Tuesday, March 29, 2016

'God's Not Dead 2' Movie Review

My sister-in-law Mae and I pose with Kevin Sorbo
(Professor Radisson in God's Not Dead)

What would you do if your faith was placed on trial?

I recently had the opportunity to pre-screen the upcoming movie God's Not Dead 2, a mainstream film set to open in theaters across the United States and Canada on April 1st.

Featuring a number of well-known actors, including Melissa Joan Hart, Pat Boone, and Sadie Robertson, God's Not Dead 2 follows the trial that ensues when beloved history teacher Grace Wesley gives a factual answer to a student's legitimate question about Jesus. The film is inspired by 25 real-life court cases that have threatened to quench religious liberty in the classroom.

In a world where faith is being met with increasing hostility, God's Not Dead 2 urges Christians to fight to maintain religious freedom, no matter the cost. A must-see for both children and adults, this movie is a chilling reminder that those who dare to stand up for what they believe must be willing to lay down everything for the sake of their convictions.

Watch the trailer below:

44 comments:

  1. Anonymous3/29/2016

    I want to see this movie. Keep seeing reviews for it and it looks good. Thanks for posting the traler

    I love Mae's blouse it's a pretty color on her.

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  2. Anonymous3/29/2016

    How did you already get to see it?

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    1. I was able to pre-screen it a few weeks ago. :)

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous4/03/2016

      How?

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  3. Anonymous3/30/2016

    Why do you feel that "faith is being met with increasing hostility"? Do you mean a radicalized faith that is responsible for terrorism? Or a faith that feels it necessary to legislate other people's rights? Or perhaps a faith that refuses to accept the Constitutional separation of church & state? Why such a statement?

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    1. Anonymous4/01/2016

      Keep up with the current news.

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    2. Actually separation of church and state was for the state NOT to tell the church what to do, and not the other way around. The way that YOU suggests, actually violates the original intent of separation of church and state and does exactly what it was supposed to prevent, by the state (courts) telling us how to practice our religion whether in the public square or not.

      On a side note, this isn't even about religion--Jesus was a real
      Person, a historical figure. Note, the teacher states "facts." If you were truly educated, you wouldn't believe such contradicting historical hypocrisy.

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    3. In addition, the only radical faith responsible for terrorism is Islam. If you were truly educated in history, you would credit Christianity as responsible for the most profound good to offer society throughout the ages.

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    4. Anonymous4/02/2016

      The phrase "separation of church and state" isn't actually anywhere in the Constitution. It was merely in a letter between Thomas Jefferson and the Danbury Baptists. They were highlighting the fact that the state should not be able to set up a set religion or to prohibit the free exercise thereof. It was not intended by our forefathers to limit the freedom of religion in any way, but rather, to limit the governments freedom to regulate peoples beliefs - which is something that the first amendment does talk about.

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    5. If you have to ask that question then maybe you don't understand the scripture… You will be persecuted for my name sake.

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    6. the letter between Thomas Jefferson and the Danbury Baptists do you have a link so I can read it please

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  4. Anonymous3/30/2016

    Agree^

    A teacher quoting scripture in the classroom is inappropriate and defies the separation of church and state. I'm sure christian students wouldn't be comfortable had the teacher quoted from the Quran.

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    1. There is no separation of church and state in the Constitution. Other than the fact that the state is supposed to stay out of the church

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  5. Anonymous3/30/2016

    What your favorite Christian movie

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    1. That's a hard question because there have been so many great Christian movies released in the past few years. I really like War Room and Miracles From Heaven. What's your favorite?

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous3/31/2016

      Gods not dead 1 and Risen

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    3. I haven't seen Risen yet, but I hear it's very good!

      Ellie

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    4. Anonymous4/01/2016

      I like Heaven is for Real. I found it on DVD at Walmart for $10.00.

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    5. Anonymous4/04/2016

      I love "Do You Believe?" it has my favorite set of actors and its an amazing movie.

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    6. I'll have to check that one out. Thanks!

      Ellie

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  6. Anonymous3/31/2016

    This is a tricky issue. There does need to be a separation between church and state. Therefore church teachings and what is taught in public school. Think of it from a different view. What if Christianity wasn't the dominate religion in the USA? Would you want school staff teaching another religion to your child? It's not a black or white issue. There is a middle ground.

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  7. Anonymous3/31/2016

    In fact, Ellie, you do go out of your way and give a great deal of effort in getting some Christian news for your blog readers. I recognize and appreciate what an interesting, informative, up building thing you are doing to track down, go to and get stories like these. You have done quite a few of these pieces now as well as sharing the ever interesting and exciting personal stories and bits about being a new wife, particularly a new Christian, working wife. Thank-you so much for all you do to create your blog content, I am always blessed when I visit and view your blog!

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement, and thank you for being a loyal reader!

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  8. Anonymous3/31/2016

    Constitutional laws exist to protect your religion and the religion of everyone else in the country. If you feel you are being "attacked" or "met with increasing hostility," then you are probably trying to do something in the name of your religion that you aren't supposed to be doing under the law.

    The cases of removing religious references, observations, and symbols from schools or public places where tax dollars are used are valid and fair. It's protecting you, not persecuting you. And surprise - the Supreme Court has, in some cases, upheld the right to religious displays on state property.

    So the country is not out to take away your religious rights, as movies like this might want you to believe. It's your responsibility to practice your religion wisely and in accordance with the laws of the land where you've chosen to live. Not that hard - millions manage to peacefully do it every day.

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  9. This movie looks so awesome! It's so important for people to be aware of the religion of secular humanism and it's Christaphobic attitude. The world has gone pc mad. So many Christians are suffering persecution in the west. Maybe not tortured or killed but loosing jobs and being put through lengthy court battles. What happened to freedom of speech????

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    1. Anonymous4/01/2016

      Nothing has happened to freedom of speech, and nobody is persecuting you! What are you trying to do that is being stopped or silenced? Something illegal? Something unconstitutional? Your rights are not disappearing. The Supreme Court is upholding them as we speak.

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    2. Hi, I thought this website might be pertinent to this conversation: http://freetobelieve.com. It is a site of collected stories of people who have lost ther jobs, been through (or are going through) lengthy court battles or have encountered hostility just for expressing their convictions.

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    3. hey thanks for the website

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    4. I was watching some youtube clips of a guy facing a possible 75 days in jail for street preaching. This has just happened recently and I think they are in the process of appealing the charges.

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  10. I saw a great movie called timechanger and its about the consequences of teaching morals without God.

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    1. I haven't heard of that movie. When did it come out?

      Ellie

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    2. Hey, I also recommend Time Changer! It's a great movie, it came out in 2002.

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    3. Anonymous4/02/2016

      http://www.timechangermovie.com/

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    4. Time changer is old but very good.

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    5. Anonymous4/02/2016

      2002

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    6. Thanks for the recommendations! I'm going to add that to my list of movies to see.

      Ellie

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    7. Anonymous4/05/2016

      I have read the book! It's a quick read.

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  11. I loved Courageous--a movie that inspires, encourages and instills moral convictions in our men--must see viewing for families and those starting out in life.

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    1. Anonymous4/14/2016

      Me too! A little bit sad but a great movie!😀✝🙏🏻

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  12. Oh yes timechanger is a good one!

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  13. check out this quote what an eye opener
    "Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school's meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?" (Charles F. Potter, "Humanism: A New Religion," 1930)

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  14. hear is another one
    The Humanist (1983), by John J. Dunphy "The battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: A religion of humanity -- utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to carry humanist values into wherever they teach. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new -- the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism."

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  15. I thought I would put the exact words up
    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

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