What the Movie Fantasia Secretly Teaches You About Christ’s Love

{Guest Post by Lindsey Weishar}

In the movie Fantasia 2000, there is one compilation of music and animation that especially catches my eye, and my heart. It’s a rendition of the Firebird Suite by Stravinsky.

The story that unfolds with the rises and falls of this piece is sheer beauty.

At the opening, a stag is walking through a silent barren forest. The trees are bare; snow lies at their bases. He comes to a little cave, and his breath expands upon the air, warming the ice on the ceiling. From water and breath, a nymph is born. She sees the cold earth, and spreading her arms like a verdant butterfly, glides over the land and brings forth the spring. The boughs of a naked tree she bedecks in flowers. She rises up with the tallest trees and whatever she touches turns green in her wake.

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How Should We Respond to a Mother Abandoning Her Down Syndrome Baby?

{By Ellery Sadler}

In the wake of baby Leo and his story, isn’t it crazy how quick people are to judge his mom?

I heard the story last night and read through the news article. Granted, news sites aren’t necessarily the place to get the truth, but this is what the average person has to go on.

While it is shocking that a mother could abandon her son, the social media outrage over this mother’s choice is also shocking.

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5 Things You Should Do When It Feel Like Your Life Is Falling Apart

{By Kyle Griesinger}

At times in life it seems like nothing is going according to plan. The path, ever so carefully laid, seems to be crumbling at every turn. On days like that it’s easy to sit around and wonder what you did wrong and why nothing seems to be going your way. That has been my life recently.

The last few months have a merry-go-round of disappointment, unmet expectations, and hopes dashed.

So what do you do when it seems like nothing is going your way?

The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead

{By Taylor Turner}

What is the one book you should read in 2015? 

Sure there are list upon list of New Year’s resolutions that you can Google. But honestly, let’s admit it: by February, we stopped whatever we resolved to do; and by July, we forgot what we even resolved.

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Before You See Exodus, You Need to Know These 3 Things

{By Lana Jackson}

Ridley Scott’s Exodus is an exhilarating and ambitious re-telling of the classic biblical narrative.

The movie also gave an honest appraisal of the difficulty in exercising faith and trusting what you don’t see and what you can’t always understand about God’s will. Christian Bale’s Moses does not make it look easy in this film, and rightly so because FAITH IS HARD. Moreover, this film helps us as Christians to really visualize and emotionally comprehend what 400 years of slavery might’ve looked like for the Israelites.

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Same War, Different Games: Movie Review of Mockingjay Part 1

{By Lana Jackson}

Same war, different games. In Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, Katniss Everdeen finds herself fighting outside the physical fighting arena and inside Panem against the Capitol with new rebel forces.

Katniss is now the face of an underground revolution against President Snow. It’s the typical struggle we have found with Katniss: fighting a war she’s not prepared to fight. However, this time things are bad. Really. Bad. It’s no longer about kids killing kids Survivorstyle. This time populations are revolting. Districts are getting wiped out. Panem must change or die. Katniss’s battle to survive has become a war for a nation to thrive.

What is the theology behind Mockingjay?

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The Art of A Fantastic First Impression

{By Lindsay Chilton}

You are being judged.

This is an unpleasant truth that many of us nowadays reject and instead say, “You don’t judge me, I don’t judge you”. You can repeat this mantra as many times as you want but it’s still pointless and erroneous. As long as you know that people are consciously or subconsciously judging you, how can you make a decent first impression?

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Q & A with Rising Christian Movie Star Cory M. Grant

{By Ellery Sadler}

Cute. Talented. Christian. Actor.

You don’t often get to put those four words together, but when I first saw Cory Grant in Coffee Shop I did. He has this sweet personality and plays an adorable character (who is also a writer. what’s not to love?) and I knew we needed to have a Q & A with him on InsideOut.

Cory is one of those rare, authentic actors with an empathy and passion you can feel even on the other side of the screen.

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The Best New Romantic Comedy: Coffee Shop

{By Ellery Sadler}

Can Christians make good rom coms?? Good question. The answer is yes. The Coffee Shop is one of the best movies I’ve seen recently.

Rating: A clever and relatable romantic comedy. Excellent. 

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Interview with Alan Powell: Star of Hit Christian Movie The Song

{By Ellery Sadler}

His voice is as deep on the phone as it is on the screen, maybe deeper. That’s what I noticed about him first when I watched The Song and again when I spoke with Alan on the phone. There is a lot of power, a lot of empathy and depth to his voice.

Alan Powell impressed me in The Song with the complexity of character he was able to convey and with the authenticity he portrayed in Jed King. The Song is hitting theaters across the nation tomorrow!! So I was excited to get the chance to talk with him and hear his thoughts.

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What’s Wrong with Our Selfie(ish) Generation?

{By Lindsay Chilton}

Everyone takes selfies. If you need a new profile picture or you meet a famous celebrity the natural response is to take a picture of yourself and upload it to social media for everyone to see. Everyone in our generation is guilty of taking selfies, including myself, but what does this seemingly harmless fad reflect?

What’s wrong with young stars having nudes on their phones?

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Movie Review: The Song

{By Ellery Sadler}

Rating: A solid romantic drama with a strong Christian theme.

The  Bible’s most erotic book is an unusual subject for a movie. Depicting the love of Christ for His church, The Song of Solomon explores themes of faithfulness, pleasure, and love. When I saw the trailer for The Song, I was intrigued and decided I needed to see it.

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Theology 101: Clearing the Confusion on Calvinism

{By Lindsay Chilton}

Whenever I mention the word Calvinism I immediately get looks of questioning or looks of dissension.

Theology is one of my favourite topics to discuss but I realized this summer that many did not know what Calvinism actually was and when I tried to explain it they often became confused in what they believed.

Theology can be intimidating if you don’t understand it and it can be frustrating.

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What It Takes to Ride the Big Waves: An Interview with Director Bruce Macdonald

{By Ellery Sadler}

I’ve never heard someone talk so calmly about shark attacks before.

Bruce Macdonald started out our conversation with the announcement that a young man, who was surfing not too far from Bruce’s house, had just had his leg bitten off by a shark. And he was glad that he was doing an interview with me instead of surfing that morning like he was planning too. And I was glad too.

I’m falling in love with South Africa. And surfing. (Or at least the idea of surfing.)

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Why You Need to Start: One Key That Changes Everything

{By Kyle Griesinger}

I can’t even begin to tell you how many posts I have written but never pressed the publish button. And I ask myself why. Why did I give up after the post was already written? After the hardest part was done, why is it that step I am most unwilling to take is to simply click the publish button?

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