|ADVENTURES FROM THE BOOK OF VIRTUES. vhs
el,ue (16 tapes; 30 min ea) Guide
Help your young people develop positive character traits with this series which draws its themes from a timeless collection of classic American stories, European fairy tales, African fables, Bible adventures, Greek mythology, Asian folktales, and Native American legends. The videos feature Zach and Annie, two charming animated characters, who discover a magical place and meet four animals with special powers. Together they discuss the stories in each episode, ponder the implications and profound moral meanings, and apply the conclusions to their "real" lives. All tapes are closed captioned except for Tapes 11 and 14. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
|Tape 1: Work.|
|Sock the Bobcat doesnít want to help clean up the aftermath of the storm that devastated Platoís Peak, but he is soon enlightened. "How the Camel Got Its Hump" teaches him the consequences of laziness. "The Bundle of Sticks" teaches him cooperation, and "Tom Sawyer Gives Up the Brush" shows him that hard work can turn out to be fun.|
|Tape 2: Honesty.|
|Can Zach tell the truth after breaking his fatherís camera and dodging the blame? What he learns on Platoís Peak this day will change his tune. Zach canít help but to model himself after the heroes of "The Frog Prince," "The Indian Cinderella," and "George Washington and the Cherry Tree," when he finds out that the truth shall set him free.|
|Tape 3: Responsibility.|
|Distracted by Zach, Annie fails to deliver her motherís cakes and ends up wrecking her new bike. After a session on Platoís Peak, however, she realizes that responsibility is an important virtue. Annie learns the value of advice ("Icarus and Daedalus"); the fact that no one is above responsibility ("King Alfred and the Cakes"); and the importance of honoring a loved one ("The Chest of Broken Glass").|
|Tape 4: Compassion.|
|Zach makes every excuse not to help out an immigrant family that loses its home in a fire, but Plato and Aurora show him the light. The stories "The Good Samaritan," "The Legend of the Dipper," and "Androcles and the Lion," each show Zach how a little compassion can pay off big in the end.|
|Tape 5: Courage.|
|Annie hurts herself during a track meet and wants to quit, but hearing some inspiring stories on Platoís Peak fills her with the courage to continue trying. Witness the magnificent bravery of Theseus in "The Minotaur," the fate of the cowardly mice in "The Brave Mice," and the courageous liberation of Switzerland in "William Tell."|
|Tape 6: Self-discipline.|
|Wrestling with greed, impatience, and his own temper, Zach listens to some thought-provoking fables from Plato. He witnesses greed in "King Midas," temper in "Genghis Khan and His Hawk," and impatience in "The Magic Thread." Zach comes to realize that a raise in his allowance isnít as important as he had first thought.|
|Tape 7: Faith.|
|Annieís faith is put to the test after her friend dies unexpectedly, leaving her feeling alone and bewildered. Plato and the crew share stories of faith and perseverance such as "Daniel and the Lionís Den" from the Bible, and "Harriet Tubman," whose unyielding faith motivated her to lead slaves to freedom.|
|Tape 8: Humility.|
|When Annie is elected class president, she lets her new-found power go to her head, prompting a lesson in leadership from Plato. Annie discovers appearance isnít everything in Hans Christian Andersonís "The Emperorís New Clothes"; an appreciation for the taste of "humble pie" in "King Canute at the Seashore"; that bad choices can hurt others in "Phaeton" (Greek); and to look at oneís abilities realistically with the help of the "Serenity Prayer."|
|Tape 9: Friendship.|
|Annie realizes that friendship is about what you give not what you have, after a "fair weather friend" jilts her before a canoe trip. Plato helps her see that "a friend in need, is a friend indeed" in the tale of "Waukewaís Eagle" (Native American); the importance of being open-minded when choosing friends in "Why Frog and Snake Donít Play Together" (African); that trust and loyalty make true comrades in "Damon and Pythias" (Greek); and to treasure "New Friends and Old Friends" (poem).|
|Tape 10: Generosity.|
|When Zach and Annie decide to deliver food to a homeless shelter, they get caught up in planning their rewards. Plato helps them discover the true spirit of giving in "Rocking Horse Land" (English), about a boy who learns the value of bringing joy to another; "Old Mr. Rabbitís Thanksgiving Dinner" (English), where a rabbitís bounty gives wonderful meaning to the holiday; the "Gift of the Magi" (American) in which a coupleís sacrificial gifts reflect their love; and the purpose of a day well spent, in the poem "Count That Day Lost."|
|Tape 11: Respect.|
|When Zach and Annie are rude to a friendly junkyard man whoís helping them build a go-cart for an upcoming race, Plato is concerned and tells several stories about the virtue of respect. The three stories are: "Diamonds and Toads"; "Please"; and "The Bell of Atri." (not closed captioned)|
|Tape 12: Integrity.|
|When Annieís handmade weather vanes sell like crazy at the school fair, she cuts a few corners to keep up with demand. Later, when the weather vanes begin to fall apart, Annie is confronted by angry customers who want their money back. Humiliated, Annie retreats to Platoís Peak where she hears several tales about the concept of "integrity." The stories are: "For Want of a Horseshoe Nail"; "Charlemagne"; and "The Robber Knight."|
|Tape 13: Leadership.|
|Zach complains about the leadership abilities of the team captain of his water polo team. When he later gets elected to the position of captain himself he learns, firsthand, what it means to lead others. The stories featured are: "The Tower to the Moon," and "The Gordian Knot."|
|Tape 14: Patience.|
|When Annie volunteers to help a younger schoolmate with his math, she grows increasingly impatient with the boy and loses her temper. Annie regrets offering to tutor the boy, until she hears several stories from her friends at Platoís Peak about the virtue of patience. The stories are: "Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller," and "How the Brazilian Beetles Got Their Coats." (not closed captioned)|
|Tape 15: Moderation.|
|When Annieís obsession with baseball playing results in a drop in her grades, Plato relates two tales that demonstrate the value of moderation in all things: "The Spiderís Two Feasts," and "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg."|
|Tape 16: Wisdom.|
|Faced with the prospect of attending a new school, Zach wonders whether heís wise enough to make new friends or handle his new, more difficult studies. A story told up at Platoís Peak, including a recap of his and Annieís past adventures helps him realize that he is wiser than he thought. The story is "The Story of Two Friends."|
|ADVENTURES IN ODYSSEY. vhs pr,el
(17 tapes; approx. 30 min ea)
Based on the radio series from "Focus on the Family," these fast-paced, animated adventures teach the importance of friendship, commitment, generosity, faith, and more. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL EPISODE BELOW.
|Episode 1: Knight travellers.|
|Young Dylan Taylor saves a mangy mutt, Sherman, and winds up in the company of the remarkable John Avery Whittaker. They set out to retrieve Whit's Imagination Station from a villain who plans to use it only for evil purposes. Theme: What's really important in life.|
|Episode 2: Flight to the finish.|
|A race places Dylan and Sherman against Dylan's neighbor and her mischievous cat. When her car loses control, Dylan must choose either to follow his conscience and help her or win the race. Theme: Caring for others.|
|Episode 3: Fine feathered frenzy.|
|A runaway lawn mower and an escaped parrot show the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions.|
|Episode 4: Shadow of a doubt.|
|There's a cat burglar on the prowl in Odyssey, and the evidence over-whelmingly points to Whit. In this action-packed mystery, Dylan sets out to prove Whit's innocence and gets more than he bargained for. This episode teaches the importance of faith and friendship.|
|Episode 5: Star quest.|
|In this high-flying sci-fi adventure, a giant robot and a TV show are part of a story about jealousy and friendship. The sky's the limit in this thrilling voyage.|
|Episode 6: Once upon an avalanche.|
|Dylan, Jesse, and Carter take a hair-raising toboggan ride that plunges them right into Avalanche Canyon. While stranded in the canyon, they learn about kindness and brotherly love.|
|Episode 7: Electric Christmas.|
|Thereís a yard decorating contest in Odyssey, and Dylanís determined to take first place. But Dylanís scheming neighbor, Doug, has other plans. What follows is a powerful reminder that grounds them in the true meaning of Christmas.|
|Episode 8: Go West young man.|
|Strap on yer chaps, grab yer hat and get ready for a rip-roaring ride to the Wild West, where Dylan and Eugene face off with the Dalton gang. Itís an Imagination Station trip that is sure to spin your spurs! Rustle up the whole family for this galloping adventure of courage and integrity.|
|Episode 9: Someone to watch over me.|
|Dylan and Jesse are on an imaginary safari until a glitch in the computer program causes it to end prematurely. But when Dylan goes aboard to retrieve a backpack, heís thrown into a series of bizarre events. Gather the family for a rousing tale of faith, courage, and mystery.|
|Episode 10: In harmís way.|
|When the new kid in town isnít exactly cool, whatís a guy to do? Can Dylan see past Elliotís "nerdy" actions to his inner value? A critical choice and a powerful lesson await in this exciting tale of friendship and love.|
|Episode 11: Twist in time.|
|Whit is working on a secret new invention - but Dylan and Sal canít stand the suspense of not knowing what it is. Sneaking into Whitís workshop, the boys trigger a series of events that could lead to disaster. Through their ordeal, the boys discover a powerful truth: every action, no matter how insignificant it seems, can have dramatic consequences.|
|Episode 12: Stranger among us.|
|The worst storm in decades brings much more than rain to Odyssey. Featuring Connie, Dylan and Eugene, here is a misadventure of epic proportions that teaches the importance of not letting runaway emotions cloud sound judgment.|
|Episode 13: Baby daze.|
|When a baby shows up on the doorstep of Whitís End, the place becomes a flurry of splattered food, dirty diapers, and talking sock-puppets! Dylan and Connie can only laugh at Eugeneís hilarious attempts at childcare, but events that follow turn his world upside-down. He must decide which is more valuable - the advance of science or a life made in the image of God.|
|Episode 14: Last days of Eugene Meltsner.|
|Through Whitís new invention, the Micro-Simulator, Eugene takes a fantastic voyage through his own circulatory system and makes an alarming discovery. Forced to reevaluate how heíll spend the remaining days of his life, he sets in motion a chain of events that includes a bank heist, a ticking bomb, and a strangely familiar window washer! Here is a powerful lesson about trusting God and living each day as if it were your last.|
|Episode 15: Escape from the forbidden matrix.|
