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Coach Bobby Bowden’s legacy led the Florida State Seminoles to 3 undefeated seasons and helped the team rank in the top 4 of the AP Poll for 14-straight seasons. Bowden coached the Seminoles from 1976 until his last season in 2009 before his 80th birthday and is one of the most revered coaches of his generation. Bowden’s career started in 1954 and he compiled an overall 377-129 record as a coach. Yet, Bowden is more than a winning coach and he is more than a record-setter–he is a man of faith who is fearless and who unabashedly makes God his priority. He is also known to shine when it came to his players. So, it makes sense that a documentary should be made. And Lifeway Films is doing just that in the new film “Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family & Football.” It is courage and grace that makes Bowden not only a legacy but a hero of faith. Bowden, 87, has been using football as a pulpit to inspire his players to put first things first in life.

“Florida gave me that platform,” said the coach. “The West Virginia University did the same thing. They gave me a platform which I could witness from Christ.” If he was coaching today, Bowden said he would still be a light for Christ, regardless of it not being politically correct. The reason is “because I think that is what life is all about. That is one thing the movie tries to show is that you can do it the right way and still be successful.” Former Florida State quarterback Tim Tebow is someone that comes to mind. Tebow is pretty fierce when it comes to being honest about his faith in Christ. Tebow is not afraid to share their faith and Bowden applauds his example.

Since Bowden is outspoken regarding his faith. He explained that he never felt pressure from Florida State or any other university to conform. “I never had any administrator come to me and tell me “‘Hey, you can’t do that.’ I always try to do what I thought was right and let the chips land where they may.” What does Bowden want people to experience after seeing the film? The coach pulled no punches. He said to not be embarrassed by your religion. “Don’t be ashamed of your faith. Speak out, however, you think you should. But keep other people in consideration when you do.”

Check out the film “Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family & Football” due for release on Jan. 8th.

 

The next story coming from the Star Wars world has been released to critics, and the reviews have been mostly positive with a few very distinct exceptions.

As reviews spread across the internet on Tuesday, it became clear that audiences will either love or hate Rouge One: A Star Wars Story. A.O. Scott from The New York Times called it a “thoroughly mediocre movie” with “a surprisingly hackish script.” While Rene Rodriquez of The Miami Herald said the end was rousing, but the journey there was “about as exciting as a long drive down the Florida Turnpike.”

One review even asked, “is it time to abandon the “Star Wars” franchise?”

Despite the bad reviews, box office projections for the United States and Canada had the film grossing $100-150 million in it’s opening weekend. Disney executives stated they didn’t expect Rogue One to match The Force Awakens total gross profits. However, when pre-sale tickets went on sale for Rogue One, sites such as Fandango crashed within 10 minutes, much like The Force Awakens did the year prior.  In its first twenty four hours, Rogue One had the second-highest ever amount of pre-sale tickets sold.

Rogue One tells of a completely new story from the Star Wars timeline and universe. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

The new movie stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker and is directed by Gareth Edwards. The movie will be released in the United States on December 16, 2016.

National Geographic has again striven to tackle questions that plague the minds of believers and non-religious people alike. What is heaven and what is hell? Who are the chosen ones? Is there proof of God’s existence?

The second season of the Emmy-nominated series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, the network’s most-watched series of all time, will be returning to answer these questions and more.

Each of the three new episodes in the season will explore a different major theme: “The Chosen One?” “Proof of God” and “Heaven and Hell.” Morgan Freeman meets with individuals, faith leaders, scientists and archaeologists to help him understand these big topics.

“One of the things we love most about doing this series is finding the interconnected threads all humans share across different cultures, faiths and ideologies when it comes to seeking understanding of life’s great mysteries,” said Freeman. “I hope this series continues to not just entertain and inform, but also to open dialogue that will allow us to understand our neighbors both here in the U.S. and around the world.”

Make sure to watch The Story of God with Morgan Freeman when it premiers on Monday, January 16th at 9/8c.

Collateral Beauty is a new upcoming movie that is already taking the hearts of people across the world. It’s story is touching those who have dealt with tragedy and loss, and helping them see moments of beauty.

When a successful New York advertising executive suffers from a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

The film stars an ensemble cast of Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Peña, and Naomie Harris. Collateral Beauty will be released on December 16, 2016.