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'More Than Funny' film blends comedy, inspirationFRISCO, Texas (BP) -- A prayer Michael Jr. uttered in advance of a stand-up comedy routine changed the Christian comedian's perception of his purpose. Comedy is not about getting laughs, he noted, but it's about giving.
The epiphany a decade ago in Los Angeles opened for Michael Jr. a world of volunteerism and ministry alongside comedy that birthed the one-night-only film "More Than Funny," showing in 600 U.S. theaters Oct. 18.
More Than Funny weaves three stories of hope, giving and deliverance with Michael Jr.'s clean, inspirational comedy that has enjoyed platforms as varied as churches, the Kendrick brothers' "War Room," "The Tonight Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and fortune 500 company keynotes.
More Than Funny calls on audiences to meet the overlooked needs of others in their own communities, using God-given gifts Michael Jr. calls "set ups" to supply others' needs with outreaches he calls "punchlines." Read More
LifeWay Store to be 'more than a place to buy a book'FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Guests who come to a newly remodeled LifeWay Christian Store in the Nashville area will be greeted with a new message adorning the side of the building: "Fearfully and wonderfully made."
While the phrase from Psalm 139:14 refers to God's glory reflected in the human body, it's also fitting given the intentionality LifeWay has brought to the fresh concept meant to redefine the in-store experience.
"Our objective in the redesign was to create a space that's more than just a place to buy a book or a gift," said Shawnna Simpson, director of store experience. "We wanted to create a place where people can explore, discover and connect -- a place focused on helping customers navigate their faith journey." Read More
SBC DIGEST: J. Robert White to lead Ga. Baptist health care foundation; Baptist Global Response releases 2018 gift catalog
In today's SBC Digest: J. Robert White has been named as president and CEO of the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation; Baptist Global Response suggests five ways to use 2018 gift catalog. Read More
SWBTS trustees move forward, uphold Patterson firingFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- In a meeting characterized by unity despite differences of opinion, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees voted to uphold the trustee executive committee's decision in May to terminate former president Paige Patterson.
Trustees revisited Patterson's termination at their Oct. 15-17 meeting based on a motion, referred to Southwestern by the Southern Baptist Convention in June, "that the whole board of trustees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary consider revisiting their original decision concerning Dr. Paige Patterson."
The board also heard a report from its presidential search committee and affirmed an administration decision to discipline a faculty member -- though the faculty member was not named during the board's one public session. Read More