The Word Will Set You Free

I got to open our service at Westchester Chapel this morning, and I observed that on St. Patrick's Day our sermon was on freedom in Christ! It was an amazing, and unplanned, correlation, since Patrick was a slave, who escaped, only to have a vision calling him to return to the land of his captors to explain the way to be free in Christ.

Pastor Randy Solomon preached on John 8:31-36. Dr. Linda Warren Prayed over the service.

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I played an excerpt from Roger Nelson's one-man play, The Confession of St. Patrick. You can see the full trailer here:



The Hill Family will be blessing us by leading us in a couple of hymns before performing at Carnegie Hall on March 31. Here's one of their music videos:



We sang two songs that were a part of worship at The Send. Here's a recap:


The Send Recap

At The Send 58,878 believers gathered in Camping World Stadium believing for a tipping point of action— A NEW ERA of Missions & Evangelism. A central part of The Send is making practical commitments to adopting a mission field. 18,196 committed to the Jesus Fast. 531 people responded to the Gospel. 2,467 people committed to reaching High Schools & 2,197 committed to reaching Universities. 5,064 committed to adopting their neighborhood & 5,423 committed to reaching the nations. THE WAR ON INACTION HAS BEGUN & WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED.

#TheSend

Posted by The Send on Friday, March 1, 2019
You can watch as much of the twelve hours of the Send as you'd like for free at www.Facebook.com/TheSend (under videos).

If you want to more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

There are still openings for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp.

Report on the Great Experiment and Roger Nelson's Memorial

The photo is of Joyce and I with Roger Nelson and two of his New York friends during the run of our 2006 collaboration, Fire Off-Broadway.

I recorded a report on my experience at Roger's memorial and my experience with this round of the Great Experiment, which I was involved with when I read Scripture and led hymns at the memorial.

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Links to things I mention:
More on Roger: www.RichDrama.com/RogerNelson
The Great Experiment and revival at Asbury College: www.DayAndNight.org
Curt Cloninger: www.CurtCloninger.com
George Fox University: www.GeorgeFox.edu
Scripture Reading: www.RichDrama.com/BibleReading
Christian Union: www.ChristianUnion.org
Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action: www.RichDrama.com/IvyLeague
The Send: www.TheSend.org
YWAM: www.YWAM.org
Starting a relationship with the Lord : www.RichDrama.com/MyPassion
Beyond the Chariots at the Singapore Expo: www.RichDrama.com/BtC
My friend's church: www.TheRockAnaheim.com


Roger and I rented an Off-Broadway theatre to do two of our plays, and this was the one I chose: Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.

Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy

We really enjoyed Timothy Mahoney's first Patterns of Evidence film, Exodus. We just watched a screener of his newest, Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy, and we loved it! It's very well made, and, like the first one, it gives equal time to scholars on both sides of the issue.

The Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible are attributed to Moses by Scripture and by scholars as early as 150 BC. With the rise of modern skepticism, biblical scholars have argued that Moses couldn't have written the Pentateuch because the Hebrew alphabet wasn't invented until long after the Exodus. Egyptian hieroglyphics would not have been a practical way of writing that much information. Mahoney tracks down archeologists and linguists who make many convincing arguments that the first alphabet was an early form of Hebrew, and it was invented within an 11 year window during which Joseph lived. If you follow the logic of the film, you will see that there is no reason to doubt that Moses could have written the first five books of the Bible, as Scripture says he did.

Can't wait to see it on the big screen! It will be in cinemas nationwide March 14, 16 and 19. You can get tickets now at www.PatternsOfEvidence.com/moses.

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There are still openings for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp.

Run the Race

Tomorrow night may be the last time you'll be able to see Run the Race in a theater. I really thought it was a slam dunk, to add a metaphor from a third sport into the mix! It's about football playing brothers who switch over to track.

It was great writing, cinematography, directing, and a no holds barred presentation and acceptance of the Gospel! This is what we should be praying for more of! It shows a transformed life, the one thing a no one can deny! Though this is a fictional story, my prayer is that it will inspire people to search out real testimonies. If you've never met someone who was transformed by a relationship with Jesus Christ, click Testimonies here or below to read and hear several real ones. Someone told my bride, Joyce, after she gave her life to the Lord that she was the first miracle that person saw.

