Wonder Woman – Movie Discussion

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Some movies are harder for me to write about because I’m literally overwhelmed with all that I could say, all the connections I see between the story they tell and Biblical truths. Wonder Woman is such a one. There has been a lot of focus on the feminist perspective, and I do want to just comment how refreshing it is that while upholding women, it does not do so by degrading men in any way. In fact, it shows men and women, both, being both heroic and, well, not—because they are evil or weak or wounded and broken, etc. Overall, there’s a feeling of honor, love and hope toward all mankind—something that is often lacking in any activist movement that is striving to defend their rights. That, however, is not what I want to focus on. I want to show you how beautifully the gospel message is woven throughout this story.

It starts with the story of mankind from a Greek mythology perspective. This version, however, is strikingly similar to the Christian version—not the same, but similar. Zeus creates man in his image to be pure and good. Ares (the god of war) is jealous and leads man into corruption and war because of which, Zeus has to separate himself from his creation. He then forms a savior, Diana (Wonder Woman), who is part god and part man who is the only one who can defeat Ares when the time is right. Sound familiar?! (Note there are some differences, like Jesus was fully God and fully man, not equal parts, half and half. Jesus was one with the Father, while Diana never knew Zeus… etc. But the general storyline is strikingly similar.)

Steve Trevor, a WW2 pilot, ends up on Diana’s island and he tells them about the war and the horrors happening on the earth among men, and it stirs her heart. She immediately recognizes that this battle isn’t just a battle among men, but that Ares, the god of war, must be behind it. So she leaves paradise island to free mankind from Ares and his schemes of war, death and destruction.

Again, don’t you see the parallels?! Jesus willingly left paradise to come to earth that He might save mankind. Both of them help people along the way, and both of them never lose sight of the real battle they must fight. No one believed Diana about Ares. No one understood that Jesus came to die. Both of them were crystal clear, however, that the enemy wasn’t mere flesh and blood, but a spirit, a force of evil in the spiritual realm that only they could finally defeat. Diana knew that if she defeated Ares, the war would stop. Jesus knew that if he defeated Satan, sin and death could stop.

When we finally learn that Ares is, in fact, real, he shows Diana how he has been working behind the scenes, whispering in the ears of mankind, giving them ideas for weapons and poisons, whispering hate and power and evil to their minds, letting them think all the while that those are their ideas. It’s actually a very accurate portrayal of Satan and his ways.

Just as Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan, Diana was tempted by Ares. He tempted her with power and ease. He tried to get her to think mankind was a lost cause. He made her question her identity and what she knew about her father, Zeus. She held fast, however, and once she passed the test and rejected his offer, she moved into a new level of power and confidence. Much as Jesus’ life had a marked change after his temptation in the wilderness.

Diana also has a small band of misfits with questionable pasts that go with her—a liar, a murderer and a thief, and Steve, who you could argue has been all three of those things himself. These men believed in her, served her and became better because of her. When things got bad, they agreed to stay and fight alongside her, knowing it wouldn’t pay and might cost their lives. This is very much like the band of misfit disciples that followed Jesus. They weren’t much in the eyes of the world, but they believed in Christ, served Him, and became better because of His influence in their lives. They too gave up their careers, risked (and even gave) their lives for the cause of Jesus, just for the joy of being at His side.

As the battle ensues, Steve realizes that he must give his life and “save the day” so that Diana can “save the world.” So he, Christ-like, lays down his life for the good of his fellow man, giving Diana the time she needs to defeat Ares, which she does. This is the biggest departure Diana’s story makes from Christ’s. She doesn’t die and resurrect, but there is still the concept of a man laying down his life to save the world.

After Ares is defeated, there is peace. The war does stop. And yet, she also comes to realize that man is not completely free from darkness because they still have freedom of choice. Just as, Jesus defeated sin and death so that it need not rule us, but we still have to choose to live by His Spirit. In both cases, there was a war that had to be won for all time, but there is also a daily living out of that victory that has to take place. Because of that, the need to daily live out that victory, Jesus left behind his Holy Spirit to live with us and help those who want His help. Diana chose to stay with man (rather than return to Paradise Island), to love, to fight when needed, and to give.

