Want to read more?
At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall, However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.
To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic. The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.
We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device. In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.
Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).
Have you missed going to the cinema? I really miss the anticipation and the rituals of buying popcorn and sitting through the Pearl and Dean adverts.
Then the movie. If Tom Hanks is in it, I will be there. And I will admit the guilty pleasure of enjoying James Bond – though only Sean Connery and Daniel Craig, you can miss the rest.
Our Bible Study group is using The Greatest Showman as a thought provoker for delving deeper into what faith means.
You may ask why use a musical of the fictionalised life of Barnum of circus fame? We have done so because in a dramatised format, issues of human acceptance, self-worth, prejudice, social climbing and love are all portrayed as Barnum turns people rejected by society into stars. Does he empower or exploit people who do not fit into norms? The bearded lady, the wee Tom Thumb.
So many movies bump up against themes which are revealed in The Greatest Story Ever Told. Simply, Jesus is, and has the best stories. For Jesus reveals the truth of God and what it is to be human, individually and together.
Jesus didn’t set out a series of propositions or rules which would get you to God. He recounted stories, parables, which made you think, examine your soul. And his own story from Nazareth, through pure friendships with men, women and children, and in being truth before power, shows us the human face of God.
Films may dazzle and amaze, intrigue or inform. They may have their own agenda, for good or ill. Jesus’ story gets under your skin for it is our story of being human whilst also God’s story of bringing us home in love.
Reverend Dugald Cameron.