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Film Industry Expert Explains How Christians Can Engage the Culture Through Film (and Why We Should)

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We live in an era when Hollywood couldn’t be more opposed to Christianity.

The silver screen is often wrought with violence, sex, scandal, and worldly ideology, not to mention rhetoric that is starkly opposed to that of the teachings in the Lord’s Word.

On top of all that, Hollywood has a history of crudely twisting biblical themes…let’s not get started on the “Noah” movie or last year’s “Mother.”

In spite of all this, however, Stephan Schultze, the executive director of the cinematic arts department at Liberty University, recently explained in an interview with The Christian Post why it is more important than ever for Christians to use film to spread the Gospel.

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And that, as he knows from personal experience, it’s entirely possible for Christians to get involved in the film industry because of the Gospel.

“[The film industry] has great potential to shape culture,” Schultze explains, explaining that filmmakers are creatively obliged to be mindful of the worldview their work presents.

“But it can go awry and in the wrong direction and affect culture in an inappropriate way…filmmakers design and create content that drives traffic to their movie in order to make the next movie. When the film industry is least healthy, it’s driving traffic in a way that’s unproductive for us to engage in conversation and to care about one another, or it’s successfully violent and dehumanizes what it’s like to be a human.”

As an active industry professional, Schultze speaks from experience. He’s contributed to projects directed by Hollywood legends James Cameron Ron Underwood, as well as worked in every facet of the film industry from major motion films, television, music videos, commercials, industrial videos, and countless independent films.

In the many decades that his vast experience has spanned, Schultze says there is one vital truth he has learned: whatever your role in the film industry may be, your outward behavior plays a big role in the outcome of the project you’re involved with, which gives Christians an amazing tool with which to impact the culture and share the life-changing message of the Gospel.

“At the end of the day in the film industry, you attract what you’re like. If you’re kind, you attract people who want to work with you,” he says. “If you’re quick to anger, if you’re cavalier in your personal life, and you bring that onto a set, that it is what you end up with at the end of the day.”

“If you’re someone of the faith, how you demonstrate your faith…when it’s really hard, when you’re really pushing through a difficult moment…it’ll reflect extremely well in your opportunity to have someone say, ‘Wow, you’re different, what’s different about you?’” he continues.

“That’s what we try to emulate,” he continues. “We tell our students, ‘You have this great opportunity, and it’ll show up when it’s the hardest day you ever had, and that’s the day you can’t let that down. That’s the day you’ve got to push forward in a way that separates you from the pack.’”

This is certainly advice that applies to any industry. The Bible admonishes us to do everything we do unto the Lord (Col 3:23-24), so whether we scrub toilets or direct blockbuster films, in trials and challenges, by hard work, perserverence, and everyday kindess, we have an endless supply of opportunities to let Christ’s light shine through us.

Praise Him!

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Putin Threatens to Station Russian Military 90 Miles from United States

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Cold War 2?  The first shadows of World War 3?  Whatever it is, this latest conflict between Russia and The United States could be getting a little close to home for that latter population.

The issue at hand is Ukraine.  Russia looks to be in the last calm moments before an imminent invasion, and the rest of the world is warning against it.  The United States, as per the usual, is the loudest voice in the crowd, forcefully and repeatedly telling Vladimir Putin that if he lays a finger on Ukraine, there will be Hell to pay.

But, not to be outdone of course, Vladimir Putin has now threatened to move Russian troops into position to act on US soil.

 Following recent threats of a potential military deployment to Cuba earlier this month, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin discussed the “strategic partnership” and further coordination of “actions in the international arena” with Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel in a call disclosed Monday by the Kremlin.

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In a tweet, Díaz-Canel said the two leaders held a “cordial and fruitful telephone conversation” about “the current international situation” and the development of “future links in different spheres.”

News of the conversation comes amid rising fears of a Russian military action in Ukraine. NATO said Monday it was putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe while President Joe Biden was reportedly considering sending troops to the region.

Cuba and Venezuela were dragged into the drama surrounding the conflict earlier this month after Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, told a Russian television station that he could “neither confirm nor exclude” potential military deployments to the two Latin American nations.