There’s so much more to be gleaned if you have the eyes to look for it, beautiful little tidbits of wisdom and inspiration, but this is a solid start for some of the ways we can find shadows of Jesus in the story of Wonder Woman.

Questions for Discussion:

  • How do the stories of Wonder Woman and Jesus parallel each other?
  • The Bible says our war isn’t with flesh and blood but with spirits and principalities… how can you see this truth in the movie?
  • What was Wonder Woman’s motivation for leaving Paradise Island? How hard would it be to do that if you were her? Why do you think Jesus left Paradise to come to earth?

Click here to read quotes from Wonder Woman.

 

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Movie Discussion

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What is it about Jack Sparrow that makes him, pathetic as he is, so loveable?! He’s a pirate, a drunk, a womanizer. He’s lazy and lacks character. And yet, for all his shortcomings, he surprises you. His men love him, and that says something. He pulls through when needed and shows far more character and compassion by his actions than he would care to admit to. You always get the feeling he’s trying to hide the fact that he’s actually a decent human being, just as he seems to try to hide the fact that he’s also a decent pirate. He’s a lot like the characters in the Bible—deeply flawed, and also surprisingly heroic. Human. In this story, Jack takes a page almost directly out of Essau’s life from the Bible.

Find out how, here.

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Everything, Everything – Movie Discussion

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In so many ways, Everything, Everything is the same story as The Space Between Us, but with the roles reversed. You have a girl who has basically never entered the world for health reasons. She falls in love online (texting, emailing, etc.) with the boy next door, who (again just like The Space Between Us) comes from a troubled, abusive home. Because of her new love, she dares to venture into the outside world, knowing it could kill her. The two run away together and what starts as a very sweet and innocent romance turns very quickly into sex (so disappointing—even though it stays very sweet between them). Girl gets sick and nearly dies. She finds out some harsh realities about her family and in the end, she ends up with the boy. Pretty much the exact same plot in both movies…and in both movies, it works well enough to reel in plenty of young girls looking for a love story.

Why does it work so well? First off, Olly pursues her and he does it so sweetly. There is something in that sweet, young love, something in that shy awkwardness, something in the way he pursues her heart, that calls to something deep within our souls.

I feel like a broken record—both in the fact that I’m stuck on repeat and in the way I seem outdated when I say this, but… Again, I have to express my extreme disappointment that this movie, geared expressly at young teens, immediately and without any pause for question goes to sex. They spend more time debating whether or not it’s OK to touch and hold hands than they do deciding if they are “ready” for sex. Of course, I think they should wait till marriage, but can I just point out that in our modern world, the discussion is usually more along the lines of whether or not you’re ready to become sexually active… which is nauseating, but it’s at least a pause of recognition that this is a big deal. The movie doesn’t even give it that.

Heightening my sensitivity to the sex issue, is the fact that just before the movie I listened to three young teens talking about being on birth-control already and the pros and cons of different methods. One of the girls made the comment that she would, of course, be sexually active in the next five years, so she wanted to be sure she had the best solution for birth control. Sexually active – suddenly that term seemed so sickening to me, as if it’s no different than my saying that when I went to college I fully expected to be active in intramural sports. It’s just an activity that people look forward to actively participating in, a sport of sorts, and not the mingling of souls that comes from a lifetime commitment of love and marriage. And movies like Everything, Everything perpetuate that mindset, especially among young, impressionable audiences…especially when the two seem so pure and innocent and treat each-other so rightly in every other way. So much so that, frankly, people are actually hoping the sweet young couple will finally “do it.” I used to find myself hoping they’d finally kiss, or finally get married… now we are hoping they’ll finally just have sex. Think I’m overstating it?—the gaggle of teenage girls behind me in the theater literally cheered with excitement when it became obvious there was going to be a sex scene. They literally cheered.

Personally, I am concerned whenever I find myself rooting for sin to happen in a movie. We should never hope for sin to occur. It should grieve us the way it grieves the Holy Spirit. In Everything, Everything, not only do you want to cheer for them when they sin, you don’t even see it as sin. How could something so pure between them be sin, right? At least, that’s how it’s presented…that’s the lie we are being fed.

