The Arts

by Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:33

Chicago Couple Hosts Christmas Play in Home

People love transformations, especially ones that take your breath away. Think: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, where neglected houses get transformed into homes where families can live and thrive according to their needs.

A similar amazing transformation occurred last December, when the home of Chicago Church of Christ members Brandon and Erika Sitzberger was transformed into an intimate theatre where neighbors, friends and family came to experience a night of worship, storytelling, food and friendship. The Sitzbergers, parents of a two-year-old daughter, moved all their furniture from their living room and dining room to create a theater. With the help of the cast, they built a set, complete with a manger scene, and filled the space with 40 chairs for the audience. 

by Wednesday, 28 January 2015 07:16

Worship Renewal Weekend with Tina Crawley & Dave Eastman, July 2015

Dave Eastman and Tina Crawley will be presenting a Worship Renewal Weekend at the Greater Hartford Church of Christ, from Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19, 2015!

by Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:48

MLK Day Celebrated with Music in Boston

DeMerris Johnson and Carl Alleyne performed a duet, "The Dream Realized," inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "A Knock at Midnight" speech, given in 1967. The song was written in collaboration with Tony Martin and The Elements, disciples from Columbia, South Carolina, to express the thoughts and feelings of Dr. King as he grappled with whether to abandon the civil rights movement in the back drop of a parade of threats on his life and family members. In 2008 when Dr. Alveda King, niece to MLK, heard a recording of "The Dream Realized," she offered her enthusiastic endorsement; and said, "...the lyrics are compelling, the melody is moving ..." The crowd was in fact moved to their to feet on Sunday when DeMerris and Carl performed this as a duet. The audience, made up of blacks, whites and other races all sung with convictions the age-old anthem, "We Shall Overcome."
by Monday, 08 December 2014 18:58

Disciple Publishes Spiritual Romance Honoring God's Ways

In a time when media, top-selling books and culture promote infidelity, pre-marital sex and compromise, La Micia Genova, a member of the Baltimore church has written a romance novel based on her true life story: Becoming Mrs. G.

by Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:52

New Musical "Build" Receives Rave Reviews

Sell-out performances in Singapore received standing ovations! 
HotNews had a chance to see Steve Johnson’s latest musical, Build, in Singapore. Put on by the Singapore church, and shown both to the church, the visiting public, and the International Leadership Conference participants, Build is a hit. We think Build is going to be around for a long time. Over 7000 attended the performances in Singapore, including 2600 associated with the ILC. Roughly 2700 came and visited from the community. Though they had little Bible background, most seemed to really enjoy the musical. My own audience gave the cast a much deserved standing ovation. The show will be available on DVD soon at Disciples Today, and in our opinion, should go on tour to churches who can muster the talent to have it performed locally.

Steve and his wife Lisa lead our ICOC church in Portland, Oregon. Not only is Steve a talented church leader, but he also writes musicals. In fact, this is his third musical to date, including Upside Down and Slingshot. The Johnsons spent several weeks in Singapore preparing the set and rehearsing the show with the help of the Singapore church. 

The musical traces the story of Jesus’ family, beginning with his grandparents and then his parents, and ends with Jesus as a youth. Steve Johnson told HotNews that there is already a sequel in the works, with plans for a third musical to complete a trilogy. Here at HotNews we certainly hope that they follow through with their plans. We’ll keep you posted.

by Thursday, 13 March 2014 20:32

With God, All Things Are Possible

Tina Jenkins Crawley is a disciple in the Chicago church, and she has always had a dream. She wanted to sing and use her voice to move and inspire many. This dream began as a young woman, singing throughout high school in her musical program.
Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:37

Atlanta to Host Third Annual Arts & Entertainment Conference

The Arts and Entertainment Conference celebrates its third year! This year it's called SHREWD, based on Matthew 10:16 and Luke 16:8. The three-day event in Atlanta, Georgia from September 13th-15th is for God-fearing people to become more shrewd in dealing with those in God's kingdom and those outside. Workshops, sermons, parties, fashion shows, networking and performances will amaze!