Sunday, April 1, 2018

He Is Risen - 2018!

The following are scans of illustration by Arthur O. Scott for the children's book New Testament Retold For Children (1936) by Lillie A. Faris.




Happy Easter and Resurrection Sunday!! 


John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 10:13 - For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.



Thursday, March 8, 2018

Updates to the Radio Programs Page

The Radio programs page has just reached 700 views! This is the most popular part of the FBSM blog and I hope that is has been a blessing to all that use it. Radio is a very special medium to me for learning and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While I have updated this page almost every month, I have not shared these updates in a blog post for a long time.

The following series have been added to the Radio Programs page since the beginning of the year:

Dramatic Programs Still Broadcast Over The Air in the United States.

Down Gilead Lane (???? - present)
A popular audio drama from CBH/Keys for Kids Ministries. Available for streaming online.
I am researching more information to add to this programs summaries.

A Visit With Mrs. G. [Bible Stories Alive]. Children's (c. early 1970s - present)
The international radio ministry of Mrs. Kitty Anna Griffiths "Mrs. G", beloved teacher, author, and Bible storyteller. Heard on hundreds of stations worldwide.
http://www.biblestoriesalive.org/

A Visit With Mrs. G. - Station Listings

Radio Dramas From The Golden Age of Radio (c. 1922 - c. 1962)

Uncle Bob's Bible Stories (a.k.a. Stories From The Bible) - children's (c. 1939 - ????, KARK Little Rock, Ark.)
A Sunday morning program with Corporal Robert L. Buice as master of ceremonies. Buice was a legend in Arkansas broadcasting and his Bible series may have been the longest running radio program in that state.


Upper Room. drama. (1947 - ????)
For a few years the Upper Room Ministries would produce radio dramas for "National Family Week" dealing with current topics of family life and strife. The 1947 series "So You Want To Stay Married" can still be heard in its entirety and is downloadable from several old time radio sites.

Down Our Way. drama. (syn. c. 1949 - ????)
Very little is known about this 26 episode half-hour series despite the number of episodes that exist. A very heartwarming series that centers around members of a church choir and the goings on around their community. Produced by Commodore Productions, more well known for producing the "Hopalong Cassidy" radio series.

Radio Classics from 1963 to the Present

This is a new section for programs that debuted after 1962, but are not know to currently be broadcast on any radio station or streaming service. 

Fables of Faith. (c. 1970 - ????) children's
A children's radio series of at least 109 stories, exact content unknown, produced by Vann Owen Trapp. This series was known to have aired in the mid 1980s on Moody Bible stations.

Critter County on Radio (c. 1985 - ????) children's
The radio ministry of Christine Wyrtzen, creator of the Critter County children's album that was released in 1984. On her weekly radio program, Christine presented music and Bible learning in a fun way along with Sidney, the talking squirrel.


There are some programs I would like more information about before adding to the page, so continue to check out this blog for more updates.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Remembering Billy Graham & World Wide Pictures



It was about two years ago when my wife and I went to see an exhibit on the life of Billy Graham at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, NC. The exhibit called "North Carolina's Favorite Son: Billy Graham's Remarkable Journey of Faith" touched on many aspects of the ministry of Rev. Graham.



Obviously the parts of the exhibit that I found to be the most fascinating were his work on the Songs in the Night radio program, and a 35mm print of the World Wide Pictures production "Joni" based on the life of Joni Eareckson Tada.

Before seeing this exhibit I was unaware that the Billy Graham Evangelical Association was involved producing motion pictures, short films and documentaries since 1951. World Wide Pictures has reportedly produced over 100 films but the official website only shows 33 examples. This means that many more of these film must be in a library or archive somewhere

Autographed "Billy Graham Greater Richmond Crusade Songbook" c. 1960. From the author's collection. 
The following is a large bibliography of films made or distributed by World Wide Pictures, Inc. 

Cash, J., Cash, J. C., Cash, J. C., House of Cash, Inc., & World Wide Pictures Home Video. (1993). Return to the promised land: Johnny and June Cash with special guest John Carter Cash. Place of publication not identified: House of Cash.

Graham, B. (1984). How to get into the kingdom of heaven. Los Angeles, CA: Inspiration Video.

Shea, G. B., Carmichael, R., Brown, J. W., & World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1982). Then sings my soul: The music and mission of George Beverly Shea. Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Pictures.

