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On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we take the fighter plane to Themyscira and look for Christian themes in WONDER WOMAN. What can we learn from Wonder Woman's compassion? How does that compassion restore Charlie in particular and then the world in general? All that and more in 3, 2, 1!GUEST(S)
Hey, come on in. Admission is free. Grab a bowl of popcorn (extra butter, of course) and find a seat smack dab in the middle - It’s time for Finding Christ in Cinema, episode 155.

I’m Michael, I’m Brenden.

Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today, we’ll take a closer look at the stories they tell, and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back.

We’re gonna explore the deeper meanings of these films; the plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation, and ultimately our Christian walk.

You are tuned in to Finding Christ in Cinema on the GCTNetwork.

Halloween | FCC 154http://fcc.gctnetwork.com/154
Veteran's Day, November 11 and Wonder WomanPS Ron of the Red Oaks requested FLYBOYS (2006) for V.D. I proposed a month a war films instead. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI (John Wilkerson's request), etc.
mhCharlie’s Story: Grace and Faithfulness, or Freedom to Perform - Identifying spiritual gifts in others.

The messages of Grace in this movie are plentiful, and provide a simple, effective springboard for sharing the Good News of Christ Jesus.

You’re one of us!

Who is Charlie? A sharpshooter; a marksman. But Charlie has some issues:

1. He’s a brawler (not a good one) and a boozer (exceptional!)
2. Shell-Shock (PTSD) from the horrors of WWI (see Tolkien and the Great War)
3. He cannot shoot (anymore?)
4. Deep hurts, shame, doubts, fears
5. But he can sing of beautiful things (see lyrics)

Diana Prince

1. Knows that words that are good for edification (ice cream)
2. Understands grace (hitman in the alley)
3. Bitterness and anger are put away from her
4. Kind, tender-hearted (see definition), and forgiving
5. Can see the gifts other’s possess

Tender-hearted - 2155 eúsplagxnos (an adjective, derived from 2095 /eú, "good" and 4698/splagxnon, "the visceral organs") – properly, the visceral organs ("bowels") as they exercise positive gut-level sympathy (empathy, compassion) – i.e. "living with guts."
Ephesians 4:25-32 NASB
Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. BE angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil [accuser; adversary] an opportunity. He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:29 NLT
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Ephesians 4:32 NLT
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Ephesians 2:8 NASB
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God
SOUND BITE 1 Oh, you’re done. Where’s Charlie? | Et voilà (there we are)! | At least this Charlie’s good with his fists. | That’s not Charlie … that’s Charlie.

SOUND BITE 2 Don’t go. Don’t go in. Don’t go. Don’t! Don’t go in there! | Shhh, you’re safe. You’re safe. Are you okay? | Get off me, woman! Stop making a fuss! Gah! | He sees ghosts. | You’re gonna get cold. | Oh, I don’t… | Don’t worry about Charlie. He doesn’t mean anything by it.

SOUND BITE 3 For all his talk of shooting, he cannot shoot. | Well, not everyone gets to be what they want to be all the time. Me, I am an actor. I love acting. I didn’t want to be a soldier, but I’m the wrong color. Everyone’s fighting their own battles, Diana. Just as you are fighting yours.

SOUND BITE 4 [singing]… beside you through the world today, while dreams and songs… | I haven’t heard him sing in years. | … flowers bless your way. I’ll look into your eyes and hold your hand; I’ll walk beside you through the golden land.

SOUND BITE 5 Maybe you're better off without me, yeah? | No, Charlie. Who will sing for us? | Yeah. | Oh, no. Please. | Sing! | You asked for it. | Green Grow the Rashes, O; Green Grow the Rashes, O; The sweetest hours that e’er I spend, are spent among the lasses, O.


Charlie: May we get what we want...
Steve Trevor: ...and may we get what we need.
Sameer: But may we never get what we deserve.
All: BANG!

I’ll Walk Beside You

I'll walk beside you through the world today
While dreams and songs and flowers bless your way
I'll look into your eyes and hold your hand
I'll walk beside you through the golden land

I'll walk beside you through the world tonight
Beneath the starry skies ablaze with light
And in your heart loves's tender words I'll hide
I'll walk beside you through the eventide

I'll walk beside you through the passing years
Through days of cloud and sunshine, joy and tears
And when the great call comes, though sunset gleams
I'll walk beside you through the land of dreams.
BLTWonder Woman and Compassion
Diana Prince is the Good Samaritan
She Believes in Love (after love...after love...after love)

Wonder Woman is compassionate!

