Reel Grace 2016

Christians believe an audacious fact. At the heart of our faith is the bold claim that in a world full of stories, with a world’s worth of heroes, villains, comedies, tragedies, twists of fate, and surprise endings, there is really only one story. One grand narrative subsumes and encompasses all the other comings and goings of every creature— real or fictitious— on the earth.  -- Mike Cosper in 'The Stories We Tell'

Reel Grace:  Gospel Shadows in Today's Movies has quickly become a favorite series here at Grace. The big idea of the series is that all the stories we tell can't help but reflect God's big story of Grace across history and the Bible. And so we see beauty, brokenness, the search for meaning, sin, substitute saviors, great sacrifice and more in so many of our favorite movies. Our Reel Grace series explores these story elements, connecting to them to God's story of Grace in Jesus Christ.  

This year we'll look at 3 movies . . . 

Sunday, July 10:  Chariots of Fire

Sunday, July 17:  Inside Out

Sunday, July 23:  Star Wars:  The Force Awakens 

Gospel Shadows in Star Wars the Force Awakens

Tim Theule | Romans 5:6-11 | 7/24/2016

Star Wars:  The Force Awakens is the next installment of the most popular movie series of all time.   Why is that?  Because Star Wars has been carefully crafted to tap and reflect our deepest longings and hopes, which are fully, finally and really realized in God's BIG Gospel Story.  Not surprisingly, then, The Force Awakens is dripping with Gospel shadows.  

Gospel Shadows in Inside Out

Tim Theule | John 11:17-44 | 7/17/2016

For the second installment of our 2016 Reel Grace series, we look at Gospel Shadows in Pixar's animated 'Inside Out.'   This insightful, funny and thought-provoking story reminds us of the place of sadness in our lives.  Sadness, which the Bible refers to as sorrow, we'll see is an absolutely necessity for any and all who seek to trust and follow Jesus.  

Gospel Shadows in Chariots of Fire

Tim Theule | Ecclesiastes 2:9-11, Jeremiah 9:23-24, Psalm 34:1-3, 8-10 | 7/10/2016

To kick off this year's Reel Grace series we'll look at the 1981 classic and Academy Award winner, 'Chariots of Fire.'  The story of Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell and their Olympic quest evokes questions of what motivates each one of us.  'Chariots' powerfully illustrates the freedom of Gospel-centered heart.