Many Hollywood films are content to offer Americans an escape from the conflicts of contemporary life. A handful of special films lead us instead to probe and question the way we live. Here we look at three films through the lens of John Wesley's theology: Forrest Gump, Babbette's Feast, and Places in the Heart. The aims of the essay are threefold: (1) to initiate a more meaningful conversation about the way film can help us raise religious questions, (2) to learn more about God's power to renew His image in our lives, and (3) to seek the transformation of society through faith, hope, and love. Special attention is given to the role Wesley's sermons can play in this process, especially "On Love," "The Marks of the New Birth," and "Scriptural Christianity."
""We Would See Jesus..." A Wesleyan Approach to Three Recent Films,"
The Asbury Journal:
2, p. 71-79.
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