The Echo Podcast
Don’t Grow Weary In Doing Good (At The Movies: Amazing Grace)

Don’t Grow Weary In Doing Good (At The Movies: Amazing Grace)

August 5, 2021

It's so easy to lose heart when our good deeds appear to not do any good. Thank the Lord for people like William Wilberforce, whose perseverance changed the world. 

Is There Hope In Your Despair? (At The Movies: First Reformed)

Is There Hope In Your Despair? (At The Movies: First Reformed)

July 25, 2021

“Wisdom is holding two contradictory truths in our mind, simultaneously, Hope and despair. A life without despair is a life without hope. Holding these two ideas in our head is life itself.” The film, "First Reformed," is about extremes: two very different churches, two very different pastors, two competing emotions, and two radically different paths forward. 
All of us will enter a season of despair. Where will we turn? 

We All Need To Belong (At The Movies: Hunt For Wilderpeople)

We All Need To Belong (At The Movies: Hunt For Wilderpeople)

July 13, 2021

We all have a need to belong, to be wanted, to be loved. God made us this way. We'll talk about that and the delightful, emotional, new movie, "Hunt For Wilderpeople." 

Would You Recant Your Faith To Save A Village From Torture? (At The Movies: Silence)

Would You Recant Your Faith To Save A Village From Torture? (At The Movies: Silence)

July 8, 2021

We can't think of a worse situation: "Recant your faith or watch a whole village be tortured and killed." That's the terrible dilemma at the heart of the movie, "Silence." Whew. This is a tough one. 

How To Live When You’ve Lost Everything (At The Movies: Up)

How To Live When You’ve Lost Everything (At The Movies: Up)

July 1, 2021

Why does it feel as though time flies? How do you live when you've lost everything? What is the value of multigenerational relationships? The superb movie, Up, takes a deep dive into these profound questions. Not only does it make us cry and laugh. It makes us think. 

If You Were God (At The Movies: Bruce Almighty)

If You Were God (At The Movies: Bruce Almighty)

June 23, 2021

If you had the powers of God, how would you do? How would the world do? The hit movie, Bruce Almighty, takes a shot at answering this question with hilarious and thought-provoking results. We'll talk about this and why we love Morgan Freeman's role as God. 

Echo At The Movies: A Fun Summer Series

Echo At The Movies: A Fun Summer Series

June 17, 2021

Film can communicate in powerful ways. This summer we'll have some fun talking about movies that communicate a spiritual truth (even if that's not how they were marketed or intended). We'll begin the series by divulging our all-time favorite movies. 

Justice Fights or Gospel Opportunities

Justice Fights or Gospel Opportunities

June 9, 2021

Fights about social justice, CRT, and racial issues are dividing and harming the church. What if we viewed these topics not as battles to be fought but openings to share the Gospel? 

Justice For The Most Vulnerable (Interview with Karolyn Schrage)

Justice For The Most Vulnerable (Interview with Karolyn Schrage)

June 1, 2021

Karolyn Schrage serves as the Executive Director of the LifeChoices Health Network, Joplin, MO. Their groundbreaking work offers care to women in crisis pregnancies, people fearful of transmitted diseases, and victims of human trafficking. Their work is so excellent that state agencies are requesting their help with some of today's greatest challenges.

Before starting this work, Karolyn served for 20 years in Kenya. We were thrilled to ask her about her work, how the Bible informs her justice work, and how we can help. 

To learn more about their work, go here - https://lifechoices.org/

Justice After The Tulsa Race Massacre (interview with Pastor LeRon West)

Justice After The Tulsa Race Massacre (interview with Pastor LeRon West)

May 24, 2021

100 years ago, 35 blocks of Tulsa (known as Black Wall Street) were torched. Hundreds were killed or injured. Bodies, incriminating evidence, and news stories were hastily buried. As the city has just recently begun to address the massacre, competing voices can be heard. Some reject the idea that we should talk about racism or systematic injustice. Others say our primary identity is in the color of our skin. And then there's LeRon West! Pastor West has spent his life in Tulsa - as a kid, a fireman, and a pastor. He's experienced extreme racism in his own life, but has responded with Christlike grace. As the world descends upon Tulsa this weekend, this episode offers you a Biblically-informed way to process the past and take steps forward. 

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