Using Films in Christian Communication

This six-part series was first published on www.tonywatkins.uk, and is based on lectures given at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communications, Kristiansand, Norway. The series is available to download as a PDF. Life in the mediasphere ean Penn’s wonderful film Into the Wild (2007) tells the true story of a young man who abandons normal middle class life, gives everything away and …

Francis Schaeffer

Schaeffer’s four key criteria for approaching art and media

In his ground-breaking 1973 essay Art & the Bible, influential evangelical author Francis Schaeffer (1913–1984) proposed four key criteria for enjoying and evaluating art and media messages.

This is still a highly relevant and significant resource for practicing appropriate media awareness and media critique – even in today’s postmodern media world.

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The threefold media challenge from Cape Town

Part Two of The Cape Town Commitment (CTC) summarizes the themes of Cape Town 2010, the Third Lausanne Congress. The first section of Part Two – ‘Bearing witness to the truth of Christ in a pluralistic, globalized world’ – includes a significant sub-section on the threefold media challenge and identifies major needs in Media Awareness, Media Presence and Media Ministries.

A Biblical Foundation for Engaging with Culture

Jesus’s last command before returning to the Father was to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19–20). This is our Great Commission. It should be our consuming passion. But Jesus didn’t tell us to simply preach the gospel. Our task is to turn unbelievers into fully committed followers of Jesus Christ. How do we do this in practice? The Bible must be our guide…
From the book Tony Watkins co-author: “Beyond the Fringe”

How do we engage with people in practice?

How do we engage with people in practice? By Tony Watkins
Have you ever had one of those conversations when you know you ought to be able to bring in a Christian perspective? The only problem is how. As the conversation goes on you become more and more anxious. You know you should say something but you just can’t think what. Probably all of us have been there at some time or other… From the book Tony Watkins co-author: “Beyond the Fringe”