A lot to see and people to meet today as the exhibit floor opened. One exhibitor, Christian Cinema, which features 1800 Christian movies is promoting their new digital platform which is available on Roku and Apple TV and web app, enabling movies to be viewed on mobile devices, computers and TV. They can be rented or purchased. It is the only transactional digital platform for Christian movies—think Christian iTunes!
Today was a busy day with Church Media, Radio and TV Summits. For filmmakers, there was a film screening of Bible Idiots. Director, Chris Danielson, remarked, “I would like to believe God has a sarcastic sense of humor. Look at when he named Simon Peter in the Bible. It is commonly held belief that Peter means the rock but if you look at the original Hebrew meaning, Peter means “pebbles”.”
June Hunt, who is part of the “Bible idiots” film, is best known for her organization, Hope For the Heart. Established in 1986, this is a Texas-based Christian counseling ministry built on the foundation of the 100-topic Biblical Counseling Keys Library. Hope For The Heart is also on the radio with a live 2-hour call-in counseling program, heard on over 360 radio stations with more than 1.3 million listeners. Ms. Hunt commented, “I get constant emails on how our organization touches people. I’ve had young women, younger than 15 years old, writing to tell me how our organization has helped them.”
Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world. Steve Green started in 1986 as the Store Operations Supervisor, was promoted to Executive VP in 2000 and named President in December of 2004.The Green Family obtained their first biblical artifact in 2009, and now The Green Collection is one of the largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts with more than 40,000 biblical antiquities. The Museum of the Bible will be unique, according to Green, and he spoke of the need for charitable donations for this endeavor.
The President’s Award was presented to Kim Davis, the Kentucky Court Clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage license because of the conflict with her Christian beliefs.
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church talked about how your ministry can grow quickly to a point that you can lose sight of Who is really in control. On the topic of his church, he said, “I felt like Saddleback Church was growing too fast. It had started with just my wife and myself, and the next year we had over 100 people. I felt overwhelmed and took a trip to get away. I said ‘God, you’re blessing me too much. I don’t deserve this blessing.’ God answered, ‘You don’t. No one does.’ I knew that God was handling everything.”
Our final event for the evening was another soon-to-be-released film. Pat Boone introduced the movie, “God’s Not Dead 2,” which opens nationwide on April 1, 2016. Boone, a multi-talented singer, composer, author, and actor has appeared on television and film for six decades. His character in GND2, Walter Wesley, is his 28th movie appearance.