December will see an array of blockbuster movies to entertain during the holidays. Two of these, Exodus: Gods and Kings (releasing 12 December) and Unbroken (releasing 25 December), draw on big stories —one ancient and world-shaping, the other contemporary and deeply personal. The tag line for Unbroken is "Survival. Resilience. Redemption."—a line that could also apply to the great epic tale of Moses, Pharaoh, and the escape of the Hebrews from ancient Egypt.
The year now coming to a close was also rife with drama and crises, and many have of necessity made "survival, resilience, redemption" their own tacit taglines. In all the stories of 2014, who have been your heroes? Who has given us models of tenacity, unquenchable spirit, and hope?
Heroes of 2014
Tony Rossi, Catholic, producer of Christopher Closeup
What makes these four people heroes? Character, conscience, love, faith, selflessness, humility, initiative, and the vision to look beyond the surface to see the good inside all people.
Deepika Birks, Hindu, blogger
These women have faced challenges with grace. They know that the future is created from deceptively mundane ingredients: healthy food and open study books.
Rebecca Florence Miller, Evangelical, writer, editor, blogger
Those medical workers who served in the midst of a terrifying disease, never forgetting the humanity of their patients, and who served in the name of Jesus are my new heroes.
Elizabeth Scalia, Catholic, author, blogger
It's love that makes a hero, and God is love. God is everywhere and so are these heroes.
Danny Fisher, Buddhist, Blogger
Those who marched have given us truly incredible models of tenacity, unquenchable spirit, and hope.
Gary Gach, Buddhist, author, professor
From Thich Nhat Hanh I have learned that for there to be peace in the world, there must be peace within ourselves. When there's peace in myself, since I'm in the world there is peace in the world.
Gerald McDermott, Evangelical, author, professor
Professor Robert George of Princeton has become something of a prophet. He warns us that "comfortable Christianity is no longer possible."
Chelsea Patterson, Evangelical, blogger
I believe one of the reasons we adore, celebrate, and sometimes idolize heroes is because a hero ignites us to be more.
Frank Viola, Evangelical, author, blogger
Keener is the world's foremost expert in first-century history as it relates to the New Testament documents.
JT Eberhard, Atheist, blogger, writer, speaker
My list includes some clichéd choices, some surprises, and some obvious picks.