Posts Tagged ‘Grace’

Nebraska (2013)

nebraska As followers of Christ we are eager to serve others, but what, exactly, does that entail? In this film, younger son David (Will Forte) reluctantly puts his own daily life on hold so that he can accompany his aging father Woody (Bruce Dern) on what David perceives to be a dead-end quest. Yet the trip offers both of them opportunities for reconciliation and growth. Is the film suggesting that when we bear one another’s burdens we experience the redeeming presence of Christ? Nominated for six Academy Awards, this film directed by Alexander Payne employs the classic journey tale while illuminating human brokenness and the power of love, hope, and kindness.

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Faith Review – Tender Mercies (1983)



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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Faith Review – To Save a Life



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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Clips and Lessons – Moneyball and Vocation




In the film, Moneyball, the new assistant to the general manager sees talent where others see failure, challenging the general manager to do the same. The team is transformed by this vision of hope. In this lesson for high school youth, the students are led through a discussion about the calling of our Lord to us, unworthy as we are, as displayed in the story of Zacchaeus.


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Clips and Lessons – Spider-Man and Bullying



How does a Christian respond to those who wrong us? How does Jesus ask us to respond in the Sermon on the Mount? In this lesson for youth groups, you will lead your participants through an examination of a clip from The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) where Peter Parker is bullied. A scripture study and discussion questions are included.


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