Graham, B. (1986). The secret of happiness. Los Angeles, CA: Inspiration Video.

Graham, B. (1986). The road to Armageddon. Los Angeles, CA: Inspiration Video.

Graham, B., Billy Graham Evangelistic Association., & World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1993). Hope: For the family. Minneapolis, Minn: Worldwide Pictures.

Graham, B., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. (1990). Hope: For the lonely -- for commitment -- for the family -- for forgiveness. Minneapolis, Minn: World Wide Pictures.

Graham, B. (1986). How to be born again. Los Angeles, CA: Inspiration Video.

Ross, D., Lloyd, J., Hartleben, J., Miller, K., Ross, S., World Wide Pictures, Inc., Sentinel Films., ... World Wide Pictures Home Video. (1990). A Letter from Alaska. Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Ross, D., Lloyd, J., Hartleben, J., Miller, K., Ross, S., World Wide Pictures, Inc., Sentinel Films., ... World Wide Pictures Home Video. (1990). Tommy's new friend. Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Barrows, C., White, D., Gabel, P., Brown, W. F., Jacobson, F. R., Ivy, T., & World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1978). Corrie, the lives she's touched. Minneapolis, Minn.: World Wide Pictures.

Ross, D., Lloyd, J., Hartleben, J., Miller, K., Ross, S., World Wide Pictures, Inc., Sentinel Films., ... World Wide Pictures Home Video. (1990). Tommy finds a pet. Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Ten, B. C., Lynch, M., Smith, T., Jacobson, F. R., Brown, W. F., Collier, J. F., Lind, J., ... World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1976). Corrie, behind the scenes with the Hiding place. Minneapolis, Minn.: World Wide Pictures.

Von, S. E., Cruze, J., Compson, B., Douglas, D., Kane, M., Wood, B., Hecht, B., ... World Wide Pictures, Inc. (2003). The Great Gabbo. New York, N.Y: Kino on Video.

Maynard, K., Sheldon, F., Hall, R., Roscoe, A., & World Wide Pictures, Inc. (2003). Dynamite ranch. Narberth, PA: Alpha Video.

Brown, J. W., Carroll, B., Gates, S., Dines, K., Culver, R., Fox, J., Hyde-White, W., ... World Wide Home Video. (1984). No longer alone. Place of publication not identified: World Wide Home Video.

Manning, J., Crittenden, L., Graham, B., Bradley, G., Bradley, D., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Daybreak Pictures. (2013). Repeat performance. Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Collier, J. F., Richard, C., Holloway, A., Angers, A., Bryan, D., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. (2013). Two a penny. Place of publication not identified: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Lane, R., Leinonen, L., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Broadman & Holman Publishers. (1993). Scars that heal: The Dave Roever story. Minneapolis, Minn: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Graham, B., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. (1993). Hope for commitment. Minneapolis, Minn.?: World Wide Pictures.

Collier, J. F., Sampson, R., Scott, P., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. (2013). For Pete's sake!. Place of publication not identified: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Rote, K., Hooser, J. M., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & World Wide Home Video. (1988). Visions of gold. Place of publication not identified: World Wide Home Video.

Collier, J. F., Richard, C., Barrows, C., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Inspiration Video. (1983). His land. Los Angeles, Calif: Inspiration Video.

World Wide Pictures, Inc., Great Britain., & CFL Vision. (1994). The Energy frontier. Wetherby, West Yorkshire: CFL Vision.

World Wide Pictures, Inc., & BLCMP (Library Services) Limited. (1988). Much more than books. London: World Wide Pictures.

World Wide Pictures, Inc., & World Wide Home Video. (2016). Reflections of His love.

World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1951). Records. (Records, 1917-[ongoing] (bulk 1948- ).)

World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1961). Annual report of World Wide Pictures. (Records, 1917-1990 (bulk1948-1990).)

World Wide Pictures, Inc., River Stone Productions., & World Wide Pictures Home Video (Firm). (2005). Last flight out. Beverly Hills, Calif: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

World Wide Pictures, Inc., Great Britain., & CFL Vision. (1994). Engineering the future. Wetherby, West Yorkshire: CFL Vision.

World Wide Pictures, Inc., Great Britain., & CFL Vision. (1994). Fashion & textiles: From catwalk to sidewalk. Wetherby, West Yorkshire: CFL Vision.

World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1974). The Gospel road. World Wide Pictures.

