Third Way Archive

The Railway Man

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May 16, 2014 Third Way

Many of us take forgiveness for granted, accepting and offering it without much thought. But what if we faced a truly horrifying wound? Could we then forgive?The film ends up confronting our own lust for vengeance as we identify with this character.

Heaven is for Real

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May 9, 2014 Third Way

Heaven Is for Real is the fourth Bible-based/faith-based film this year to reach blockbuster status (the previous three were Son of God, Noah, and God’s Not Dead). The success of these films indicates that there is a huge evangelical Christian audience out there looking for films that will support their faith, promoting a belief in Jesus, God, or heaven. Of the four films, only Noah was not endorsed by evangelical leaders, but its high-profile actors, awesome special effects, and violent action scenes ensured a large mainstream audience.Todd’s crisis of faith is the film’s biggest strength, and Kinnear, who is perfectly […]

Peace lessons through service

May 5, 2014 Third Way

One boy drew a church in a village. “What does the church represent?” I asked. He responded with one word.

Martin Simpson

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May 2, 2014 Third Way

Topic RecordsIt is a treat to hear these traditional tunes preserved with such care.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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April 28, 2014 Third Way

Writer’s note: When Michelle Sinclair went on maternity leave we temporarily lost our blockbuster/sci fi/superhero stalwart. Michelle used to have the slot the week before me and my hunch is that she would have written about Captain America: Winter Soldier last week. So I’m channeling my inner Michelle this week on the latest Marvel Comic movie, and latest in the Avengers series.Walt Disney Company’s movie strategy these days is to scoop up well-known brands and release a movie from one of these entities every quarter. The company paid $4 billion for Lucasfilm, another $4 billion for the Marvel Cinematic Universe […]

Hope in the Time of Gun Violence, part 2

April 25, 2014 Third Way

A t-shirt memorial to 201 victims of gun violence in Philadelphia last year. (MCC photo/Agnes Chen)

Cesar Chavez

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April 18, 2014 Third Way

As more and more films come out based on the “true stories” of people, we encounter the disconnect between appearance and reality and search for a nugget of truth we can take away.Watch such movies with the understanding that they cannot tell the whole story… and learn more of that story.

A Problem Deeper than Politics

April 11, 2014 Third Way

May we better heed Jesus’ call to love our neighbors as we seek shalom in the public policy of our nation.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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April 11, 2014 Third Way

Despite limiting himself to a unique genre of quirky, intelligent, and surreal comedy dramas, Wes Anderson has become one of the best filmmakers of the 21st century. The Grand Budapest Hotel may be his greatest film yet and is by far my favorite film of 2014 thus far (though it’s early).“There are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity.”

The Nocturne Diaries

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April 4, 2014 Third Way

Red House RecordsWhile we would expect the music to be darker, there is a great deal of hope fluttering out of these meanderings.