June film and book reviews
Mediaculture: Reflections on the effect of media and culture on our faithby Gordon Houser
Blue Like Jazz (PG-13) is based on the popular book and follows Don, a 19-year-old in Texas who tries to escape his Bible-Belt upbringing by going to Reed College in Portland, Ore. His dive into pagan behavior is a bit over-the-top, but his turn to a more mature faith is more nuanced than most “Christian” films.
Bully (PG-13) is a powerful documentary that should be seen by all school administrators and boards. It follows over the course of a school year five families with children who’ve been bullied. Two have committed suicide. The film captures scenes of bullying behavior. Must viewing.
Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with the Truth by James W. Douglass (Orbis Books, 2012, $24) shows how those who conspired to kill Gandhi hoped to destroy a compelling vision of peace, nonviolence, and reconciliation. Douglass contrasts Gandhi’s experiments with truth to “the unspeakable political and cultural forces arrayed against truth. This is a follow-up to Douglass’ massive book on JFK, who, like Gandhi, “was killed by a conspiracy that threatened to destroy a democracy.”
Desert Spirituality and Cultural Resistance: From Ancient Monks to Mountain Refugees by Belden C. Lane (CMU Press, 2011, $14) presents the 2010 J.J. Thiessen Lectures at Canadian Mennonite University. Lane, a storyteller and theologian, combines his interest in geography and the spirituality of Desert Christians from the fourth century. He notes that “in the Scriptures God is always leading God’s people into the desert and up the mountain, taking them to an edge, to a liminal place where ordinary things fall apart.” He draws lessons for today, such as this: “We can know ourselves to be unconditionally loved only in a place where we have no purchasing power, with nothing to give in response.”
- Holy restlessness leads to home in Christ
- Three ways to God
- Bearing witness to our missional God
- Why did Jesus say so much about hell?
- A day care in Bolivia
- Losing our wattage
- Resources - June
- The mainstream media addresses Christianity
News stories, digests and Meno Acontecer
- Former principal Geyer admits guilt
- Plans for Anabaptist Chair at Fuller continue
- Phoenix church members build home after fire
- MC USA executive committee responds to same-sex unions
- Committee makes two-part decision after three same-sex unions
- Retirement communities to feel more like home
- Mennonite teens and the Hunger Games
- Church responds to hunger for conversations
- Mennonite schools hold commencements
- News Briefs - June 2012
- 200 years since the War of 1812
- Decades of conversation about persecution
- From student to supervisor
- Should we update Martyrs Mirror?
- ¡Bienvenidos al Meno Acontecer de Junio, 2012!
- Dar y recibir
- Nuevos centros de IBA
- IBA Taller sobre dones espirituales
- Graduaciones de IBA en Puerto Rico
- IMH se reúne
- Iniciativa Menonita Hispana
- AMBS busca personal - 2012
- Reflexionemos …
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- Reflexión pastoral - Agosto 2012
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- Gifts of healing for today
- Up to $300 … anyone?
- Purposeful Plan needs an eighth priority
- Does Facebook make us lonely?
- Signposts: A self-giving community
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- Reconciliation, not sacrifice
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- Mission worker raises own support
- Don't dismiss second coming