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Commentary: Addiction, Mother’s Day and God’s grace

Children are born, grow up and then have babies of their own — one grandmother reflects on blessings for Mother’s Day. Read More

Baseball great Jackie Robinson swings a bat in his Dodgers uniform, dated 1954. This is a photo taken by staff photographer Bob Sandberg of LOOK Magazine, and is part of the LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Commentary: Shaped by Methodism, Jackie Robinson continues to inspire

On the anniversary of the baseball and civil rights legend’s death, author reflects on how biography project affected his own faith. Read More

Morgan Freeman (right) as God, with Steve Carrell discuss the construction of the Ark in Evan Almighty (2007). Press photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

No joke. Comedies about God can foster faith

Hollywood treatments of the Almighty can actually lead to good conversations about how we see God and respond to his teachings. Read More

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Jedi Jesus: Revealing Christian themes in Star Wars

How does the Star Wars saga illustrate Christian faith? Read on, young Padawan, for a peek at Christian themes laced into the stories of Star Wars… Read More

“Mama, what’s my destiny?” Forrest asks. His mother smiles softly and says, “That’s just something you’ll have to figure out for yourself.” Photo from a scene in the film Forest Gump © Paramount Pictures; used with permission.

Listen to God (and Mom) as you navigate through life

The film "Forrest Gump" teaches many valuable life lessons, especially when to talk and listen to Mom. Read More

Jesus confronts the Roman centurion Severus in this scene from The Young Messiah. © 2016 Focus Features. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Delve deeper into Holy Week with Jesus films

“When Scripture becomes script, the camera adds an almost subliminal depth to God’s story,” writes a pastor whose book describes the impact Jesus films can have on viewers. Read More

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Movie affirms United Methodist teachings on human trafficking

Film depicts how one man's desire to "do the right thing" turns into a struggle to save others and lift his own life out of despair. Read More

The spiritual practice of Lectio Divina can be made more powerful by comparing it to how enthusiasts approach Star Wars. Star Wars logo by Wikimedia Commons.

Lectio Divina informed by Star Wars

The spiritual practice of Lectio Divina can be made more powerful by comparing it to how enthusiasts approach Star Wars. Read More

Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark in

The Gospel According to The Emmys: A Good Apology

An award-winning actress took advantage of an opportunity to apologize -- and showed us an example of a good apology. Read More

The emotional cast of Inside Out. Artwork courtesy of Pixar Pictures.

Peace of Mind: Mental Health in the Movies

Sermon series from Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. uses modern movies to explore theological themes around mental and emotional health issues. Read More