-- In Themyscira? Yes!
-- -- She saves Captain Steve Trevor from drowning
-- -- She helps nurse him back to health (in a way)
-- -- She makes the decision to stop "the war to end all wars" by leaving home and fighting Ares

-- In Our World? Yes!
-- -- "Aw, the baby!"
-- -- Crossing the Bridge - "It's why we're here."
-- -- No Man's Land
-- -- -- PLAY SFX #1

-- Against Ares? YES!
-- -- Ares is an accuser...an adversary...a satan...and he has a strong case against humanity.
-- -- -- "They did this to themselves, Diana - not me."
-- -- He has momentarily broken Diana in her grief over Steve.
-- -- He places Dr. Poison at Diana's feet...and positions Diana to judge Dr. Poison.
-- -- -- PLAY SFX #2
-- -- Diana spares Dr. Poisons life...out of compassion...and sets her sights on the true enemy
-- -- -- PLAY SFX #3

Wonder Woman is the Good Samaritan: she sees the need, she lets herself be moved by compassion, and she acted accordingly. She did likewise.
Luke 10:30-37 NLThttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlwHKphUU_Y

SFX #1: 00:00 - 00:47
This is No Man's Land, Diana. It's means no man can cross it, alright? I mean, this batallion has been here for a year, and they've barely gained an inch because on the other side, there are a bunch of Germans pointing machine guns at every square inch of this place. This is not something you can cross. This is impossible. | So we do what? We do nothing? | No...we are doing something, we just...we can't save everyone in this war. It's not what we came here to do. | But it's what I'm going to do.


SFX #2: 00:07 - 00:30
She is the perfect example of these humans and unworthy of your sympathy in every way. Destroy her, Diana. You know that she deserves it...they all do. Do it!

SFX #3: 02:24 - 02:44
They do not deserve your protection! | It's not about "deserve." It's about what you believe, and I believe in love.
What Christian themes have you found in...?
PS Ron of the Bountiful HarvestMy dear friends and co-laborers,

Greetings and felicitations to you all at this busy Harvest Season. I have been meaning to send you some feedback and now I have a bountiful harvest of feedback saved up to sustain you through the Winter months. This Summer we took a long flight and I was able to watch some movies that you had covered. Among them was the masterpiece The Arrival. What a blessing it was to listen to your podcast again after viewing the film.

The Arrival
While it is easy to see the aliens as outsiders with whom we as believers are trying to communicate the Gospel how about we turn it 180? I propose a Christian theme I have found that goes something like this. We indeed are the aliens to this fallen world in fact we are told that in
2nd Corinthians 5:17 (NET):
” 17 So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come!”

And look what has come to visit them indeed. Have you ever talked to someone about your faith in Christ and they looked at you like you just hatched out of a very large egg? It is a foreign idea which we communicate and how interesting it is that the aliens indeed gave them all the answers but few were ready to hear their message. Our message is even more important and at times it can be seen as cryptic. Of note here is the fact that even when they are harmed by fearful violent men who misunderstand them they do not retaliate even though they clearly could. Instead they consider their goal to be even more important than their lives. I am reminded of the missionary movie “The End Of The Spear” where the son has a conversation with his missionary father:

“If the Waodani attack, will you defend yourselves? Will you use your guns?”
Nate responds: “Son, we can’t shoot the Waodani, they are not ready for Heaven. We are!”

Remember this my brothers and sisters…we must not “use OUR guns” in our conversations no matter what is thrown at us. Just keep loving people and sharing the Gospel, sowing the seed as it were. Paul said it best in 1st Corinthians 9:22,23:

22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.

Also I find in this allegory of mine a warning against the use of “Christianese” in our conversations with our friends who have not been raised in the same culture or even the same country as ourselves so our church-talk can be a hindrance to the Gospel being received. Praise God the Holy Spirit is able to take our feeble words and does all the work just like Jesus with the loaves and the fishes.

Hey guys, I love what you do and I certainly don’t say it enough. Keep up the good work you do for the glory of our Risen Savior Jesus Christ,
Kind Regards,
Rrrrron Potatoes of the Red Oaks

Ps Why do you guys use the term film instead of movies? Is that young fella Brenden’s hipster-ness rubbing off on you?
P.P.S. Attached you will find a picture of the view from my “Red Oak treehouse” . The leaves are just starting to turn down here.
Derek Cone via FacebookGood evening! I need to apologize because I've been meaning to write you for many months now. I wanted to provide you an update on how our small groups have [gone]!

I'm completing our second round of small groups tonight, based on: Finding Christ in Cinema.

The first time I reached out to you I was entering a big unknown. I've lead groups before, but this was unlike anything I've ever tackled. The first round of groups went really well. However, this second round of groups I was determined to see what Christian themes I could find from other movies I enjoyed that you might not have covered. Of course I used movies you've covered because they've been too good not to!

I can't thank you enough for what you do. Your podcast has encouraged me, stretched me, and caused me to dig into the word even more. I wish nothing but the best for you both, Michael and Brenden.

Please keep up the great work.
PS Michael "Ranger of the North" PotterYou guys pulled it off...I had no idea of how you could redeem a slasher horror film. Love the ideas presented. I skipped the movie.
UPCOMINGA sneak peak at what is coming up next episode. This is a TEASE to convice folk not to miss it!
Spider-Man: Homecoming

A Christmas Carol (with George C. Scott)
Holiday Inn
A Christmas Story!

Year-End Countdown / Preview of Coming Attractions

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