Truffin and Morefield on Chariots of Fire: Does God care who wins?

As a follow-up to my two-part post (1, 2) on revisiting Chariots of Fire, I want to share this lengthy discussion between my friends Ken Morefield and Todd Truffin from their podcast called The Thin Place.

I like this episode’s clever title.

Keep in mind: This is a very thorough discussion of the film, so if you haven’t seen Chariots of Fire, or have forgotten it, you may want to steer clear. It’s loaded with spoilers.

But then, it has some laugh out loud testimonies: “I’ve been in churches or youth groups where they take the Vangelis song and turn it into into a hymn… add words to it that can then be done in a worship service!”

The post-viewing discussion: It’s the biggest missing piece of most moviegoers’ experience. How often do we sit down and talk about, for more than five minutes, the two hours we’ve just experienced? I love that Truffin and Morefield are willing to sit down and talk for an hour, to disagree, to find out what they think through a respectful conversation. They set a great example.

I’m so grateful, I’m willing to overlook the fact that Morefield describes my favorite Terrence Malick film as a movie “about Columbus.”

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.