By the way, in case you're not interested in sports films, this is what  Joyce had to say:
Frankly, I was less keen to see it because I was a little done with sports movies, but this is not really a sports movie.  It is about the relationships -- with God, family, brothers. Well produced, excellent acting and script. The dialog is very real. 
A gym buddy told me to be sure to see it! He loved it, and especially remarked on the work of Francis Fischer, as the godmother of the featured brothers. My friend also appreciated the honesty of the journey. Don't hesitate to invite everyone to this one.



See how Olympic champion Eric Liddell ran the race after . His story is begun in Chariots of Fire, winner of four Oscars in 1981, story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.

Unplanned

I performed alongside Ashley Bratcher in Princess Cut, so I was delighted to see this marvelous interview with her on Fox and Friends about an upcoming film that looks fantastic!



Here's an outstanding review: "Unplanned: The Uncle Tom's Cabin of the Abortion Issue."

The author, Jason Scott Jones, points out how Uncle Tom's Cabin became the book that turned people against slavery in America.

I wrote a sketch in college that linked abortion to slavery. It focused on the fact that our forebears could rationalize owning slaves by calling them property, as people rationalize abortion by calling preborn babies fetuses and tissue. The sketch was never performed because it was too controversial, even at a Christian college in the early 1990s. It had two parallel scenes: A slave with his master, and a mother and her preborn child. I had the slave cry out when being whipped, and the preborn child cry out when she was being aborted. I guess my sketch got an R-rating, like Unplanned. Of course a preborn baby gets oxygen from her mother, so she couldn't really scream, but it's the silent scream of the aborted child that changes the mind of Abby Johnson (played by Ashley Bratcher), at that time the youngest director in Planned Parenthood's history. After overseeing the death of about 22,000 preborn babies, Johnson is now a pro-life activist. I'm praying Unplanned changes millions of minds.

I went on to write a one-man play on an abolitionist who helped spearhead the largest movement against slavery at that time... 1758, 103 years before the Civil War: I Dreamed I Was Free. Toward the end of the play the abolitionist, John Woolman, says, "God has reminded us that they are mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, sisters and brothers. They are fellow human beings, and is that not reason enough to live without owning them. You all know somewhere in your hearts that slavery is wrong. Can't you feel the lash on your hearts? Can't you feel the chains on your souls? We are the ones in bondage because we will not release our slaves!"

I do a hot seat after the play, staying in character to answer questions. After a performance last week, abortion came up, and John Woolman pointed out that slavery was rationalized by not recognizing slaves as human and then observed, "My generation left a mark upon yours. Do what you can to save the lives of the unborn. Do not leave a mark upon those of future generations."

I have yet to see Unplanned, but as I mentioned earlier it was given an R-rating. Filmmakers assure us that there is no profanity, vulgarity, nudity, sensuality, and that the only violence is to the preborn. So it's legal for a 15-year-old to get an abortion without parental consent, but not to watch it in a film without an accompanying adult. The MPAA agrees that the preborn not just tissue. Surgery wouldn't get an R-rating, would it?

Jones points out:
Historians credit Uncle Tom’s Cabin with spurring the anti-slavery movement to victory. But that credit extends beyond its author. It also goes to those who published, promoted, and simply bought and read the book.
Don't let the MPAA keep you from supporting this film and doing your part to make it the Uncle Tom's Cabin of our generation!

Ken Ham of The Creation Museum and The Ark Encounter recommends Unplanned for children as young as 15.

Here's a sneak peek:



There's a great interview with Ashley and Abby at the bottom of Movie Guide's Five Celebrities Speaking Out Against Abortion.

I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War.

Story Weaver

When I was performing in Escape from the Eagle's Nest and The Giant Killer for Lamplighter Theatre, I did an interview with Becky Bailey. She recently shared the interview with her Theatre Catalyst Group at Regent University.

