Apr 20 2011

Celebrating Easter with 15 Moments of Redemption in Movies


Sometimes truth dawns slowly and change comes in fits and spurts. We begin thinking about eternity and seeking purpose. We recognize our baggage and want something better. We find ourselves inching toward truth in the choices we make and the causes we embrace. We want peace and reconciliation and community. While redemption happens in a moment of decision, the journey toward that decision and transformation that follows  is often a process.

Jules Winnfield – Pulp Fiction. Jules recognizes that redemptive forces are at work though he has not yet connected the dots. He finds himself longing to change his role from avenger to shepherd.   They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. Rom 2:15

Charlie Babbitt – Rain Man. When Charlie realizes that Raymond is the secret friend, the “Rain Man” of his childhood, his self-centeredness and greed begins to break down. It’s not the moment of truth but the truth that leads to the moment.  Realizing how much the man understood, Jesus said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” Mark 12:34 Continue reading

Apr 2 2010

Jesus of Montreal takes on Hubris and Pride in the Church and the Media


It may not be a typical inspirational Easter movie, but Jesus of Montreal is a relevant, devastating, contemporary take on the real power of Christ. Hollywood Jesus recently posted a list of their top 20 stirring Easter flicks with this 1990 Academy Award nominated film as their #3 pick.

SPOILER ALERT. In Jesus of Montreal the life of the actor who takes the role of Christ begins to strangely parallel Jesus’ life. A group of actors led by Daniel Colombe are hired to “freshen up” a passion play but they make changes that are unacceptable to the Church. The religious establishment in the form of the Catholic Church plays the part of the Pharisees. The media, like Rome, evaluates everything by how much money it will make and how much influence it will generate. In this movie the media industry is portrayed as yielding more even power than the church. These people enjoy their power to influence and exploit others. Continue reading