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“Listening In” Interview with Warren Cole Smith on “Reading” Films

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In spring 2018, Ken Boa led a session for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview on “How to ‘Read’ a Film.” Warren Cole Smith, who facilitated the course, decided to sit down with Ken afterward and discuss more in-depth his 10-part process for evaluating films. This was the second time Ken was a guest on Smith’s show this year (earlier, he spoke to him about his book Life in the Presence of God). 

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