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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."
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."
How to ask questions about the popular culture around us
Lausanne's Cape Town Commitment "challenges us to be concerned about media awareness," writes Lars Dahle. "This includes helping people to 'develop a more critical awareness of the messages they receive, and of the worldview behind them'. In order to do this appropriately, we all need practical resources." Lars goes on to list a very useful range of questions to ask about news, documentaries, TV, movies, music, and much else.
Spiritual messages in films: Incredibly Loud, and Marigold Hotel
Culturewatch ministry Damaris has produced resources to bring out spiritual and life lessons embedded in two great new film releases: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Free ebook: Using Film in Christian Communication
Moving pictures have captivated audiences since their invention. Whether to capture reality or create an alternate narrative, film has taken us on a fascinating journey during the last century.
Movies: hidden spiritual meanings, parables and parallels in film stories point up Christian truth
Writer Leslie Hand comments: “MovieGlimpse was the suggestion of several different people who were always asking me to ‘interpret’ the movies. Several years ago the Lord began giving me interpretations of different movies. I believe that He is using the ‘common language’ of today which is the language of film, as a vehicle for His message. Just as He gave the dreams to Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar, I think He is using men such as Steven Spielberg in a similar way. I believe the church is missing it by not being an interpreter such as a Daniel or a Joseph. I have just finished writing about Chocolat. I must stress that I don’t sit and try and think these up. I can tell if the Lord is showing me something in a movie and I believe the insights come from Him.
Book review: Hollwood Worldviews - Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment by Brian Godawa
Movies are the predominant form of story-telling in the modern world. So it is vital that we understand how engage with them, interpret them, and be thougthful rather than passive consumers. Godawa is both a successful screenwriter (To End All Wars) and a committed Christian, and he brings insider’s insights to help the rest of us. He guides us through the place of redemption in film, the tricks screenwriters use to communicate their message, and the mental and spiritual discipline required for watching movies.
Book review: Focus: The Art and Soul of Cinema, by Tony Watkins
Most people in most cultures spend a considerable part of their leisure time in the world of story – films (cinema and TV) and books. Using culture as a way in to the Gospel therefore seems almost essential. In this vital book, culture-watch guru Tony Watkins, of Damaris.org, writes about cinema with great insight and clarity. He divides his writing into three ‘reels’.
A Tame Movie: A Review of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Movie reflection on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.