OK, morality rant (Biblical obedience rant) over… another reason the movie works, I believe is the two-fold mixture of real struggles and characters which are so pure and wholesome and innocent (in every other way). They are heroic in their responses to their problems. She has a life-threatening illness. She’s confined to her home and has a strict, over-bearing, controlling parent. She’s lonely and her dad and brother died when she was young. Yet, she is sweet, humble, respectful and obedient (until she sneaks around with Olly). She is brave and adventurous and strong minded. When she discovers her mother has been lying to her, she is honest about her pain, but also struggles to understand and forgive her mom. Really heroic. Olly is similar. He tries to protect his mom and siblings from an abusive, alcoholic dad. He’s cute, but humble. He protects and nurtures and cares for others with tenderness and strength. He values her humor and her brains even more than he values her looks. Both have very real struggles, but they respond to them with grace and love.

If it wasn’t for the sex (and the awkward focus on how she bulged out of her swimsuit top), it would be wonderful. It’s such a likeable movie. My friends and I had grins on our faces throughout the movie—it’s that kind, the kind that just makes you smile. It will undoubtedly fill hearts with longing and thoughts of love. It may even inspire people to be more kind, thoughtful, sweet and forgiving. It may encourage people to believe that there are “still good ones out there” and to wait until they find such a one. It won’t, however, do anything to encourage sexual purity.

I have been a bit remiss, however, in getting beyond the morality of the story and showing how it connects with the message of Christ, so let me take just a moment to do so. Christ is the great lover of our hearts. He pursues us. He loves everything about us, and just because He loves us, not because He wants something from us. That longing for a pure love that the movie arouses in us, it’s not only put there in our hearts by the Lord, it’s also something He plans to fulfill. In a movie about love, how can we not think about the God of Love? The God who loves perfectly. Who wrote the book on love, saying such things as, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”[1] In so many ways, it’s the longing for this kind of love that the movie stirs in us.

Questions for Discussion:

  • What makes Olly and Maddy so appealing as characters? What makes their love so appealing?
  • In what ways to Olly and Maddy demonstrate the kind of love in 1 Corinthians 13?
  • What do you think about the sex between Olly and Maddy?
  • How do you think the sex scene in this movie will affect the people who see it/influence the way they think about sex?

Click here to read quotes from Everything, Everything.

[1] 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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If You Build It

I read today that on the Cuban Island de Pinos there is a prison “so dark and remote that most of the world never even knew it existed. The huge circular cellblocks were built during the 1930s under Batista’s regime. When someone asked the dictator why he had built it so big, he replied, ‘Ah, don’t worry. Somebody will come along who will manage to fill it up.’ That somebody was Fidel Castro.” [1]

As I read that it dawned on me, God had the same general idea. He has built a huge home with many rooms in Heaven, and given us the charge to help Him fill it up!

The Bible says that Satan prowls around like a lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:6-11). It also says that God roams the earth, searching “to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). God is looking for people to bless; Satan is looking for people to devour. Both are searching…who will you be found by?! Both are building “homes” with an abundance of rooms, waiting on someone to fill them. Whose home will you be in? And whose home are you helping to populate?

As horrific as it is that Batista built a prison in full confidence that someone (some future leader) would find a way to fill it up, I’m also a bit inspired by his vision. It’s like Field of Dreams – “If you build it, they will come.” What are we building for the future? God is building a mansion for us – that encourages me! I guess some of us have the job of building, others of filling…but in either case, may we be working in partnership with the Lord and with the confidence of Batista that someday those rooms God is preparing will be full—full with loved ones, full with those whose hearts we thought might be too hard and too far gone for God to reach, full with the nations, full with every tongue and every tribe.

 

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Colson, C. (1989). Against the Night: Living in the New Dark Ages. Ann Arbor: Servant Books.

 

 

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The Promise – Movie Discussion

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I am loathe to see a movie that is centered around an affair, and The Promise certainly is. On the other hand, I decided to see this one because it is also about the genocide of Armenians (who were generally Christian) by the Turkish (predominantly Muslim) at the end of the Ottoman Empire—of which I have been woefully ignorant.

Love triangles, affairs and pointless titles aside…the movie has merit as a testimony to the past, and a warning to the future.

Read the full article here.

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The Case for Christ – Movie Discussion

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Many believers will have heard the story of Lee Strobel’s journey to Christianity—how he set out to disprove God, angry that his wife had become a Christian; how he became a Christian after a two-year long journey researching the evidence in an attempt to disprove the resurrection of Christ. This is a really well-made movie of that story (aka it doesn’t feel low-budget).

