Posts Tagged ‘Death’

Faith Review – Letters to God (2010)

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Tyler is an eight-year-old boy with cancer who expresses his faith and hope in letters addressed to God. The letters are mailed daily and make there way to a postman with an addiction to alcohol as a way to numb the pain of his past. In this faith review by Jeff Smith, themes for discussion are highlighted — such as fear, hope, prayer, forgiveness, and redemption.

 

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Letters to God


Faith Review – Extraordinary Measures (2010)

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In the 2010 film, Extraordinary Measures, the difficult and painful issue of terminal illness among children is tackled. The narrative follows the actions of a father with two children who are diagnosed with Pompe’s disease, which will kill them before they reach their teen years. He discovers a medical scientist who may provide the cure, and they relentlessly pursue this end through numerous hoops and struggles. In this faith review, some discussion questions are provided based upon the moral issues involved and the Christian struggle with discerning God’s will.

 

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Extraordinary Measures


Faith Review – What Dreams May Come

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In this dramatic portrayal of love and death, the tragic dimensions of human experience are explored both in this life and in the hereafter. With the loss of their two children, Chris and Annie battle the torments of grief. Annie never recovers, and after the death of her husband, Chris, she commits suicide. In the afterlife, Chris embarks on a quest to find Annie, who has been barred from heaven due to her suicide. While the film departs significantly from biblical theology, there are a number of fascinating discussion questions that the film provokes: love, death, grief, salvation, the afterlife, and so forth. We have two reviews of the film, which both include excellent questions for group discussion.

 

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What Dreams May Come


Faith Review – Patch Adams

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In our culture that values ambition and success, the individual becomes a commodity or a statistic. Whether it is the academy or the hospital or the church, the personal needs of the individual can be lost in our race to greater status and growth. In this faith review of Patch Adams, you can discern these issues as the lead character challenges the impersonal structure of the medical establishment, so that we may recognize the worth and dignity of each person we encounter.  The film is geared toward an adult audience, with themes of sickness and death, but can also be appropriate for discussion with high school youth.

 

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Clips and Lessons – Living Into the Fullness of Life and The Bucket List

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We all know that “life is short,” but do we use the time given us to live fuller and more faithful lives? How should Christians think about their “bucket list”? This lesson will help you lead your class into a discussion involving these critical questions, using a clip from the movie, The Bucket List. Click on the QRcode or scan it to open this lesson:

 

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