World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1961). Annual report. (Records, 1917-1990 (bulk1948-1990).)

World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1986). Industry year 1986. London: World Wide Pictures.

World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Colburn Film Distributors, inc., Wilmette, Ill. (1960). Life in a cell. Great Commission Films.

World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1996). The Homecoming: New school, new rules, choices still required. Place of publication not identified: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1960). Not so much a training ... more a way of life. Great Britain: World Wide Pictures in association with Charles Barker & Sons.

World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1973). Isn't it good to know. World Wide Pictures.

Sajbel, M. O., Biehn, M., Pierce, B., Bowen, D., & World Wide Pictures, Inc. (1997). The ride. United States: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Tada, J. E., & World Wide Pictures, Inc. (2003). Joni. Place of publication not identified: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Jacobson, F. R., Sloane, A., Holben, L., Collier, J. F., Harris, J., Heckart, E., O'Connell, A., ... World Wide Home Video. (2008). The hiding place. United States: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

George, J., Vaughn, N., Santiago, K., Bridges, T., Coleman, D., Davis, C., Hosman, T., ... Copyright Collection (Library of Congress). (2006). The climb. Beverly Hills, CA: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Collier, J. F., Wales, K., Hammond, J., Lange, H., Graham, B., Billy Graham Evangelistic Association., & World Wide Pictures, Inc. (2007). The prodigal. Charlotte, NC: World Wide Pictures.

Shepherd, J., Jordan, C., Durham, J., Emerson, G., Parros, P., Corts, J. R., Hall, I. P., ... Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc. (2005). Something to sing about. Beverly Hills, Calif: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Quick, D. L., Brown, W. F., Collier, J. F., Cavan, J., Parker, W., Walter, R., Kidd, C., ... World Wide Pictures, Inc. (2008). Cry from the mountain.

Petra (Musical group), World Wide Pictures, Inc., Hockey Ministries, Inc., & World Wide Pictures Home Video. (1993). Hockey beyond belief. Place of publication not identified: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Lane, R., Leinonen, L., Sajbel, M. O., Shepherd, J., Johnson, J. P., Mills, G. R., Garcia, A., ... Brentwood Home Video (Firm),. (1996). The home coming.

Graham, B., World Wide Pictures, Inc., Billy Graham Evangelistic Association., & World Wide Pictures Home Video (Firm). (1993). Hope: For the lonely. Minneapolis, Minn.: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Collier, J. F., Nelson, E., Carver, R., Sigel, B., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. (2013). Time to run. Place of publication not identified: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Tiffany Prod., Inc., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Quadruple Film Corporation. (1932). Tiffany Productions presents Ken Maynard in Hell-fire Austin: With the wonder horse "Tarzan" ; owned and produced by Quadruple Pictures, Inc., Ltd. ; directed by Forrest Sheldon ; distributed by World Wide Pictures, Inc. Los Angeles: Tiffany Prod., Inc.

Graham, B., World Wide Pictures, Inc., Billy Graham Evangelistic Association., & World Wide Pictures Home Video (Firm). (1993). Hope for forgiveness. Minneapolis, Minn.?: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Collier, J. F., Shepherd, J., Deu, A., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. (2013). Caught. Place of publication not identified: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Merkin, J., Kelleher, J., Sweeney, J. H., World Wide Pictures, Inc., Great Britain., & Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm). (2008). Unlocking language.

DePrima, M., Olandt, K., Beggs, H., Lane, C., Palenstein, O., Leinonen, L., Sajbel, M. O., ... Brentwood Home Video (Firm). (1994). Power play. Place of publication not identified: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Harris, M. J., Knight, T., Ramsay, H., Howard, S., Morin, D. D., Sajbel, M. O., Lane, R., ... World Wide Pictures Home Video. (1993). Come the morning. Place of publication not identified: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Waters, E., Milford, J., Lee, G., Ross, D., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. (2013). The heart is a rebel.

Tada, J. E., Keeney, L., Engstrom, K., Glad (Musical group), Billy Graham Evangelistic Association., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & World Wide Pictures Home Video. (1990). The journey: Seeking God through prayer and praise. Place of publication not identified: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Ten, B. C., Barrows, C., Clift, J., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & World Wide Home Video. (1983). Jesus is victor ; a personal portrait of Corrie Ten Boom. Place of publication not identified: World Wide Home Video.

