Faith statements–a pretext for scapegoating?

My recent situation with Trinity Western University is a reminder of why I’ve always had difficulty with faith statements. On the one hand, I don’t think I’ve ever read a faith statement with which I can agree wholeheartedly. And I don’t think I’m alone in this. I often tend to disagree with myself mid-sentence, so [Read More...]

Paying the price for my views on hell

Some of you may know that I was slated to teach a class on documentary filmmaking this fall at Trinity Western University, a Christian liberal arts college in Langley, BC. I’ve had an ongoing relationship with Trinity over the years, serving as a guest speaker in their film classes, judging their student short film contest [Read More...]

Offensive? Inflammatory? Incredibly wrong? All of the above?

No, I’m not talking about my new cologne. I’m talking about this image, which I posted on the Hellbound? Facebook page today: So far it’s generated 41 likes, 25 shares and a whole lotta traffic. However, it also prompted some less than enthusiastic responses, with at least one person writing to say it was “incredibly [Read More...]

One year ago at the Wild Goose Festival…

That’s when we first screened Hellbound? in public. It was an inauspicious beginning. About 40 people–and two pigs–turned up for the 11pm showing of what was billed as a “mystery item” in the schedule. It took place in a tent with fireflies occasionally flickering across the screen. I was pretty tense seeing as it was going [Read More...]

New “Hellbound?” interview outtake featuring William Paul Young (“The Shack”)

This is a 41-minute discussion that features William Paul Young (The Shack), Baxter Kruger (The Shack Revisited) and John MacMurray (To Own a Dragon) talking about the importance of a Trinitarian understanding of God when it comes to how we view things like divine love, wrath and punishment. If you enjoyed The Shack, you’re going [Read More...]

Why what’s clear to you isn’t so clear to me (part 3)

My last post in this series ended in somewhat of a stalemate. I began by explaining how we all read the Bible/Tradition/Experience/Reason through a different Interpretive Principle, which is itself shaped by a unique configuration of the four influences just cited. I concluded by expressing my skepticism as to whether or not any of us [Read More...]

Will I see you at a “Hellbound?” Q&A screening this weekend?

I’m about to do another lightning tour across the US that will see me hit four cities in four days, from the Midwest to the Southwest, before returning home to help open the movie in Vancouver and Langley on Oct. 12. Here’s the plan: Friday, Oct. 5 – I will be in Omaha to do [Read More...]

Would Jesus walk with you in hell?

A band that I can’t seem to get enough of these days is the groove metal group Lamb of God. They’ve been around for years, but for some reason it’s taken me a while to catch up to them. In fact, it was the experience of filming at Copenhell for Hellbound? that renewed my interest [Read More...]

Do you have faith, or merely fear?

If our faith is primarily a mantra to drive away punishment, our faith isn’t really a faith, it is a fear. We feign faith in order to keep from being punished. We believe in an uncertain way only from fear of hell, and so our “faith” is without love and self-serving, a mere survival instinct. [Read More...]

“Hellbound?” opens today in LA, OC, San Diego and Grand Rapids!

That’s right, now folks in all of these markets can see the movie panned by Christianity Today but lauded by the New York Times, the LA Times, Variety, the Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches and a host of others. The movie is also being held over in Minneapolis (Inver Grove) and Dallas (Grapevine). See you at [Read More...]


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