Day 22 • 40 Days (and Nights) of Christian Filmmaking

600px-I-22.svgI had a couple of interesting things happen to me today with regards to Christian media.

First, I was blocked on Tim Chey’s David and Goliath Facebook page for asking them to provide a link to substantiate a Facebook post that bragged they were the #2 new release film for the weekend in the theaters in which they were released, only to find out that there were only two new release films in most of those theaters.  I wrote about it here.

Not a great way to reassure me about the state of Christian media, Mr. Chey.

Second, when I woke up this morning, brewed up my cup of coffee, and cranked up the ol’ Macbook Pro, I found a story waiting for me on Facebook.

Bake for them two.

This article hit me pretty hard, as I’ve been giving a lot of thought to this issue of late.  Being outside of the U.S., it’s not as in-my-face, but having spent the last twenty-two days living on Christian news websites, I know that it is in the face of many.

8050005-adult-black-band-with-white-print-wwjd-what-would-jesus-do-silicone-band-christianThe article really spoke to me, not about my rights as an American, but my responsibilities as a follower of Jesus Christ.  Regardless of my stance on the issue of the legality or legitimacy of homosexual marriage, I am called to love people in the name of Jesus, right?  And Jesus was infamous for not sticking with the established religious standards, but breaking the rules in an attempt to draw people to himself.  What would Jesus do, indeed?

I wrote about it on Facebook, and found the article being supported by some and hated by others, which was predictable.  It’s amazing how hard it is to really follow Jesus.

Day 22 down.

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6 thoughts on “Day 22 • 40 Days (and Nights) of Christian Filmmaking

  1. There is an old cold-war joke about America and the Soviet Union having a race. In the story, America comes in first, with the USSR coming in second. They were the only ones racing.

    When the Soviet news agencies reported the race, the headline read “USSR races US… USSR comes in second, US next to last”.

  2. Have you watched the Gospel of John (2014)? It just came on Netflix Australia. I found it to be a wonderful attempt at presenting this Gospel. The narrative technique is inspired as it lets the Word of God do the talking and the focus is on creating a visual representation of it. Some of the scenes are very moving and I found the casting more authentic than any other attempt I have seen at representing biblical times.

  3. If you have netflix, you should watch The Overnighters. It’s not a Christian documentary, but it focuses on a pastor trying to help ppl coming to North Dakota to get a job during the recent oil boom, revealing the tensions in the community and his own personal demons…

    Would highly recommend it. Just watched it last night.

    • Excellent recommendation. It’s actually in my queue. I think the best Christian-made films would probably be documentaries, because then you don’t have to make up stories of God at work, you can just show God at work.

      • Exactly. Have you heard of Darren Wilson’s documentary series (Finger of God, Furious Love, Father of Lights, and Holy Ghost)? They’re really well done, with a nice indie feel to them, and they will blow your mind.

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