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Here's the short clip she shared:


And here's the whole, unedited interview:


Here are more links to topics I mentioned:
Olympics
Bezaleel
Lamplighter Guild
Patrick Powell
John Fornof

See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.

Sometimes You Need a Savior

Joyce shared how
the Lord delivered her
from daydreaming.
This morning Joyce taught on Isaiah 40:1-11 at Hope Community Church of the Nazarene. She opens with a story of how she was once hunted down and shot! You'll have to give it a listen. I did dramatic readings of the key passage.

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If you want to more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.



I Dreamed I Was Free tells the story of Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, who spoke against slavery a century before our Civil War. Hope Community Church is planning to host this play in Manasquan, NJ. We'll post the details at www.RichDrama.com/Schedule.

Andy's Rainbow

Joyce and I were very pleased with the message and production value of the feature film Andy's Rainbow, about a mentally disabled young man and his friendship with a young woman.

When I was in high school a counseling teacher took us to a state mental institution, and after our tour he said to me so that others could hear, "So Swingle, do you still believe in God?" He told me that the residents we had just met could never make a decision to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. As a teenager I had no response. If I said anything at all I have no recollection of what it would have been.

My freshman year at George Fox University I heard the story of a young mentally disabled man who led many, many people to the Lord. And since then I've been a part of the baptism of a young woman with Downs Syndrome. I told her how beautiful it was, and she said, "The Holy Spirit was there." I've also performed at Joni and Friends events for campers who are less than whole because we live in a fallen world. The way the Lord speaks in and through them is profound and inspiring!

Jacob Dufour captured the profundity of the Lord witnessing the Gospel to a soul through a broken vessel in a respectful and skilled manner.

[Jesus] said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3

For family considerations, read the Dove review.



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There are still openings for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp.

Renewal through Relationship

My very favorite work is to partner with my bride in ministry! Today we got to join forces in a really cool way. Through Scripture and teaching we took Westchester Chapel Church of the Nazarene through the Book of John to show how Jesus is the Light of the World, the Lamb of God, the Bread of Life and the Hope of the World. Through this experiential exploration, we are led to an understanding of how the Lord became everything to us to save us from ourselves and deepen our relationship with Him. The service is divided with songs that were picked to highlight each teaching.

Joyce mentioned The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story, which will be in theaters starting January 31.

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If you want to more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.


See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.

The Least of These


Shari Rigby (October BabyOvercomer) spoke to the New York Media Initiative on January 24 when she was in town for a screening of her newest film, The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story.

Joyce and I saw a screener of the film and really loved it! Our friend and colleague, Bev Holloway (Beyond the Mask, I Can Only Imagine, Mom's Night Out) was the casting director, and she put together a great family. Shari plays Gladys Staines opposite Stephen Baldwin (105 credits on IMDb). Both do a brilliant job of bringing this couple to life and showing their peace in the presence of persecution. The screenwriter has framed the atrocity at the heart of the film in a very intriguing way. We see it unfold through the eyes of a journalist who is trying to find evidence that supports his viewpoint. So it feels relevant in an era of fake news. This important story is being told in theaters February 1 with a special showing January 31. Find a theater near you: www.TheLeastOfThese.movie.

Shari's talk for NYMI was outstanding! She shared some personal trials she and her family have gone through, and she said as Christians we shouldn't cringe when we face battles because it's an opportunity to take ground for the Lord. She said we are created and called to take ground for the Kingdom of God, and Jesus the Warrior is by our side when we walk in obedience. She shared that in the midst of her family's trials she heard a sermon on Joshua leading the Israelites to circle the city of Jericho six times, and on the seventh they blew their trumpets and the walls came down. I've personally seen those crumbled walls, and archeologists have found the corner where Rahab's home was kept secure. But that day Shari didn't want to hear another sermon on Joshua. The Lord urged her not to just look at the march and the fall, but to look at what led up to it. She remembered Joshua's obedience to speak an honest report about the Promised Land in the face of the majority of the spies who were cowards. He was obedient to take over when Moses died. He was obedient to lead the way across the stopped-up Jordan River. And when the Lord appeared to him in human form (one of many evidences of the Trinity), Joshua worshipped Him. It was Joshua's life of obedience that paved the way for the miraculous wall fall.

