Preaching Connection: Confession

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Movies for Preaching

Heaven (2002)

Directed by Tom Tykwer.  Written by Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krysztof Piesiewicz.  Music by Arvo Pärt.  Starring Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, and Remo Girone.  97 mins.  Rated  R. For all of their importance in living, there are very few confession sequences in films, at least good ones.  The best known, perhaps, is implicit.  George Bailey in…

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A Man Called Ove (2015) – 2

Written and Directed by Hannes Holm (based on novel by Fredrik Bachman).  Starring Rolf Lassgård, Filip Berg, Bahar Paris, and Ida Engvoll. 116 minutes. Rated PG-13. Ove is 59 years old and, well, as mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.  Life has smacked him hard, really hard, over and over, and…

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The Godfather: Part III (1990) – 1

The Godfather: Part III (1990).  Written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola.  Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, and Sofia Coppola.  162 mins.  Rated R. CONFESSION The first and last and only time we ever see Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in a church is at the end of…

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Reading for Preaching

Mere Christianity, in The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics

“Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement.: he is a rebel who needs to lay down his arms.  Laying down your arms, surrendering, saying you are sorry, realizing that you have been on the wrong track and getting ready to start life over again from the right one—that is the only...
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“Christianity and Literature” in Christian Reflections

Christians are meant to imitate God and not, first of all, to express themselves. ‘Thus St. Augustine and Rousseau both write Confessions: to the one his own temperament is a kind of absolute (au moins je suis autre); to the other, the self is “a narrow house too narrow for thee to enter–oh, make it...
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“Repenting”

“The Senate in June issued a formal apology for failing to pass anti-lynching legislation at any time in its history. Thousands of black men were lynched between the late 19th century and the late 1960s, and millions more were intimidated by the threat of mob murder. In that time, the Senate did nothing to end...
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“The Current Crisis in Remorse”

Keillor describes remorse as a new area within social work: “We in remorse are a radical minority within the social work community. We believe that not every wrong in our society is the result of complex factors such as poor early learning environment and resultant dissociative communication. Some wrong is the result of badness. We...
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“The Growing Role of Emotion in Jury Verdicts”

An Oakland, CA jury convicted Scott Peterson of first degree murder in the death of his very pregnant wife Lacey and then set his penalty at death. They did so unanimously and, when polled, with clear, strong voices. Afterwards, three jurors stated that they were much influenced not only by the evidence—virtually all of it...
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