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Author Cliff Vaughn

Ellen Di Giosia and First Baptist Church of Jefferson City, Tennessee, are the Baptist Center for Ethics’ pick as Baptists of the Year for 2017. Di Giosia and the church represent the best of the Baptist tradition. One readily sees in them hallmarks of the Baptist faith: embracing soul competency, practicing the priesthood of believers, […] Read More

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). Robert Parham mined Christian Scriptures for Truth. Once he believed he found it – and allowed time to reflect on that Truth – he […] Read More

Our news – with regard to immigrants, migrants and refugees – has me thinking often about my direct experience with the U.S.-Mexico border. It was January 2011, and I was working on the documentary “Gospel Without Borders” – a look at faith and immigration. The documentary would eventually include stories in: Iowa (about the […] Read More has just named Bill and Audrey Cowley, retired missionaries to Nigeria, as its 2016 Baptists of the Year. Bill and Audrey Cowley not only saved lives during a tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966, but they also founded the Baptist High School (BHS) in Jos, Nigeria, in 1961. BHS emerged as a pre-eminent educational […] Read More

Three hundred twenty-three. That’s the tally of names – 323 – in a database of folks related to our latest documentary film, “The Disturbances.” The film chronicles the role Christian missionaries and Nigerian pastors played saving lives amid tribal genocide in 1966 Nigeria. While the list is long, what it represents is even longer: about […] Read More

Genocide in Nigeria has escaped the radar of most North Americans. It garnered little attention here when it happened 50 years ago. It’s the subject of our new documentary, “The Disturbances.” When we – Robert Parham and I – began production on the documentary in 2014, I had no prior knowledge of the events whose […] Read More

Ridley Scott can’t or won’t shake faith on film. See “Gladiator,” “Kingdom of Heaven” and now “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” The latter stars Christian Bale as Moses in the well-known tale of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. There’s nothing wrong with Bale; he delivers his usual good work. Joel Edgerton is strong and watchable as […] Read More

We recently announced that three of our documentaries will be broadcast this July and August by Soul of the South network. An editorial by’s executive editor, Robert Parham, accompanied the announcement. “ has pivoted toward a new future–more intentionally providing faith content for TV,” he wrote. Parham noted that while the digital revolution has […] Read More

One of the real pleasures of documentary filmmaking is getting to spend some intentional time with people – that is, directed moments together that can include conversation, observation, contemplation. People of all ages have impressed me, but perhaps no group more so than those with decades of experience. Age affects each of us differently, but […] Read More

“I unplug to __________.” If you unplugged for a day and got off the grid, what would you do? Read? Sleep? Get outside? Catch up over coffee? These are some of the planned activities when people unplug from sundown to sundown on March 7-8 – the National Day of Unplugging (NDU). The NDU asks folks […] Read More