|Dylan canít get enough of the new action-packed video game Insectoids. So when he and his friend Sal are invited to play Insectoids "for real" in the virtual-reality room, they jump at the chance. Dylan throws caution to the wind and enters the "forbidden matrix." Soon they are engaged in a war. Will they be able to escape from the matrix? Find out in this adventure in which Dylan and Sal learn the dangers of wasting time and discover whatís really important in life.|
|Episode 16: Caves of Qumran.|
|When a mysterious old treasure map shows up in Odyssey, Mr. Whitaker, Dylan, Connie, and Eugene embark on a perilous journey that leads them to the caves of Qumran in Palestine.|
|Episode 17: Race to freedom|
|When Carter jumped into the Imagination Station for an unauthorized ride with Dylan back to the year 1856, he never expected to be mistaken for a runaway slave! Meanwhile, Dylan is enjoying the comforts of life on a cotton plantation. Will Dylan give up the easy life to try and help his friend escape? Get ready for a captivating trip on the Underground Railroad as Carter and his friends race to freedom in this exciting adventure. You'll learn that every person is valuable to God.|
|AESOPíS FABLES. vhs el,ue (13 min) Activity sheets
Four timeless favorites from the Greek master of fables are included in this program brimming with colorful animation, lively music, and poetry. After each fable, the viewer is given the moral of the story. The fables are:
|1) "The Grasshopper and the Ants"|
|A grasshopper dances and plays the summer away, only to learn the folly of his ways. He learns that "When you need your daily bread, itís always best to plan ahead."|
|2) "The Tortoise and the Hare"|
|Being the fastest, strongest, or the best at something, doesnít always mean youíll come out on top. Whatís often more important is persistence and determination.|
|3) "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"|
|This story helps youngsters see the folly of lying and provides an excellent springboard for a discussion of straying from the truth. When youíre known to tell lies, people wonít believe anything you say, even if itís true.|
|4) "The Horseís Mistake"|
|This story teaches the benefits of cooperation and shows that an uncooperative person may wind up doing more work than if he or she had cooperated. The stories on procrastination, over-confidence, telling lies, and not being cooperative are sure to generate discussion.|
AFFECTIONATELY YOURS, SCREWTAPE:
DEVIL AND C. S. LEWIS. DVD ad
(52 min) Guide
Did God give each person free will? Who is Satan? Can good truly overcome evil? Consider these questions and more as you journey inside the mind of C. S. Lewis in this introductory review of one of the great Christian literary works of the 20th century. The Screwtape Letters, a thin volume of imaginative letters between two devils, has given millions of readers insight into conquering everyday spiritual struggles. This program explores the biblical, historical, and cultural depictions of Satan and hell and provides a deeper understanding of the nature of temptation and redemption. The DVD can be viewed as a documentary or as a five-part study for small groups. (Sessions are 8 to 12 minutes each.) It includes PDF files of the script and questions for group discussion. Use this study for Sunday school, small groups, or evening programs.
AMERICAíS GODLY HERITAGE. vhs sh,ad (59min)
This David Barton presentation sets forth the beliefs of many of the famous Founding Fathers concerning the proper role of Christian principles in education, government, and the public affairs of the nation. The convictions of founders such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, John Quincy Adams, and others are clearly presented, and are accompanied by many of the famous portraits and pictorial reliefs from Americaís history. Additionally, excerpts from court cases demonstrate that for 160 years, Christian principles were inseparable from public affairs. This is an excellent primer for those who want to know more about the Foundersí intent for America.
|ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: BIBLE STUDY SERIES. kit ad
(2 tapes; approx. 100 min ea) Leaderís guides, participantís guides
You are about to embark on an exciting and rewarding Bible study. While this show aired as a secular TV series, its application can be both spiritually challenging and thought-provoking. Mayberry provides us with a modern-day parable to model and champion integrity in our daily life. And it has surprising lessons to teach. The focus of this study is not the episode itself, but the values it demonstrates. These observations allow us to look into our own lives and discuss how we might handle similar situations today. But we donít stop there. We also look to the scriptures to seek Godís guidance as we face these daily challenges of life. The series is hosted by Dennis Swanberg, a well-known motivational speaker, teacher, preacher, counselor, and comedian. Each volume includes: a videotape with four 25-minute episodes; an audiotape (1 or 2) with segments from each lesson correlated with relevant Bible passages and complete facilitatorís instructions; a leaderís guide; and a participantís guide. Allow two sessions to complete each 25-minute episode. This new innovation in Christian teaching can be used for individual study, small group study, weekend retreats, or Sunday school classes. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND VOLUME NUMBER BELOW.
|"Rafe Hollister Sings" deals with the problems of prejudice and hypocrisy. See how personal insecurities can rule our behavior and keep us from appreciating and loving others as God commands.|
|"Opie and the Spoiled Kid" is a great message for kids and adults alike, reminding us that material wealth is bankrupt without character.|
|"The Rivals" deals with respecting anotherís feelings as you guide them in lifeís lessons. It serves up a generous platter of tenderness salted with humor.|
|"Aunt Beeís Medicine Man" points out our own vulnerability to taking a wrong turn off the right road when we try to meet our needs through other people. When that happens, we need someone with discernment to help us see the truth.|
|"A Wife for Andy" teaches us about integrity in looking for a spouse and handling our friendsí schemes.|
|"High Noon in Mayberry" illustrates the futility of worry, both in mind and in action.|
|"Barneyís First Car" is a delightful roller coaster ride, as Barneyís friends loyally support him through his new car crisis.|
|"The Great Filling Station Robbery" demonstrates the damage we can do to others when we deny their growth.|
|ANGEL WINGS. vhs pr,el (2 tapes; 35 min ea)
The "Angel Wings" are a trio of heavenly heroes sent on missions to help the kids of earth discover the right thing. The only challenge is that the Angel Wings canít let the kids find out that theyíre angels! Three memorable animated tales are told on each tape. Closed captioned. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
|Tape 1: Mission: Caring 101.|
|1) Itís boys against the girls in a science fair project, and the Angel Wings help each side to care about the other as much as they care about themselves; 2) Carl is out for revenge when someone plays a prank on him, but the Angel Wings show him that "good" is the best kind of payback; and 3) Margot becomes an overbearing boss on a school project, and the Angel Wings show her how to solve her problems.|
|Tape 2: Mission: Christmas spirit.|
|1) When discouragement threatens to close a Christmas play, the Angel Wings step in to declare the Christmas message, which turns everything around; 2) The kids want to give up on a project to help a childrenís home, but the Angel Wings encourage them to stick with it; and 3) The Angel Wings help Carl to keep a promise he made on a ski slope.|
ARMS FOR THE POOR.
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Narrated by Richard Kiley and revealing the murky world of our weapons-export business, this video builds a dramatic case against the taxpayer-financed, United States weapon-export business to developing countries where the poor cry out for food, housing, schools, and medical care. The presentation goes beyond politics and economics to ask if the arms business is not killing our national soul. Changing the rules of the game is the goal of a bipartisan coalition of members of Congress who have introduced the Code of Conduct on Arms Transfer Bill to curtail the sale of weapons to non-democratic nations. The video presents an international spectrum of dignitaries and activists who share the belief of one Nobel Laureate that "the poor are crying out for schools and doctors, not guns and generals." James Forbes, Senior Pastor at Riverside Church in New York City, is featured.
ART OF OPPORTUNITY PARENTING.
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Do you want to be a parent that can effectively communicate and instill genuine godly values in your family life? Your family is living in a fast-paced, ever-evolving, and sometimes difficult world. How can you keep up? This program will inspire you and enrich your familyís life with insightful ideas on how to meet the challenges of family life by defining, balancing, and implementing your Christian values with your family. In this series, Bill Sanders, author and seminar speaker on critical teen issues, teaches the fine art of parenting in nine sessions on three videos:
Session 1: Making the choice to change.
Session 2: Daily vitamins for parents of all ages.
Session 3: Kids hear best with their eyes.
Session 4: We do one thing; they learn another.
Session 5: How valuable are your values?
Session 6: Put your values to work.
Session 7: Nurturing and teaching - a season for each.
Session 8: Classic mistakes and the walls they build.
Session 9: Donít douse their desire.
Each session is approximately 30 minutes long. Boxed together with the videos in this program are a student participant workbook, a leaderís guide, the book, Seize the Moment, Not Your Teen, and one audiocassette of original songs that bring home the message of the topics covered in this series.
|BETWEEN TWO ALTARS. vhs ad (2 tapes; 90 min ea) Guide
Martin Marty, a world-renowned authority on religion and ethics in America, examines issues that Christians must deal with in living out their faith in todayís world. Each 30-minute program places the viewer between the tensions - the two altars - that Christians face. Boxed together, these programs are:
|Tape 1: Program 1: Mind: Conformed or transformed?|
|Are we to be conformed to the values and morals of culture? Or are we to be transformed by our faith?|
|Program 2: Body: Idol or temple?|
|Is the physical body an idol to be worshipped? Or is the body...like a temple...meant to reflect our worship of God?|
|Program 3: Work: Calling or curse?|
|Is work...everyday secular work...a calling? Or is work...menial, mindless, one-thing-after-another work...a curse?|
|Tape 2: Program 4: Wealth: Blessing or barrier?|
|Is wealth a blessing from God? Or is wealth a barrier...like a camel going through the eye of a needle?|
|Program 5: Neighbor: Stranger or friend?|
|Are we to treat those who are different than us as strangers? Or are we to reach out and befriend them?|
|Program 6: Technology: Servant or master?|
|Is technology a servant to make us more efficient and effective? Or is technology becoming our master?|
|Joining Marty in these programs is David Clark, a theologian and scholar. They explore each challenging conflict with the help of guests who are business persons, writers, a physician, a lawyer, nonprofit organization presidents, educators, and others.|
|BEVERLY HILLBILLIES BIBLE STUDY.
