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'God's Not Dead': Defend Your Faith

f Dr. Marc Newman

While movies such as God's Not Dead can inspire people to ramp up their understanding of the Scriptures, it often goes by so fast that new Christians don't know where to go to get started. Even older Christians may not know where to find great resources.

Within this blog we have compiled a list of resources that will help assist your group members to stand and defend their faith.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings -- Batman, Bad Bible, and Sharknado

f Dr. Marc Newman

Exodus: Gods and Kings is a disaster of biblical proportions. Critics who have praised the film's lavish visual style are grasping at the only thing in the movie that works.

Is Exodus riddled with biblical inaccuracies? Yes. But a Bible epic designed to appeal to the Richard Dawkins/new atheist crowd might find an audience. (Some people can rally around a film that has nothing for everyone.) But as a Christmas gift to moviegoers everywhere, let's look at three parts of the film that should keep any reasonable person away.

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Is There Value in Scary Movies and Halloween?

f Dr. Marc Newman

Christians have been divided about Halloween for decades. Some Christians outright reject it as a pagan holiday that celebrates demonic evil. Others see it through the lens of contemporary culture and enjoy watching little kids dress up in costumes and go door to door, meeting their neighbors who liberally pass out candy. Some split the difference and host “Harvest Festivals.”

But Christians should not miss the opportunity that Halloween affords to discuss important spiritual topics that are easier to introduce at Halloween than at just about any other time of the year. Hollywood has served up hundreds of horror flicks over the decades, and while some are worthless — such as the "slasher film" sub-genre — many of them are valuable as doorways to discussion about the supernatural, death, and a way of escape.

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Opening Up the Truth in Christmas Movies

f Dr. Marc Newman

If Christian missionaries were to find themselves among a pre-Christian people group steeped in what you would recognize as contemporary Christmas film mythology, they would have wept at their good fortune. How simple would it be to explain the Fatherhood of God to people who annually retold myths about a benevolent gift giver who kept record of sins, but who wanted to extend grace; or who thrilled to stories about how he sought out those whose faith was weak in order to strengthen them so that they could be in right relationship with him?

The annual Christmas movie ritual is reenacted among Americans every year beginning around Thanksgiving (though it seems to be earlier every year) and continuing through Christmas Day. They gather around big screen televisions to watch, rewatch, or introduce new people to the films that mean "Christmas" to them. Many of the films have Santa Claus as a key character, but a number do not. What almost all of them have in common is an appeal to something beyond this world: something magical, something meaningful, or something lost in a nostalgic past that people very much wish to recover. There is something about Christmas, even the secular, Santa-obsessed part of it, that strains at a thin barrier between the mundane and the transcendent world. And people are aching for Christmas to break through.

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