“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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In the 1997 film, Men in Black, a specialized group of men are called upon to survey alien life on our planet, for the protection of the people. They have to consider the cost of this life of sacrifice. In this lesson for youth groups, the participants will watch a clip from Men in Black and then discuss the call of Jesus for radical discipleship in Luke’s gospel. Discussion questions are included.
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The movie clip in this lesson for youth groups is about resurrection, from the 1992 comedy classic, Sister Act. The sisters bring back their neighborhood from the dead and resurrect it into something new. God practices resurrection all the time and invites us to do the same thing in our lives. Theological discussion questions are included.
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When brokenness is pervasive among those who surround you, the darkness can be overwhelming, sapping any resolve to hope for better. In this sober telling of alcoholism and abuse, the audience will be confronted with this sad reality, but there is hope in the act of love — sacrificial love that can break through the darkness, bringing light and hope. In this faith review by Mark Moss, you can read a survey of the different plot points, followed by some discussion questions for a classroom or small group setting.
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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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