Graham, B., Barrows, C., Ivy, T., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & World Wide Pictures Home Video (Firm). (1991). Home for Christmas: A new tradition with old friends. Place of publication not identified: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Jacobson, F. R., Sloane, A., Holben, L., Collier, J. F., Harris, J., Heckart, E., O'Connell, A., ... World Wide Home Video. (1975). Billy Graham presents The Hiding place. United States: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Zamperini, L., Sajbel, M. O., Shephard, J., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & Life Productions, Inc. (1992). Zamperini: Still carrying the torch. Place of publication not identified: World Wide Pictures Home Video.

Ross, D., Tada, J. E., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & World Wide Home Video (Firm). (1990). Why the brokenness. Agoura Hills, CA: World Wide Home Video.

Colson, C. W., Wallace, M., Shepherd, J., Sajbel, M. O., Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada., World Wide Pictures, Inc., & World Wide Home Video. (1995). Charles Colson, reluctant prophet. Place of publication not identified: World Wide Home Video.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

The Christmas Story


Luke 2 :1-39King James Version (KJV)

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)
24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Little Town of Bethlehem - A Classic Christmas Radio Drama



The First Nighter Program. December 22, 1945. CBS Radio Network. "Little Town Of Bethlehem" by Anthony Wayne. Sponsored by: Campana Cosmetics.
Barbara Luddy (Mary), Olan Soule (Joseph), Herb Butterfield, Hugh Studebaker, Phillips H. Lord, and Willard Waterman.

For many over the past 40 - 60 years on television, Christmas would not be Christmas unless Rudolph returns to the island of misfit toys, Linus tells Charlie Brown what Christmas is all about, George Bailey wants to live again, and there is at least one (or 12) Hallmark presentations.

Before television, there was radio. In that great period known as the "Golden Age of Radio" (c. 1922 - 1960) Christmas wasn't Christmas without Amos telling his daughter Arbadella the meaning of the Lord's Prayer, or Lionel Barrymore's annual performance as Ebeneezer Scrooge....and the annual presentation of "Little Town of Bethlehem" by The First Nighter Program. The First Nighter (1930 - 1953) was "radio's little theater off of Time Square" and each week the listener -  via sound effects, music and acting - was given the illusion of visiting a Broadway theater for a new performance.

 In 1933 Anthony Wayne's script for "Little Town of Bethlehem" was first performed and was glowingly received. The play became the programs' most anticipated story and would be repeated each Christmas. This 1945 broadcast was the 9th annual presentation and notes that it is the first "peace Christmas" since 1940. The play is very good, but makes the common Biblical/dramatic error of having all the events of Christ's birth happen in one evening (the shepherds, Wise Men, Joseph's dream), but this may have been done for time. The play has an interesting element of having Herod stay in the inn that holy night, therefore the innkeeper placed Mary and Joseph in a stable because he was expecting a king to honor his household, and had no room for a Nazarene carpenter and his expecting wife! Out of reverence, the Campana sales company has one advertisement, a Merry Christmas greeting.


Buffalo Courier-Express, Saturday, December 22, 1945. Radio news article with a picture of actress Barbara Luddy.
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Mary and Joseph were played by various actors over the program's run, perhaps most famously by actress Barbara Luddy and actors Les Tremayne and Olan Soule. Only the 1945 & 1952 performances still exist and in the 1945 version that I have posted, Luddy is heard as Mary and Olan Soule is Joseph. Both were among the best radio and voice over artists to grow out of Radio's Golden Age. Luddy was "Lady" in Disney's Lady And The Tramp, Soule was later the voice of Batman in 1970s cartoons, and the voice of Bishop Clement Clark Moore in a 1968 Christmas special.

I first heard this broadcast in an old-time radio cassette collection nearly 15 years ago and have listened to it every Christmas since. It gives me great pleasure to share this great tradition with you.
Wishing you dear reader a Very Merry Christmas and please enjoy the 9th annual presentation of "Little Town of Bethlehem".

Thursday, December 7, 2017

"Hymnalogues" For Christmas & Fall/Winter 2017 Updates

Hymnalogues

3-minute color films with classic Christian hymns enhanced with miniatures, produced in Hollywood.



As an older millenial, it is hard to imagine a time when Powerpoints or some sort of screen images weren't used in musical worship. It turns out that the church has used devotional film aids a lot longer than we might think.

