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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 […]

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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). […]

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Ken Boa speaking on It's a Wonderful Life

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 […]

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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 […]

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100 Greatest Foreign Films

Source: DigitalDreamDoor.com 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 […]

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Comparative Film Studies & Auteur Focuses

Film Studies: Auteur Focuses Woody Allen Ingmar Bergman The Cohen Brothers Federico Fellini Alfred Hitchcock Akira Kurosawa Orson Welles (especially The Lady from Shanghai, Chimes at Midnight, and his Shakespeare adaptations of Macbeth and King Lear) Comparative Film Studies Same Director Through a Glass Darkly vs. Winter Light vs. The Silence (Bergman trilogy) Theme: Spiritual […]

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Films with Spiritual & Moral Themes

Following are select films with spiritual and moral themes. A longer list follows the short list. Short List The Seventh Seal—Despair in a world without God Close Encounters of the Third Kind—The quest for transcendence without God The Matrix—The question of what is real in a postmodern world Crimes and Misdemeanors—The problem of morality without […]

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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. […]

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