Brennan: The Man Behind the Ragamuffin Gospel

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A full-length film is being made about the life of Brennan Manning, author and spiritual leader famously known for his work, The Ragamuffin Gospel. Manning passed away in April of 2013. David Leo Schultz, director of the Rich Mullins’ film, Ragamuffin, has taken up this project on Brennan Manning. Continue reading

The Shack to Be Made Into a Film

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Recently the news came out that, The Shack, mega-selling book by author William Paul Young, is being made into a film. The release date looks to be projected for some time in 2016.

If you will remember, with the release of this book in 2008, it caused quite the split-decision amongst evangelicals. The response was comparable to Marmite (if you’re British you’ll understand that reference). People generally either hated it or loved it.

But the book has gone on to sell 10+ million copies. Continue reading

Noah, Exodus as Films, Oh My!

exodus gods and kingsIt’s Christmas Eve, and our minds are on all things Christmasy at this time. Plenty of Christmas films to watch, gathering with family and friends, and more. However, I wanted to take a brief moment to share some thoughts on the recent film release, Exodus: Gods and Kings, while also commenting on some of the Christian community’s response to this film, and others like it.

The running joke that’s been around since the announcement of the movie’s making is that Moses is being played by Batman, meaning Christian Bale has taken on the role of the ancient prophet of the Hebrew people. It truly is hard at times to see an actor play another part outside of the role where he became most famous (can we think of Kiefer Sutherland as anyone but Jack Bauer?). I know I personally went in to the movie thinking we were going to have a cross between Gladiator (that’s a Ridley Scott film as well), Batman and The Lord of the Rings. In the end, it didn’t seem to overly mix these films as much as I thought it would, which is a relief.

However, more than anything, as I said, I would like to touch on the response of Christians in regards to the release of the film. As with the early 2014 release, Noah, the biggest contention many Christians have brought up is that this film was far from true to the biblical text. This has been greatly problematic for not a few.

So how are we to respond? Continue reading