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Sony Pictures to acquire evangelical Christian streaming service Pure Flix

(RNS) — Sony Pictures announced Thursday (Nov. 12) it is purchasing Pure Flix's evangelical Christian video-streaming service launched in 2015 as a family-friendly competitor to Netflix.

WW2 Medal of Honor recipient’s story is one of love

NASHVILLE (BP) -- In a B-29 flying above Japan in 1945, a bomb prematurely ignited. Army Sgt. Henry Eugene "Red" Erwin picked up the still-burning device and walked it through the plane to throw it out the window, saving the plane and its crew. He was left with severe injuries and was not expected to survive.

Dove Award nominations, show changes announced

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Zach Williams and For KING & COUNTRY led the way in nominations for the 51st annual GMA Dove Awards, which were announced Thursday (August 12). Each had five. Hillsong Worship, Kirk Franklin and Jonathan McReynolds were nominated in four categories.

To cope with pandemic, Americans choose TV over the Bible

(AP/RNS) -- When it comes to coping with the stress and uncertainty of a pandemic, most Americans are turning not to God, but to TV. That's just one of the findings of a Pew Research Center survey released Friday (Aug. 7) on how the novel coronavirus pandemic has impacted the worship habits of Americans.

Rocketown’s resident ‘Spock’ ponders next musical transition

   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--As a general rule, most contemporary Christian artists aren't likely to reference the father of calculus and modern mathematics during their concerts - unless you're Shaun Groves.
   His colleagues at Rocketown Records have labeled the deep-thinking musician as the "Spock of Christian music," comparing Groves to Star Trek's resident thinker. It's a label Groves doesn't seem to mind.

REVIEW: PAX’s Doc serves up the right medicine

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (BP)--Several months ago, the PAX network sent me a screening video of their new show, Doc, starring Billy Ray Cyrus. To be honest, I was not looking forward to viewing it. I was probably the only person in the country who did not like singer Billy Ray's "Achy Breaky Heart." I didn't like the song. I didn't like the dance. And quite frankly, I wasn't all that crazy about Billy Ray.

REVIEW: Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (BP)--Anakin Skywalker, the future Darth Vader, last seen in "Episode One" as a 10-year-old boy, is now grown up. While an interstellar battle arises, Anakin accepts a mission as Jedi bodyguard to Princess-turned-Senator Amidala played by the now very grown-up Natalie Portman.

FIRST-PERSON: Favorite films of famous folks

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (BP)--Whenever I'm introduced to someone and he or she discovers that I review films, the conversation quickly shifts to the subject of movies. No matter their profession -- banking, education, medicine, whatever -- they want to talk movies!

‘I Can Only Imagine’ honors take MercyMe to new level

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Bart Millard, the author of I Can Only Imagine, and MercyMe take honors at the 2002 Dove Awards for their hit praise and worship song. Photo by Morris Abernathy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--It took more than 10 years to compose but MercyMe's "I Can Only Imagine" has quickly become one of Christian music's most passionate worship songs.

Q&A: MercyMe’s Bart Millard discusses Southern Baptists & worship music

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--MercyMe's Bart Millard grew up in a Southern Baptist church in Greenville, Texas. The 29-year-old singer and songwriter is one of three Baptists who make up the five-man band and he says the irony isn't lost that one of the nation's most popular praise and worship groups is predominantly Southern Baptist.