Faith-Based DVDs Are Doing Well

Written by Edwin L. Carpenter on . Posted in Local

Son Of God2Fortunately for the Christian, there are a lot of wonderful DVDs which have been released or are soon to be. Son of God was released on June 3, 2014, and is still ranked number four in’s bestseller rankings among faith and spiritual movies. It is ranked number nineteen in the drama category. It grossed nearly $60 million at the domestic box office. This is the Roma Downey and Mark Burnett film starring Diogo Morgado as Jesus and is one of the more accurate portrayals of His life.

God’s Not Dead is to be released August 5, 2014. It stars Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain. It is a compelling story as Sorbo plays a philosophy professor who begins his class by demanding that his students sign a paper stating that God is dead. One brave young pupil named Josh refuses to sign and is told by the professor that he must debate the topic in front of class and give evidence that God is not dead. Josh agrees. He later learns why the professor is bitter toward God. A subplot involves Dean Cain’s character, named Mark, a self-absorbed man who ignores his girlfriend when she needs him the most and his elderly mother who is living in a nursing home and suffering from dementia. Yet the lesson is made clear in the film: one can’t outrun God. The movie has made over $60 million at the box office thus far.

On July 22, 2014, the vastly popular Heaven is For Real makes its way to DVD. It is based on the true story of Rev. Todd Burpo and his family. When their young son, Colton, is taken ill, he is rushed to the hospital for surgery. He visits Heaven and experiences a conversation with Jesus. Colton talks about this experience later and although some wonder about the reality of his experience, the things he tells others are too amazing to ignore. And talk about a faith-based movie making a profit—the icing on the cake is that it was produced for an estimated $12 million, and has made over $90 million at the box office.

In the Name of God was released July 8. It stars Eric Roberts, a support group leader, who boldly uses the Ten Commandments as guidelines in showing respect to others. It tells the story of a pastor’s daughter who bullied others with text messages before the group helps her. It features a character named Mason, a teen who has been bounced around in the foster care system until a young man named Nate refuses to give up on Mason. The movie features themes of respect and putting others before one’s self, in addition to the idea of never giving up on someone. It splendidly executes the idea that change is possible.

Other recent releases include the wildly popular Hallmark Channel episodes of When Calls The Heart, the Janette Oke creation which is produced by Michael Landon Jr. Three volumes of this series are now available, each with two episodes. The titles of the DVDs are When Calls The Heart: Lost and Found, When Calls The Heart: A Telling Silence, and the latest release, When Calls The Heart: The Dance. This series has been renewed by the Hallmark Channel for a second season and is due to begin filming new episodes in August. Faith in God is a foundation for this family series.

These are a few of the popular faith-based DVD releases that can be picked up now or very soon at your local store. Watch for several others that are forthcoming.

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Edwin L. Carpenter
Edwin L. Carpenter is a pastor and long-time film reviewer for He has a bachelors degree in Writing from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was raised in Brighton, Mich., by Christian grandparents and has a twin brother, Bill, who is also an ordained minister. Ed and his wife Jackie have one child, Daniel, who is newly married to Kristen and loves sports.

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