I wasn’t sure how they would pull it off, frankly. Would it be like a documentary presenting all the evidence he found? No. But it does do a good job of presenting some key points of evidence as part of his journey. It gives you enough to stand on without overwhelming you with facts and details. It also really shows how Leslie’s (his wife’s) conversion to Christianity absolutely upset their marriage. …

Read the full discussion here, at Shepherd Project Ministries.

Read quotes from the movie, here.

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Fighting Fires

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I was worn out. Exhausted. Empty. And I knew it. I had a list a mile long of “urgent” and “important” things to do, but a friend had called, desperate. The gate had broken and her dogs had gotten out and she didn’t know where they’d gone. They had a history of egging each other on if they got outside the fence together, and one was skittish of strangers and hard to catch. My friend herself had been in a very difficult and painful season in her own life and I didn’t think she could handle another tragedy right then. Oh Lord, let them be found and be OK. I had little hope I would find them, or that my searching would do any good, but sometimes the good you can do isn’t about solving the problem but about support. I packed up my work, just as I was really getting into it, and left the coffee shop and started driving the streets in the opposite direction from where she was looking. Praying all the while.

As I suspected, I wasn’t the one who found them, some seven odd miles from home, two hours later. But I was there for other reasons, too. To pray. To support and encourage and tell her she wasn’t alone. To let her know someone else cared about the things she cared about.

As I drove around in that time, praying for her, waiting for news, looking, I began to breathe a little and realize just exactly how tired and empty and emotional I really was. I had been surrounded by drama, little fires all around me. Not a single one was major, but it wasn’t in the magnitude but in the volume that my problem lie. Like the camel carrying straw…it wasn’t the weight of a piece of straw, but the number of pieces of straw that were weighing me down.

By the time the dogs were found, I was hungry and time was limited and I knew I needed to take care of my soul. Work would be futile, and I knew it. So I grabbed something to eat and felt strangely called to a run. To be clear, I don’t run much these days. I used to…but health issues made jogging difficult and now I’m completely out of practice and endurance. So, when I say I was “strangely called to a run”—it really was out of the norm. As I had driven around looking for the dogs, I’d driven by a trail I hadn’t been on in about seven years, since I first moved here, and I had this desperate urge to go back there. And I ran… a lot, (4 miles in all, a lot) which was amazing for SO many reasons. (Lest I oversell it, I also walked intermittently, a lot…but whatever—I ran, in the mountains no less, and for that I’m going home a winner.)

As I ran several amazing things happened. One, I prayed and talked with God. Just choosing to take time out to be run and talk with God reestablished priorities and told God I would trust Him with the work and choose to make our relationship the first priority. It also was a sign of obedience, that I would follow His leading even when it doesn’t “make sense.” Of course, running itself releases endorphins which I needed. It also cleared my head and emotions and helped me feel more like a capable overcomer than an overwhelmed victim. All these things were important, and what I truly needed—far more than I needed to knock things off my “to do” list. But something else amazing happened…

As I ran I saw a ton of smoke from just over the side of the next hill. There was a fire. And in no time, there was a helicopter there to put the fire out. I couldn’t see the fire, just the smoke, but it was close enough I could have jogged there in no time had the trail gone that direction. That means I also got a front row to seat to the helicopter as it worked to fight the fire.

I saw the helicopter hover around the fire and, finding the perfect spot, drop the water. The moment that bucket of water was empty, the helicopter left. He went away from the fire, to the top of the butte where there happened to be a reservoir of water. He filled his bucket and, once again filled, went back to the fire. Over and over and over again. Fill, dump, leave, refill and return.

As I watched this process I thought about a few things. Firefighters LOVE to fight fires. It’s in their bones. There’s even a part of them that wants a fire—not that they want people or property to be hurt or problems in the world…it’s just that they love to help and feel needed. I get that…metaphorically speaking that’s me. But, that guy in the helicopter, no matter how stoked he may be about there being a fire and about his getting to put it out, he knows that there is only so much he can do. He knows that he is only useful so long as his water is full. The moment his water is empty, he knows he can do nothing else and he leaves to refill. In fact, not only is he no good empty, but if he hangs around the fire without his water, the wind from his helicopter will actually spread the fire. He’ll make it worse. He has to leave. He would be better to be absent and do nothing at all than to try and do something without his water. In truth, I think that firefighter probably spent more time refilling than he did actually fighting the fire, but he knows that refilling is the most important part of his job.

