EPA will host a series of weekly webinars on Tuesdays during the summer of 2021. The live one-hour presentations will be hosted on Zoom each week at 2:00 p.m. ET. Registration is free.
Dates: Tuesdays, June 29 through August 10
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Following the broadcasts, each webinar will be available for online viewing and accessed from the members-only menu (EPA website login required).
June 29 | 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS: Behind the Scenes with the True Story of the Mighty Mites
Sponsored by Sony Pictures Classics
Featuring: Ty Roberts (interviewed by Paul Asay)
Sony Pictures Classics’ 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS, in theaters now and starring Luke Wilson, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall, tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championship. Over the course of their winning season these underdogs and their resilient spirit became an inspiration to their city, state, and an entire nation in need of a rebound, even catching the attention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The architect of their success was Rusty Russell, a legendary high school coach who shocked his colleagues by giving up a privileged position so he could teach and coach at an orphanage. Few knew Rusty's secret: that he himself was an orphan.
Ty Roberts is the director of 12 MIGHTY ORPHANS. Previously, he directed the award-winning film, The Iron Orchard. Ty has also produced and directed a variety of awarded documentaries, music videos, short films and other branded content. For many years Ty resided in Argentina where he produced and developed projects for folks like Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, United Artists, National Geographic and Discovery Channel.
Paul Asay is a senior associate editor at Plugged In, a ministry that reaches more than six million people with movie reviews that help people understand popular cultural trends and how they intersect with spiritual issues. Paul is an award-winning journalist who covered religion at The (Colorado Springs) Gazette and whose work has been published by such outlets as The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Youth Worker Journal and Beliefnet.com.
July 6 | The New Normal: The Unprecedented Fear Kids Face at School
Sponsored by Red Street Records
Featuring: Cade Thompson (interviewed by Michael Foust)
Having himself experienced fear during a shooting drill he thought was the real thing, singer-songwriter Cade Thompson has co-written with Matthew West a song called “New Normal” about kids facing the reality of school shootings. The mass shooting epidemic is sadly becoming a new normal in the US. Today, 77% of school-aged children experience regular “live shooter” drills in school, making it normal. From the real possibility of gun violence to social media bullying to anxiety and depression, today’s kids live with unprecedented levels of insecurity, confusion and unrest. Writing this song brought Cade to the realization that if this is “normal life” for today's kids, we need a New Normal.
Movie and entertainment reporter Michael Foust will interview Cade, a 20-year-old rising Christian music artist for Red Street Records—a label founded by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts. Cade wants to focus on the main issue at the center of his heart, and the heart of many kids in the US: they just want to be unafraid to go to school.
Cade Thompson has had an affinity with music since his toddler days and was fortunate that as a sixth-grader a music mentor came into his life who emphasized the importance of seeking God through the Bible outside of a worship setting. This understanding placed him on a deeper course of encountering the love of the Father and seeking his presence more intently. This has resulted in a strong connection to his generation sonically and lyrically. Shortly after finishing high school, Thompson moved to Nashville and signed with Red Street Records. He is in the studio writing and recording his debut album.
Michael Foust has been a full-time editor and writer for 20 years, first in the sports field and currently in the Christian realm, with degrees in journalism and theology. His stories have been published in more than 50 magazines or newspapers and 40 websites, including Crosswalk, Christian Headlines, Toronto Star, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Christianity Today, Christian Post, Christian Examiner, Baptist Press, Southern Baptist TEXAN, Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, and Christian News Journal.
July 13 | Weekday Surgeon, Sunday Preacher: Treating the Whole Person—Mentally, Physically, and Spiritually
Sponsored by Oasis of Hope Hospital
Presenters: Dr. Francisco Contreras, Daniel E. Kennedy
Join Dr. Francisco Contreras and Daniel E. Kennedy to hear their research-based perspective on surprising remedies found in God's pharmacy. Dr. Contreras is a renowned oncologist and surgeon at Oasis of Hope in Tijuana where Daniel Kennedy is the CEO and grandson of the founders. Oasis of Hope is a place where people go who have been told they have no hope. Dr. Contreras and the other doctors at the hospital welcome them in and take God’s approach to healing, treating the whole person—mentally, physically, and spiritually—with hope, encouragement, and physical and spiritual nourishment. They are oncologists, but they also pray with patients and, on Sundays, Dr. Contreras preaches in the hospital chapel.
