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International Christian Visual Media announces Crown Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Natalie Gillespie   
Monday, 29 June 2015 10:08 PM EDT

ICVM-GillespieMore than 100 directors, producers, actors and other visual media makers gathered in Orlando, Florida, June 24-27, for the 40th anniversary International Christian Visual Media (ICVM) convention, capped off by the annual Crown Awards. ICVM attendees participated in seminars on production, distribution and the creative side of filmmaking, as well as networking sessions and film screenings.

Highlights of the event included appearances by Steve Saint, Broadway performer Shaullanda LaCombe, former mafia boss Michael Franzese, casting director Beverly Holloway, feature and documentary films director and producer David Nixon, and Life of Pi producer Christina Lee Storm.

Francine Rivers to receive Lifetime Achievement Award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Monday, 29 June 2015 05:31 PM EDT

FrancineRivers-webAmerican Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) announced the finalists for the 2015 Carol Awards in Christian fiction at a press conference at the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida. To qualify, novels in the program's 11 categories must have been published in the previous calendar year.

ACFW CEO Colleen Coble also announced the 2015 recipient of the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award, Francine Rivers.

ICRS: Legal panel addresses religious liberty PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ginny McCabe   
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:34 AM EDT

DougNapier-GinnyMcCabeA panel of legal experts addressed publishers and retailers during a Sunday afternoon breakout session called “Setting a Defense Against Activism” at the 2015 International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, Florida. The breakout session followed an hour-long general session on “Religious Liberty: Can You Be a Christian and in Business?”

Craig Parshall, a constitutional law and policy consultant to Christian organizations and special counsel to American Center for Law & Justice; Douglas Napier, senior counsel, executive vice president and chief alliance officer, Alliance Defending Freedom; and Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty talked about the current legal landscape for Christians.

International attendees engage in Digital Publishing Training PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ginny McCabe   
Sunday, 28 June 2015 09:28 PM EDT

IntlDigitalPublishing-GinnyMcCabeThe 2015 International Christian Retail Show, launched Sunday, June 28 and running through Wednesday, July 1 in Orlando, Florida, includes a series of new digital-publishing training sessions for international publishers.

The training is a cooperative effort from CBA, Media Associates International and Magazine Training International. Those that finish the eight sessions offered will be given a certificate of completion.

Christian retailers called 'significant' at Worship Him! service PDF Print E-mail
Written by Natalie Gillespie   
Sunday, 28 June 2015 09:03 PM EDT

RandyFrazee-WorshipHim15-GillespieRetailers received a message of encouragement and inspiration as the International Christian Retail Show launched opening night with its annual Worship Him! event, featuring well-known speakers and music artists who inspired retailers to focus on God and their mission.

Randy Frazee, senior pastor of Oak Hill Church in San Antonio and a Zondervan author told several-hundred retailers and exhibitors gathered at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center the heartwarming story of his son David, who was born missing his left hand. Frazee shared how worried he was when his son was born that David would have a hard time in life because of his deformity. Instead, David grew up to be a high-school football star, receive black belts in karate and today is an attorney.

CBA honors Josh McDowell with Lifetime Achievement Award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ginny McCabe   
Sunday, 28 June 2015 08:13 PM EDT

McDowell-RiskeyCBA recognized best-selling author, apologist and evangelist Josh McDowell with the International Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2015 International Christian Retail Show on Sunday morning at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This is the second year that CBA has presented the award for the powerful impact of international ministry. McDowell joins Ravi Zacharias, who received the inaugural honor in 2014.

CBA President Curtis Riskey presented McDowell with the award at the opening of the Global Worship Celebration, which attracted several hundred attendees from all over the world.

Logos stores meet for annual conference PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Friday, 26 June 2015 10:41 AM EDT

Logos-logoMembers of the Association of Logos Bookstores gathered for their three-day annual meeting prior to the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS). Held in Orlando, Florida, the 41st Logos Annual Conference was a time of educational seminars, worship, meetings with authors and publishers, and learning from each other.

The opening banquet featured the presentation of store awards and the unveiling of the annual Logos Book Awards, as well as awards for Author, Vendor and Distributor of the Year. Certificates were on display for 29 Outstanding Road and In-house Reps nominated by the store managers. Many of these plaques and certificates are on display in vendor booths at ICRS.

Chonda Pierce keynotes AWSA Golden Scroll Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Friday, 26 June 2015 10:39 AM EDT

ChondaPierce-AWSA-GillespieAuthor and humorist Chonda Pierce kept members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) laughing-and crying-at the 2015 Golden Scroll Awards and Banquet. Pierce was the keynote speaker at the June 28 event at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, where she also was presented with the 2015 Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award.

Pierce talked of the search for worth and spoke plainly of the many challenges in her life, including a stay for depression in a psychiatric hospital, where she realized what the church was supposed to be like, and watching her husband lose his battle with alcoholism in the past year.

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