Set includes Martin Luther, Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace, C.S. Lewis through the Shadowlands, John Bunyan: Journey of a Pilgrim, Zwingli and Calvin, Encounters with John Wesley, Wesley: A Heart Transformed, Augustine, The Shortest Way Home, and Luther: His Life, His Path, His Legacy.
Martin Luther — The dramatic black and white classic film of Martin Luther's life made in the 1950's. This film was originally released in theaters worldwide and nominated for an Academy Award. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reforming efforts. This film traces Martin Luther's life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Church. This film, in spite of its age, continues to be a popular resource to introduce Martin Luther’s life.
Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace — Bonhoeffer's last years, his participation in the German resistance and his moral struggle are dramatized in this film. Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace sheds light on the little-known efforts of the German resistance. It brings to a wide audience the heroic rebellion of Bonhoeffer, a highly regarded Lutheran minister who could have kept his peace and saved his life on several occasions but instead paid the ultimate price for his beliefs.
C.S. Lewis through the Shadowlands — Relive the journey of C. S. Lewis during the days prior to and after the cancer-related death of his wife Joy in this film that captures both heart and mind. You will be able to see his commitment to Christ despite severe trials. He picked up the pieces and moved out of the depressing "shadowlands," realizing that "real life has not even begun yet." Starring Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom. Includes 90-minute television version and 73-minute abridged version.
John Bunyan: Journey of a Pilgrim — A look at the man who wrote The Pilgrim's Progress, the most circulated book of all time, next to the Bible. This documentary presents a fascinating look at the life of John Bunyan, chronicled by Bunyan expert John Pestell, author of Travel with John Bunyan. Pestell recounts Bunyan's mischievous childhood, the nightmares that plagued him, and the events and influences that impacted his life. It was years later, well into adulthood, that Bunyan finally found inner peace. No longer plagued by fears and insecurities, he began preaching, although it was illegal to do so outside of the State church. This led to his eventual arrest and imprisonment. During the twelve years he spent in prison, he wrote The Pilgrim's Progress, the story of Christian on his journey of life.
Zwingli and Calvin — This program covers the 16th century Swiss Reformation, its key centers of Zurich and Geneva, and its central leaders, Zwingli and Calvin—two theologians who led tumultuous lives. Zwingli questioned major teachings of the church and instituted sweeping reforms. He sought to apply the Word of God for the transformation of civic and church life. Calvin laid the foundation that made Geneva a unique international center. He wanted only the quiet life of a scholar but was thrust into a critical role in Reformation and theological leadership.
Encounters with John Wesley — John Wesley set 18th-century Britain on fire with his open-air preaching. The Methodist societies he organized and nurtured grew with phenomenal speed. Encounters with John Wesley brings to life the legendary preacher’s search for faith, his tireless traveling, the violent opposition he faced, and his passionate, single-minded drive ‘to do what good I can.’ Join Mark Topping as John Wesley in this action-packed docudrama as we follow Wesley around the English countryside, meeting the people and preaching the Gospel. Filmed on location at the New Room, Bristol, the oldest Methodist chapel in the world and at Charles Wesley’s House, also in Bristol.
Wesley: A Heart Transformed — Step into eighteenth-century England and experience the transformation of one man whose heart-wrenching search for peace haunts him even as he pours himself into a life of service and evangelism. John Wesley is well known as the spiritual father of Methodism. His heartfelt struggles, his passion for authentic faith expressing itself through meaningful kingdom work, and his message of saving grace resonate with audiences of all ages and denominations. Directed by John Jackman. Starring Burgess Jenkins, June Lockhart, Kevin McCarthy, R. Keith Harris, and Carrie Anne Hunt.
Augustine — Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is one of the greatest theologians of the Christian Church. His works, including The City of God, On the Trinity, and Confessions, have had an inestimable impact on the Church and, by extension, on Western Civilization at large. Yet, where did such faith begin? After rejecting his mother’s Christianity as simplistic and restraining, Augustine embarked on a path towards self-gratification, marked by the pursuit of money, political power, and sexual pleasure. Hosted by Augustine expert Mike Aquilina and shot on location in Rome and Milan, this documentary explores the conversion story of one of the most significant figures in church history. Travel back to the fourth century and discover why Augustine has become a “Voice for All Generations.”
The Shortest Way Home — The Shortest Way Home: C.S. Lewis & Mere Christianity is an introductory review to Lewis’s classic work on issues of faith and reason. Viewers will find honest discussion and helpful insights for the tough questions asked by believers and skeptics alike.
Luther: His Life, His Path, His Legacy — Using stunning dramatic footage from the 2003 theatrical film "Luther", starring Joseph Fiennes, this documentary gives a comprehensive overview of the great reformer's life and legacy.
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