Engaging with films without disengaging your faith
Reel Dialogue is a creative dialogue between the Christian faith and entertainment culture. Film makers saturate us with visual images and messages, and it’s important consciously consider these messages rather than passively consume a filmmaker’s worldview.
TV and film offer powerful ways to tell stories and reflect cultural values, ethics and morals. To help you reflect on, discuss and discover what spiritual truth often resides in popular films, we provide downloadable discussion guides, film reviews and tools. Common ground can be forged with storytellers, image shapers, and culture makers.
Stephen McAlpine works both as a pastor at Providence Church in Perth, and for City Bible Forum. He writes and speaks on matters of culture, theology and the church, and blogs at stephenmcalpine.com. Stephen and his wife Jill have been involved in church planting in Perth for more than a decade, while Jill also runs a Clinical Psychology practice and trains churches and other organisations in establishing good models of pastoral care. They have two children, Sophie and Declan.
Charlotte Pennell works for City Bible Forum part-time while completing her theological studies. Charlotte also coordinates children's ministry at her church.
Terry has been a member of Sports Chaplaincy Australia for 25 years and is full time with the Motor Racing Ministry Team for Perth Motorplex. His service spans the wider Perth area and takes him to hospitals, funerals, family homes as well as the motorplex and other race tracks. He has also been a policeman, a youth pastor and is known to have enjoyed singing at his plumbing business. He loves to simply love people. He is married to Irene and has grown up children Jodi, Leanne and Craig and 9 grandchildren.