In this case, he was lucky because his water source was so close, but I’ve seen other times when the water was much farther away. (Note, the pictures are from another such time, as I, regrettably, ran without my camera this time. Lesson learned.) A good firefighter knows, however, that it doesn’t change things if the water source is far away. He’ll still leave the fire to refill. He must. Even if it takes time—lots of it.

As I watched this, I realized I wasn’t just watching a firefighter, I was being reminded of some spiritual principles that I needed to pay more attention to. This is why I felt I had to come out to this spot for a run. I didn’t really hear God speaking to me, but looking back, it’s so clear He was—He was urging me to come there, at that moment, to breathe, to learn and to refill my water tank. I was surrounded by little brush fires but I’d been trying to put them out with an empty water bucket. I wasn’t quenching anything, and if I’m honest, I was probably spreading them, growing them, adding to the drama. A bit sickening to think about…I hate to think I was adding to the drama.

There’s a part of me that is drawn to the fire. I always have been. Both literally—I can be a bit of a pyromaniac…just give me an opportunity to start a campfire!!!—and metaphorically…I’m drawn to hurting people and their problems. Everything in me wants to help and to save but sometimes that desire gets out of place and causes more damage than good. A firefighter is only as good as his (or her) water supply (at least the ones who fight by helicopter). It can be so hard to pull away from the present need to refill, but watching that helicopter it became so obvious that it’s the only way. It’s not just better; it’s critical.

It’s also necessary to keep pulling away, as often as it takes, as often as I’m empty. That may mean I spend far more time alone with God, refilling, than I do helping others, but that’s OK. I’m only useful when I have living water to give, pour, dump…as the case may be.   That may mean I pull away once a day, or once an hour… different times, different fires, different seasons… and different sizes of buckets—they may all impact how often I need to retreat to be refilled. It was also interesting to realize that sometimes my water source might be near and other times it might be a bit farther away. Or, as I watch my fellow Christians around me, their water source might be nearer or farther than mine (just as their bucket might be larger or smaller). Point being—I need to not compare myself with other people or other times in my own life. All I need to “worry” about is whether or not I’m leaving the fire to refill when my bucket is empty and that I have a good water source (and to encourage others to do the same).

It’s also important that I always know where I can get my bucket filled. What fills my bucket? I mean, yes, Jesus, of course. Time in His Word. Time in prayer. Yes. But for me it’s more than that, too. Sometimes I read the Bible and don’t feel filled up. Other times I do. For me, setting makes a difference. I need to be receptive. It’s not enough for that firefighter to take his bucket to the water if he doesn’t also fill it. The bucket has to receive. It can skim the top of the water, touch it even, without being open to the water.

There have been seasons in my life where, like the other day, a run was great a great time to pray and be with God and fill my soul. There have been other times when running was miserable and hard and got my mind stuck in a horrible rut and emptied me all the more. In those seasons, a drive in the car in the country and/or during the sunset was a much better way for me to actually receive His life-giving water. Sometimes getting up to read my Bible in the dark, quiet morning hours is where my soul listens best, and other times I’m just tired and unable to focus and it becomes a chore of duty. You get the picture. I’m not saying to just do what feels good—sometimes there is no substitute for discipline and God honors that! I am saying, however, that there is wisdom in listening to God when He says, “Your bucket is empty, let’s go fill it… and today, your best water source is over here.” I am saying that we need to know what season we are in and where we can best refill. (In Texas, water sources were pretty constant but in Colorado, there are rivers of snow melt in spring that disappear later in the summer…I dare say some people are like Texas and some are like Colorado in this.)

In some climates, there are water sources everywhere and access is easy, but in the desert, water sources have to be created and fought for. This water source that my helicopter retreated to was man-made. That means, some wise person realized that unless they created a closer source to draw from, help would be too far away to do any good when they needed it. More accurately, they had to forge access to a source. They had to dig deep and tap into a reservoir under the surface. For us with God, the Source is always there, the question is always one of access. In a way, this is what missionaries do—they bring more ready, obvious access to the living water to a people who haven’t had access.

