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President's Day (Feb 19th) Speaking Event at Virginia Military Institute - VMI

I am very proud to announce this upcoming Monday evening at 7:45pm February 19th, President's Day I will be giving a talk in honor of Black History Month at Virginia Military Institute.

The presentation of the seven Black Medal of Honor recipients of World War II is co-sponsored by the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics, the VMI office of Diversity, Opportunity and Inclusion, The George C. Marshall Foundation and supported by the Dean's Academic Speaker Program.

Attendees to the event will learn of the heroic actions and struggles of these seven black Americans who were awarded their country's highest military honor for valor "above and beyond the call of duty."

I hope you can join me this coming Monday night in Lexington, Virginia at the Gillis Theater on the campus of VMI for this very special program.

Posted by Robert Child

The Phenomenal Rise and Success of Faith-Based Film and Television

In recent years, the film industry has witnessed a remarkable surge in the popularity of faith-based film and television like “The Chosen.” These projects, which often revolve around themes of spirituality, redemption, and the triumph of the human spirit, have resonated with audiences across the globe. With Amazon’s recent significant investment into the faith-based genre with their greenlighting of  “House of David,” we’ll delve into the reasons behind the success of faith-based movies and explore the impact they have had on both filmmakers and viewers.

1. Universal Themes:

One of the key factors contributing to the success of faith-based movies is their focus on universal themes that transcend cultural and religious boundaries. Themes such as love, forgiveness, and the search for meaning are inherently relatable to people of diverse backgrounds. By addressing these universal aspects of the human experience, faith-based films manage to connect with a broad audience, fostering a sense of shared humanity.

2. Authentic Storytelling:

Faith-based movies often excel in authentic storytelling, presenting narratives that resonate with the genuine struggles and triumphs of individuals. Whether it's a story of redemption, overcoming adversity, or finding faith in the face of challenges, these films portray characters grappling with real-life issues. The authenticity of these narratives allows viewers to empathize with the characters and find inspiration in their journeys.

3. Positive Messages:

In an era where negativity often dominates headlines and media, faith-based movies offer a refreshing change by delivering positive and uplifting messages. These films inspire hope, encourage moral values, and promote messages of compassion and understanding. Audiences, seeking an escape from the cynicism of the world, are drawn to the optimism and positivity inherent in faith-based storytelling.

4. Strong Community Support:

The success of faith-based movies is also fueled by the strong support they receive from religious communities. Churches and religious organizations often play a crucial role in promoting and endorsing these films, creating a sense of community engagement. This support not only boosts the marketing of the movies but also ensures a dedicated and enthusiastic audience base.

5. Increasing Production Quality:

As the popularity of faith-based movies has grown, so has the investment in production quality. Filmmakers are now leveraging advanced technology and talented crews to create visually stunning and compelling films. The improvement in production values has helped faith-based movies compete on a broader scale, attracting a wider audience beyond their core demographic.


The success of faith-based movies can be attributed to their ability to tap into universal themes, deliver authentic storytelling, convey positive messages, and enjoy robust community support. As these films continue to captivate audiences worldwide, they not only entertain but also serve as a testament to the enduring appeal of stories that explore the depths of faith, love, and the human spirit.

Posted by Robert Child
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