Shari's obedience was to go back to her beginnings. She charted a map of all the connections that got her where she is today, starting back to her childhood. When she looked at the map it was so clear to her that the Lord had a hand in it all! She urged us not to get wrapped up in doing projects that make us famous. Every December she prays for stories to tell in the coming year that will make Jesus Christ famous. When we operate in obedience to his call on our lives the walls will fall, and He will get the glory.

Pray that many see The Least of These and that the Lord will get the glory!

Parents may want to visit the Dove Review for more details.

The Fathom Event
I watched the Fathom Event on January 31, and I was moved all over again! It was followed by an interview with Shari and world-renowned apologist, Ravi Zacharias.

Shari talked about working in the presence of real lepers in one of the actual Leper Homes the Staines had run. She said that when one of them raised her foot for Shari to work on it the smell of death was in the room. She ran off camera to her husband, who encouraged her. They prayed, and when she went back to the set she smelled a fragrant aroma she knew was the Holy Spirit. Others on set commented on it, too.

Shari loved working with the three Australian children, who were actually siblings in real life! She was grateful that they were helping her with her accent!

When the interviewer, Krish Dhanam, asked Shari what she would say if Gladys Staines was in the room, Shari broke down weeping. She said she would thank Gladys for such a profound act of forgiveness.

Ravi thanked the filmmakers for shining the light on the good that Christians are doing in India, and have been doing for hundreds of years. He said that the story of forgiveness is a picture of what Christ did. All forgiveness requires sacrifice, and we saw that so profoundly through this story, but Jesus Christ forgave all of humanity. What a price! What a reward! All who call on Him will be saved.






I got to perform in For the Glory and The Screenwriters with Jason Burkey, who performed in October Baby with Shari. The photo shows us in our 1940's duds covered up for a meal on the set of The Screenwriters.

Roger Nelson
(September 28, 1941 - January 12, 2019)

I was grieved to discover that my friend, mentor and colleague, Roger Nelson, has gone home to be with his Savior.

I was honored to read some of Roger's favorite Scripture passages and lead two of his favorite hymns at his memorial service on March 2. You can hear my reflections on the memorial by clicking here.

Write a tribute to Roger at www.A1ManPlay.com.

Visit the final letter from the Friends of John Wesley for RSVP info.

If you don't have time to read the whole letter, here's my favorite passage:

During his final days Roger's sister, Joan, visited him daily. Though Roger slipped in and out of consciousness, Joan observed many encouraging signs that he was "in touch" with the Lord. Joan shared that a few days before his death she observed one of Roger's Christian nurses praying fervently at his bedside. As the nurse left the room Joan heard Roger whisper a faint "Hallelujah."

In the course of his 37-year career he gave about 1,800 performances of his one-man plays in 32 countries on six continents and all 50 states, including venues like Carnegie Hall, the Pasadena Playhouse, Shakespeare Centre at Stratford-Upon-Avon, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Stratford Festival Theatre in Canada, Oxford University, and Wesley's Chapel in London. Other international performances included the following cities: Adelaide, Athens, Bangkok, Belfast, Berchtesgaden, Bonn, Brisbane, Cairo, Canberra, Caracas, Dubai, Dublin, Geneva, Glasgow, Guatemala City, Heidelberg, Jerusalem, Kuwait City, Livorno, Melbourne, New Delhi, Nurnberg, Panama City, Paris, Perth, Port of Spain, Prague, San Jose (Costa Rica), Singapore, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and many others.

We shouldn't be surprised by his productive career. At the bottom of each of his newsletters he reminded us to pray for The Five S's: Safe travel, Stamina, Solid relationships, Sterling performances, and Souls. Those prayers were answered again and again!

Roger is the second person I ever saw perform a one-man play. It was The Man from Aldersgate, about John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, in 1993 at a Christians in Theatre Arts conference in Vancouver, B.C. I was trying to decide whether to move to New York City. That conference and Roger's performance were instrumental in my decision to move from our 70-acre farm in Oregon to an 8.5' x 11' room on Times Square, a move I'll never regret.