Dr. Contreras uses research-based plant-based nutrients to affect gene expression that suppresses cancer-promoting processes in the body and induces anti-cancer mechanisms. The hospital is proficient at using natural elements from “God's pharmacy,” including a whole food plant-based diet, High Dose Vitamin C infusions, amygdalin, and nanoparticle liposomal nutrients… prayer and worship. By applying God's approach to healing, the one-year survival rate for Oasis of Hope patients is three times that of the U.S. average.
Dr. Contreras and Daniel Kennedy are the authors of The Art & Science of Undermining Cancer. Both are evangelical Christians who share the Word of God with their hospital patients.
As director, president and chairman of the Oasis of Hope Hospital, Dr. Francisco Contreras is a distinguished oncologist and surgeon. He is known for combining conventional and alternative medical treatments with emotional and spiritual support to provide patients with the most positive treatment experience possible. Contreras has authored and co-authored several books concerning integrative therapy, cancer and heart disease prevention and chronic illness, including The Hope of Living Cancer Free, The Hope of Living Long and Well and Dismantling Cancer.
Daniel E. Kennedy, CEO of Oasis of Hope Hospital, is an MCA healthcare executive, counselor, author and filmmaker, His passion for disease prevention was ignited professionally while working with thousands of cancer patients at Oasis of Hope Hospital and personally by witnessing cancer and heart disease-related deaths of his grandmother, uncle, aunt and father. His philosophy is it’s not good enough to live a long sick life when there’s the opportunity to live a healthy long life. Through the process of writing and ghostwriting 15 books on cancer and heart health, Daniel honed the skills necessary to create, write and direct the HEALTHY LONG LIFE docuseries. He is currently working on his doctorate in social work at USC with the goal of starting a non-profit dedicated to closing the health gap for marginalized populations.
July 20 | The Peace Project: A 30-day Experiment in Practicing Thankfulness, Kindness and Mercy
Sponsored by Baker Books
Presenter: Kay Wyma
Does life has you feeling unsettled, overlooked, anxious, exhausted? Kay Wyma, author of The Peace Project, points to a better way. Kay will talk about her experiment and share some true stories that happened along the way.
The Peace Project is full of practical applications. This thirty-day experiment invites you to experience lasting personal peace through the outward practices of thankfulness, kindness, and mercy. The book is a journey to see others—as well as ourselves—not as objects or obstacles but as people of great worth. People who matter. The result is transformation--for you and those around you--Experiencing the endless depths of God's peace where you can actually breathe. It's a less-than-perfect, sometimes hilarious, consistently magical journey of practicing thankfulness, kindness, and mercy with Kay, her kids, and some brave friends.
Some journalists may want to challenge their readers to do the experiment themselves for three days or a week!
Kay Wyma is a blogger, author, vodcaster and mother of five. She regularly speaks, contributes and has been featured on local, national and international platforms such as the TODAY show,Hallmark Home & Family, Focus on the Family, NY Times, Family Talk, Faith Radio, USA Radio and more. Before staying home with kids, Kay held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. She is also the author of Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement and I'm Happy for You
August 3 | Why a Proper Theology is Vital to the Mission of Christian Magazines
Presenters: Russell Moore, Timothy Dalrymple
Join Russell Moore and Timothy Dalrymple as they discuss why they believe evangelicals “need to recover a theologically orthodox, intellectually credible, socially engaged, missiologically holistic, and generally connected witness for American evangelical Christianity.”
Russell Moore was recently hired by Christianity Today to serve as a full-time public theologian for CT and to lead a new Public Theology Project. Prior to that, Russell was president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention for eight years. Russell has also served as provost and dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also taught theology and ethics. The Wall Street Journal has called Moore “vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate.” He was named in 2017 to Politico Magazine’s list of top fifty influence-makers in Washington, and has been profiled by such publications as the Washington Post and the New Yorker.
Timothy Dalrymple is the president and CEO of Christianity Today, the evangelical media ministry founded in 1956 by Billy Graham. He helped launch Patheos.com, an online marketplace of religious ideas, and pioneered many of the techniques that led Patheos to become the world’s largest platform for multi-religious conversation. In 2013, Dalrymple founded Polymath, a creative agency that serves businesses and nonprofits serving the world.
Views and opinions expressed by speakers and sponsors do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of the Evangelical Press Association or its members. The appearance of a speaker or sponsor should not be considered an endorsement by EPA.