The NRB Convention officially began today in Nashville, Tenn., as Christian communicators from around the world gathered to talk about current projects, trends for this year, planning sessions/business meetings, and networking. Catching up with old friends and meeting new people is an integral part of the community of National Religious Broadcasters. It kicked off with the Opening Session.
Roma Downey, president of Lightworkers Media, reminisced, “We make a real effort to get to NRB each year, starting in 2013 for ‘The Bible’ miniseries. Then in 2014, it was ‘Son of God,’ 2015, the ‘AD’ series, and now in 2016 it’s ‘Ben Hur’.” Downey said that she and husband, Mark Burnett, never make a decision without prayer and are privileged to have a platform to reach souls. People still come up to her who were affected by her character, Monica, in “Touched By An Angel,” and how the message of that series resonated with multitudes.
Downey and Burnett are working with MGM and Paramount for the remake of “Ben Hur,” which will be released later this year. The story is of a man consumed with anger and hatred but is changed forever because of Jesus. Not only did they hire the best stuntmen and designers, but also have the same horse trainer and make-up artist from the classic 1959 film.
Jordan Smith, recent winner of NBC’s EMMY AWARD®-winning The Voice made Voice history by landing 4 songs in the Top 10—the most of any artist from the show. Smith released a full-length album, Jordan Smith: The Complete Season 9 Collection, and became “the first artist to replace himself at #1 on the chart.” He sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” during the opening session.
Pastor H.B. Charles, Jr. of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., also spoke. Pastor Charles talked about how it would fill one with sorrow if their beautiful baby remained an infant. Jesus also wants “Baby Christians” to grow and mature in their faith and relationship with him.
After the showing, attendees were treated to a pre-screening of the Columbia pictures film, “Miracles From Heaven,” starring Jennifer Gardner and Queen Latifah. Based on a true story of a Texas family, it is about a miraculous healing of a young girl and how it defied all medical knowledge. This Patricia Riggs directed film is produced by DeVon Franklin, T.D. Jakes and Joe Roth will be released March 16th.
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