The next summer, Roger stayed at the Lamb's Church, where I was an intern at the time. When I told Roger how much I appreciated The Man from Aldersgate, he told me that he had attended the Lamb's Church years earlier, when the founding pastor, Paul Moore, told Roger of a dream he'd had in which Roger was John Wesley. Roger asked Rev. Moore, "Does he play for the Mets?" But Roger took the dream seriously and had a script written. He performed that play thousands of times all over the world.

Roger allowed me to sit in on a rehearsal of the second one-man play he was just starting to perform, The Confession of St. Patrick. I got to shadow him for a performance, help him set up his merchandise table, see how carefully his show was designed to fit in a suitcase, watch him put on his beard and makeup.

I asked him endless questions, and he always answered graciously and candidly. At some point during that conversation he mentioned the year he quit his day job. I quit mine the next year, and I've never looked back. The Lord used Roger's inspiration to launch my career with one-man plays, and I'm eternally grateful.

Roger and I kept in touch, and in 2004 (I think), he set up a staged reading of a rough draft of Beyond the Chariots, my at-that-time brand new one-man play that tells the rest of the Chariots of Fire story. It was at William Carey International University, and it was such a huge encouragement to share the story of a missionary with future missionaries. I loved having Roger there as I set up!

In 2006 Roger approached me about teaming up to rent an Off-Broadway theatre to perform our plays in rotation. We selected The Man from Aldersgate and Beyond the Chariots, and we called it Fire Off-Broadway, drawing upon the imagery of the flame in the symbol for the Methodist Church and Chariots of Fire. What a thrill to collaborate with the man who was such a huge inspiration to me!

My last visit in-person with Roger was in 2016 when I was in L.A. for a booking. We got together and watched one of the World Series games: Cleveland Indians vs. The Chicago Cubs. He liked the Cubs even more than the Mets, so he was really in it! During one of the commercials something reminded him of a production in his youth that he regretted being a part of. We prayed together to renounce it and break any hold it continued to have over him. It was a beautiful moment as my mentor was showing the way to an even deeper walk with the Lord, and inviting me to help him take that journey.

Looking forward to our next collaboration in Glory!

You can see clips from Roger's plays below:





This page can be found at www.RichDrama.com/RogerNelson.


See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus was shown in theaters nationwide a couple of years ago, and Joyce and I saw it on Times Square. Many of the archeologists the filmmaker interviewed deny any evidence of The Exodus, but others point out that there is an abundance of evidence: a small (empty*) pyramid tomb with a statue of a non-egyptian wearing a multi-colored coat and surrounded by 11 graves, an entire settlement of semitic people that was clearly abandoned in a hurry, a papyrus document describing blood in the water and everyone burying someone. All of these are discounted because they don't fit the established timeline, or -- as with the Brooklyn Papyrus -- "he couldn't have seen it. He must have imagined it."  

If we lived in an intellectually honest society this film would have made the front page of every newspaper in the country.

The filmmaker shows that there is evidence the timeline really does line up with Scripture. 

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus is now available, and watch for their next film, Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy. It will be in theaters March 14, 16 and 19 only.



*The coffin is empty, which lines up with Joseph's request in Genesis 50:25-26: "Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” So Joseph died, being 110 years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt." That request is confirmed in Exodus 13:19: "Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones with you from here.”


There are still openings for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp.

Don't Be Shy -- Let the Compliments Fly

I wrote the following article for Graceworks' January 2019 Big Bold News:


Take a moment to think of people who encouraged you to get where you are today. See their faces? Now thank yourself for accepting their encouragement!

A recent New York Times article by Micaela Marini Higgs titled,"How to Accept a Compliment — Even if It's From Yourself," explores how "meaningful praise can measurably boost motivation and performance and can improve your brain's ability to remember and repeat new skills." The catch? We're not wired to give or receive praise! Cited in the article, Dr. Kristin Neff, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, says, "...our brains are designed to look for problems."

