Few would argue that the greatest living film director is Martin Scorsese. And I might argue that his greatest film to date is the newly released and deeply spiritual Silence, a movie I would strongly recommend everyone see.
Yes, I know, Scorsese is responsible for the theological mess The Last Temptation of Christ. A sincere mess, perhaps, but a mess nonetheless. As a result, many Christians may write him off when it comes to any film dealing with spiritual themes.
The brilliance he has demonstrated as a director through the years (see Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas) has been matched only by his spiritual and moral curiosity (see Cape Fear, Gangs of New York, The Departed, Shutter Island, even The Wolf of Wall Street). Here the two are brought together in a stunning manner.
Yes, Scorsese remains spiritually provocative, but within a surprisingly orthodox context. The "silence" of the title refers to the seeming silence of God in the face of tragedy, and the necessity of raw, unfiltered faith to match it. Adding to the spiritual sinew is the exploration of the meaning of true apostasy.Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.
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Move over Boomers, Xers, and Millennials; there's a new generation - making up more than 25% of the US population - that represents a seismic cultural shift. Born approximately between 1993 and 2012, Generation Z is the first truly post-Christian generation, and they are poised to challenge every church to rethink its role in light of a rapidly changing culture.
James Emery White, author of The Rise of the Nones, brings this enlightening introduction to the youngest generation explaining who this generation is, how it came to be, and the impact it is likely to have on the nation and the faith. Then he reintroduces us to the ancient countercultural model of the early church, arguing that this is the model Christian leaders must adopt and adapt if we are to reach members of Generation Z with the gospel. He helps readers rethink our old evangelistic and apologetic methods, cultivate a culture of invitation, and communicate with this connected generation right where they are.
Pastors, ministry leaders, youth workers, and parents will find this an essential and hopeful resource.
"James Emery White shares helpful insights into the generation that follows the Millennial generation in a clear, practical way. Pastors and church leaders seeking to better understand the world of their youth ought to read this text."
-Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair, Wheaton College
"Christian leaders who are not only serious about church and ministry but who also want to understand and engage culture in order to connect this post-Christian world with the claims of the gospel will find White's work to be essential reading. Highly recommended!"
-David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"It's clear that Jim has a white-hot passion for Generation Z to know God. His research, practical applications and desire for all church leaders to get this right will inspire and challenge you."
-Sue Miller, children's ministry champion; Orange Conference staff; coauthor of Not Normal: 7 Quirks of Incredible Volunteers
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