The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

48th GMA Dove Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2017 GMA Dove Awards.
Zac Williams sings with The Oak Ridge Boys and Travis Greene.
(Grant Exline/Lipscomb University)


This week, the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards were announced at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville and the whole event will be broadcast on TBN this Sunday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m. (CST) and is a "must-see" for fans of contemporary Christian music. The special night was hosted by Kari Jobe and Tasha Cobb Leonard where Reba McEntire won her first Dove Award, Pat Boone was recognized with SoundExchange’s Fair Play Award and Hillsong Worship’s “What a Beautiful Name” won both “Worship Song of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”

“I want to just say that of all the names that get honored tonight, there is a name that is more powerful and more beautiful, and it is the name of Jesus,” said Hillsong Worship.

The show opened the show with Zach Williams singing his hit song, “Chain Breaker” along with The Oak Ridge Boys and Travis Greene Joining him. He later learned that the song won the “Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.”

The winners of the 2017 GMA Dove Awards.
GabeReal and Ryan Stevenson (Grant Exline/Lipscomb University)
Ryan Stevenson was honored with his first GMA Dove Award when he received the "Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year" award for "Eye of the Storm," which he also performed with GabeReal of TobyMac's DiverseCity band.

“What an honor to be here with all of these songwriters and recognizing these amazing songs,” said Stevenson during his acceptance speech. “I’m so thankful that songs sneak past us and our boundaries and penetrate to the heart. I just want to encourage everybody to be bold, speak out about your brokenness, speak out about things that are actually going on in your life because that is what makes what we are doing special and sets people free - that is our testimony that truly starts revival. We are all trying to speak out what is going on inside of us and to say Holy Spirit come rest in this place and use us.”

The winners of the 2017 GMA Dove Awards.
Chris Tomlin (Jamie Gilliam/Lipscomb University)
Chris Tomlin took home his 23rd GMA Dove Award for “Worship Album of the Year,” for Never Lose Sight. "It is an honor to receive the Dove Award for Worship Album of the Year after just having been nominated for Favorite Artist for the AMAs," says Tomlin. "I am humbled by how God continues to work through these songs and the entire worship community. My prayer is that these songs continue to help give the Church a voice to praise and worship the One True God.”

Continuing a landmark year, MercyMe received multiple wins including “Artist Of The Year,” “Pop/Contemporary Album Of The Year” for Lifer and Bart Millard of the group won “Songwriter of the Year (Artist).” The band also performed “Even If.”

The Big Winners of the 2017 GMA Dove Awards Include:

The winners of the 2017 GMA Dove Awards.
(Top to Bottom) Reba McEntire, Zac Williams and Mandisa,
MercyMe (Grant Exline/ Lipscombe University)
  • Song of the Year: “What A Beautiful Name” – Hillsong Worship
  • Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Bart Millard
  • Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year: Casting Crowns
  • Artist of the Year: MercyMe
  • New Artist of the Year: Zach Williams
  • Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: “Hard Love (feat. Lauren Daigle)” – NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: (TIE) “Eye of the Storm (feat. GabeReal)”- Ryan Stevenson and “Chain Breaker” – Zach Williams
  • Contemporary Gospel/Urban Song of the Year: “My World Needs You” – Kirk Franklin
  • Urban Worship Recorded Song of the Year: "Joy" – VaShawn Mitchell
  • Worship Song of the Year: “What A Beautiful Name”
  • Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year: Hard Love – NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year: Lifer – MercyMe
  • Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year: Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith And Hope - Reba McEntire
  • Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year: Let Them Fall In Love – CeCe Winans
  • Worship Album of the Year: Never Lose Sight – Chris Tomlin
  • Christmas/Special Event Album of the Year: Tennessee Christmas – Amy Grant
  • Short Form Video of the Year: Run Devil Run – Crowder
  • Long Form Video of the Year: Of Dirt & Grace – Hillsong United
  • Inspirational Film of the Year: The Shack
For the complete list of winners, visit the GMA Dove Award website.


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