When it comes to talking to others about Jesus, especially those from different cultures, we must thoroughly understand three things: our culture, their culture, and the message we want to convey. Evangelicals typically reverse the order and run out of zeal halfway through.
Every friendship is a collision of two stories. Sometimes the best friendships, the richest collision of stories, spring up from unexpected places. And while we can’t force these relationships, we can do our best to prepare ourselves for them.
During the early sixties, the East-West Cold War worsened drastically. In August 1961, the Berlin Wall was built and, by October 1962, the world was on the brink of annihilation with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Canadians were building concrete bunkers under their basements: a nuclear war would devastate us, since Canada was the shortest distance between the USSR and the USA.
CourageousDirector: Alex KendrickThe call to live intentionally and purposefully as a father is at the heart of Sherwood Pictures’ latest offering, Courageous. Focusing on the lives of five men from varying circumstances, Alex Kendrick (director, co-writer, actor) weaves a story that comes together well.
I imagine I must have looked like a pretty grouchy 10-year-old, as I slumped into the church pew on a cold winter morning. There I was, stuck listening to a boring sermon while the rest of my hockey team was pursuing glory on the rinks of southern Alberta.
Cotton Patch GospelDirector: Susan Schmidt Goerz
Through The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John (published 1968–1973), Clarence Jordan gave Americans a vivid, contemporary take on the gospel story by framing Jesus and the disciples in the vernacular of rural Georgia with all its poverty and human rights struggles. This “contemporary portrait” continues to inspire audiences through presentations of the hit Broadway musical Cotton Patch Gospel (adapted for the stage by Tom Key, Russell Treyz, and Harry Chapin), such as the one performed at Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., Nov. 4–5.