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100 min ea; 2 cass) Leaderís guides, student guides
To teach a lesson, Jesus often used a parable - an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Our Lord knew everything about the wonderful power of storytelling. From the co-creator of "The Andy Griffith Show Bible Study Series," comes a Bible study based on one of the longest-running programs in television history! The Bible study highlights a simple family, in a world obsessed with money, who try to stay true to their values. Sound familiar? Volumes 1 and 2 each feature lessons and discussions based on four classic "primetime parables." ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL VOLUME NUMBER BELOW.
|1) Blessings - "Clampetts Strike Oil."|
|Itís the very first story about a man named Jed! After a hard life in the mountains, Jed heads for the good life in Beverly Hills, when he sells his oil-filled swamp for $25 million and moves his family to the kinder climate of California. Lesson: Count your many blessings.|
|2) Change - "Getting Settled."|
|Watch what happens when the Clampetts move to their new mansion and encounter a cement cattle pond, a stove with no stovepipe, and one lone "chicken" with pink feathers and stretch legs too! Lucky for the Clampetts, thereís no place like home! Lesson: $25 million and change.|
|3) Truth - "Clampetts Meet Mrs. Drysdale."|
|A simple misunderstanding causes complicated consequences after Mr. Drysdale asks the Hillbillies to hide their still from his wife, and the Clampetts assume Mrs. Drysdale must be a drinking woman! Lesson: The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but a pack of lies.|
|4) Motives - "Elly Needs a Maw."|
|Track the effects of multiple motives as Jed looks for a maw for Elly, the Widow Fenwick looks for a fellow real estate investor, and Mr. Drysdale looks for a way to land both of them at his bank. Itís the tale of the matchmaker banker and the mismatched millionaires! Lesson: Whatís my motivation?|
|1) Humility - "Ellyís First Date."|
|Watch what happens when Elly May brings out the worst in the Drysdale family: Sonny Drysdale. Mr. Drysdaleís adult stepson acts very childish when he sees Elly and fawns, fusses, and frets - over himself! Itís a fractured fairy tale as humble Beauty meets vain Beast! Lesson: Humble (possum) pie.|
|2) Forgiveness - :Jed Plays Solomon."|
|Witness the wisdom in forgiveness as Granny feuds with Cousin Pearl and Jed must keep peace between the two! When Pearlís yodeling pierces Grannyís ears, Granny sics the dogs - then the law - on Pearl! However, Grannyís revenge backfires when the police find her still! Lesson: Forgive and forget what?|
|3) Generosity. - "Clampetts in Court."|
|Document the events when the Clampettsí truck gets bumped by a reckless driver - who sues when he learns that the Hillbillies have millions! Then Jed acts as a generous judge when he rules to give the man his money! Lesson: Generous to your fault.|
|4) Belief - "Giant Jackrabbit."|
|Itís the highest-rated, half-hour television program ever! After an Australian banker sends Mr. Drysdale a kangaroo, Granny thinks sheís found a five-foot jackrabbit. When Jed canít find the critter, he hides Grannyís jug. As Jed struggles to believe, Granny stews over jackrabbit stew. Lesson: Believe it...or else!|
|Volumes 1 and 2 each include a videotape with four 25-minute episodes, an audiotape with lesson segments, a leaderís guide, and a student guide. Allow two sessions to complete each episode. Use the series for individual study, small group study, weekend retreats, or Sunday school classes.|
BEYOND REGRET: ENTERING INTO HEALING AND
WHOLENESS AFTER AN ABORTION. vhs sh,ad
(35 min) Guide
Few women and men can walk away from the experience of abortion without some emotional impact. Unresolved feelings of guilt, shame, and grief may not surface until months, often years, after an abortion. In this program, you will find men and women who have lived with the pain of abortion and have found healing and wholeness. Through their testimonies we hope you can enter into healing from your abortion and find peace. Featuring Sydna Masse, founder of Ramah International, and Stephen Arterburn, founder of Women of Faith Conferences, the video covers topics such as: realizing that you need healing; allowing yourself to grieve; forgiveness from God; forgiving yourself and others; and naming and memorializing your child.
BIOETHICS AND THE
BOOK OF LIFE. vhs ad
(90 min) Guide
The last few decades have seen astounding progress in the life sciences, progress that raises moral and ethical questions about everything from the treatment of disease to the meaning of human life. We have left behind the century of the atom, some say, for the century of the gene. Scientists, ethicists, and religious leaders are asking where scientific advances in stem-cell research and cloning are leading us. How might these advances transform human life? What is the role of religion and ethics in grappling with the choices the new genetic knowledge presents? And have the responses of theologians, ethicists, religious leaders and faith traditions kept up with the accomplishments of science and technology? This video includes some of the best stories from the public television series Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly on a wide variety of current issues in bioethics. A 24-page full-color guide will help viewers explore topics such as stem-cell research and cloning, as well as the enormous questions posed by genetic science about what makes us human.
BLEST BE THE TIE: RECLAIMING CHRISTIAN-FAMILY VALUES. vhs ad (30 min) Study guide
Featuring the wisdom of Tony Campolo, Bob Keeshan, Tipper Gore, Will Campbell, and a host of other well-known Christians, this provocative, four-session, interactive video studies the topics of boredom, pop culture, sexuality, and drugs. The resource stimulates discussion to open the way for groups to cement bonds of respect, love, and commitment, and to have HOPE for the future in context of these four urgent concerns. It is ideal for groups wanting to strengthen adult, youth, or intergenerational bridges of understanding. NOTE: IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU PREVIEW BEFORE USING.
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In this emotionally-powerful video parable, a malfunction in a railroad bridge requires the attendant to control the tracks manually so a crowded train can cross the river. As he does this, he looks ahead and sees his young son coming across the tracks searching for him. At this moment the father must decide whom to save - the passengers on the crowded train or his son. NOTE: IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU PREVIEW THIS VIDEO BEFORE SHOWING TO A GROUP.
BUZBY, THE MISBEHAVING BEE. vhs OR DVD pr,el (approx. 60 min) Information sheet
He's been kicked out of his hive and is on the move. Now Buzby, the misbehaving bee, is bringing his mischief to the garden. And his unwillingness to follow the "Garden Golden Rules" has caused a major problem. But a simple act of kindness will change Buzby's heart and teach him that God's rules are made to keep everyone safe. Here is a new program in Max Lucado's "Hermie" series. Also featured is the cartoon short, "The Straight Path." Closed captioned.
|CAESAR AND GOD: ETHICS AND STEWARDSHIP. vhs ad (approx. 60
We become stewards of Godís gifts when we commit ourselves to Christ. How do we then behave as stewards? This study course explores five important personal and social issues, and leads to more thoughtful analysis of faithful - and grateful living. The sessions (approximately 12 minutes each) are:
|Part 1: Living the life abundant: Ethics of money.|
|How do we balance caring for ourselves with caring for others?|
|Part 2: Seedtime and harvest: Ethics of food.|
|How do we balance adequate food production and distribution with care for creation?|
|Part 3: Birds and beasts: Ethics of caring for Godís creatures.|
|How do we balance economic growth with preservation of the other creatures sharing our world?|
|Part 4: Privilege or right?: Ethics of health care.|
|How do we balance the right to good health with the rising costs of ensuring care?|
|Part 5: Not giving up, not giving in: Ethics at work and beyond.|
|How do we preserve important values in the face of competing demands?|
|Each part presents enough of a topic for an adult class to sink its teeth into. A class could spend more than one session on each of the parts. The video can also be used in conjunction with two other videos in the Resource Center: "The Stewardship of All of Life," and "Personal But Not Private."|
CHARACTER IS DESTINY: MAKING A HABIT OF DOING THE RIGHT THING.
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Every organization and every business expects their people to do the right thing. Even though we all know whatís right, or whatís good, the difficulty - even for the very best among us - lies in consistently doing it. So how do we develop habits of good character? The question has never been more urgent. The answer lies in reflecting on our own behaviors and choosing to "do the right thing" at every turn. Life on a family farm is the backdrop for this practical approach to ethics in everyday life. Author and Ethics Professor Russell W. Gough is your host. The resource includes a video, a leaderís guide, a workbook, and a PowerPoint presentation on CD-ROM. Closed captioned.
CHILDREN IN AMERICA'S SCHOOLS.
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Using Jonathan Kozol's book Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools as its starting point, this powerful documentary with Bill Moyers illustrates the vast differences separating inner-city, rural and suburban educational environments. Overcrowded, under-heated, torn-up text books, condemned buildings... You'll want to root for the children in this heart-wrenching journey through our nation's public schools. You will wonder about the future of our public schools - and the future of our nation. Closed captioned.
CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES: RICK NUNES STORY. vhs jh-ad (27 min) Guide
This powerful video is the personal testimony of a young 24-year-old man with AIDS who describes a teenage life of poor choices and the consequences of his actions. He graphically describes his experiences with drugs and the life of petty theft which he developed to support his drug habit. Most importantly, he looks squarely at the unhappiness which his decisions brought to his family and loved ones, at the injustice he inflicted on the strangers from whom he stole, and at the irreparable damage he did to his own physical health.
