“Of Note” Resources

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Periodically we select an article, book, movie and a media resource that we think will be beneficial to you. Take a look around, and come back — we’re always adding more! You can also visit our Discussion Guide page for short pieces on films, plays, novels, and non-fiction books.

Are Theologians Real People?
Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright (Harper Collins: New York, 2018)
Biography writing is a fascinating study in itself. Sometimes biographies are simply histories of the times in which a person lived. So little is known about the person or the writer is just not interested in the person’s own psychology that the book resorts to telling the way the subject fits into their particular history. […]
Just Mercy
Directed by:  Destin Daniel Cretton Several weeks ago, I brought to your attention the movie Fruitvale Station, a film based on the true story of the police killing of Oscar Grant, III, on a train station platform in Oakland, California. The star of that film is the superb Michael B. Jordan, who played the down-on-his […]
All Talk?
Rice, Condoleeza, “This moment cries out for us to confront race in America”, Opinions, Washington Post (June 4, 2020) Jacobs, Alan, “not so much”, blog posting on  Snakes and Ladders (June 7, 2020) All of us have thought at one time or another over the past few days, “I wonder how long this will last?” […]
Loving Your Neighbor by Watching the Oscar Best Picture Nominees
Christians go to the movies for a number of different reasons. Most, if not all, of us go, like everybody else, to be entertained. We want to escape the drudgery or the sameness (or both) of our lives into worlds we don’t normally inhabit, worlds of superheroes or space travel, of cowboys or battlefields, of pageantry or plainness, but worlds that are filled with characters and stories we don’t know or experience in our own daily lives. Sometimes we go to be surprised. We don’t know anything about a film, and a friend invites us, and we go. Sometimes we go, expecting to be challenged by the sadness of a story, or by its hilarity, or by its social or political message.