Facts & Trends was honored with several awards at the most recent Evangelical Press Association awards ceremony.
Overall, the magazine received an Award of Merit in the Christian Ministry category.
Among the Higher Goals Awards, the Facts & Trends team was recognized in three categories.
First Place, General Article: Long — “Searching for a Savior: How Comic Book Movies Point to Christ”
To get a better idea of why superhero movies have captivated audiences today and what that means for the church, we talked with several experts on comic books and movies, including Ralph Winter, producer of blockbuster films like X-Men.
Superhero movies are leaping over the box office competition in a single bound these days. Four of the 10 highest-grossing movies in 2014 were based on comic books, and 2015 looks to be more of the same.
One reason superhero movies have found a wide audience is because people are naturally intrigued by the battle between good and evil. In this superhero-obsessed culture, the church has an opportunity to point to the grand story of One who came to rescue us and defeat the enemy—but not without a little bit of drama.
As Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s alter ego, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
Second Place, Single-Theme Section or Issue — Mental Health and the Church
There’s often been a stigma attached to mental illness—as if having faith in Jesus makes you immune from suffering from it. The truth is, Christians get depressed, too. This issue is intended to shed light on the topic through articles dealing with relevant research on the topic, as well as testimony from experts and those who have experienced mental illness personally and in their family.
Fifth Place, Cover — Dwell