A very special part of LIVEtheLIFE are the celebrity interviews. In a meeting with a youth pastor the other day, I was cautioned about the choice of celebrities to feature in the magazine, warned that, if the celebrity backslid, it would speak negatively of the magazine.
I took the comment with as much humility and silence as I could muster (those of you who've met me in person know how difficult that is!), then very tactfully replied that anyone, whether pastor or new believer, is susceptible to backsliding; Provs 4:23 tells us to guard our hearts, for it is the wellspring of life.
Interviewing a celebrity does, among other things, the following:
1) It encourages the celebrity to give testimony, and therefore stand before the public and declare that s/he has a relationship with Jesus Christ;
2) It gives the celebrity a certain level of accountability to her/his fans, and more importantly, to her/his God;
3) It encourages the celebrity's fans to emulate the celebrity, and therefore bring more people to Christ; and
4) It challenges the celebrity's church to give the celebrity's spiritual journey equal, if not more emphasis, as other churchgoers, because the walk of the celebrity is, in part, dependent on the spiritual covering of her/his community.
Be that as it may, we've contacted several celebrities who are open about testifying to their faith, both local and foreign, and - Praise God! - it is my pleasure to announce exclusive interviews with the following celebrities will appear in future issues of LIVEtheLIFE:
1. Kitchie Nadal, Filipino pop-rock singer/songwriter (cover feature, Debut Issue, December 04-January 05)
2. Cindy Kurleto, Filipino-Austrian actress/model (cover feature, Start Fresh Issue, February - March 05)
3. Nicole C. Mullen, Afro-American CCM singer/songwriter (feature, Start Fresh Issue, February-March 05)
4. Casting Crowns, American CCM pop-rock band (feature, Do Great Things Issue, April-May 05)
5. Across the Sky, American CCM pop-rock duo (feature, Do Great Things Issue, April-May 05)
6. MercyMe, American CCM pop-rock band (feature, Christ in the Center issue, June-July 05)
7. Rachael Lampa, Fil-American CCM singer/songwriter (feature, Christ in the Center issue, June-July 05)
God is good! Tell your Christian celebrity-friends about us, and we'll get in touch with them if they're game! :D