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Articles | July 27, 2017

Film, Joy: Path to Being an Entrepreneur Not Always Joyous

by Luke Bobo

When I Think About Teamwork. Imagination. Betrayal. Persistence. Self-advocacy. Humiliation. One step forward, multiple steps backwards. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. A dream deferred. Sweet Success. These are some of the words and phrases that come to mind when I think of the film, Joy (2015). Based loosely on a true story, […]


Articles | July 25, 2017

Silence and Beauty

by Amy Sherman

To understand movies (or any cultural text), it can be helpful to peek inside the “world behind the text”—learning about an author, and the themes that inspired their writing. In this essay, Amy Sherman examines the themes in the film Silence (directed by Martin Scorsese) through the lens of Makoto Fujimura’s book, Silence and Beauty. […]


Articles | July 20, 2017

Faith and Work in an Intense Workplace Environment

Hacksaw Ridge recounts the compelling true story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a devout Seventh Day Adventist and the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his valiant bravery at the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. (See the movie trailer below.) The film chronicles Doss’s life from his […]


Articles | July 18, 2017

The Truth About Happyness

Tim Kasser, professor of psychology at Knox College and his team have done widespread research on happiness. They have found that the idea of happiness comes from either intrinsic or extrinsic goal setting. Intrinsic goals are relational and communal. These goals include purposeful things like learning something new or working hard. Extrinsic goals tend toward: […]


Articles | July 13, 2017

Driven: Taxi Drivers and Two Films About Them

For this post we’re talking about films featuring taxi drivers. Many of the ideas would translate to Uber drivers, bus drivers, train engineers…even pilots would probably loosely fit the bill. So…Why Ponder Cab Drivers and Films About Them? In a French TV interview Jim Jarmusch shared the following insights: When you step into a cab […]


Articles | July 11, 2017

Learning from The Intern (2015)

Brief Summary of the Film This film is about Ben (Robert De Niro), a 70-year-old widower, who is tired of retirement. He applies and is hired to be a “senior intern” at an online fashion company and works under the founder and head of the company, Jules Austen (Anne Hathaway). Jules is an overworked and […]


Articles | July 6, 2017

Ubiquitous Influence of Films

by Luke Bobo

‘True Story’ Echoes A fond memory of mine is teaching at Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO) for nearly seven years. One of my favorite classes I designed and taught was Film and Theology. On the first day of class, I often began the class with two statements: one, all good films tell good stories. Brian […]


Integration Tools | April 20, 2017

Theology of Work Bible Commentary for Logos Bible Software

Made to Flourish pastors are given a license to the Theology of Work Bible Commentary for the Logos Bible Software. The Theology of Work Project is one of MTF’s many partners, and The Theology of Work Project Bible Commentary is a resource that Tom Nelson often recommends. We hope the Theology of Work Bible Commentary […]


Integration Tools | August 28, 2015

Sermon at Commissioning Service for Teachers

This is the outline of a sermon delivered at a commissioning service for teachers at Bethany Community Church (Seattle, WA).  Thesis: seeing our work as contributing to the common good. Video: Keep being awesome! How can you not love that kid, he already thinks you’re awesome? Teachers are pretty incredible- If you are, or know […]



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