So many truths…all wrapped up in one little helicopter. I came away from the run with a swarm of fires still burning around me, a pile of work still growing, but I had a couple key things. My empty bucket was filled up again, and ready to be of use. I also had permission to keep walking away from the need and all the little brush fires around me, over and over again, as often as necessary. I had permission to actually let them burn while I refilled. Not only permission, but a mandate, because I could see that not doing so was only making things worse—and I definitely don’t want to make things worse. I also was challenged to think more intentionally about what best refills my bucket, my soul, now, in this time, place, season of my life, and to fight for that, because I know that just because I walk away from the fire, doesn’t mean I’m refilling my water.

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Helicopter, bottom right, fights a fire in Wyoming, 2016. Photo ©Stacey Tuttle
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Gifted – Movie Discussion

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Gifted is a rich gem of a movie with so many interesting angles I hardly know where to start. Mary is a math prodigy who lives with her uncle, Frank. She never knew her father and her mother died when she was a baby. Her grandmother, Evelyn, was never in her life, until she hears that Mary has her mother’s gift for mathematics. When Evelyn shows up, wanting to take custody of Mary, things get complicated. What is really best for Mary? Is it to be in an environment where she can be mathematically challenged, or is it better for her to have a “normal” childhood as a “normal” kid? And where does love play into it? It’s a thought provoking movie about parenting. It’s also a movie about what it is to be human and loved and accepted that has something to say to all of us, “gifted” or not.

Ultimately, the discussion about Mary’s best interests really come down to an issue of performance vs. love. Evelyn doesn’t understand love, she only understands performance. She only understands being admired by the world for accomplishments. Frank, however, has an entirely different perspective. He knows what it’s like to grow up with that kind of pressure. He felt it himself, and he saw the toll it took on his sister, Mary’s mom (also a math prodigy). He wants Mary to know that she is loved because of who she is, not because of what she does.

It may seem obvious but it’s a good question, though. If we have some talent or gift, is it negligence (as Evelyn called it) not to develop that gift to its full potential? Do we owe our gifts and talents to the world? I’m not sure that we don’t. However, that isn’t what gives us our worth. We offer those gifts to the Lord (and to the world) as an offering of love, not as a payment for love. It comes from a place of love, not as an act to earn love. Frank wanted Mary to be loved, first, so that all she did came from a place of love, not a need to perform.

Read the rest here.

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The Fate of the Furious – Movie Discussion

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How are Dom and Dom and his crew indicative of our times???  Is it possible that the younger generations are attracted to their brand of righteousness just as much as (or probably more so) the worldly appeal of fast cars and loose women???  Is it possible that, as much as that is part of the movies, it’s not the point of them–much as a frame isn’t the point of the artwork it contains?  And how do we, as Christians, respond when someone has a code of honor, but that code is inconsistent with the Bible’s standards of righteousness?

My discussion of The Fate of the Furious (at Shepherd Project Ministries) discusses these questions.  AND!!!  There is actually something really brilliant in F8 for our use as Christians in dealing with non-believers and the question of why God allows evil in the world.  Read about it here!

 

 

 

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The Boss Baby – Movie Discussion

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See this pie chart? It represents all the love ihe world. – Boss Baby

I once heard someone explain the poverty mentality with a pie chart. They said that a poverty mindset says that if there is a pie chart that represents love in the world (or resources of any sort), then if someone takes part of that love (or resource), that means there is less for you. Therefore, you need to guard what you have and take as much as you can. A Christian, however, doesn’t need to have a poverty mindset because they know the pie maker. They don’t have to hoard the pieces of pie for themselves, they can instead ask the maker of pie to simply make another. Therefore, if someone takes some of “their” pie, they can give it willingly, knowing they can get more. Boss Baby actually, basically said the same thing! Well, it doesn’t actually talk about a pie-maker-God, but it does so clearly illustrate the poverty mentality, with a pie-chart, no less, and show how it harms everyone it touches. It’s a great opportunity to talk with people (your children, perhaps?!) about how God can change our hearts and our thinking so that we don’t have to be hoarders but can, instead, be givers. It’s kind of brilliant!

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