Netflix Drops Trailer For ‘A Week Away’ Musical

It’s a faith-based musical called “A Week Away” and it’s about a bad boy who mistakenly (he thinks) ends up at a church camp where he happens to meet a sheltered, smart, vivacious girl, they quickly start making eyes at each other, but then he panics and flees, yet somehow they …. no, wait, don’t want to give it away entirely, though you can guess what comes next if you’ve ever watched five minutes on the Hallmark Channel.

Only this one is on Netflix, not Hallmark, and the title is taken from the name of the fictional camp — “Aweegaway” —  where lots of singing, dancing, romancing, teenage angsting, goofing around, joking, laughing, competing and all the other stuff high schoolers do at church camp. A week away can sometimes change a person’s life entirely.

Netflix dropped the official trailer, which you can watch below, about a week away from the musical’s debut. I’m not a fan of musicals, but for those who are, this one looks to have all the essential elements, plus music from For King and Country, Amy Grant, Steven Curtiss Chapman and Michael W. Smith. And when was the last time you saw a faith-based musical?

Want To Live Longer, Be Happier, Stay Healthier? Studies Say Go To Church Regularly!

Who doesn’t want to live longer, be happier and enjoy better health? New peer-reviewed studies highlighted by the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) suggest going to church regularly has a lot to do with it.

Dr. Patrick Fagan, Founder and President, Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI).

The first of the studies was published by the International Journal of Epidemiology found that “participants who attended religious services once a week or more had lower mortality rates and slightly fewer physical health problems,” according to MARRI, a Washington, D.C.-based research foundation headed by Dr. Patrick Fagan at the Catholic University of America.

Fagan is the former deputy assistant secretary for family and social policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the first Bush administration. He’s also been with the Heritage Foundation, the Free Congress Foundation and the Family Research Council (FRC). He is the publisher and editor of marripedia.org.

“Furthermore, those who attended religious services at least once a week were less likely to drink heavily and smoke. They were also less likely to be depressed, anxious, hopeless, and lonely. Finally, they were more likely to feel greater life satisfaction, social integration, and purpose in life,” the MARRI summary continued. The study was published in the December 2020 issue of the journal. Continue reading “Want To Live Longer, Be Happier, Stay Healthier? Studies Say Go To Church Regularly!”

FULL-TIME AIDES ONLY: Cultivate A Family-Centered Culture For The Post-Covid Days Ahead

Faith & Law (F&L) is a great group of present and former Hill staffers who, as believing and practicing Christians, seek to understand how best to relate their faith into their professional life, to the benefit of both.

One key part of the F&L program is a series of seminars, webinars and group discussions focusing on various aspects of the faith/profession inter-play. Balancing work and family for married congressional aides, especially those with children, can be tremendously challenging.

Today at 10 am, F&L hosts a video conference featuring Rachel Anderson, Resident Fellow at the Center for Public Justice described as “an interactive session focused on the issue of paid family leave. We encourage you to read these articles articles in preparation, but if you do not have time to read, please come anyway.

“When Amy Coney Barrett, a mother of 8, was appointed to the nation’s highest court she inspired the public with a new model of faith, family life, and professional excellence.

“Chances are, many households would love to integrate their family life and public vocations in such a way. How might we build a family-centered culture in which more families could achieve this aspiration? We’ll consider the prospects for cultivating a family-centered culture and grapple with some of the truths about family that might inform family-centered culture and policy.”

Be sure and click to RSVP.


 

Weekly Church Goers Only Group With Improved Mental Health In Latest Gallup Survey

Regular church attenders were the sole major group surveyed in the 2020 Gallup Poll Americans’ Assessment of Their Mental Health to show a positive increase, compared to 2019.

The increase was only four percent, from 42 percent of respondents claiming to attend weekly church services who rated their mental health condition as excellent in 2019, to 46 percent in the year of the Covid Pandemic and continued lockdowns in most states.

Every other major demographic measured by Gallup showed declines, including several with double-digit drops. Those who describe themselves as “nearly weekly/monthly” church attenders, for example, showed a 12 percent decline, while those who “seldom/never” attend church reported a 13 percent decline. Continue reading “Weekly Church Goers Only Group With Improved Mental Health In Latest Gallup Survey”

FAMILY: New Study Finds Covid Quarantining Has Mixed Effects On American Teens

A new study produced some unexpected results in assessing the effects of the national lockdown on American teenagers beginning in March in response to the Covid crisis, including the fact teens did less gaming.

