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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.
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.
Do I Love Him This Much? - #6621
Music is often a separate compartment in many of our lives where we've put up a "No Trespassing" sign for Jesus. We say, "Well, that's just my entertainment." No! No, it's an important part of who you are. So important you won't let Jesus touch it.
North Korean youth play A-ha hit on, yes, accordions
We get so few glimpses of North Korean life. Here's a cover version of A-ha's hit Take on Me, shot in Pyongyang, North Korea, at the Kum Song school. Pray for North Korea
8-yr-old-guitar girl: music is a God-given means of communication
Here's some sheer musical talent to honor. And yes, Zoe Thomson is only 8. Her Stratosphere guitar is likely older than her. Music is an integral part every culture, throughout history and across continents. We are hard-wired to communicate through music. The study of music in different cultures is called ethnomusicology.
What was Old Testament music really like?
When the Bible speaks of King David singing with his harp, or of Temple worship, what did it sound like. Probably not so different to today's synagogue cantors, minus the modern instruments and amplifiers. Listen to them here.
Effective communication: Robin Hood wedding march went wrong
Effective communication has many strands. One is listening, asking questions and checking for feedback that the message we communicate is actually understood. A couple in UK arranging their marriage service requested the organist to play 'the Robin Hood theme' for the bride to come up the aisle. This was readily agreed to. No problems. Here's what they wanted...
True Woman: A Surprising Listen
I haven't been able to listen to anything else since. This CD so ministers to my heart that I play it from early in the morning until it's time for bed.
Free music to encourage us to share the good news
Music embeds truth in our minds in a particular way, that’s why it is so powerful. We have a range of links to completely free MP3 downloads and sheet music, for mission challenge to Jesus followers.
True Woman: My Latest Favorite CD
Every time I hear these rich, peaceful arrangements with all Scripture lyrics (can’t beat that!), my heart is calmed, encouraged, and strengthened.