March 2012

Blue Like Jazz movie presents a murky message to viewers

By Tiffany Owens, World News Service

(WNS) – A film adaptation of Donald Miller’s New York Times bestseller Blue Like Jazz is headed to the big screen April 13 and debuted March 13 in Texas at Austin’s “SXSW,” a music, film, and technology festival.

The movie explores themes of forgiveness, authenticity, and the question of God’s existence as it follows one man’s journey to find God, but it struggles to offer a clear explanation of the gospel.

The film is a revised version of Miller’s life in which Don (played by Marshall Allman) appears as a 19-year-old Texan with a Baptist background who tries to ditch God by attending liberal Reed College in Portland, Ore.


Widow’s gift to aid deaf students at NOBTS

By Gary Meyers, NOBTS Communications

[img_assist|nid=8041|title=A widow's gift|desc=New Orleans Seminary President Chuck Kelley speaks about the new fund to assist deaf students as Janie Powell translates into sign language. The widow of a deaf minister has provided the initial gift to help break down one of the major barriers for deaf students – the added cost of hiring an interpreter.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=412]NEW ORLEANS (BP) –Stephanie Johnson knows the challenges facing a potential seminary student who is deaf: She saw her husband’s perseverance in following God’s call.

Ultimately Daniel Johnson overcame the challenges, attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a master of divinity degree. Daniel went on to serve as a minister to the deaf and a North American Mission Board church planting strategist until his death in January 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Now Stephanie Johnson has given an initial $40,000 gift to establish a new fund at NOBTS – the Accessible Theological Education for the Deaf Fund – to help deaf students receive training for missions and ministry.