The study by the Institute for Family Studies (IFS) and the Wheatley Institution was authored by was authored by Jean Twenge (San Diego State University), Sarah Coyne (Brigham Young University), Jason Carroll (Brigham Young University and Wheatley), and W. Bradford Wilcox of IFS.

Among the findings were these: Continue reading “FAMILY: New Study Finds Covid Quarantining Has Mixed Effects On American Teens”

FAMILY: At-Risk Kids Get Life-Changing Help At Christian Schools, Study Finds

Most conversations, especially on Capitol Hill, about public versus private education focus, unfortunately, on the relative merits of the two systems in terms of test scores and job preparation, according to a new joint study by the Institute for Family Studies (IFS) and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Screenshot from IFS.

Not that doing well on the SAT or getting a leg-up on the latest technologies and procedures in the industry of your choice are bad things, but the authors of the study point to other factors that ought to be considered in the comparison because they are at least important, if not more so, in assessing the comparative societal value of public and private schools.

“For instance, there is the opportunity to be formed into a woman or man of good character, a good citizen, or a good partner and parent. The effects of schooling extend to these other important domains of life,” the study said. Continue reading “FAMILY: At-Risk Kids Get Life-Changing Help At Christian Schools, Study Finds”

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Polyamory, The Next Step Down The Slippery Slope

Hundreds of congressional staffers are in positions of influence regarding family and social policy in the U.S., so developments like the growing acceptance of polyamory in elite media like the New York Times should be of interest.

Glenn Stanton (Photo courtesy of Focus on the Family).

Not sure what polyamory is? What it’s not is polygamy  — one husband, many wives — nor is it polyandry — one wife, many husbands.

What polyamory is is pretty much what any group of two or more sexually involved individuals say it is. Continue reading “MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Polyamory, The Next Step Down The Slippery Slope”

Joint Economic Committee Offers Another View On Family Instability In The U.S. That May Surprise You

A new report compiled and published by the congressional Joint Economic Committee takes a fresh look at the many factors involved in the decline of the nuclear family in the United States in recent decades.

The Institute for Family Studies’ Robert VerBruggen writes that the report “provides a good overview of numerous factors that have undermined the family over the past half-century, and it pushes back — interestingly, but not always convincingly — against some major parts of the usual narrative about these topics, including the impact of father absence on children.”

There is hardly any federal social or economic policy that doesn’t have at least some impact on families in the U.S., so this report should be of particular interest to congressional staffers across the board.

Why does HillFaith care so much about family issues? Because God ordained the family, for the good of Dads, Moms, Kids and Societies. Maybe that’s why as the family goes, so goes a nation.


 

Is Marriage Or Money The Better Explanation Of America’s Growing Class Divide On Happiness?

Professor Jean Twenge of San Diego State University recently conducted an analysis of 40,000 Americans over the age of 30, based on data compiled for the General Social Survey.

Photo by One Zone Studio on Unsplash.

Twenge’s findings may come as a shock to some because she said in a post for the Institute of Family Studies that the data indicates that “people with more money were happier, as were people with more education and more prestigious jobs.

“But that wasn’t the end of the story. Because the survey data went back to the 1970s, we were able to measure whether the link between happiness and money changed over time. Continue reading “Is Marriage Or Money The Better Explanation Of America’s Growing Class Divide On Happiness?”

Some Critical Thinking On Critical Theory And How Some Christians Are Responding To It

Natasha Crain earned her MBA in statistics from UCLA, so she knows how to read the numbers. But she is also pretty good at sorting out the meanings behind and beyond words and phrases, too.

Author Natasha Crain.

“Critical Theory” is being heard regularly these days. It’s been a commonplace on American campuses for several decades, but it has exploded into the public consciousness in recent weeks as more than a few voices among and defending rioters have cited arguments derived from the phrase.

Crain fears that many evangelical leaders are being taken in by claims and analyses based on Critical Theory, and in the process they are unwarily buying into concepts and actions that have no place in Christianity. Here is part of her thinking on Critical Theory: Continue reading “Some Critical Thinking On Critical Theory And How Some Christians Are Responding To It”

Data Prompts Second Thoughts About The ‘Soulmate’ Model Of Marriage And Family

W. Bradford Wilcox of the Institute for Family Studies examines the data on marital happiness and related factors since 1950 and finds that the prevailing academic view of how to ensure a happy marriage hasn’t worked.

Photo by Sandy Millar on Unsplash

Think about it: Would you rather have a spouse you know will be by your side no matter what happens in life (all that “till death do us part” stuff) or a spouse who stays with you as long as the soulmate ideal works?