Loving our neighbors without fear

Jul 11, 2018 by

I saw two movies recently. The second was First Reformed. The pastor of a small Christian Reformed church somewhere in New York struggles with a tension between hope and darkness in his own life and runs into...

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What superhero films teach us about heroism

May 15, 2018 by

Over the weekend, I watched the new blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War. Although I enjoyed it, I am puzzled by — and a bit concerned about — the massive and continuous popularity of superhero movies. Part...

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An effective medium

Apr 9, 2018 by

David White speaks the truth when he says, “Christians should focus on proclaiming Jesus as the way, the truth and the life” (“Filmmaker Probes Meaning of ‘Turn the Other Cheek,’ ” March 26). God...

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Filmmaker probes meaning of ‘turn the other cheek’

Mar 26, 2018 by and

Growing up in a conservative Mennonite family, David A.R. White only saw one movie in his first 18 years — and that was at a friend’s house. Today, he is an actor and producer with a film scheduled for...

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Lessons from ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Nov 17, 2016 by

My husband, Stuart, and I saw Hacksaw Ridge, based on a true story, and both of us were tremendously moved, for similar although markedly different reasons. We were emotionally affected in spite of this being...

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South Korean events showcase student peace movies

Feb 2, 2015 by and

Lessons of peace were highlighted through short films and workshops at two parallel events co-hosted by the Korea Peacebuilding Institute. KOPI, which is supported by Mennonite Mission Network, partnered with...

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Movie review: American Sniper

Jan 30, 2015 by

I’ve now watched two lousy Academy Award-nominated films in a row. But American Sniper is infinitely worse than Foxcatcher. Foxcatcher at least has its heart in the right place. It is trying in its...

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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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Movie review: Calvary

Sep 5, 2014 by

After a slow start, 2014 is turning into the best year of the century for independent filmmaking, with film after film leaving me saying Wow! Calvary is a brilliant little Irish film written and directed by...

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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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Scripture wasn’t written for men alone

May 27, 2014 by

After seeing the film, The Stoning of Soraya M., it is clear that it is far too easy for Christians and Jews to rush to judgments of Islam. The film raises questions not only about the few evil practitioners...

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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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