The White House appeared resolute in their stance against the move.

“I’m not going to respond to bluster in the public commentary,” Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, told reporters at the time. “If Russia were to move in that direction, we would deal with it decisively.”

Putin has also threatened, through a well-known media mouthpiece, that those opposing his taking of Ukraine could find themselves turned to “radioactive dust”.

Cold War 2?  The first shadows of World War 3?  Whatever it is, this latest conflict between Russia and The United States could be getting a little close to home for that latter population. The issue at hand is Ukraine.  Russia looks to be in the last calm moments before an imminent invasion, and the rest of the world is warning against it.  The United States, as per the usual, is the loudest voice in the crowd, forcefully and repeatedly telling Vladimir Putin that if he lays a finger on Ukraine, there will be Hell to pay. But, not to be outdone of course, Vladimir Putin has now threatened to move Russian troops into position to act on US soil.  Following recent threats of a potential military deployment to Cuba earlier this month, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin discussed the “strategic partnership” and further coordination of “actions in the international arena” with Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel in a call disclosed Monday by the Kremlin. In a tweet, Díaz-Canel said the two leaders held a “cordial and fruitful telephone conversation” about “the current international situation” and the development of “future links in different spheres.” News of the conversation comes amid rising fears of a Russian military action in Ukraine. NATO said Monday it was putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe while President Joe Biden was reportedly considering sending troops to the region. Cuba and Venezuela were dragged into the drama surrounding the conflict earlier this month after Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, told a Russian television station that he could “neither confirm nor exclude” potential military deployments to the two Latin American nations. The White House appeared resolute in their stance against the move. “I’m not going to respond to bluster in the…

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Canuck Folk Rocker Wants Spotify to Take Action Against Joe Rogan’s 1A Rights

“It’s Joe Rogan or me!”

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Americans sure do love to argue.  They always have. It started when we were back-talking the British about tea in Boston Harbor, and we installed a heavy amount of contention in our own Congress by design.

But the sort of pedantic and stunting arguments that have dominated the political landscape of late have been wildly underwhelming.

Take, for instance, the non-controversy over Joe Rogan’s COVID19 discussions.  The left has labeled his two-way talks “misinformation” on more than one occasion, often out of context.  Spotify has largely stood by Rogan and his 1st Amendment rights, however.

But now, one of Canada’s folk rock legends has an ultimatum for the platform:  It’s Joe Rogan or me.

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Neil Young posted a since-deleted letter to his management team and record label demanding that they remove his music from Spotify. “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” he wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”

“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” he continued. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.” Young is referencing the steady stream of misinformation about vaccines that Joe Rogan has peddled on The Joe Rogan Experience. Last month, 270 doctors, physicians, and science educators signed an open letter asking Spotify to stop spreading Rogan’s baseless claims.

And then, in an insulting bit of “here is what you should do” speculation:

“With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence,” the letter reads. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy.”

As of this writing, no official word on the removal of Young’s music from the service has been given.

Americans sure do love to argue.  They always have. It started when we were back-talking the British about tea in Boston Harbor, and we installed a heavy amount of contention in our own Congress by design. But the sort of pedantic and stunting arguments that have dominated the political landscape of late have been wildly underwhelming. Take, for instance, the non-controversy over Joe Rogan’s COVID19 discussions.  The left has labeled his two-way talks “misinformation” on more than one occasion, often out of context.  Spotify has largely stood by Rogan and his 1st Amendment rights, however. But now, one of Canada’s folk rock legends has an ultimatum for the platform:  It’s Joe Rogan or me. Neil Young posted a since-deleted letter to his management team and record label demanding that they remove his music from Spotify. “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” he wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.” “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” he continued. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.” Young is referencing the steady stream of misinformation about vaccines that Joe Rogan has peddled on The Joe Rogan Experience. Last month, 270 doctors, physicians, and science educators signed an open letter asking Spotify to stop spreading Rogan’s baseless claims. And then, in an insulting bit of “here is what you should do” speculation: “With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence,” the letter reads. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform,…

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