CHRISTMAS CAROL BIBLE STUDY.
kit sh,ad (1 DVD, approx. 60 min)
Designed to reach adults, youth, non-church members - and even to refresh the world-weary souls of long-time believers, this video-based, four-episode Bible study features the classic Dickens' film (in black and white) with relevant scriptures for you to use on the teachings of Jesus. The four sections are:
Section 1 - Scrooge. - Meet a man so selfish, not even Christmas puts him in a giving mood. When Bob Cratchit tries
to stoke the office fire, Scrooge denies the cold man coal. And when nephew Fred invites him to dinner,
Uncle Scrooge rudely refuses. Only later is Scrooge himself at a loss, when the ghostly Jacob Marley
appears to accuse his selfish soul. Lesson: Selfishness.
Section 2 - Marley and the Ghost of Christmas past. - Scrooge regrets the mistakes of his past. First, Marley's ghost
warns Scrooge that the sins of this life are punished in the next. Then, the ghost takes him back to the
pivotal time when he first chose the love of money over a life of love. Lesson: Regret.
Section 3 - Ghost of Christmas present. - Scrooge repents of his cynical spirit as this ghost shows him how Christmas
is truly kept. On Christmas Day, the Cratchits prove that, while poor in finances, they are rich in family
and love well. Lesson: Repentance.
Section 4 - Ghost of Christmas future. - Scrooge crawls toward salvation as this ghost foretells not one but two deaths:
Tiny Tim's and his own. Thus, after facing his death, he is re-born into a new life - and everyone stands
in awe at the salvation of Scrooge. Lesson: Salvation.
The four sessions are each about 15 minutes in length. A leader's guide and a study guide are included.
CONFRONTING THE CONTROVERSIES: BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES ON TOUGH ISSUES. kit ad (1 tape, 1 DVD, approx. 114 min ea, CD-ROM) Guides/Book
Here is a small-group study that explores, from a biblical perspective, some of the most challenging topics of our time: the separation of church and state; creation and evolution in the public schools; the death penalty; euthanasia; prayer in public schools; abortion; and homosexuality. This seven-session resource provides the components to create a powerful small-group experience: Adam Hamilton's thought-provoking book (revised edition); a videocassette and DVD containing seven 15-minute presentations by Hamilton based on the seven book chapters; a leader's guide; and a pastor's guide with CD-ROM. The purpose of this program is to help participants learn how to think through complex moral issues, applying both biblical teaching and theological thinking; to provide a model for how to dialogue about moral issues and maintain respect for persons on both sides of the divide; to teach how the Christian faith relates to critical issues in contemporary society; and to encourage discipleship and other prophetic challenges. It is a comprehensive program for reaching new people, creating interest, launching new small groups; and strengthening existing classes.
DOES GOD CARE HOW WE MAKE BABIES? vhs ad (2 tapes; 4.5 hrs total) Guide
Subtitle: Ethical concerns about reproductive choices, cloning and abortion. This satellite teleconference from the United Methodist Teleconference Connection (UMTC) aired on April 25, 2000. Panelists and viewers explore emerging ethical questions as they examine: 1) Implications of sperm donation, egg donation, and in vitro fertilization; 2) Concerns surrounding cloning and creating designer children; 3) Dilemmas related to abortion as a moral choice; and 4) A framework for ethical decision-making. The presentation is designed for religious leaders and members of their faith communities, counselors, chaplains, and medical, health care and social service professionals. American Sign Language is provided.
EMBRACING AGING: FAMILIES FACING
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Change and getting older is inevitable. So how can we make it the best it can be? Families, experts, and "wise ones" share insights on aging, housing choices, facing illness, and cooperating as siblings in the care of aging parents. Residents of a cohousing community for those over 55 offer attractive alternatives for the aging years. You will hear from medical and aging experts and find new insights and models for making life better in the later years. Viewers will become more comfortable with their own aging, and stigma will be reduced as attitudes change. Practical and helpful bonus content on the DVD include: how to choose a nursing home; giving up driving; finances for older years; and more on cohousing. A discussion guide is also included. Closed captioned. There are optional English and Spanish subtitles. NOTE: For more information, visit www.EmbracingAging.com.
ENOUGH: DISCOVERING JOY THROUGH SIMPLICITY AND GENEROSITY. DVD ad (92 min) Guide/Book
Today we stand and watch as the American Dream turns into a national economic nightmare. Home prices are dropping, the stock market is in chaos, retail sales are down and retirement funds are shrinking. Personal savings habits are at an all-time low. Our crumbling economy is so different from the society that told us not so long ago, "you deserve it now," regardless of whether we could afford it, or whether we actually needed it. Do we need to redefine our relationship to money? Where do we find true wealth and contentment? The book and small group DVD study, Enough, leads us to examine our own values and behavior toward spending, wealth, discipline, giving, and personal contentment. Explore Bible teachings with Adam Hamilton on faith, wealth, generosity, simplicity, and discovering deep joy. Each week during this five-session study, participants will: 1) Reassess their values, desires and needs;
2) Learn how to begin using simple tools to evaluate their financial situation; 3) Develop a values-based view of managing their money; and 4) Consider ways to find contentment in simpler living. Session times run 45-90 minutes each. Topics include: Introductory Session: Faith in the Midst of Financial Crisis (14:40); 1) When Dreams Become Nightmares (15:24); 2) Wisdom and Finance (18:30); 3) Cultivating Contentment (19:00); 4) Defined by Generosity (18:55); and the short session Bonus: To Be a Blessing (5:09). The book and DVD with leader's guide are suitable for individual reading or for small-group study. NOTE: Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest-growing, most highly visible churches in the country.
ETHICS AND WORK WITH JOANNE CIULLA. vhs ad (28 min)
Joanne Ciulla, teacher of business ethics and management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, is interviewed by host Bill Moyers on PBS's well-received, provocative series "A World of Ideas." Ciulla talks about ethics in business and the meaning of work in our culture. Closed captioned.
ETHICS IN MEDIA: EVAPORATING VALUES OR NEWS YOU CAN USE?
vhs sh,ad (29 min) Guide
Produced by the Presbyterian Church Media Services Team for Intermedia and the Department of Communication, National Council of Churches, this video has been designed to illustrate the dynamic tension that occurs in todayís world between the need for full, balanced, accurate, and adequately representative reporting of news from around the world on the one hand, and on the other hand, the dictates/demands of television news coverage: limited time and viewer attention spans; need for attention to localism; and editorial evaluation of what constitutes "news". In this hypothetical situation in which a number of people out of the roles they have been asked to play respond to an African ambassadorís impassioned speech to have events from his country and region of the world covered more fairly, a number of questions are raised that relate to ethical issues and global communications. A study guide invites you and your group to consider these ethical issues in depth and thus continue the on-going dialog about them.
FITTING IN: NEW LOOK AT PEER PRESSURE.
vhs jh,sh (26 min) Leaderís guide
This live-action video program is designed to unite kids in their understanding of what peer pressure is; to provide them with the tools and skills they may use to deal with negative peer pressure; to provide some positive steps toward building self-esteem; and to promote positive peer pressure. A documentary approach is used to present peer pressure issues and positive alternatives through the point of view of teens. School-based approaches to dealing with peer pressure are profiled from the "D.A.R.E. Program" in a Los Angeles school, a decision-making program curriculum at a Chicago area junior high, and positive peer pressure attitudes at a high school in Harlem. Designed for use with teenagers, the program can also be used by adults in a seminar setting
FLO THE LYIN' FLY. vhs
OR DVD pr,el (approx. 40 min)
In this prequel to Max Lucado's "Hermie: Common Caterpillar," Hermie returns with some tales of his "pre-butterfly days," and introduces us to Flo, a sweet young fly who learns an important lesson about telling the truth and nothing but the truth! Reuniting the voice talents of Tim Conway and Don Knotts, and drawing from Proverbs 19:5 which says no one gets away with a lie, Flo sets out to teach children, through humorous situations, entertaining songs, and cleverly written dialogue, the importance of telling the truth no matter what the circumstance. Also included as part of the resource is the cartoon short with Hermie and Wormie called "The Flood of Lies." Closed captioned.
FORGED BY FIRE: UNTOLD STORIES OF FAITH. DVD ad (47 min) Guide
We all have a story and all of our stories matter. How we tell a story matters because stories are how we define ourselves. Whose stories we tell, whose stories we deny or elevate, silence or appropriate, tells us something about ourselves in the present. How and who tells our past stories defines in part who we want to see ourselves be in the future. This DVD presents a collection of five stories about ethnic groups that have faced or are facing injustice, persecution and/or marginalization in the United States. These stories, however, are sprinkled with hope as evidenced by the reaction and action of United Methodist Church clergy and members on behalf of those groups. The stories focus on:
1) Japanese-Americans' internment during World War II;
2) Cherokees' forced removal and the Trail of Tears;
3) African-Americans' passage to freedom via the Underground Railroad;
4) Hispanic/Latino struggles on the United States/Mexico border; and
5) Pacific Islanders' immigration to the United States.
The sessions are 7 to 11 minutes each, totaling 47 minutes. In listening to the stories, viewers will be inspired and educated to bring about change. Forged by Fire is a spiritual exercise in speaking justice to the powers that threaten to extinguish God's hope in human history. It is the perfect resource for discovering God's work in the lives of ordinary Christians through their extraordinary stories. Use it in your Sunday school class or small group.
FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS. vhs sh,ad ((50 min)
Hosted by John Dalla Costa, renowned author, global ethicist, and theologian, this program explores the steadily expanding division between the "haves" and the "have nots," an urgent international reality in which the poorest nations of the Southern Hemisphere owe more than $485 billion to their lenders in the North. While focusing on one of the most impoverished nations - Nicaragua - to gauge the impact of that country's indebtedness on the poorest members of their society, the film documents the growing grassroots movement to end Third World debt that has confronted the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the G8 lenders, in each case demanding that they cancel the debts of the world's poor. The Jubilee 2000 debt cancellation campaign was inspired by the ancient Biblical observance of "jubilee" described in Leviticus 25, a tradition calling for freeing slaves and complete debt forgiveness, thus providing hope and personal freedom for future generations. Among those featured are: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, The Pope, and Harvard economist Dr. Juliet Schor. Closed captioned.
FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT. vhs sh,ad (25 min)
From the WallBuilders series, this documentary by David Barton demonstrates that many of the current concepts related to the "separation of Church and State" were never intended by the Founding Fathers. The program not only surveys and analyzes the historical records on the drafting of the First Amendment, but shows the cultural decline after the 1962 Court rejected the Foundersí intent. It further shows that the current Court is beginning to return to and uphold many values previously struck down. This video gives an overview of the Foundersí own understanding of the First Amendment and shows how much their original intent has been distorted.
GAMBLING: RISKY BUSINESS. vhs sh,ad (approx. 25 min) Guide
From casinos and lotteries to bingo parlors and video poker, legalized gambling is suddenly everywhere. How has the explosive growth in gambling affected individuals, families, and communities? And, for Christians, what does the Bible have to say about this risky activity? Is gambling an innocent pastime or a destructive habit? Discover the answers to these questions and more as counselors, educators, pastors, and people who have experienced the adverse effects of gambling share their insights on this topic. This video takes you behind the scenes of how gambling addiction starts and the havoc it can bring upon unsuspecting families. Hosted by John Eldredge, the program will help Christians make sense of one of todayís toughest personal and social issues from a biblical and compassionate point of view. It is an excellent tool for individual and group study, and it comes with a reproducible discussion and resource guide.
GILLIGAN'S ISLAND AND THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS BIBLE STUDY. kit sh,ad (1 DVD, approx. 60 min) Guides
With practical applications for daily living, this DVD-based Bible study features a classic TV movie with relevant scriptures for you to use on the teachings of Jesus. It features lessons and discussions based on Rescue from Gilligan's Island. The creator of Gilligan's Island based the seven castaways on the Seven Deadly Sins: Lust, Greed, Envy, Sloth, Anger, Gluttony, and Pride. Here are the lessons:
Section 1: Rescue from Gilligan's Island. - As they finally get their chance to get off the island, you'll be amazed at how our seven stranded castaways really do comically commit the seven deadly sins! Lesson: Seven Castaways, Seven Deadly Sins. (approx. 20 min.)
Section 2: Gilligan and the Skipper. - Back in civilization, at work on their new boat, our two crewman are not only at their wacky worst - lazy and angry - but also their unexpected best - diligent and patient. Lesson: You Snooze. You Lose It. (approx. 6 min.)
Section 3: Ginger. - The movie star finds that she doesn't want to tempt Hollywood with a comeback - because Hollywood wants to tempt the audience with too much lust! Lesson: I Don't Lust You Anymore. (approx. 8 min.)
Section 4: The Professor. - The teacher is tested when he must choose between a) pride or b) humility at the university. Now the professor must learn a lesson on how to keep pride in - and out of - his work! Lesson: Pride in Your Work. (approx. 8 min.)
Section 5: Thurston and Lovey Howell. - At a dinner party, the millionaire and his wife appear as they usually are - greedy and gluttonous - as well as how they should be - generous and restrained! Lesson: More and More. (approx. 6 min.)
Section 6: Mary Ann. - On her long-delayed wedding day, our favorite girl-next-door goes from envious to envied. And Mary Ann sees why anyone who is green with envy is usually blue about it! Lesson: Green with Envy - and Blue About it. (approx. 7 min.)
Section 7: Here on Gilligan's Isle - Again. - Just before embarking on another three-hour tour, the soon-to-be re-stranded castaways show how they have learned to live together through the seven holy virtues! Lesson: Seven Castaways, Seven Holy Virtues. (approx. 6 min.)
The first session is about 20 minutes in length. Remaining sessions are each approximately 6 to 8 minutes in length. A leader's guide and a study guide are included.
|GLOBAL BANQUET: POLITICS OF FOOD. vhs ad (50 min) Guide
This timely, provocative, two-part video explores the politics of global food security - a security threatened by the policies and practices of giant international food producers, trade and financial institutions, as well as governments here and abroad.
|Part 1: Whoís invited?|
|Giant corporations are allowed to control the worldís food system through free trade policies. This segment examines how the corporate globalization of food threatens the livelihoods of small farmers in the United States and developing countries, and how free trade is the route to mounting hunger worldwide, despite an overabundance of food. (25 min.)|
|Part 2: Whatís on the menu?|
|This segment deals with mass produced, low-cost food imports to developing countries; cash crop exports that deplete natural resources and render developing countries unable to feed themselves; and some genetically modified crops. Farmers, laborers, environmentalists, animal rights activists, church groups, and students work to rewrite unjust free trade policies. (25 min.)|
GODíS CREATION AND GLOBAL WARMING.
vhs jh-ad (15 min)
As people of faith, we recognize that we are connected to all of Godís creation. We as good stewards of the environment are obligated not to destroy that over which we have been given dominion. Through our disobedience, we poisoned Godís garden, abused Godís handiwork, and now are actually altering the climate of Godís creation on earth. Our incredible addiction to gasoline and automobiles, and our reliance on fossil fuels are causing a major disruption of our climate. Scientists tell us that global warming will have its greatest impact on those who are least likely to do anything about it. Our nation alone contributes almost a quarter of todayís greenhouse gases. Churches need to stand together as one to combat global warming. Godís calling us to "clean up our act" - to get involved in acts of mercy and acts of justice.
RULE POLITICS: RECLAIMING THE RIGHTFUL ROLE OF FAITH IN POLITICS.
(36 min) Guide
This series offers an antidote to the prevailing myth that GOP stands for "God's Only Party." Rooted in the theological conviction that God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, that neither party is thoroughly moral or completely immoral, this DVD explores the rightful role of faith in politics through interviews with clergy and politicians in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. It expands the moral agenda from the narrow list of issues prioritized by the Christian Right to the fuller expression of issues found in the Christian tradition, beginning with the biblical priority of doing justice. The DVD is sure to spark group discussion as to what role Christian faith should play in politics while challenging all people of faith to advance the common good. The six sessions run 4 to 8 minutes each. Use the resource for Sunday school, small groups, retreats, and evening programs.
GRASPING FOR THE WIND: HUMANITYíS SEARCH FOR MEANING. vhs sh,ad (2 tapes; approx. 221 min total)
This innovative and stimulating seven-part series, hosted by author and attorney John Whitehead, explores humanityís search for meaning over the last 2000 years through the works of Western philosophers, writers, artists, filmmakers, politicians, and musicians. Boxed together, the seven parts are:
|1) Breaking with the past.|
|When a culture abandons its religious traditions, it must find something strong enough to replace those traditions to give people a sense of meaning. This episode compares Enlightenment thinkers to Roman thinkers and also looks at the revolutionary ideas of 20th century artists and writers including Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Rotten.|
|2) Where are we going?|
|This session examines the 20th centuryís search for answers to questions such as "Where do we come from?" and "Who are we?" Some of the key people and films featured include Charles Darwin, Michelangelo, Jim Morrison, and the "Blade Runner."|
|3) Children of the machine.|
|The episode explores the relationship between culture and technology through the works of Ernest Hemingway, Sigmund Freud, and Salvador Dali, and films including "Batman," "Nosferatu," and "Blue Velvet."|
|4) Lost generation.|
|It describes how, with its moral base shaken, an American generation began seeking alternatives to Western Capitalism. Some of the key people and films featured include Albert Einstein, Margaret Sanger, Bill Haley and the Comets, and "Citizen Kane."|
|5) Fat dream.|
|This session recounts how many people, unable to make sense of the destruction from war, began seeking an escape through spectator sports, music, gambling, drugs, alcohol, and sex. Key personalities and films include Joseph McCarthy, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and "Rebel Without a Cause."|
|6) Winds of revolution.|
|The episode shows how the youth movement of the 1950s escalated into a rebellion against traditional values in the 1960s. This was accented by politicized musicians such as Bob Dylan and films including "Easy Rider," "Bonnie and Clyde," and The Beatles "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band."|
|7) Narcissistic culture.|
|This final segment explains how much of Americaís culture , in a desperate search for absolutes, began turning to weight loss, sex advice, and religious television. Some of the key people and films featured include Robert Mapplethorpe, The Sex Pistols, "The Big Chill," and "Forrest Gump."|
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This progressive ministry resource features pro athletes, artists, and band members speaking directly to teens about topics facing young people today. A leader's guide provides materials and information to guide discussion anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks. Each topic is delivered in a 12- to 15-minute DVD for both youth workers and teens. NOTE: More topics will be added to this series as new DVDs become available. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL VOLUME NUMBER BELOW.
Vol. #1: Dealing with temptation. - Features pro skateboarder Brian Sumner and hip-hop artist Da' TRUTH.
Vol. #2: Power of the tongue. - Features surfer Matt Beacham and members of Olivia the Band.
Vol. #3: Consequences of sin. - Features pro skateboarder Christian Hosoi and members of The 7 Method.
Vol. #4: Who you are in Christ. - Features pro snowboarder Dave Downing and hip-hop artist Phanatik.
