Is Genesis History? New Film Affirms Truthfulness of Biblical Record
On February 23, many theaters across the U.S. will participate in a one-night showing of the film “Is Genesis History?”
In addition to interviews with scholars and scientists, the film’s host, Del Tackett, guides viewers through over a dozen locations and landmarks to explore the competing views of creation and evolution. Tackett is the creator of a number of media projects, including Focus on the Family’s “The Truth Project.” A soon-to-be-released documentary-style film, featuring... Continue Reading
Hidden Figures Revealed: Movie Review
As a black woman, I was deeply moved by Hidden Figures.
Would I watch Hidden Figures again? Absolutely. I plan to watch it again with my husband. I hope to dig even deeper as a believer. I hope to biblically tackle my own thoughts (and my husband’s) in detail. I hope to tackle our own thoughts on working moms in the church, particularly in areas outside of the... Continue Reading
Secular Hollywood Quietly Courts the Faithful
People of faith and their sheer numbers are not a new discovery in Hollywood. What is new is the aggression and sophistication they are pursued by Hollywood.
Mr. Bock, who is Presbyterian, is credited with being the first Hollywood marketer to realize that churches had started to install enormous screens to use during their services, sometimes just to display hymn lyrics. More recently, $35,000 video walls have become more common in sanctuaries. “It makes church feel more contemporary,” Mr. Bock said, adding... Continue Reading
A Tale of Two Sexual Assaults on Jennifer Lawrence
This objectification of human beings made in God’s image is a prevalent evil affecting all types of films
When it comes to violations of conscience, however, our hypersexualized culture is not so quick to respond. We’ve become acclimated to sex as an entertainment tool, not realizing that mainstream actors are routinely coerced and manipulated into performing sex and/or nude scenes. In the face of overwhelming societal pressure, they often submit to things they otherwise wouldn’t do.
How George Whitefield Reshaped a Famous Christmas Carol
George Whitefield is not associated with Christian hymnody, he left his own mark on one of the most famous Christmas carols, penned by his friend and contemporary, Charles Wesley.
If Whitefield had avoided altering the poetry of Charles Wesley, perhaps more English speakers today would recognize the word “welkin,” or perhaps equally as likely, our churches would have passed over this Christmas carol long ago and let it fade into obscurity. We’ll never know, but God be praised for Wesley, Whitefield, and tunesmith Felix... Continue Reading
Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Asks What It Really Costs to Follow Jesus
Martin Scorsese adapts Shusaku Endo’s acclaimed novel about faith, mission, and suffering
Based on the acclaimed 1966 novel by Japanese Catholic writer Shusaku Endo, Silence is a book about 17th century Jesuit missionaries trying to make inroads for the gospel in the inhospitable “swampland” of Japan, facing intense persecution by a Japanese shogunate determined to wipe out Christianity’s influence in their realm. It’s been 28 years... Continue Reading
Faith, Film, and Advent
The greatest stories are stories that show in some way the drama of creation, fall, and redemption.
When Penny Serenade or It’s a Wonderful Life becomes the handmaiden of that greater transcendent vision, and the longing is named—our Lord Jesus who has come to fill the eternity in our hearts with His life lived for us and His death on the cross on our behalf—and we receive the gift of heaven by repentance of our sins and faith in Jesus Christ, or share His life with another, then—then—we really get the picture.
IS GENESIS HISTORY? Film Aims To Answer Questions Of Creation, Evolution, Global Flood
A new documentary on the historicity of the Book of Genesis is coming to theaters across the country Feb. 23, but for one night only.
One segment of the documentary focuses on the “Great Unconformity” with a trip to the Grand Canyon. The Great Unconformity is a geological formation that appears globally where granite bedrock is separated from sediment layers on top by an erosional layer caused by flood flow. NEW YORK (Christian Examiner) – A new documentary on... Continue Reading
That Dragon, Cancer
"That Dragon, Cancer" is as difficult yet as straightforward a game as you will ever play.
That Dragon, Cancer is as difficult yet as straightforward a game as you will ever play. The purpose is not to gain points or earn badges or compete with friends, but to grapple with hard matters, to consider life and death, to consider mortality and eternity. Oh my. I had no idea. I had heard... Continue Reading
Hacksaw Ridge: The Bloody, True Story of Faith in Action
What happens when a man’s religious convictions conflict with his call of duty in war? What happens when an individual’s conscience has consequences for others?
From start to finish in Hacksaw Ridge, the faith of Desmond Doss is central. It is tested, but it is never in doubt. There are very few major Hollywood films that have characters like this. And contrary to some perceptions (or wishful thinking) about one’s faith, Doss shows that while it is deeply personal to him, it... Continue Reading