Monthly Archives: August 2014

Is the Church missing the mark?

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In the new movie LOVE COVERS ALL, a Christian character named Michael gets stuck in a difficult situation only to make matters worse by his interaction with a stranger.  Do we in the church sometimes miss the mark by how we treat others?  Do we make mistakes?  Do we fail others?  I think the answer is YES, but how does that affect our storytelling and the films we make?  Film is about stories, it’s about characters, it’s about themes.  There’s no triumphant win without knowing the pain of loss, there’s no joy in being found without the sorrow of being lost, and spiritually there’s no need for redemption without the impact of sin.

There is a problem I see in evangelicalism.  It’s a problem in our churches, in our homes, and in ourselves.  It’s pride.  It’s arrogance.  It’s the fear of man instead of the fear of God.  We have this fleshly ability to brush off our mistakes instead of owning them.  We fear damaging the church’s reputation, so we keep silent and problems aren’t dealt with as they should be.  We miss the crucial fact that churches are not museums for saints but hospitals for sinners, us included.  There is freedom in recognizing error and faults in ourselves and admitting it to others, because in that moment of humility, God has a chance to shine, and the light of His redemption and grace can come through.  God gave us a church family for a reason.  Why do we hide this?  Being sanctified is the gracious act of a Holy God.  The church is God’s first and ours second.  Being cleansed from sin and finding victory over it is the way in which God designed the journey of faith, and yet we shove this away when things get tough in fear of a lighter collection plate.  In our effort to “protect” ourselves and our churches we allow them to be infested with a spirit of fear instead of a spirit of openness and grace.  There’s something beautiful about standing in front of someone and saying “I am flawed.”  We should always strive to be like Christ, but if we’re honest with one another (and if I’m being honest with you) that isn’t how things work most of the time.  If I look back to the times when God was working on me the hardest, it was in my failure, not my success.  This is difficult for us to swallow, particularly in America, where the culture constantly tries to tell you how awesome you are, how perfect you are, and how you should be proud of exactly who and what you are.  This is not the Gospel.  The Gospel says we are all broken and needy people, who need the strength and power of a Gracious God to save us from ourselves and our sin.

I hope that as the Christian film industry continues to grow, we see more and more movies of all sorts and kinds, and that more films come along that try to show Christians as we can truly be sometimes…flawed.  This is NOT for the purpose of tearing us down, but quite the opposite!  Whether or not I accomplished these goals with LOVE COVERS ALL is for all of you to decide.  I’m a flawed person myself, and until a film makes its way into the world, you just never know how it’ll go. :)  My prayer for this movie is that it would inspire people to a spirit of grace, that people would mend relationships, see areas in their life that need improvement, and see the hope found in Christ.  The love of God in the Gospel is the greatest love the world has ever known.  No matter how bad things have gotten, no matter how awful things feel, no matter how hurt you’ve become, no matter how far down the wrong path you’ve strayed, it’s never too late for a fresh start!

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Blessings,

Kyle Prohaska, Director
Praise Pictures

A New Christian Movie Goes DIGITAL

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Like anybody else, I sometimes get caught in the whirlwind of technology.  It changes so fast!  Remember VHS?  Laserdisc?  Where’d they go!?  It was DVD, then HD DVD and Blu-ray, and now Digital is starting to make it’s mark.  What’s the big deal?  Well…

It’s no secret that the church tends to be the last in embracing new arts and technology.  The Christian film industry is still so new!  We left this art form alone for decades while it grew in the secular space!  It’s time to be on the bleeding edge and leading the charge, not following the world from behind!  New ways of viewing movies can be intimidating but hopefully for some of you on the edge, we can offer some help.  It’s true, most will see our next movie LOVE COVERS ALL on DVD, and that’s perfectly fine, but some want it a different way.  We’re offering a Digital Purchase Option of the movie through a revolutionary platform called VHX.  I’ve interacted with them personally and they’ve proven to be extremely kind and supportive.

After ordering you’ll get a link in your email inbox to stream the movie right there on your computer, tablet, or phone!  What about downloading?  That’s the beauty!  You can stream or download the film itself along with all the bonus features that are included on the DVD version.  This is a new concept for some.  For those more comfortable with platforms like iTunes or Amazon VOD, it will be available there as well, so don’t worry!

One crucial strength of the Digital release is it makes the film available in countries that could never get the DVD.  It doesn’t matter what country you’re in, if you have an internet connection, you’ll have access to this movie and it’s message.  This is a fantastic opportunity!  Who knows how far the message could spread?  If you know anyone in another country who may enjoy this film, be sure to send them the link, there’s no reason they should miss out!

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Blessings,

Kyle Prohaska, Director
Praise Pictures