Vol. #5: Going to the root. - Features pro snowboarder Dan Short and hip-hop artist Urban D.
Vol. #6: Idolatry. - Features pro skateboarder Robert Lim and Darin Kiem, vocalist for Staple.
Each DVD also features funny little extras. The series is suggested for use in Sunday school or for evening programs, youth meetings, and retreats.
GREENING OF FAITH: WHY THE ENVIRONMENT IS A CHRISTIAN CONCERN. vhs ad (2 tapes; 27-30 min ea) Guides
These highly-acclaimed videos explore the religious dimensions of ecology and define care for the earth as central to the Churchís vocation. Here is an invaluable guide for people of faith ready to re-examine our relationship with Godís creation. Insightful, accessible reflections by theologians, environmentalists, and teachers offer helpful ecumenical perspectives on one of the most pressing - and exciting - areas of faith and ethics. Stunning nature photography and the haunting music of Peter Kater, R. Carlos Nakai, and Chris White flavor this rich feast of creation themes. Boxed together, the two programs are:
Program 1 (30 min.): Theology and Spirituality
Biblical foundations for ecology.
Creation spirituality in Christian tradition.
Nature as sacramental.
Re-connection of faith and science.
Program 2 (27 min.): Ethics
Environment and justice.
Extension of ethical obligation beyond the human species.
Unique role the Church can play in the formation of attitudes and the enabling of change.
HAILEY AND BAILEY'S SILLY FIGHT.
DVD pr,el (approx. 60
min) Information Sheet
Here is another program in Max Lucado's Hermie and Friends series. Most twins have abiding love for each other. Hailey and Bailey are no different. Well, there was that one time... It's the age-old conflict: blueberries vs. tomatoes. Or was it oatmeal vs. Cap'n Crunch? She hit me first? Come to think of it, sibling disputes are almost never "about" anything. They are just silly. When Hailey and Bailey can't agree on what to pack for their picnic, the resulting feud spills over to the entire garden and threatens to undo the good deeds the twins have actually agreed to perform. Join our favorite garden friends as we learn about getting along. The lesson is based on Jesus' words in Mark 12:31 about loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. There are many bonus features on the DVD, including the cartoon short HermieLocks. Closed captioned.
HUMAN RACE CLUB. vhs el,ue (30 min ea)
In each of these animated stories, the five members of the Human Race Club meet in their clubhouse to discuss an important emotional or moral issue. Each issue is then dramatized in a flashback. Using honesty and humor, the stories encourage children to develop reasoning skills in order to solve problems; to make decisions based on self-respect and respect for others; and to take responsibility for their lives. Each episode ends with a live-action recap by author Joy Berry and a lively song from the club members. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND VOLUME NUMBER BELOW.
Vol. 1 - Letter on light blue stationery. (Self-esteem)
Vol. 2 - High price to pay. (Earning money)
Vol. 3 - Fair weather friend. (Making friends)
Vol. 4 - Casey's revenge. (Sibling rivalry; value of mutual respect)
Vol. 5 - Lean mean machine. (Handling emotions)
Vol. 6 - Unforgettable pen pal. (Prejudice and discrimination)
IN GOD THEY TRUSTED.
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In five six-minute segments, often with the help of on-location actors, David Manuel and Peter Marshall, co-authors of The Light and the Glory and From Sea to Shining Sea, take a pilgrimage to the roots of Americaís spiritual heritage. Beginning with the Pilgrims, they climb aboard the replica of the Mayflower and walk the main street of the reconstructed Plimonth Plantation. In Philadelphia, in the very room where the Declaration of Independence was debated and signed, they recapture the drama of the United States of America becoming One Nation Under God. At Mt. Vernon and then at Valley Forge, they see the home life which shaped Washingtonís faith, and the furnace which tempered it. And at the battlefield of Manassas, with the help of Fritz Kleinís indelible portrayal of Lincoln, they look into the heart of our greatest Christian President, as he fulfilled the national vision which Washington had begun.
|INCREDIBLE POWER OF PRAYER. vhs
ue-ad (4 tapes; approx. 30 min
Featuring television commentators Richard Blair, Ralph Baker, and Jane Chastain, and historical consultants Rev. Peter Marshall and Stephen McDowell, these inspirational videos explore the incredible power of prayer at work in 500 years of American history. Youíll see how ordinary Christians became extraordinary as they warded off calamities, saved their country from destruction, and often changed the course of world history through prayer! A 16-page discussion guide accompanies each video. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL VOLUME NUMBER BELOW.
|Volume 1: Power of prayer.|
|See how Americaís early explorers and pioneers - from Christopher Columbus to George Washington - survived disaster through the power of prayer!|
|Volume 2: In God we trust.|
|Watch how the United States was founded on prayer...and discover how praying Christians have changed history!|
|Volume 3: Miraculous answers.|
|Witness how the prayer-based Great Awakenings swept away the moral and spiritual decline that crippled America!|
|Volume 4: One nation under God.|
|Discover how our nationís historical sites and monuments reflect our Christian heritage and reliance on prayer!|
JOSHUA: BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS.
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Whether a slave making bricks or a leader of a nation, Joshua lived a life defined by courage, humility, prayer, and worship. His life serves as an example and encouragement to us all. Join author and pastor Todd Phillips in the heart of the nation's capitol as he uses American history to illuminate the story of Joshua in a way never before experienced. This four-part series will challenge everyone to be strong and courageous. The sessions are:
1) Holy ground. (4:25) - Arlington National Cemetery is considered Holy ground, as it honors those who have sacrificed their lives. Joshua was instructed to remove his sandals before entering the Holy ground of the Promised Land. The ground on which we all stand is Holy because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
2) Stones of remembrance. (4:13) - A single monument towers above the D.C. landscape, honoring the life of George Washington. In a world that easily forgets, we are challenged like Joshua to be living monuments that bear witness to the power of God.
3) Fighting on their knees. (4:35) - The public successes of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua did not come from their might, but from their private prayer lives.
4) Be strong and courageous. (5:45) - There will always be tyrants in one form or another who seize authority and destroy others. Like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joshua, we are called to respond with the voice of truth.
JUSTICE 4 ALL: RESTORATIVE JUSTICE. vhs jh,sh (27 min) Guide
What happens when young people come into contact with the criminal justice system in the United States? This video, broken into four segments to use with a youth group or church school class, presents issues of justice and programs of restorative justice for young people. The video is accompanied by a booklet of suggestions for presentation, discussion, and actions, along with a resource list so your group can become involved.
K-10-C: KIDS' TEN
COMMANDMENTS. vhs pr-ue
(5 tapes; approx. 30 min ea)
This ground-breaking series harnesses the power of "story" and top-quality animation to engage children and communicate the Ten Commandments in a truly memorable way. The series features the voices of: Tom Bosley, Jodi Benson, Lou Diamond Phillips, Peter Strauss, and others. Each volume contains stories regarding two commandments, original songs, and music. Kids learn biblical values to live by as they discover the truth about God's love for every person. Closed captioned. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
Tape 1: Not so golden calf. - Eleven-year-old Seth, his mom, and his quirky animal companions learn firsthand the meaning of God's first two commandments.
Tape 2: Rest is yet to come. - Seth and his animal companions learn about commandments three and four.
Tape 3: Life and Seth situation. - Seth and his best friend Ephraim, learn the meaning of commandments five and six.
Tape 4: Stolen jewels, stolen hearts. - This episode helps kids understand the meaning and importance of commandments seven and eight.
Tape 5: Toying with the truth. - Kids learn about commandments nine and ten.
KEYS TO GOOD GOVERNMENT. vhs sh,ad (59 min)
America was founded as a unique experiment based on clear moral principles. However, today scandal and corruption in government affairs have become commonplace. How does the present situation differ from the original vision? Discover the keys to good government by investigating the wise counsel and instruction of early leaders such as William Penn, Benjamin Rush, Noah Webster, John Witherspoon, George Washington, and many others. David Barton argues that the key to our future may lie in rediscovering our past! The information in this video not only stands in stark contrast to many contemporary teachings surrounding civic responsibilities, it also shows how we as Americans can reclaim the quality of government we once enjoyed.
LAST CHANCE DETECTIVES . vhs
pr-jh (3 tapes; 50-55 min ea)
|Case 1: Mystery lights of Navajo Mesa.|
|In this story, the kids are drawn to puzzling situations involving a mysterious museum robbery and a strange, green, glowing object sighted in the Navajo Mesa sky. Here is a fast-paced mystery adventure where kids learn the biblical principle of forgiveness.|
|Case 2: Legend of the desert bigfoot.|
|Sasquatch is loose in the desert! Can the four young sleuths - Mike, Ben, Winnie, and Spence - track it down and discover the truth that lies behind the legend? This mystery will have your kids on the edge of their seats and learning to do what they know is right no matter how tough it may be.|
|Case 3: Escape from Fire Lake.|
|Mike is missing! Winnie, Ben, and Spence have just found Mikeís compass in the dirt at an old abandoned motel in town. But worse, the empty getaway car from yesterdayís bank robbery is sitting in the motelís courtyard. The young detectives launch a desperate search for one of their own - but itís a race against time, and the odds are against them. Here is an exciting story of survival and hope - a story of courage. It is also a story of personal faith in God and the difference it makes in times of crisis.|
sh,ad (approx. 8 min) Guide
From the Storytellers series, here's a contemporary look at the amazing life of Nehemiah. The four-part, video-driven Bible study is made for a 21st century audience by comparing the ancient story of Nehemiah's courageous journey to rebuild a city in ruins with the horrific devastation of Hurricane Katrina. With teaching by Marcus Goodloe of the Awaken Ministry team with Erwin McManus and Mosaic in Los Angeles, "Goodie" unpacks the emotions, vulnerability and challenges Nehemiah tackled as he stood face to face with a decision to risk his life for the sake of trusting God and living in obedience to Him. With powerful lessons, dramatic clips, and excellent teaching, this Bible study will change the way you view Nehemiah. Each clip on this DVD will enhance your small group study in a brand new way. The sessions are:
1) Dealing with disaster. (1:45) - This clip reminds us of how Nehemiah felt when the city of Jerusalem was in ruins. Despite our outer circumstances we must continue to trust God.
