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Mission, Music and Movies

Mission, music and movies feature prominently on this week.

MissionFest Toronto is on today and tomorrow. You might want to check it out, especially if you have had a dream of serving on a foreign mission field and leaving a lasting legacy for future generations. It you are at retirement age, don’t worry. It’s not too late, says 73-year-old Marie Ens, missionary and one of the scheduled conference speakers.

One of our highest aspirations as believers is to produce fruit that lasts for God’s kingdom. That can be said of Larry Norman, a solid rock in the history of Christian music. He passed away at the age of 60 on February 24, 2008. In the early 70s when the Jesus movement was in full swing, he launched a new era in Christian music. Larry Norman virtually invented Christian rock, writes David Dawes of Canadian Christianity, and he is fondly remembered,

The pre-Internet days were the days when musicians could make a living in the music industry. That’s not the case today. Due to unmonitored downloading, Canada's music industry has lost more than $586-million in retail sales and has been forced to cut 20 per cent of its employees. Unless copyright laws change, Canadian musicians may be looking for other employment.

The film industry is struggling in a different way. With the absence of God and death and dysfunction featured in almost all the films nominated for Academy Awards, movie critic Peter Chattaway says film makers appear to be commenting on the meaninglessness of life. Meaning in life, of course, has only one source. Grace McMannus, editor of the Messianic Times says, “Scripture helps make rational the seeming randomness of life. It organizes experience into something coherent and purposeful.”

It is interesting to note that a movie with a positive pro-life message has been exceptionally well-received in the U.S. It will be opening in Canada at the end of March. Bella is the story of a young unmarried woman who finds out she is pregnant. Her friend makes sacrifices for her to convince her to have the baby. 

Please scroll down for additional articles and noteworthy news stories. Have a good week!


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