Our ‘Tomorrowland’ today

Jun 22, 2015 by

Imagine experiencing a future of such beauty and possibility that it transforms the way you think about reality and the choices you make in the present. That’s what happens to Casey Newton — an optimistic...

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Unconditional giving transforms us

May 11, 2015 by

Now as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you — so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. — 2 Corinthians 8:7 While in...

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‘Fast’ family

May 11, 2015 by

Sometimes, images echoing the kingdom of God show up in unexpected places. Furious 7, the latest in the Fast & Furious franchise, took in an astounding $1 billion in 17 days. In the Washington Post,...

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How do you see it?

Mar 30, 2015 by

Last month on the Internet, a particular dress went viral when people couldn’t agree on whether the dress was blue and black or white and gold. When my daughter showed me the photo, I saw a blue dress with...

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Too safe for faith?

Feb 16, 2015 by

I ran across an article exploring why the era of kids’ adventure movies like E.T. and The Goonies is over. Similar modern films “just haven’t caught fire the way they once did,” writes Lisa Risra at...

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Narcissism in ‘Exodus’

Jan 5, 2015 by

Last month, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods & Kings capped off a year of biblical films. Like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, it is a Bible epic made by a director who has identified himself both as agnostic and...

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Beyond physical science to the soul

Nov 24, 2014 by

Something about space exploration invites us to ponder our place in the universe. From the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey to last summer’s Europa Report, storytellers have explored the mystery of human...

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Background noise

Oct 13, 2014 by

When I work, I often play music in the background. Recently I noticed that I was gravitating toward playlists I’d made from film soundtracks. I enjoyed the music itself, but I was also experiencing something...

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Love will lead us home

Sep 1, 2014 by

The Giver is one of my favorite novels. Critics are mixed on the recent film adaptation, but I find it a good companion piece. I like how its visual nature heightens aspects like the impact of memory and the...

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A good story can change your life

Jul 21, 2014 by

Recently, Pure Flix managing partner and God’s Not Dead producer Michael Scott talked about his approach to faith-based films at a summit sponsored by Variety. For films to succeed, the message, he said,...

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Saved by something greater

Jun 9, 2014 by

I have a confession: I am a fan of disaster movies. I totally get why folks tend to dismiss the genre, but Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is a good example of why I don’t. It contains many elements that attract...

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‘Noah’ midrash

Apr 28, 2014 by

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah generated a great deal of discussion among Christian and Jewish film critics and leaders last month. Some raised concerns ranging from unease with non-biblical components to fears...

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Jesus’ story and the larger story

Mar 17, 2014 by

Adapted from the television miniseries The Bible, the film Son of God hit theaters last month. Most film critics were disappointed, noting redeeming moments but concluding it failed cinematically. Among...

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