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Les Miserables now on DVD. Raises many questions about God, life, forgiveness, redemption
It's out! The incredible Tom Hooper 2012 movie is now released on DVD. This is a renewed opportunity to use this incredibly redemptive story as a discussion starter in many different situations. Here are free downloadable resources to help you. Resources to help you:
Churches miss great opportunity for effective evangelism
Tim Stevens' book 'Pop Goes the Church' makes an inspiring case for leveraging pop culture to reach out to people in the language of their lives, with compelling biblical backing for this approach. He offers a new perspective that give relevance and impact to the church by using popular culture – stories from movies and music – to point people to the gospel.
Free discussion resources about the Quartet movie
The latest Damaris movie resources are available from today – for the film Quartet. The Damaris team writes: "A few months ago we were pleased to provide free official resources for the cinema release of the film Quartet – starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins. Now, in readiness for its release on DVD, Blu-ray and Download (available from 6th May 2013) we have created some more – together with three new downloadable video features."
Damaris culturewatch discussions and articles on recent movies
Latest Damaris materials which engage with popular culture include: - free community resources about Song for Marion - discussion guide on Beasts of the Southern Wild (which has now gone to DVD release) - analysis of Shadow Dancer
Les Mis - the film I want to see again, and why Les Miserables is incredible
"We must go and see this again next week," my wife and I said to each other after watching Les Miserables. This new film is simply amazing. I've already written about the incredible spiritual parallels in the film, the multiple starting points for conversation (many connected with personal pain and life issues), and the growing number of online resources available, especially the Damaris video shorts and study guide, and Rusty Wright's free-to-use article. So this post is a few personal and random thoughts about this production...
Les Miserables: Hugh Jackman and cast discuss spiritual themes
Two months ago, there were perhaps six online articles about the spiritual themes within Les Miserables. And this despite the fact that it has been the world’s most popular musical, seen by many millions and translated into 21 languages. In this video by Crosswalk, cast members share their thoughts about the spiritual messages. Today, there are hundreds of blog posts and articles (as a Google search will show).
Culturewatch ministry Damaris releases Les Miserables video resources
Christian culture commentators Damaris Trust have now published a range of useful resources (with more to follow). There's a 16-page booklet in PDF format to use in conjunction with a series of downloadable video shorts. Already released are Fresh Starts and Difficult Choices, displayed below, plus the film trailer. Coming shortly are Prisoner 24601, Who Am I?, and A Heart Full of Love.
Free article to republish about Les Miserables film
Could receiving a healthy dose of kindness and mercy help transform a person's life? Victor Hugo thought so. The 19th-century French social reformer wove his classic novel Les Misérables around the theme of grace trumping legalism. A new film based on the successful musical opens Christmas Day across the US and Canada, and January in many other nations.
Spiritual questions in Life of Pi film - free resources to use
Culturewatch ministry Damaris provides great resources that use the movie as a starting point for spiritual questions.
Les Miserables movie - what we can learn and share about God and Jesus
This is a major worldwide opportunity. Les Miserables is not only the most most popular musical ever, but also a serious and deep story, with a hugely redemptive message. Trevin Wax, pastor, author and blogger with the Gospel Coalition, says: "Les Miserables provides an unforgettable picture of undeserved, unexpected grace and its transformative effect in the heart of a guilty man."