women as bishops had sailed through the bishops and the clergy, but opposition from lay members of the synod had blocked the measure late in 2012.

What few even in the British media are now mentioning is the massive pressure brought upon the church by the larger British culture and, most specifically, from the British government.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday was “a great day for the Church and for equality.” Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that the vote was a “big moment” and Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labor Party said that the vote was “wonderful news.” [Read the full story here: Church of England Women]