Grantchester star James Norton criticizes trend for faith being portrayed as ‘exorcisms and cults’ (see article linked below)
Norton is right. The only thing that makes headlines is critical stories of Christians as extremist or acting contrary to the “stereotype” of the faith. I say stereotype because outsiders don’t truly understand Christian faith. I can say that about many Christians as well. Many are “Christian” in name or association only and not truly Christ followers.
Christ followers who know Jesus also know that the sin that they repented of is representative of the sin nature that resides inside and remains part of the battle fought by each striving Christ follower between goodness and evil. That is nothing new, Jesus aptly depicted this battle: I came to give you (followers) abundant life, he (the evil one) came only to kill, to steal and to destroy (he destroys love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self control and anything righteous he can get his hands on).
We ARE broken people! We ARE broken! Wake up! We have sinned and are so tiny when compared to the Glory of God. We admit our sinfulness and lowliness.
Sidney Chambers is a realistic human being and also as a Christian or Christ follower. He is real, authentic. He has his weaknesses and they show vividly in the Grantchester series on PBS.
I’m not leaving out Judaism nor Islam. Will cover them at a different time.
Watch Grantchester on PBS or Amazon Prime.
I don’t know Grant but what I hear is truth that convicts me and challenges me in what I need to/want to seek for the church and my life.
Spoiler Warning: this is the best commentary I’ve heard on the movie.
To hear President Obama and many other leftist luminaries talk, one might conclude that we have a real problem with Islamophobia. Following the attacks of 9/11, even then-President George Bush repeatedly stated that we were not at war with Islam in order to counter the potential for widespread fear and loathing of Muslims in western society. The repeated violent attacks by radical Islamic jihadists over the last fifteen years at home and abroad only served to further stoke the fears of a widespread backlash against all people of the Islamic faith. The fear that innocent, peace-loving Muslims would be singled out for reprisals influenced even various U.S. government agencies as they purged their training materials from even referencing “radical Islamic terrorism” or anything related to the radical religious ideology of jihad. Read more of this post
BuzzFeed’s ‘I’m Christian, But I’m Not’ viral video accidentally updated the Pharisee’s ‘Thank God I’m not like other men’ prayer Jesus warns us about.
Ms. Hemmingway, whom I am taking ques from, took her readers right to the wisdom of Jesus by referring to the parable in Luke 18
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China Cry is the true story of love, courage, and struggles of one women-Nora Lam-whose Christian faith leads her to make the ultimate choice between life and death. Set in China some thirty years before the bloody Tiananmen Square massacre, this sweeping dram portrays the harsh reality of the repressive Communist regime and Nora Lam’s indomitable will to survive.