Posts Tagged ‘Sacrifice’

Faith Review: Selma (2015)


This film by director Ava Duvernay (the first African American woman to receive a Best Director award at Sundance Film Festival and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award) combines the genres of biography, documentary and drama in presenting the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King within the context of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.  The film, reviewed here by Dr. Pamela Mitchell-Legg, Professor of Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary,  raises questions about how to live the Christian life amid the challenges of particular times and places in our broken world.


Faith Review – The Lorax (2012)



Ted is desperately wanting to impress Audrey. They live in Thneedville, where everything — including the trees — are synthetic. In order to win the heart of the environmentally-interested Audrey, Ted seeks to find a real tree. Jessie Smith reviews this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss’ story. Theological discussion questions are included.

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Faith Review – The Ultimate Gift (2007)


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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Clips and Lessons – Moneyball and Finding Your Worth



The general manager of a major league baseball team is offered a lucrative contract with another team. He is told that he is worth it, but he has relationships to consider, not just money. In this lesson for high school youth, the students are guided into a discussion about an individual person’s worth, based upon a consideration of statements in Matthew’s gospel.


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Moneyball and finding your worth

Clips and Lessons – “No Greater Love” and Harry Potter



In our culture, love has become an easy and sentimental thing. Yet, true love — the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ — is willing to sacrifice all for the sake of another. In this lesson for middle or high school youth, you can lead a discussion of love and sacrifice as illustrated in a scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001). Discussion questions are included, in dialogue with a biblical text (John 15).


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