There seems to be a definite dearth of common sense among homo sapiens. Humour aside, we face a very serious and expanding problem among us, a lack of wisdom. My seminary professor Tremper Longman III said that wisdom is a knowing how – that is, knowing how to navigate life.
“What do you do with the mad you feel?” was a familiar song on Mr. Roger’s TV show in the 1970s. His iconic cardigan and the little red trolley were not the only notable things about him. Fred had profound and honest insights into our life struggles, mirrored by his Christian faith.
Stories transport people to different places and times, and help people understand different points of view and emotions. Through theatre – the enactment of stories – Dark Glass Theatre at Trinity Western University aims to increase empathy and reduce the labels that we impose on other people. disPLACE: Refugee Stories in Their Own Words is their first production.
The Last Objectors Writer/Director: Andrew Wall Producer: Trevor Suffield Executive Producers: Kyle Bornais, Cam Bennett “The [Mennonite Heritage Centre] archives wanted to capture the spirit of conscientious objectors on camera:…
Title: Common Grace
Playwright: Shauna Johannesen
Director: Ron Reed
A Pacific Theatre production
When a family is reunited to mourn the loss of their husband and father, they are forced to confront the conflicts that have kept them apart. The tensions of dealing with grief and scandal in a close-knit family and Christian community erupt in the most common of places: the family kitchen.
Title: The Amish Project
There are some unspeakable tragedies from which we want to hide our faces: 10 Amish school girls shot execution style in a hostage situation by a gunman wanting to molest them while their helpless families gather outside. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. But, don’t close your eyes or you will miss what else is going on.
“We’ve lost our Christian bookstores, and it was getting hard to view good Bible study resources,” says Fran Browne, SunWest Christian Fellowship, Calgary, executive assistant. Right Now Media, the “Netflix for the church,” filled the gap for SunWest.
One could begin by describing the water, or one could attempt to tell about the rich, deep and changing colours on the set. One could talk about the amazing effort and concentration that it took to bring this drama together after a difficult month for the students and the Bethany College family.
What happens when a young person leaves a sheltered Christian home to make their own way in the city? That question not only drove a film, but it reshaped a ministry. Mia follows a struggling graduate from a Child of Mine children’s home in India.
Why isn’t Steve Bell famous yet? That question opens Burning Ember, Refuge 31’s documentary of the Canadian singer songwriter.