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‘Heaven Is For Real’ Review: What Is the Basis for Our Belief in Eternal Life?

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When Todd Burpo, a pastor at Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Nebraska, hears his 4-year-old son describe his supposed journey to heaven, which he experienced while undergoing an emergency operation for a burst appendix, he is forced to ask: Can a young boy, who is near death, really experience heaven, walk with Jesus, and return to earth to talk about it? 

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How Should Christians Approach ‘Noah,’ America’s Number One Film?

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A flood of criticism has submerged Noah, the epic film inspired by the timeless biblical tale, in a sea of controversy. What are the aspects of Noah that remain true to scripture? Where exactly does Darren Aronofsky inject extra-biblical elements? Are these extra-biblical components necessarily unbiblical? By analyzing the film, Christians have an excellent opportunity to grapple with important biblical themes. 

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God’s Not Dead: Defending Faith on Campus

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While the film has some flaws, it is engaging, the apologetics are sound (the scenes in which the main character proposes arguments in favor of God’s existence are particularly strong), and the message is powerful. Young adults heading into college do not have to fear professors who don’t share their faith background and who relentlessly belittle their belief system. 

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How to Use “Son of God” as an Evangelistic Tool

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“Son of God” contains footage from the massive television hit “The Bible,” a History Channel miniseries that was viewed by over 100 million people. Roma Downey, a producer who also stars as Mary in the film, says that the central goal of “Son of God” is to help audiences become more familiar with the story of Jesus. The film is a fitting tool only if it is used by Christians. No film is enough to make disciples.  

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Three Things We Can Learn From the Life and Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Three Things We Can Learn From the Life and Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

At age 46, Philip Seymour Hoffman, the greatest actor of his generation, was found dead with a syringe in his arm, surrounded by bags of heroin. Having battled addiction before, Hoffman was sober for 23 years before relapsing in 2013. Some experts claim that addiction is not a rational choice, and thus not a moral issue. Are they right?  

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The Aesthetic: Clues to God’s Design for Beauty

The Aesthetic: Clues to God's Design for Beauty

LifeWay Christian Store’s recent decision to pull the film The Blind Side from its shelves because of profanity, violence, and immoral behavior has ignited a debate in Christian circles about the role of art and beauty, and Christians’ place in consuming and creating art. There seem to be two camps: those who believe that the value of Christian movies is primarily their effectiveness as a tool for evangelism and those who believe they are an art form, valuable for their own sake, that can reveal God’s truth in profound ways. To answer this question we must cultivate an understanding of the biblical worldview of aesthetics — whether objective beauty actually exists and how it might be known through the moral order and through nature. 

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Hollywood’s Brush with Religious Belief

Hollywood’s Brush with Religious Belief

Our society is immersed in a subjective view of belief. It is represented in films like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Matrix: Revolutions, The Polar Express, and The Book of Eli. When comparing the pop-culture definition of faith with the biblical perspective, we find a crucial definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (NIV). 

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