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Man of Steel – A Hero We Will Accept

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Man of Steel is aptly titled. The movie hits with the force of girder beam accidentally dropped from the top of a skyscraper during construction, shattering the sidewalk below and claiming the lives of a couple of hapless pedestrians in the wrong place at the wrong time. This time, he doesn’t soar. Superman smashes.

Superman: The Movie – An Adoption Connection

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This movie does a fine job of showing how an adoptee can be connected and loyal to both birth family and adoptive family members. Clark leaves the Kent home when he is 18 in order to learn more from his birth father. He also financially supports Mrs. Kent in her widowhood. Clark obviously respects all four of his parents…

Thor – The Pride of Odin

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Unlike other superhero movies which tend to focus on external adversaries for the sources of conflict, Thor centers on its hero’s need to learn selflessness and reconcile with his father and brother…

Pixar Study Guides

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The films of Pixar Animation Studios offer Christian leaders an invaluable opportunity. Not only do their stories engage children, youth, and adults alike, but they do so by exploring universal dimensions of the human condition…

Monsters Inc. – Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

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Monsters, Inc. is a film about fear. It taps into childhood fears common to the human experience, and it also speaks to the collective fears of a terrorized society—fears of the unknown, the outsider, and most importantly, the other…

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A Bug’s Life – Does It Matter If We Matter?

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This desire to live an extraordinary life informs everything we do. Regardless of what I, as an individual, commit my time and energy to, I want it to matter that I am the one who does it. This basic impulse, although fundamentally good, has a tendency to become disoriented…

Finding Nemo – Risk Takers

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Fear and anxiety have paralyzed Marlin. He is unwilling to take even the slightest risk because he fears that he might lose something or, worse, someone else…

Ratatouille – Eat Better

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Pixar’s Ratatouille is a movie that gets better with each viewing, because it helps us understand the various sides of our identities—as artists, as critics, and most importantly, as a member of a family, a greater community, and the world…

Cars – A Life Worth Celebrating

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Lightning wants to be a champion, but he longs even more for the sponsorships, the preferential treatment, and the many other privileges that come with being a celebrity…

The Incredibles – The Perils of Nostalgia

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If we only consider the perspective of Mr. Incredible, then the film is about his longing for what he has lost. His is an unhealthy nostalgia, a kind of glorification of the past. In this way, the film resonates with the words of Ecclesiastes…

Up – Loss, Longing, and New LIfe

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How do our losses shape the stories we tell about our lives? What is the difference between having numerous companions/acquaintances and having a true friend?

WALL•E – Relationships Are Work, Good Work

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Within moments of meeting WALL*E, we are faced with a series of questions that strike at the heart of the human condition. Does my work matter? Does anyone care? Will I always be lonely?

Brave – Mothers, Daughters, and Mutual Love

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Merida has a mother, Queen Elinor, and their tempestuous relationship is at the center of Brave’s story. That Brave explores the mother/daughter dynamic makes it remarkably different than every other Disney princess movie that has come before…

The Toy Story Trilogy – A True Calling

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What makes the three Toy Story films so endearing and so timeless is that they tell a fundamentally human story. Used in the broadest sense of the term, each film focuses on our shared longing to live a life that is an expression or extension of our calling—our core identity…

Introduction to the Son of God Toolkit

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Welcome to the Son of God Toolkit.

Q&A with Mark Burnett on Son of God and Its Multidenominational Potential

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“This feature film is an amazing tool for churches to open up our hearts and let grace flow into ours. We actually get to see the story of Jesus in an epic, major motion film.” – Mark Burnett

An Excerpt from Uncommon Decency Related to Son of God

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An excerpt from Dr. Mouw’s book on interfaith dialogue.

Small Group Discussion Guide for Son of God Interfaith Conversations

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Guided discussion for Son of God

Additional Resources from Fuller Seminary Related to Son of God

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Additional resources from Fuller Theological Seminary