Posts Tagged ‘Sin’

Faith Review – Tender Mercies (1983)

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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 – 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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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 – “Confession” and Blue Like Jazz

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Confessing our sins to one another can be a way to live an authentic Christian faith, both in the presence of God and before others. In this lesson targeting High School youth, the leader will show a clip from the film, Blue Like Jazz, and then lead a discussion concerning sin, confession, and forgiveness. Several discussion questions and group activities are included.

 

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