Review | The Overnighters

Normally, you can find me writing and reviewing movies over at Reel World Theology. However, I got the really great opportunity to write an extended review at Reel Thinking on the movie The Overnighters.

“While it is an immensely inspiring story of a pastor and the church responding to Jesus’ call to care for those in need in their community, this ministry and the people who are ministered to are just one element of a very compelling and layered narrative. Pastor Jay Reinke’s personal story opens and closes the movie and is by far the most captivating storyline that Moss explores. An incredibly gifted and loving man, Pastor Reinke is also an incredibly flawed human, like all of us. Pastor Reinke’s story highlights the passion and the peril of Christian ministry.”

The Overnighter’s Review – Reel Thinking

Click on the article link to check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks to Blaine Grimes and John Perritt at Reel Thinking for the chance to write the article and check out their site and their other writings, as well.

Review | As It Is In Heaven

Here’s my latest review over at Reel World Theology on the movie As It Is In Heaven. It is the directorial debut of Joshua Overbay and it has been getting a lot of play among my circle of Christian cinephile compatriots. It’s a thoughtful and terrifying look at spiritual abuse and the interpersonal relationships of a Christian cult.

Click on the link below and let me know what you think and make sure to follow my work over at Reel World Theology.

As It IS In Heaven Review – Reel World Theology

Important Updates! (Don’t Restart Your Computer)

Updates

It’s been awhile since I have updated personally on what’s been going on.  I started this blog as a semi-personal update blog and a place to slap all my writings, but it has grown a bit more beyond that and I wanted to share some really cool updates.

First of all, as I mentioned in an earlier post from January, I have been spending the better part of the past 10-ish months as the church planting intern at Appleton Gospel in Appleton, WI.  It has been an incredible experience with some great chances to preach, counsel, lead, and learn.  David, our lead pastor, is an exceptional leader and friend that I have enjoyed spending time with and learning from.  As of last week Friday, we had our follow-up meeting on the assessment process and now approved to church plant with the EFCA!  +4 Church Planting Powers!  Tina and I are both very excited to continue on this journey towards planting a church, and you can now expect some regular updates on us, where we will be planting, and what’s next and how you can pray and help!  We would love to hear from you and , Lord willing, join us in planting the gospel in a community of the Fox Valley!

Second, since I last did a personal update on here, Tina’s cake decorating and cupcake business has exploded!  I have always reaped the insane benefits of her baking mastery, but things have gone crazy around here.  She now has a cupcake club for the local Appleton and Fox Valley area and is delivering cupcakes to a bunch of people twice a month.  She is designing and decorating the cake for my brother Nick’s wedding in October, and I couldn’t be more excited for the future.  The dream is to one day have a brick and mortar location, but one step at a time to that goal!

Also, she has been writing as of late, as well.  I shared one of her posts here last week, and I wanted to highlight going to her blog to read all her posts.  She typically writes once a week on topics that personally relate to her life as a wife and mother, but is honest and true to the struggles of life as well as the joys.  She writes at OUR BIT OF CHAOS.  I love her and I love her writing, and I am positive you will love her writing, as well.

Lastly, after some conversations I had over the past week and culminating on Tuesday night with Mikey Fissel of Reel World Theology, I have officially joined Reel World Theology as a content creator for weekly posts on the site as well as sometimes co-host for the Reel World Theology Podcast.  Fizz contacted me shortly after I started Movie Church, which I posted about last week, and it made total sense for the two of us to combine our like-minded goals and merge what I was starting with Movie Church into what Fizz has already been doing with Reel World Theology.  Movie Church is no more but it is new beginnings with new friends at Reel World Theology.

What Fizz has done with Reel World Theology is fantastic and I am super excited to join him in helping people to redeem entertainment and see the reflection of God’s character in the movies and TV shows we watch.  You can read that daily content starting September 16th and I will link to where to find that content below.  Thanks for supporting me and Movie Church!  The journey is not over, it now has a different name.

Thanks for all who care and now that some pieces are being put in place, I will be writing on ministry, culture, movies, etc. on here a bit more often than I did over our busy summer.

 

Links to Stuff I Talked About:

Appleton Gospel

Forest Lakes District of the EFCA

CrabbCakes (Tina’s Bakery on Facebook)

Our Bit of Chaos

Reel World Theology (website)

Reel World Theology on Facebook

Reel World Theology on Twitter

A Deluge of Information: Two Podcasts Worth Checking Out on the Noah Movie

Maximus is Noah

 

It kills me that I still haven’t seen this movie.  I have ingested so much information on Aronofsky’s Noah that I certainly already know what happens, but I still want to see it.  What does one do when you have four kids, a full-time job, and a church planting internship?  Wait until it is released for everyday consumption…Oh well.

Any who, I spent a couple hours with two fantastic podcasts on the Noah movie, and the discussion was fascinating and the opinions varied.  I wish I could add my two cents, but it seems silly since I haven’t seen this film yet.  However, if you have seen the movie or just want to know more, check out these two podcasts to get your fill of Aronofsky’s newest film.

Reel World Theology – Noah and a Flood of Biblical Interpretation – If you are looking for some great discussion from a purely Christian perspective, this is fantastic.  I especially enjoyed Elijah Lovejoy’s critical take on Aronofsky’s Noah versus the Christian Noah.  Honestly, the label “Christian” Noah are not his words, but is really a look at how Noah is pictured by the New Testament authors, specifically Paul and Peter.

This is my go-to podcast for things theology and movies.  Mr. Fissell (nicknamed Fizz) and I share the common catalyst/influencer of the Harlemanic himself, James Harleman, and his podcasts are worth the hour plus to get a great take on film and theology.  I have spent many a nights doing the dishes and listening.

Storymen Podcast – The NOAH Movie – For a slightly more encompassing look at the Noah movie, check out the podcast from the Storymen.  They invite an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi, Rabbi Eliyahu Fink to join their discussion and offer a Jewish and Christian perspective on the movie.  Mikey Fissell from the Real World Theology podcast joins them, as well, so you got a two for one in this post.

I found this to be a challenge intellectually and theologically, which is why I liked it so much.  It took me out of my comfort zone to hear a Rabbi’s perspective on the film and to hear the commonalities and how much more of Aronofsky’s Noah was a Jewish film than a Christian one.  It’s too easy for us to forget that Christian’s aren’t the only ones that subscribe to the diluvian narrative of Noah.  I highly recommend this podcast for an intellectual challenge and to help see things from a different perspective if you are a Christian.

As a bonus, the Storymen came back with an extra half hour specifically looking at the Noah movie and the accusations/commendations for this movie being pro-environment or having a tree-hugging hippie/vegetarian vibe.  NOAH and Ecology explores that with the same guests of Fizz and Rabbi Fink.

Consarnit I want to see this movie!