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Joe Boyd
Joe Boyd, a Christian pastor turned movie producer and professional actor is the founder and president of Rebel Pilgrim Productions. His latest movie A Strange Brand of Happy is now available on DVD nationwide. See more about it at His blog of ten years is

Entries by Joe Boyd

Labor Day and Why America (Still) Works

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 9:03 AM

Labor Day isn't the most celebrated of holidays on our calendar. It was birthed out of a movement to honor and respect the hardworking Americans who laid the foundation of our nation in the late 19th Century. Today it has come to mean lots of things -- the end of...

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The 11 Primal Reasons You Love Lebron James Now

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 1:37 AM

It seems impossible for any of us normal Americans to relate to someone like Lebron James. A miniscule percentage of us will ever be the very best in our field. Most of us aren't as talented as him in what we do. (If we admit it, most of us don't...

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Was Jesus a "Hillbilly?"

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 5:56 AM

My most recent post here on the Huffington Post called "Does the Bible Need to Be Set Free?" generated quite of bit of positive and negative feedback.

This isn't surprising. It seems virtually impossible in today's world to write about God, Jesus or the Bible without a slew...

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Does the Bible Need to Be Set Free?

(181) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 9:25 PM

When I was eight years old, my family started going to church. There I discovered something that changed my life. I was immediately smitten -- head over heels captivated. And nothing has changed to this day. What I found there, I love now more than ever.

But it wasn't church...

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The Anatomy of a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:01 PM

My friends and I had no idea what to expect when we launched a Kickstarter campaign called The Bible Experiment last week. After a successful one-man show in Cincinnati in April we wanted to take that show on a national tour and put up four new shows over the next...

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What I'd Say to Myself At My College Graduation

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 8:56 AM

I'm 41. Nineteen years removed from graduating from college. If I could go back in time and pull that kid in the purple gown aside, I'd have a few things to say:

Psst. Hey, kid... over here. Do me a favor and take all $300 you have in the bank...
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5 Things That Made Our Start-Up Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 3:00 PM

They say that most startups don't make it 18 months. My current company, Rebel Pilgrim Productions, just survived to celebrate our two-year anniversary. We are probably typical of start-ups who make it this far. We aren't going to be featured in the Wall Street Journal, but we are...

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What Is a 'Christian Movie' Anyway?

(8) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Rebel Pilgrim, my production company, was mentioned in an article on FOX News this morning entitled, "Is 2014 the Year of the Christian Film?" As an independent producer, I'm happy to have Hope Bridge, my upcoming movie mentioned on a national platform. The article stated that...

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Do You Know How People Really Make Decisions?

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:53 PM

Every decision people make in life is an emotional decision.

There is no such thing as a decision purely based in logic. Those who think so are just emotionally attached to being logical.

So if you want someone do take action... you have to create an emotion.

And emotion only...

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Who Was the Real St. Valentine?

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 10:23 AM

There are different versions of his story, but one likely goes like this:

It was 269 A.D.

The Roman governor Claudius was seeking a way to strengthen his army. He pontificates that soldiers who have wives at home may not fight as bravely on the front lines for fear that...

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The Day I Met Philip Seymour Hoffman

(6) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 7:52 PM

In 2003 I had just transitioned from a reasonably normal job to being a professional actor. I was working every night in a comedy show on the Las Vegas Strip and auditioning for commercials and bit parts in LA. It was a huge, risky leap for me to make. I...

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Maybe You're Not Failing Enough

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 3:56 PM

I was honored to be asked to speak at the regional TEDx event in my hometown of Cincinnati. They said I could talk about anything I wanted.

I said I wanted to talk about failure.

Because it's always best to speak about what you know.

I've come to believe...

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7 Ways to Get Happy This New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 7:50 AM

Happy New Year!

So is it going to be one or not? A happy year? Sometimes happiness is counter-intuitive. At 40 years old, I have come to realize that I can drift toward unhappiness. There's a lot that plays into this for me. I'm a melancholy personality (INTP) with...

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10 Reasons People Are Mean Online

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 6:12 PM

I'm not a social media hater. I like it. I've been blogging for over 11 years. I was an early adopter to both Facebook and Twitter. But I have to admit that I am weary of how hateful the general tone of online conversation has become. It has me wondering...

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5 Reasons to Not Hate Ben Affleck.

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 11:32 PM

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Shirley Jones, Marlon Brando and a Happy Life

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 8:22 AM

I recently had the pleasure to work as an actor opposite Shirley Jones. Shirley won the Academy Award for her role in Elmer Gantry in 1960. She may be better known these days as Mrs. Partridge, but she was a certified top-of-the-A-list movie star 50 years ago.

We worked...

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5 Questions to Ask Before Saying Yes

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 6:50 PM

I love new ideas.

They are like catnip for my soul. As a movie producer I have no shortage of people pitching me story ideas. Some of them are quite interesting. I want to pursue more of them than I should.

I needed to create some sort of system to...

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Confessions of a Christian Skeptic

(117) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 11:52 AM

I grew up deeply entrenched in Evangelicalism. So much so, that I made it my career. I went to Bible College to become a pastor. And I worked in the church full-time for about ten years. I was good at drawing a crowd -- I'm a performer, so "preaching" was...

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