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My interview with Mike Seaver

10d18-kcameron5b25dSo I recently got to interview Kirk Cameron. I realize that he has become somewhat of a controversial figure because he has become an outspoken Christian evangelist, but I just remember him as Mike Seaver on Growing Pains, a show I religiously watched growing up. So it was kind of fun getting to speak to him.

Here’s the story:

If you’re marriage is experiencing Growing Pains, a former teen heartthrob turned Christian actor/evangelist will soon make an appearance in Brandon to tell you that marriage is a Love Worth Fighting For.

Kirk Cameron, who starred in the 1980s television show Growing Pains and has since become a popular Christian film actor, will appear Saturday, Aug. 18, at Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon.

“The Love Worth Fighting For marriage event is a very special event that came out of the movie Fireproof,” he said by phone. “That was a movie that so many people saw and loved that we decided to turn it into a live event and bring it to the community.”

Cameron said it’s a combination of music, humor and personal stories about marriage mixed in with Biblical insights.

“It’s a time for your husband or wife to be together with you for three or four hours without the kids to laugh, sing, love and pray,” he said. “Our hope is that people leave knowing their marriage is worth fighting for.”

Cameron said he hopes it will bring about a personal revival among couples.

“We’ve taken this idea to over 50 cities,” he said. “So far, we have been a part of this for almost three years. It’s not just for married couples.”

It’s also for people who are getting married or engaged or those who hope to be married one day, he said.

“We have couples who come who are separated and couples who have been divorced,” he said. “They know they don’t want to fail when it comes to family. They really want it to work. They want some hope and help. What we are thinking is the honest truth about how to make marriage work,” he said. “It’s not a bunch of lecturing and preaching. It’s me and Warren Barfield sharing a little of our life and the things we’ve learned with the crowd and giving them some practical things to help strengthen and build your marriage.”

02c8d-kirkandwarren1North Carolina-born singer/songwriter Barfield, a Christian musician, has been married to his wife, Megan Barfield since 2001. They have one son. He said faith and family is important.

“These are the things I would die for; things I will wake up every morning and spend my day fighting for,” he said in a news release.

Cameron, who also starred in the Left Behind movie series, has been married to actress and fellow Growing Pains star Chelsea Noble since 1991. They have six children, four of whom were adopted.

“I’ve been married for 21 years,” said Cameron, who just celebrated his wedding anniversary. “I would say of all the investments that you make in your life, there is nothing more important than your investment in your marriage because marriage is the foundation of your home, and your home is the workshop where the next generation is being formed,” he said.

Paul Hand, Crossgates, marriage and family pastor, Cameron said he recently produced and starred in a 90-minute documentary (his first project) called Monumental that was just released on DVD. According to the website, the film follows a father of six across Europe and the U.S. as he seeks to discover America’s true “national treasure — the people places and principles that made America the freest, most prosperous and generous nation the world has ever known.”

“We traced the escape route of the pilgrims out of Holland for 12 years where they learned all the building principles . . to help us understand what made this the strongest, freest nation on earth, so we can get back to our original principles before America falls apart.”

–LaReeca Rucker, The Clarion-Ledger

Got a comment? E-mail me at endyanna@earthlink.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

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