Presenting the stories of film, literature, and other arts through the worldview lens of beauty, goodness, and truth.

The Prayer at Valley Forge

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789


Original source of text: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789 (see image of original news clipping)

General Thanksgiving, by the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America, A PROCLAMATION.

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God—to obey His will—to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor: and Whereas both Houses have,

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Great Books, Playwrights, & Poets (Ken Boa’s List)


Reading encourages you to slow down, think deeply, and make inferences or connections. It also aids your memories, especially if you underline or mark text while you read. This list of titles, compiled by Dr. Boa, includes many classics sure to challenge your thinking and outlook—books that will “bite and sting” (as James Houston put it). Reading a physical copy is recommended, if possible,

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Films and Leadership


In the following article, the author examined 10 films that help teach “how to inspire your organization, earn loyalty and respect from employees, turn crises into triumph, and become a successful member of a community.” Two are also on Ken Boa’s list of films with spiritual themes: Dead Poets Society and It’s a Wonderful Life. (View that full list here.)

Photo: Ken Boa delivering a special presentation on the film It’s a Wonderful Life in Atlanta in December 2016.

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Christmas Quotes


Here are a few of my favorite quotes in and outside the Bible about the season and meaning of Christmas.

Quotes from Other Authors

God so loved us that for our sake he, through whom time was made, was made in time; older by eternity than the world itself,  he became younger in age than many of his servants in the world;

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100 Greatest Foreign Films



Films in bold are also on Ken Boa’s list of recommended films due to their combination of artistic merit and spiritual/moral themes. Go to his list. 

Disclaimer: The following does not represent an endorsement of any of these films by Reflections Ministries or Ken Boa; we encourage you to do some background research on the movie before watching it (especially if you plan to watch with children).

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Kierkegaard’s King and Maiden Story


Nineteenth-century philosopher Søren Kierkegaard wrote the following parable, which has been widely circulated. It alludes to the Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs), where King Solomon is shown disguising himself as a shepherd to win the heart of a Shulamite woman.

The king was like no other king. Every statesman trembled before his power. No one dared breathe a word against him,

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Teaching Approaches and Learning Styles

Ken Boa explores seven approaches to teaching/learning, all used by Jesus, that demonstrate the importance of variety and unpredictability in our communication delivery methods. The seven methods are lecture, stories, visual aids, Q&A, discussion, drama, and projects. These are useful to anyone, but especially those who teach, preach, or mentor on a regular basis.

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