I’m taking a risk here, since I received so much criticism for recommending Christians see the movie Noah. But as Hollywood attempts more movies based on the Bible, we need to do more than just complain when they miss the mark Biblically. The truth is, some of these movies will be
For the last number of years, The National Day of Prayer Task Force has met annually with all of their volunteer prayer leaders from across the country, in a different city every year, in order to get a perspective on how to pray for the different areas of need in our nation. Last year they went to Washington DC for the first time, but they’ve been to quite a few other cities. For this year, they decided to
Last night Kathleen and I attended the Oscar party at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Beacon is Bel Air’s ministry to the entertainment and media industries, and they partnered with the Hollywood Prayer Network, The Greenhouse, The 168 Film Project, and Christian Women in Media to host the event. More than 1,000 people showed up to see the Oscars, discuss the films, and have a really fun night. We even had a huge contest to see who could predict the winners. The question is – Why should churches host Oscar parties?
Karen Covell, Director of the Hollywood Prayer Network had an interesting conversation with an employee of a major ministry regarding their position on boycotting the entertainment industry. Karen, (like most of us Christians in the entertainment business) prefer to think of boycotts as a completely last resort. It raises plenty of money for fundraising campaigns, but as a strategy to change the culture, it simply rarely works.
But Karen responded to this ministry with such a clear and direct explanation of her position, I thought it worth posting. With Karen’s permission, here’s her letter:
I just left the fourth annual National Media Prayer Breakfast at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. Powerful event. If nothing else, it’s quite remarkable that 700 people – mostly Hollywood professionals – come together in a highly visible way to pray for individuals in the entertainment and media industries. Founded by Dr. Larry Poland of Mastermedia, and now hosted by Mastermedia and the Hollywood Prayer Network, it’s become extremely respected. I was interviewed by CNN after the event, and while they didn’t fully understand it, they were amazed at the impact and reception in the industry. It’s open to anyone, and I would encourage you to attend next year. Although it’s an obviously Christian event, it’s not about being exclusive, it’s about being inclusive, and welcoming anyone, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. Hats off to Larry Poland, Karen Covell, and the entire team.