Faith Review – Tender Mercies (1983)

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Mac Sledge is a former country star whose life has become empty and lonely, fighting alcoholism his whole career. Divorced from his wife and distant from his teenage daughter, Mac comes across a widow who owns a small motel. She helps him with some work and eventually they are attracted to one another, finally marrying. Through this relationship, Mac is able to get his life back together, gets baptized, starts writing again, and even tries to heal his relationship with his daughter. In this faith review, several discussion questions are available, related to themes of mercy, love, faith, relationships, and so on.

 

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Clips and Lessons – Brave

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What are the expectations in life that come from our family and our place in society? And how do we handle those expectations in the light of what God has planned for us? In this lesson for youth groups, discussion questions are based upon a clip from the 2012 film, Brave, about a young Scottish princess dealing with the pressures of fitting into a certain role in society.

 

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Faith Review – To Save a Life

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To Save a Life is the story of Jake whose friend has committed suicide. He finds hope in the message of Christ from a youth pastor, but now he must struggle with this new-found faith amidst social pressures at school and turmoil at home. In this faith review by Jeff Smith, theological themes and questions are included for group discussion.

 

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Faith Review – The Way (2011)

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The Way is a film by Emilio Estevez, starring his father, Martin Sheen, and set in the family’s country of origin, Spain.  Sheen plays the lead character, an American father whose son has died in Spain. The son had just begun the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route in northwestern Spain, culminating at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of St. James the Great are believed to be held. The father decides to take his son’s remains through the pilgrimage route, and along the way he encounters other pilgrims who are struggling with their own grief. Included in this faith review are discussion questions related to theological and moral themes.

 

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Faith Review – The Hurt Locker (2008)

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“War is a drug.” That is the tagline for this grueling film about the risks and terrors of an IED response unit during the US war in Iraq. The film wrestles with the obvious themes of death and war, but also with the more troubling aspects of soldiering as a way to cope with the chaos in the world and one’s life.

 

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Rev. Tom LaBonte, Rev. Mason Todd, Rev. John Elam, Elizabeth Sigmon, Star Crawford, Rev. Jeff Smith, Rev. Noe Juarez, Erin Mills, Katie Todd, Kelly Hames, Russ Pearson, Kathy Sharp, Lisa Lewis-Jenkins, Newton Cowan, Andy Blackwelder, Kim Lee, Inger Manchester, Dr. Pamela Mitchell-Legg, Jonathan Davis, Holly Frisk, Rev. Bob Tuttle, Donna Fair, Jana Creighton, Marty Simmons, Frank Cunningham, Tommy Holderness, Katherine Lamb, Megan Argabrite, Ken Fuquay, Mark Moss, Mary Anne Welch