Casting Crowns’ lead singer Mark Hall recently shared about the group’s appearance in the movie “Ring the Bell,” available now on DVD.  This heartwarming and inspiring film also features Christian recording artists Steven Curtis Chapman and Matthew West, along with baseball legends Rick Sutcliffe, John Kruk and Ben Zobrist.

TSO: What do you hope families take away from this movie?

Hall: The gospel is very clearly presented in the movie.  This movie shows the power of the gospel and salvation.  Some movies kind of share the gospel inadvertently, which is great when they do, but that’s not the approach this movie took.  This movie clearly presents the gospel in different ways, so by the end, people will know how to respond to God drawing them closer to Him.

TSO: What led you to be a part of this project?

Hall: Our producer, Mark Miller, has been talking about writing and doing movies for many years.  About two years ago, he came to me with a beautiful story about this guy chasing life and then surrendering his life to the Lord.  It was a perfect storyline.  When Mark said that he wanted me to be in this movie, I said, “I don’t have anything to base this on, but I’m almost positive that I can’t act.”

I tried everything I could think of to get out of it, thinking he would drop the idea.  But then he comes back and says, “Here’s what we’re going to do.  You don’t have to follow a script.  Just say whatever the Lord puts on your heart.”  So he put me in a scene singing with Casting Crowns and told me to share the gospel with the crowd.  We prayed before we filmed, and we did it in one take.  Two people in the crowd got saved during the filming of the movie.  It was powerful stuff and completely God at work!  God showed that He had a plan — not just through the movie, but through the making of the movie as well.  That’s just incredible to think about!

TSO: Talk about the need for more faith-based and inspirational films like this one.

Hall: Movies like this one become tremendous tools in connecting people to local churches.  I think there are several things going on in mainstream entertainment that are proving our point for us, especially with “Duck Dynasty” being as popular as it is and not having any junk or garbage in the show.  It has a family-friendly and faith-based influence showing the way they live their life.  The fact that this program is so popular is a major statement that shows people like clean programs and they can handle them loving God.  It proves a point that people want more programs like this.