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The Passion of the Christ

Christian aspirations for the movie “Son of God” differ strikingly from the Christian expectations for “The Passion of the Christ” 10 years ago. Hopes for the movie today are far more realistic – levelheaded, down-to-earth. Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” opened on 2,000 movie theater screens on Feb. 25, 2004 – Ash Wednesday […] Read More

Stealing Jesus

Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of the Christ” continues to set box office records. Hyped as one of the most powerful evangelistic tools ever made, a big chunk of Gibson’s earnings are the direct result of church activity. Congregations across the country have bought thousands of tickets and literally bussed people to theaters to see […] Read More

Before the first frame of the movie ever came up, a couple on the theater’s back row was making sure tissues would be handy. Sure enough, before Jesus made it out of the Garden of Gethsemane—the opening sequence of “The Passion of the Christ”—those tissues were being used.   But the violence between guards and […] Read More

Christians will likely ignore the most biblically sound theme in Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of the Christ,” and they will likely embrace the most biblically faulty problems of the movie. Both offer insightful congregational leaders a teachable moment. First is Jesus’ complete rejection of violence, which Gibson accurately captures. Jesus speaks against the use […] Read More