Faith Review – What Would Jesus Buy?

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Every year, Christmas has become more and more commercialized, mirroring the market-driven identities that shape our everyday lives in America. In this 2007 documentary, you will meet Reverend Billy Talen of the Church of Stop Shopping! Rev. Billy has had enough of the gospel message distorted and perverted every year at Christmas time, by looking behind the scenes at the uncomfortable facts about how our consumer goods are produced. In this faith review by Jeff Smith, several discussion questions are included for church groups.

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Faith Review – True Grit

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True Grit is the 2010 remake of the John Wayne classic. This time, the acclaimed Coen brothers try their hand at creating the story of U.S. Marshall, Rooster Cogburn, in his pursuit of the killer, Tom Cheney. The central character in the story is Mattie Rose, a strong-willed teenage girl whose father has been killed by Cheney. She employs the services of Cogburn in order to exact revenge. In this faith review by Tommy Holderness, you can explore some of the themes related to sin, revenge, justice, and forgiveness — in dialogue with the complicated witness of Scripture.

 

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Clips and Lessons – Easy A and Judging

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Olive is a regular high school student with a gay friend who asks her to say that she slept with him so that the other boys will stop making fun of him. She does so, and as rumors quickly spread about her (fake) sexual foray, she embraces the identity of a “slut.” In this lesson for high school youth, the students will watch a clip from Easy A and discuss issues of identity and peer pressure, in dialogue with the account of Jesus and the adulterous woman (John 8:1-11).

 

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Faith Review – The Ultimate Gift (2007)

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The Ultimate Gift is the story of an enormously successful businessman, who realizes that his money is, thus far, the only thing he will leave behind for his family. His legacy has been wealth and security, but he wants to change that, looking to his grandson as a means to instill a moral legacy. In this faith review, theological themes are highlighted, and Bible passages for study and discussion are provided.

 

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Faith Review – My Name is Khan (2010)

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My Names is Khan is an Indian film from 2010. It follows the life of Rizwan Kahn, a gifted young man with Asperger Syndrome, which limits his ability to show emotion and interpret the intentions of others. Yet, his greatest struggle comes with his identity as a Hindu Indian living in the United States. He is successful and happy with is life after coming to America, but the racial fallout of the 9/11 attacks takes a significant toll on his family, especially his wife. Because of their ethnicity, they encounter suspicion and ridicule, but in turn he shows love and compassion, in his long journey to speak to the president and say, “My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist.” The film review includes discussion questions from a theological angle, including Scripture citations.

 

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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