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Posted 2/17/15 at 10:34 AM | Barry Bowen

Taking on Netflix: Christian Film Distributors Build Large Online Video Libraries

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If you want to watch the documentary A Cry from Iran or the movie Cutback, don’t search for them on Netflix. You won’t find them. Instead they can be viewed at Parables, one of the new Netflix competitors specializing in Christian and family friendly films.

The Christian film industry and religious television are in a state of transition as consumers shift to online video viewing.

The recent growth in new religious TV networks may also come to a halt as “chord cutters” cancel cable TV subscriptions. Dish Network recently announced Sling TV, an Internet-based TV subscription, that includes 14 TV channels for $20 and access to video on demand titles. No religious networks are included in the programming bundle.

If large numbers of Americans subscribe to Sling TV and the internet TV packages to be offered from Apple and Sony, there will be fewer viewers of religious TV. FULL POST

Posted 2/6/15 at 10:12 PM | Barry Bowen

If the Bible Was Written by Man, How Can it Be the Word of God?

Photo: Screenshot from A Matter of Faith

The new movie A Matter of Faith opened in 50 theaters today. During the movie a college professor and Christian parent debate the origins of the earth. The following exchange is shown in the movie trailer which is embedded below.

Professor Kaman: "Wasn't the Bible written by man?"

Stephen Whitaker: "Yes it was."

Professor Kaman: "Then how does that make it the word of God?"

Can you answer that question?

Professor Kaman isn't the only person to ask this question. According to Got Answers, "There are both internal and external evidences that the Bible is truly God’s Word. The internal evidences are those things within the Bible that testify of its divine origin." FULL POST

Posted 2/5/15 at 1:22 PM | Barry Bowen

Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

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This Friday the Christian movie A Matter of Faith opens in about 50 theaters. The story is about college student Rachel Whitaker's Christian worldview being challenged by her biology teacher's promotion of naturalistic evolution.

Professor Kaman tells his class, "Ladies and gentlemen, today we are going to answer the age old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

So let's take a look at the Christian films about evolution and the science about the development of the egg. FULL POST

Posted 1/29/15 at 11:05 AM | Barry Bowen

Christian Films Remind Us: Now Is Harvest Time

During the first 50 years of the Christian film industry, most films were produced for church use. These films often lasted less than an hour so they could be shown during Sunday school classes or evening services.

This film review focuses on a couple of short films on the topic of spiritual harvest.

End of the Harvest

Rich Christiano’s film End of the Harvest was released in 1998 and is 54 minutes long. The story is about Scott Lawrence, an immature Christian college student, that decides to give a speech to a philosophy club on when the world might end.

The film is about the need for people to be ready for when Jesus returns. Unlike most Christian films that explore the topic of the end times, this movie doesn’t show the rapture.

The cast includes actors David White, Kevin Downes and Brad Heller. All three have appeared in numerous Christian films.

The Harvest FULL POST

Posted 1/21/15 at 2:16 PM | Barry Bowen

January 21 is National Hugging Day

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Today is National Hugging Day. Seriously!

The event's website reports, "Hugs let someone know you care without having to say a word!"

So I got curious. Does the Bible say anything about hugs? BibleStudytools.com allows us to search different Bible translations. So here are the results ...

The word "hug" doesn't appear in the King James Version (KJV) or the English Standard Version (ESV) and only once (Job 24:8) in the New International Version (NIV) which says, "They are drenched by mountain rains and hug the rocks for lack of shelter."

Bible translations generally use the word "embrace" rather than "hug". The word "embrace" appears 7 times in the ESV, 8 times in the KJV and 6 times in the NIV.

The ideal example of "embrace" in the Bible is Song of Solomon 2:6. FULL POST

Posted 1/9/15 at 11:43 AM | Barry Bowen

Redeeming the TV Viewing Habit

Last year a Nielsen TV ratings report  revealed that the average TV household in America watches 141 hours of TV each month.

Daily TV viewing is a habit for millions of Christians. TV could become a platform for discipleship and missions if more Christians intentionally viewed Christ-honoring movies, documentaries and TV shows — and shared them with their friends.

Recently I started a new project: the 2015 Christian Entertainment Challenge. The objective is to challenge Christians to watch at least one Christian movie, or spiritually challenging documentary or TV show each month.

Throughout the year I will be posting reviews of Christian movies as well as TV shows and documentaries that will help Christians to grow in our faith and equip us for ministry. The reviews will be available here at the Christian Post and at Storyflix.

For updates you can follow the 2015 Christian Entertainment Challenge on Twitter and Facebook. FULL POST

Posted 12/10/14 at 5:30 PM | Barry Bowen

Where Did the Time Go?

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Anniversaries sometimes challenge us to re-evaluate our lives and examine our priorities.

Twenty-one years ago on this day (December 10, 1993) I graduated from college. My parents were there to witness the occasion when I received my diploma.

Twenty-one years ago!! Where did the time go?

During that time 7,670 days have passed and I could have started a family, pursued a different career path, taken on different hobbies, or participated in mission trips.

Instead my life was marked by numerous failures as I often made poor decisions through trial and error.

If I found a time machine and could travel back in time to give my younger self some wisdom, it would be this: (1) Your habits shape your life. Do whatever it takes to end bad habits by replacing them with good habits. (2) Make friends and be accountable to them.

One of the challenges of being a single is that it is easy to become self absorbed. FULL POST

Posted 11/21/14 at 6:20 PM | Barry Bowen

Christian Post Blog Section Has Cat-Free Facebook Page

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Facebook is good for sharing cat pictures, jokes, interesting videos, spiritual truths and more cat photos.

So while I'm in a joking mood, here's one of my favorite Facebook jokes:

I'm going to create a Facebook Account with the name "Nobody"
So when somebody posts something stupid I can say "Nobody Likes This!"

On a more serious note, the Christian Post Blog section now has a Facebook page. You can like the page and follow the new posts being shared there.

The CP Blog section also has a presence on other social media: Twitter, Pinterest, and Storify.

* So you might be wondering why I put "Cat-Free" in the title of this story. Simple Answer: It makes the headline less boring. FULL POST

Posted 10/3/14 at 12:44 PM | Barry Bowen

Christian Post Blog Section Has New Manager

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Career changes happen.

After three years of overseeing The Christian Post blog section, I have left to write a book. Stephanie Howell is taking my place.

If you have questions or ever need assistance with a blog, please send your questions and comments to blog@christianpost.com

I would like to thank all of the CP bloggers for sharing your writing talents. I have learned a lot from reading your posts. In the future I hope to read some of the books written by authors that blog here.

I especially want to thank The Christian Post for giving me a job in 2011. I remember visiting CP in Washington D.C. and being impressed with diversity in the office as Christians of different ethnic backgrounds worked together to advance the Gospel.

There is one piece of advice I would like to leave with each of you: "Let your conversation be always full of grace ..." - Colossians 4:6 NIV FULL POST

Posted 9/29/14 at 5:34 PM | Barry Bowen

See You at the Pole 2014 Videos Show Student Prayer

Photo: YouTube screenshot
Student praying at See You at the Pole.

One of my favorite annual events occurred last week. On Wednesday Christian students from around the world gathered to pray at their school flagpoles. The See You at the Pole Facebook page has pictures of participants from ten countries on six continents.

Here are several See You at the Pole 2014 videos posted on YouTube.

Video by Kurt Doerfel
Video blog by Tim Azevedo
Video by Illowa Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Video by Alex Matteson

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