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Bring God’s Not Dead to Your Church…On Me
by Matt Rawlings
I really liked the movie God’s Not Dead and not just because it was inspired by the work of my longtime employer Alliance Defending Freedom (a Christian legal ministry that along with shutting down Planned Parenthood clinics also protects Christians and Christian groups on campuses) as well as the fine book by Rice Broocks but because it presents real challenges and real answers. Apologetics (and the freedom to engage in it) is not a luxury but a necessity on university campuses. The battle for the hearts and minds of young people begins with the mind and although there is an embarrassment of apologetic riches out there for Christians to mine, the film God’s Not Dead is a great place to start.
The good folks at Pure Flix will push out the DVD and Blu-Ray of God’s Not Dead on August 5th. Your church can show the movie to the entire congregation (or at least your youth group) for a minimal licensing fee depending on the size of the audience. I greatly encourage your congregation to pay the fee (don’t just buy the DVD and skirt the law…stupid for Jesus is still stupid) and then host a discussion afterward.
Please don’t be intimated by the questions you may receive. I bet there are people in your churches that can thoughtfully answer them. But if you are worried, please pick up the book by Pastor Broocks. You have plenty of time between now and then to read it so that you are armed for questions. If you get a question you can’t answer, don’t worry. I have found that it is productive to simply say, “That’s a great question! I don’t know the answer right now but can find out for you and post it on our blog” (or whatever). I am happy to help you find that answer as I have yet to field one that wasn’t already addressed by the fine folks at ministries like Reasonable Faith or Reasons to Believe, etc.
Also, for one lucky blog subscriber outside of my own church, I will pay for the DVD and movie license so that you can partake of this blessing at your congregation. However, I only make this request of the winner (and of all of you)…