The Hymnalogue films were short visualizations of church hymns created by Neil McGuire Productions and the (ADA) Audio-visual Devotional Aids of North Hollywood. Four were released in the fall of 1945* for Christmas: O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, and O Come All Ye Faithful. Three of these shorts seem to be the public domain and appear in varios Christmas Video Collections. If anyone has seen the "Silent Night" film, please contact me.

The earliest mention I could find of these films is in the August 1944 issue of Home Movies Magazine, in which they were credited to "Song Book of the Screen of North Hollywood". It is likely that they became ADA a year later since they were also distributed by Post Pictures.



Each short features singing by a quartet called the ADA Crusaders while the words go across the screen. Clever miniatures and limited motion graphics enhance the meaning of the song. This technique was called "action-minature" and is credited to Neil McGuire (1893 - 1972) a film director and producer. McGuire and ADA produced at least 29 of these shorts for church use all distributed by Post Pictures Corporation of New York. According to the 1949 Educational Film Guide titles were: Onward Christian Soldiers, God Be With You Till We Meet Again, and In The Garden. Only the the 3 Christmas shorts seem to be available today.
Please check your church basement! Also it would be fun to try McGuire's technique of filming Hymns with miniatures, even in this age of Adobe products.

* On IMDB these Christmas shorts are dated 1950, but this is incorrect according to film bulletins and magazines.

- Most of this information is from the September 1945 issues of Film World News, pg. 267

UPDATES FOR FALL/WINTER 2017

There are a lot of great new additions to the FBSM blog. 4 new pages have been added to the blog site for the history of Bible based storytelling, to make your Christmas merrier and for the teaching and study of the Bible.

FBSM Theater
I am excited to announce a theater page were I am showing prints of rare and incredible films made by Christian filmmakers across the 20th century. These films come from the Gospel Film Archives,  and I am extremely grateful to film historians Bob Campbell and Ron Hall for sharing a digitized print of the landmark Christian drama The Great Commandment (1939) for the debut of this page.

Christmas Library 2017 
In 1994, an interesting news article revealed an all too obvious truth about media during the Christmas season. That scarcely any of the many Christmas specials on television acknowledge the birth of Christ as central to the meaning of Christmas. So with that in mind I have tried to create a log of family programming to help parents be aware of Christmas specials that focus on the birth of Christ on television, radio, home video and even free downloads from the Golden Age of Radio.

During the Christmas season there will be new blog entries on films, children's books, crafts and more to teach and inspire during this most wonderful time of year.

Apologetics & Education 
While the main focus of FBSM is creative Bible storytelling, because of the urgency of our times I've created a page specially for the study of Apologetics, Christian History and Education. This page features the best radio ministries that broadcast weekly or daily in the United States and around the world.

Bible Study
I've also created a Bible Study page with links to some of the best online resource of edification in the Word of God.

Facebook! - Family Bible Storytelling Media
This is a bold new venture for me, so the page will gradually look better.

YouTube too! - FBSM YouTube Channel



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Updates for Fall/Winter 2017

There are a lot of great new additions to the FBSM blog. 4 new pages have been added to the blog site for the history of Bible based storytelling, to make your Christmas merrier and for the teaching and study of the Bible.

FBSM Theater
I am excited to announce a theater page were I am showing prints of rare and incredible films made by Christian filmmakers across the 20th century. These films come from the Gospel Film Archives,  and I am extremely grateful to film historians Bob Campbell and Ron Hall for sharing a digitized print of the landmark Christian drama The Great Commandment (1939) for the debut of this page.

There will also be films from the news FBSM YouTube Channel available on this page.

Christmas Library 2017 
In 1994, an interesting news article revealed an all too obvious truth about media during the Christmas season. That scarcely any of the many Christmas specials on television acknowledge the birth of Christ as central to the meaning of Christmas. So with that in mind I have tried to create a log of family programming to help parents be aware of Christmas specials that focus on the birth of Christ on television, radio, home video and even free downloads from the Golden Age of Radio.

During the Christmas season there will be new blog entries on films, children's books, crafts and more to teach and inspire during this most wonderful time of year.

Apologetics & Education 
While the main focus of FBSM is creative Bible storytelling, because of the urgency of our times I've created a page specially for the study of Apologetics, Christian History and Education. This page features the best radio ministries that broadcast weekly or daily in the United States and around the world.

I've also created a Bible Study page with links to some of the best online resource of edification in the Word of God.