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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Life Lessons from the Woodlawn Movie

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On May 20, 2016, the movie, Woodlawn, became available on the PureFlix Digital Streaming platform. For a limited time, you can stream it instantly.

PureFlix Entertainment releases pure, safe, faith-driven movies. Families looking for faith based films find PureFlix films refreshing and inspirational. I was blessed enough to be invited to the pre-screening of the movie Woodlawn. I can personally testify to the fact that Woodlawn is an inspirational film that everyone should see and it’s based on a true story.

We can learn a lot from Woodlawn.

Life Lessons from the Woodlawn Movie


Inspired by a true story, “Woodlawn” is set in 1970’s Birmingham and follows a newly desegregated high school football team, whose members are forced to get along after years of hostility. Through the preaching of a sports minister (played by Sean Astin), the team experiences a revival. Beyond just getting along, years of prejudice are erased and the teammates become brothers.

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PureFlix would love for you to read three articles which inspire life lessons from the Woodlawn movie.

Lessons on Loving Your Enemy

One of the great lines in the Pure Flix film, “Woodlawn” is “This is what happens when God shows up.” The line takes place near the end of this true story that shows us that, with Christ’s help, we can follow the call to love our enemies. Set in 1970’s Birmingham, “Woodlawn” follows a newly desegregated high school football team, whose members are forced to get along after years of hostility. Through the preaching of a sports minister (played by Sean Astin), the team experiences a revival. Beyond just getting along, years of prejudice are erased and the teammates become brothers. Here are some takeaways from “Woodlawn” that we can practice in our lives as we, too, strive to love our enemies. [Read more of Lessons on Loving Your Enemy from Woodlawn here.]

4 Critical Christian Values Taught in Sports

With 114.4 million viewers, the 2015 Super Bowl was the most watched program on TV ever. The 2014 and 2016 Super Bowl were close behind.

What is the great appeal of sports in our society? Beyond its entertainment value, many parents and doctors agree that playing sports builds character and teaches life lessons. An NPR article says “that 76 percent of adults who have children in high school or middle school today say they encourage their children to play sports.”

Paul uses athletic analogies in his letters to Corinth and Timothy. He does this, as a way of relating to the people who loved the Olympic games. However, his analogies also indicate that we can pick up some Christian values by engaging in a little bit of sports. [Read more of 4 Christian values Taught In Sports here.]

 How to Talk to Your Teen Son About Manhood

In the movie, “Woodlawn”, the main character is an African-American high school football player, challenged to live his purpose in Christ. Based on a true story and set in 1973 during the days of desegregation, “Woodlawn” is an inspiring showcase of what it means to be a man of Christ in a secular world.

Though the challenges of today are different than the challenges of 1973, men are still called to practice Christlike virtue. Because the values of the world are different than the virtues of Christ, parents should make a special effort to talk to their son(s) about what it means to be a man of God. While each situation and person is unique, here are some especially relevant topics to discuss with your son. [Read more of How To Talk To Your Teenage Son About Manhood here.]





 

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