An exercise we sometimes share in our training is called, "Observation/Compliment." It addresses what happens to us humans when we're asked to give and receive praise. One of the rules is that participants are asked to keep their hands at their sides when receiving the compliments. It's a lot harder than you think because we're so programmed to deflect compliments like Wonder Woman blocking bullets! So, the next time someone compliments you, let it in and enjoy.

Now, it's one thing to learn to receive praise, but offering encouragement can be just as big of a game changer.

Offering honest, positive and specific feedback can transform your workplace. How? Because people do more of the things they're praised for. Let's be real – we spend more time with our co-workers than we do our families, so why not make an effort to create a positive experience for everyone? The next time you need to give someone input, lead with sharing what they did well. By starting with praise, it shuts their inner critic down and immediately gives their brain that positive boost of the good stuff, leading the way for improvement. Isn't that what we want for ourselves and our colleagues — and our family members for that matter?

Here are some suggestions on how to offer praise in a way that can help transform your environment at work and at home:

  • Highlight What Went Well: If your team had a rough presentation or meeting, make sure you spend enough time focusing on what went well. In the article, Higgs says, "Small setbacks can have a negative impact three to four times stronger than the triumph of a small win..." So, bring in the positive stuff big-time!
  • Give Constructive Feedback: When you lead with praise, giving necessary constructive feedback tends to be more graciously received and appreciated.
  • Be Consistent: If you're consistent with offering praise to someone, that person will be more likely to come to you for input and feedback. Remember, you have to offer honest compliments; no blowing smoke!
Encouragement is just so good! It has the power to move you and your colleagues to greatness. Let it flow!
-- Rich


You can read the full Big Bold News here.

You can share this article with others using www.RichDrama.com/Encourage, and my previous Big Bold News article is at www.RichDrama.com/Smile.


Since 2001 I've been a Freedom Finder for Graceworks, helping people become more comfortable as presenters through workshops and project specific coaching.

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Be Wary of the World

Our founding pastor at Westchester ChapelJim Warren, warns against falling away from Christ and into the world as he preaches from Colossians 1.

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If you want to more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

There are still openings for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp.

"Reflection"

Joyce and I got to work on a short film by Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers and Actors Camp alumni William and Morgan Willer (It's a Life Worth Living, "There").

We were greeted with my favorite verse, which Morgan remembered from Film Camp and wrote in calligraphy on a card!


I'm playing the role of the father of a young woman played by Joanna Ferbrache (Celebrity Confessions), who is being seduced by my character's arch nemesis, played by Andrew Hurt (Polycarp, "One Day"). I'm also serving as acting and accent coach. We've set it in Florida in the late 30s, so the cast (and some of the crew) were speaking in Southern accents all week. One of them said to me, "I don't know if I'll be able to stop talking like this when we leave!" We were all having a ton of fun in the Florida sun!

On Day Two I got to drive this 193 Chevrolet nicknamed "Ethel," and it was an AMAZING experience!

The production value has been astonishing! The cars, costumes, furniture, and especially the locations, almost all donated in order to help tell the Lord's truths in film. It's going to look like a much more expensive production than it is.

We were particularly grateful for The Banyan Estate, which was a 1927 school house that was refurbished just over a year ago. It's an amazing event space for weddings and business events.

This time last year many of this same crew created the short film, "There," which you can watch here: www.RichDrama.com/There.

You can find this page at www.RichDrama.com/Reflection. We'll announce when the film is released through emailings to which you can subscribe at www.RichDrama.com/Updates.

Click to see the best of the photos Joyce and I took on and around set.

Here are our Production Diaries filmed and edited by Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmaker alumna Morgan Willer...

Day 1


Day 2 (This shows the 1930 Chevrolet named "Ethel" I got to drive.)


Pre-Rigging at the amazing Banyan Estate (I was performing "The New King" on Epiphany while they were setting up.)


Day 3 (Filmed at the Banyan Estate.)


Day 4 (More footage of me driving Ethel.)


Day 5 (This has my favorite line that won't make it into the film.)


Day 6 (We wrapped by lunch! Unheard of!)


There are still openings for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp.