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The Power of a Good Story

“Tolkien believed so much in the power of a good story to reflect God that he wasn’t bothered that the Gospel themes weren’t as accessible in his writing as in C. S. Lewis’. He knew humans crave the meaning good stories give, drawing us closer to God.” —Philip Long

“The gospel is the true myth . . . the great fairy story. In the gospel of Christ all the elements of truth in the pagan myths find their fulfillment.” —J. R. R. Tolkien

“Any amount of theology can now be smuggled into people’s minds under cover of romance without their knowing it.” —C. S. Lewis

“We believe the gospel is good beyond words. If it seems tired and dusty, we’ve forgotten the unfathomable depth of God’s story.” —Philip Long

Fast Track to a Global World

According to blogger Jeff Bullas, the mobile phone has made digital media accessible for almost everyone. Check out these stats on going mobile in the developing world . . .

  • In India, mobile devices account for 72% of all website traffic.
  • There are 1.65 billion active mobile social accounts globally.
  • 561 million active mobile social accounts are located in East Asia.

As the leaders of digital media extend their reach across the globe through mobile devices, pray for God to infuse the mighty power of this platform with messages that uplift, inspire, and unify . . . and do so profitably. 

China’s Box Office—Going Global

According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), China, the second-largest market in the world for movie-goers, saw dramatic growth of 48.7 percent in 2015—and Hollywood is feeling the pressure!

As China’s economy has developed, they’re spending more and more money on entertainment. THR says, “By the end of 2017, China is expected to surpass North America—which reached a record $11 billion in box-office revenue in 2015—as the largest movie market in the world.”

This is global hollywood. Where Hollywood has always influenced the world’s media, now the world’s media is influencing Hollywood. Foreign box office is rapidly growing, and in China’s case, rivaling the U.S. box office. And foreign money is commonly funding American projects.

Pray that God will reveal Himself to the leaders of global media . . . some of whom are already listed on Mastermedia’s Media Leader Prayer Calendar.