Third installment of the God's Not Dead series

New Faith-Based Film: ‘God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness’

Third installment of the God's Not Dead series
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The next God’s Not Dead installment will hit theaters on March 30.

A new spiritual drama is coming to town. The third installment of a popular faith-centric franchise, God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness[/tweetit] deals with the aftermath of a deadly blaze which engulfs and completely destroys a church located inside certain university grounds. The film stars series regulars like Benjamin Onyango, Shane Harper, Tatum O'Neal, Shwayze, the rapper, and Ted McGinley. Cissy Houston, the noted gospel singer, has also been herded into the film.

New Faith-Based Film: ‘God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness'[/tweetthis]

The film begins with Pastor Dave’s (portrayed by David A.R. White) stupefied reaction when St. James Church, his choice of worship, burns in flames and gets utterly destroyed. Complications arise when Hadleigh University declines permission to have the church rebuilt within its grounds. To justify its stand, the university said it would be controversial to have a church inside an accredited secular place of learning. In short, the film shows the university authorities want to force Christian Pastor Dave from the campus. The pastor, to boost his chances of praying inside a formal building inside the university, enlists the services of Pearce, his atheist lawyer brother, played by John Corbett, to legally fight his case.

The making of the third installment was presumably compelled by the box office success of the first God's Not Dead film. It was made on a two million dollar budget and romped home with takings of $65 million in 2014. The second film was a success as well, bringing in $24.5 million. The movie is directed by Michael Mason and is produced by Alysoun Wolfe, Michael Scott, Elizabeth Travis, Brittany Yost, and David A.R. White.

The story depicted in the film has a resemblance to an East Central University event. A church and state separation group complained against the university administered chapel. The school at first pledged to remove cross affixed to the top of the building. All bibles and crosses will be removed, turning the previously Christian exclusive area into a space for all religions. The church later reversed its earlier decision.


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