Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Bible

Our denomination (Church of the Nazarene) is endorsing The Bible Series, which starts on the History Channel this Sunday:

On Sunday, March 3, at 7:00 PM Central/8:00 PM Eastern, the History Channel will begin a 10-hour, five-week miniseries, The Bible. The miniseries, which begins with Genesis and ends with Revelation, will dramatize some of the great stories from the Bible, including the Garden of Eden, Noah and the Flood, the Exodus, and David and Goliath. The series concludes on Easter Sunday, March 31, with the story of the Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension, and prophecy of the Second Coming of Christ.
Rick Schatz, CEO of pureHOPE, says, “I have seen some of the promotional material and the trailer for this series, and the quality of the production looks to be stunningly wonderful. I believe these programs would encourage Christians across the United States and increase their faith in the Holy Scriptures.”
I encourage you to share this information with the people in your church. Click here to view the trailer.
Sincerely,
Woodie J. Stevens
Director
Sunday School & Discipleship Ministries International




Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Megan's Testimony

Megan Tolosa gave me a ride after a deer lept in front of the car I was driving during the filming of the short film Settled. Were it not for the wreck I wouldn't have heard her story. I hope it blesses you.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Purity or Pollution?

Joyce led communion in this morning's service at our church, Westchester Chapel.

Pastor Randy Solomon preaches on Matthew 5:8, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

Opening prayer and closing testimony by today's guest worship leader, Piero Gorriti.



In his testimony Piero mentioned the story of the prodigal son. While we (the Swingles) attended the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival we saw a great short film on that passage. Parents should watch it before deciding whether or not to show their children, since it depicts the life of the prodigal. It would probably merit a PG rating.


The Prodigal from Munn Brothers on Vimeo.

This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

WCCC Worship 2/24/13 by RichS on Grooveshark Grooveshark is a third party source. If you listen on their website you will encounter advertisements, none of which are vetted or endorsed by Westchester Chapel. If there are ads that you find offensive we encourage you to click the "Report Ad" link below the ad. Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

Blessed Are Those Who Seek the Truth for They Shall Live the Life

Pastor Joyce Swingle inserts her own beatitude into our series on The Sermon on the Mount: Living the Life. She preaches on John 4. Following the sermon is a testimony by Madelyn B.



This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

Monday, February 18, 2013

God's Love Is for Real

This is the audio recording of Rich Swingle's sermon at his grandma, Alice Swingle's funeral.



The service can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here.

This is a playlist of music performed at the service, performed by recording artists.

Alice Swingle Memorial by RichS on Grooveshark

 Here are links to some of the things Rich mentions in the sermon:

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Friday, February 08, 2013

Day One of the Film Festival

We're at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival having a ball! There are about 2,000 people here that get it: In order to take back society we must take back the entertainment industry. We feel like we're a part of something that is catching some huge momentum.

This is the theatre where Indescribable and Alone Yet Not Alone will be screened this afternoon and evening: IMDb.me/RichSwingle. Tonight we heard Steven Kendrick speak. He told how Courageous, which won the $101,000 Jubilee Prize last year has impacted audiences all over the world. When I was in Manila after the '08 Olympics we attended a church where the police chief is a member. He had the entire force read through The Purpose Driven Life. Now we hear they've all watched Courageous, and 1000 officers have given their lives to the Lord after watching it! Indescribable is up for that prize this year. Praying for worldwide impact for whichever film wins!

Besides Indescribable we've run into people from Alone Yet Not Alone, which screens tomorrow evening in the main theatre and in theatres nationwide on April 6, Beyond the Mask, The Screenwriters, Christmas Grace, and the Vetters, pictured here, from Pawn's Move: IMDb.me/RichSwingle. One of the first people we ran into is Stacey Bradshaw, with whom I'll share some scenes in the upcoming film In His Steps: RichDrama.com/InHisSteps.

Seth plays one of our characters' nine children in Indescribable (RichDrama.com/Indescribable). He encourages his siblings to help my character write the hymn "The Love of God".

Looking forward to more connections today!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

San Antonio and more...


We're heading to the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival tomorrow, and you can help improve my chances of being cast in new films just by visiting IMDb.me/RichSwingle. I've posted a number of new photos there to reward your visit. While you're there, please click the Facebook "Like" button if you happen to be on Facebook. The last time I asked folks to visit and "Like" I shot up several thousand points on IMDb's STARmeter, which increases the likelihood of casting directors to take notice of my work. I'd appreciate it tremendously if you could help me out again: IMDb.me/RichSwingle.

This festival has the largest single grand prize in America for Christian film. Joyce and I play husband and wife in Indescribable, which is up for that $101,000 prize. Also, Alone Yet Not Alone, in which I play a land speculator, will be screened there.

You can watch the awards ceremony streamed live this Saturday starting at 7:30pm Central. Click here for details.



Three other films in which I perform were just released:

In the short film Settled I play Tom, one of the leaders in a post-apocalyptic community, who reluctantly takes in an enemy. It was created in 168 hours as a part of a competition. Each team was given the verse Psalm 68:6, one week to write a script, and one week to film it. You can watch it now by clicking here.

I play Coach Sean Ryan in For the Glory, which tells the true story of Kirk Kuykendall: His dreams of playing basketball in the Olympics were shattered, but when he gave his life to the Lord there was a transformation that opened the possibility of playing soccer in the Olympics. You can order the DVD by clicking here.

Pawn's Move, a film in which I play Sheriff Hansen, one of several characters that help a young couple understand life in the grace of the Lord, was actually released some time ago, but it is now available to watch instantly on Netflix and Amazon. Click here for details.

If you haven't already done so, please click IMDb.me/RichSwingle to help my chances of being cast in more faith-affirming films like these.

In other news, we're three weeks away from casting Twelve Angry Jurors for the MasterWorks Festival theatre program, which will take the play on the road, performing in Bethel Park, PA, and in an Off-Broadway theatre in NYC. If you or someone you know would like to join us, urge them to audition soon. You can see my report from last year's program at RichDrama.com/MWF, where there's a link to information on this year's program or you can go there directly by clicking here.

We'll also have a Long-Form Improv track, which will also take advantage of our faculty's 125 years of combined experience in the professional performing arts world. Click here for more info.

As always, my one-man plays are available for live performance anywhere in the world: RichDrama.com.