2) Risk. (2:00) - This illustration is an example of how Nehemiah was willing to risk his wealth, position, and life to make a difference. What price are we willing to pay?
3) Broken and burned. (1:50) - Here is an example of how, when we are without structure and community, we are as vulnerable as a city without walls. But, with God's help and in His strength, we can always rebuild.
4) What do you see? (1:45) - This illustration parallels the destruction of Hurricane Katrina to Nehemiah's life. He saw chaos, violence and sin, but he also saw what should be... a city rebuilt.
LITTLE DOGS ON THE PRAIRIE. vhs pr,el (3 tapes; approx. 35 min ea) Guides
Heads West! Where fun and laughter abound...where the misadventures of a pack of loveable prairie dogs teach biblical values like humility, honest, and love. These video and curriculum sets will delight children in Sunday school, summer programs, after-school programs...almost anywhere! Each set in the series comes with a video and a 7-lesson teacherís guide that makes it easy to combine age groups and highlight important Bible truths. Each video contains two or three segments of about 10-15 minutes each. The teacherís guide contains two lessons per segment - plus a bonus 7th lesson that shows kids how Jesus builds true character in each of us. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
|Tape 1: Pride, prejudice and fudge.|
|Includes three stories: "Stanza By Me" (prejudice); "Have Gum Will Travel" (pride); and "Here Come Da Grudge" (grudge).|
|Tape 2: Lyiní, cheatiní and a hot lollipop.|
|Includes three stories: "Lyiní" (lying); "Cheatiní" (cheating); "Stealiní" (stealing).|
|Tape 3: Lotta love and a little off the top.|
|Includes two stories: "A Flip, a Curl, a Wave and a Twirl" (vanity), and "For the Love of Sport" (love).|
|LIVING CHOICES (FROM CATCH THE SPIRIT). vhs sh,ad (4 tapes;
20-26 min ea) Discussion guide
Narrated by Hilly Hicks, this four-part series provokes discussion about critical issues facing individual Christians, the church, the community, and the nation. Each program contains stories, interviews, and commentaries selected from "Catch the Spirit," the weekly United Methodist television show. The programs are designed for use in high school and adult church school classes and other discussion sessions to provoke creative thinking and provide models for action. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
|Tape 1: Health care.|
|Explores problems in a system that's failing growing numbers of people, and looks at models of partnership between the church and other institutions, and at individual initiatives.|
|Tape 2: Criminal justice.|
|Examines capital punishment, discrimination, and other issues in a system that's not working. Explores ministries of the church.|
|Tape 3: Stewardship of the environment.|
|Looks at church involvement in community efforts to rescue and preserve the environment and at the relationship between the poor and the location of hazardous waste.|
|Tape 4: Personal decisions, public issues.|
|Explores ethical standards in the corporate and sports world, but focuses mainly on issues related to abortion.|
FULLY, DYING WELL. kit sh,ad
(1 DVD, approx. 88 min) Guides/Booklets
Our best decisions about life's most important events are seldom made in a time of crisis. This kit featuring Bishop Rueben Job is designed to assist us in making careful, wise, and prayerful preparation for meeting life's most important moments. The study inspires us to talk openly about faith and mortality. Topics include biblical and social perspectives on age and growing older, which practical legal decisions are important for everyone, what happens when we die, and how we can live each day to the fullest...starting today. The sessions are:
Session 1: Living fully: Bishop Rueben Job.
Session 2: Theology of aging: Rev. John Collett.
Session 3: Our culture's view of aging: Dr. Rick Gentzler.
Session 4: Finding purpose and meaning in life: Rueben Job.
Session 5: Getting it all together: Dr. David Jarvis.
Session 6: Dying well: Rueben Job.
Session 7: What happens when we die? Rueben Job.
Session 8: How then shall we live? A life in service: Laura McCray; Making changes: The Bayers; Son's story: Dr. Fred
Allen; Staying active: Paul Manchester; and Dying well: Harry Brunson.
These sessions, led by sociologists, attorneys, physicians, and Bishop Job, contain video segments that are approximately 8 to 10 minutes in length, except for Session8 which is about 22 minutes long. The kit includes: a leader's guide; a participant's guide; a DVD with the eight video segments along with three additional downloadable study sessions for youth and adults; and three booklets for congregation members: Talking to Your Child About Life and Death, Talking to Your Family About End-of-Life Plans, and Visiting a Friend Who Is Facing Death.
LIVING WELL, DYING WELL: FACING END-OF-LIFE DECISIONS. vhs ad (3 tapes; 45-60 min ea) Guide,booklet
Airing on April 17, 1997, this United Methodist Teleconference Connection (UMTC) program explored complex end-of-life decisions from a number of perspectives: the roles of the individual, family, caregivers, congregation and clergy; options and assumptions related to advance directives; models for decision-making; spiritual implications and attitudes of the medical and the religious communities; concerns about assisted suicide; and accessible community resources. Boxed together, the three videos provide the following material on each segment:
|Features moderator Garlinda Burton, editor of Interpreter Magazine, in dialogue with Dr. Donald Messer, president of The Iliff School of Theology; Dr. Sally Brown Geis, sociologist and co-editor with Messer of How Shall We Die? Helping Christians Debate Assisted Suicide; and Dr. Richard Zaner, Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics, Vanderbilt University. Discussion includes patient self-determination rights with close attention to living wills and advance directives. (60 min.)|
|Dr. William Orr, practicing geriatrician, and Janet Jones, registered nurse and CEO of Catholic Hospice, Inc., Miami, Florida, join moderator Garlinda Burton and Dr. Donald Messer in examining an ethical/theological framework for decision-making. Panelists review from various perspectives a case study of a terminally-ill patient. (60 min.)|
|Garlinda Burton is joined by Dr. Joretta Marshall, Iliff assistant professor of pastoral care; Dr. Cornish Rogers, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Claremont School of Theology; and Dr. Philip Wogaman, pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church, Washington, D.C., who discuss responsibilities of congregation and clergy in pre-crisis, crisis, and post-crisis situations involving end-of-life decisions. (45 min.)|
LOVE IS PATIENT: SAVING SEX FOR
DVD jh,sh (30 min) Guide
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. Love never fails." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a) Sexual intimacy is a gift from God to be enjoyed within marriage. But choosing to maintain sexual purity is difficult for young people, especially in today's society. Young people need to know the many benefits of maintaining sexual purity: it strengthens character; it builds self-control; it protects body, mind, and spirit; it is an expression of love for God, others, and self. The young people and counselors on this video share this message from their personal testimonies, letting viewers know that sexual abstinence before marriage is God's expectation for all of us, and that He will give us the grace to do it. The program features Heather Gallagher, Chastity Educator for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and John R. Diggs, Jr., MD, Advisor to the Family Research Council.
LUCY SHOW BIBLE STUDY. kit sh,ad (3 tapes; approx. 100 min ea) Guides
From the creator of "The Mayberry Bible Study" comes the "Lucy Show Bible Study," designed to help you reach adults, youth, non-church members - even to refresh the world-weary souls of long-time believers! With practical applications for daily living, all episodes feature relevant scriptures for you to use as modern parables on the teachings of Jesus. Volumes 1, 2, and 3 each feature lessons and discussions based on four classic "primetime parables." ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL VOLUME NUMBER BELOW.
Volume 1: 1) "Lucy the Bean Queen." - Follow Lucy as she schemes to get rich quick - if
she doesn't get caught first. Lesson: Schemes with beans.
2) "Lucy's Substitute Secretary." - Lucy becomes worried when she
schedules a vacation and the temporary secretary tries to become
permanent. Lesson: Worries at work.
3) "Lucy Gets Trapped." - Catch Lucy in a lie when she fakes sickness to
leave work for a big store sale. Lesson: Lying around.
4) "Lucy Gets Caught in the Draft." - Lucy gets drafted in an accident that is
technically legal - but should be against the law! When a misspelled name
causes "Lou C." to receive her draft notice, she's deemed fit to serve by the
military. Lesson: Ill-legalism.
Volume 2: 1) "Lucy and the Efficiency Expert." - See Lucy make an imperfect
impression on an efficiency expert. Lesson: Perfection.
2) "Lucy the Star Maker." - Lucy shines when she helps a gifted young singer
(Frankie Avalon) finds his voice! Lesson: Gifts.
3) "Lucy Meets the Law." - Lucy gets blamed for a crime she couldn't
commit! Lesson: Accusations.
4) "Lucy in Show Business." - Lucy double-checks her devotion when she
has a chance at a new career in show business - or the choice to continue
working for Mr. Mooney. Lesson: Devotion.
Volume 3: 1) "Lucy Gets a Roommate." - Lucy reaches out to a roommate (Carol
(Burnett) who is way out there! Lesson: Way-out reach.
2) "Lucy and the Ring-a-Ding Ring." - Lucy pursues happiness - and runs
rings around herself! Lesson: Hassels with happiness.
3) "Lucy and the Submarine Commander." - Dive for cover when Mr.
Mooney boasts to Lucy about his battles in the Navy. Lesson: Where
there's never a boast or brag.
4) "Lucy and the Look-Alike." - Lucy gets double vision after she forces a
friend into a look-alike contest. Lesson: What's not to like?
