- The Washington Times - Friday, May 1, 2009

CITIZEN JOURNALISM:

A promise keeper

Film producer Joe Nasser made a promise when he was fighting cancer some time ago. Finding comfort in the No. 1 and No. 2 Christian best-sellers of all time - the Bible and the Charles Sheldon classic “In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?” Mr. Nasser said “I promised God if he thought he should heal me I would make the movie and spread the question WWJD? to as many people as possible. Well, God healed me and I intended to keep my promise.”

Mr. Nasser said the film story line will follow the Sheldon novel, which was written in 1896 and tells the story of people who come to ask themselves, “What would Jesus do?” The stars of the film, which is scheduled to begin production this month, will include John Schneider (“Nip/Tuck” and “Dukes of Hazzard”) and country singer Adam Gregory.

“Little did I know how hard it would be for me to make a ‘Christian-themed’ film in Hollywood,” Mr. Nasser said. “None of the Hollywood studios or TV networks would develop the script. Agents did not submit writers for the project and Hollywood’s ‘Christian Community’ did not seem to mix their faith with their profession. Christian TV networks and organizations refused to help me, refused to ask themselves WWJD? So I decided to take the challenge on myself, after all I promised the Big Boss up stairs that I would.”

Now hear this

Pro-life advocate Alveda King, director of black outreach at Priests for Life and a niece of Martin Luther King, has created a blog (www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/blog). A mother of eight who calls herself a “doting” grandmother, she also is the founder of the faith-based organization King for America.

“I know from a lifetime in the civil rights movement that culture changes,” Miss King said, whose family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed in 1963. “It’s the good and the bad in those changes that I want to talk about.”

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