The four sessions per volume are each about 25 minutes in length. A leader's guide and participant's guide are included with each video.
MAKING A KILLING: PHILIP MORRIS, KRAFT AND GLOBAL TOBACCO ADDICTION. vhs ad (29 min)
Here is a documentary that reveals the burning truth in once-secret corporate documents: how Philip Morris has conspired to hook children on tobacco and keep governments from protecting public health. It shows shocking international promotion of brands like Marlboro, and documents how Philip Morris hides behind Kraft Foods - contributing to political campaigns, lobbying against regulations, and influencing media coverage. It exposes who profits from the corporationís worldwide expansion at the expense of people and communities around the globe, and tells the inspiring stories of people who have suffered grave losses to tobacco giants and are fighting back. The video also shows how you can join the growing grassroots movement to counter corporate power and save lives.
|MAYBERRY BIBLE STUDY. kit ad (3 tapes; approx. 100 min ea)
This study will help you reach adults, youth, non-church members - even to refresh the world-weary souls of long-time believers! With practical applications for daily living, Volumes 1 - 3 feature classic episodes from the "Andy Griffith Show" with relevant scriptures for you to use as modern parables on the teachings of Jesus. There are four 25-minute episodes in each volume. A leaderís guide and a study guide are included. PLEASE NOTE: VOLUME 3 CONTAINS ALL-NEW BIBLE STUDY WITH REVISITED EPISODES FROM THE "ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: BIBLE STUDY SERIES," VOLUME 2 - BUT IT HIGHLIGHTS DIFFERENT TOPICS. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL VOLUME NUMBER BELOW.
|1 ) Service - "Andyís English Valet."|
|Teaches us that the only thing better than being served is being of service!|
|2) Peace - "Class Reunion."|
|Points out that as the past gives way to the present, we must look for a peace-filled future.|
|3) Mercy - "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs."|
|Reminds us that "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." (Matthew 5:7)|
|4) Commitment - "Darlings are Coming."|
|Shows us the importance of staying true to our duties.|
|Volume 2: (available in VHS OR DVD format)|
|1) Pride - "Big House."|
|Teaches us that pride goes before a fall.|
|2) Accountability - "Loaded Goat."|
|Explores an explosive lesson in being accountable.|
|3) Trouble - "Mountain Wedding."|
|Gives new meaning to the name "trouble-shooter!"|
|4) Teaching - "Andy Discovers America."|
|Provides an education on the subject of teaching.|
|1) Courage. - "High Noon in Mayberry."|
|Andy Taylor shows courage in the face of fear. Lesson: Bad case of courage. (Psalm 23:4)|
|2) Folly. - "Barneyís First Car."|
|Our destination is the town of Folly in the state of Fife when Barney literally takes a road trip. Lesson: Dip in the road. (Proverbs 14:29)|
|3) Gossip. - "A Wife for Andy."|
|Barney engages gossip when he tries to get Andy married - to nearly every single woman in Mayberry! Lesson: Very busy body. (Proverbs 11:13)|
|4) Discernment. - "The Great Filling Station Robbery."|
|This episode steals discernment as a young man stands accused and nearly convicted for a crime he just might not have committed! Lesson: Concern for discernment. (Philippians 1: 9-10)|
|Allow two sessions to complete each episode. Use the series for individual study, small group study, weekend retreats, or Sunday school classes.|
|MCGEE AND ME! vhs
pr-jh (9 tapes; 30 min ea) Guide
These resources help children develop solid Christian values. Presented by Focus on the Family, they are both entertaining and spiritually enlightening. McGee is an impish, orange-haired, animated character who springs to life from the sketch pad of Nicholas, a fifth-grade boy. The hip and humorous McGee soon becomes Nicholas' alter ego, accompanying him through real-life adventures. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
|Tape #1 - The big lie.|
|Nicholas and McGee learn about honesty. (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #2 - Star in the breaking.|
|Nicholas and McGee learn about humility.|
|Tape #3 - Not-so-great escape.|
|Be part of a great adventure in obedience.|
|Tape #4 - Skate expectations.|
|Nick learns the importance of doing what's right. (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #5 - Twister and shout.|
|Nick's trust in God's protection is a witness to his friends. (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #6 - Back to the drawing board.|
|Nick and McGee learn that jealousy causes a lot of hurt, anger, and frustration. (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #7 - Do the bright thing.|
|Great adventure in making right (and wrong) decisions. (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #8 - Take me out of the ball game.|
|Nicholas and McGee - with the help of Orel Hershiser - learn about the importance of keeping things in the right perspective and putting faith in God, not people. (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #9 - 'Twas the fight before Christmas.|
|Nick and McGee learn about God's love for people who are hard to love. (Closed captioned.)|
MCGEE TV: OUT OF CONTROL.
vhs pr-jh (35 min)
Heís shocked the world! Heís disrupted the super highway! McGeeís back and heís announced his own high-fiber optics television network featuring all the animation sequences from the award-winning series. Join him for non-stop hilarity on the first broadcast day of McGee TV! In typical McGee fashion, itís wild, unpredictable, and definitely out of control! Closed captioned.
MEN, GOD, WOMEN, KIDS, BUSINESS.
vhs ad (120 min)
Are you having trouble holding it all together? You wish you could go to all your kidsí softball games...Youíd always be there for your wife if you knew how...Youíve be meaning to really get serious with God, but there just never seems to be enough time! Thereís a large amount of frustration and conflict involved when you feel that you need to love God, your wife and family, and still perform at work. In four thirty-minute, roundtable discussions, hear some advice from men who have struggled just like you and are learning the secrets to success in each of these issues. The sessions are: 1) Stop, listen and love; 2) Dad, I need you; 3) Something more with God; and 4) Power, profit and principles. Use these programs in menís groups, womenís groups, or watch them with your wife.
MERROW REPORT: IN SCHOOLS WE TRUST.
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This program brings the 150-year record of public education to life. While history tells us that Americans have great faith in public education, it also shows we rarely agree on exactly what public schools are supposed to do. Teach the basics? Inculcate the values of a democratic society? Train workers? Teach social tolerance? This program provides a useful context for understanding today's arguments. Closed captioned.
NATIVE AMERICAN FOLKTALES. vhs ue-ad (23 min) Guide, activity sheets
This program has four tales from four different tribes. The first, "Turkey Girl," comes from the Pueblo culture of the Southwest. It shows the importance of trust in Pueblo culture, and explains why wild turkeys flee when humans approach. The second story comes from the Pawnee, a plains Indian tribe. "The Boy Who Loved Bears" helps viewers understand the significance of bears in Pawnee culture, and recognize the deep bond between Native Americans and nature. The third story, "Pelican Girl," comes from the Miwok people of the Pacific Coast. Itís a cautionary tale that encourages children to obey tribal rules. The final tale, "Storytelling Stone," comes from the Seneca people of the northeastern woodland area. It explains how stories first came to humans. An orphan, Flying Crow, learns how to receive tales. In time, he passes along the stories to others. Closed captioned.
NEVER SAY GOODBYE.
vhs jh-ad (30 min) Guide
The death of a loved one becomes more difficult when the person is not physically dead, but is being kept alive on life-support machines. In this program, Emma Donovan faces this tragic situation when her beloved grandmother has a massive stroke and goes into an irreversible coma. Starring June Lockhart, Joseph Lambie, and Elinor Donahue, the program poignantly dramatizes an ethical and moral contemporary dilemma.
|NEW ADVENTURES OF MCGEE AND ME! vhs
tapes; 30-40 min ea) Guides
Nicholas has grown since we saw him last. He is an adolescent and in junior high, about to enter seventh grade. Nick still enjoys drawing cartoons, and his imagination still brings his cartoon character, McGee, to life. McGee accompanies Nick in a series of new adventures. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
|Tape #1 - In the Nick of time.|
|Nick and McGee take us on a mountaintop adventure with non-stop thrilling action where they find courage in the knowledge that God is always with them. (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #2 - Blunder years.|
|Nicholas and McGee learn about being "cool" and being true to your heart.|
|Tape #3 - Beauty in the least.|
|Nicholas and McGee learn about helping others. (Closed captioned.)|
WITH BILL MOYERS: BENJAMIN BARBER ON GLOBALIZATION.
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Are capitalism and democracy mutually exclusive? Benjamin Barber doesn't think so. In this program, Bill Moyers talks with Barber, the author of the best-selling Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy and University of Maryland's Gershon and Carol Kekst Professor of Civil Society. Their lively discussion explores the promise, as well as the peril, of the emerging new world order, examining recent political and economic events in the light of what Professor Barber deems the two fundamental forces at work behind them: globalism and tribalism.
ON OUR OWN TERMS: MOYERS ON DYING. vhs ad (4 tapes; 90 min each program) Guide
In this acclaimed four-part series, veteran PBS journalist, Bill Moyers, reports on the growing movement in America to improve care for people who are dying. Using interviews and research from across the country, each program describes the intimate experiences of patients, families, and caregivers as they struggle to infuse lifeís ultimate rite of passage with compassion and comfort. Closed captioned. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM NUMBER BELOW.
|Program 1: Living with dying.|
|Moyers describes the search for new ways of thinking - and talking - about dying. Patients and medical professionals alike come forward to examine the end of life with honesty, courage, and even humor, demonstrating that dying can be an incredibly rich experience for both the terminally ill and their loved ones.|
|Program 2: Different kind of care.|
|At the end of life, what many Americans want is physical and spiritual comfort in a home setting. Moyers presents the important strides being made in the area of palliative care at pioneering institutions such as New Yorkís Mt. Sinai Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. These advances are bringing peace to those who fear that they will be a burden to loved ones, will suffer needlessly, or will be abandoned in their hour of greatest need.|
|Program 3: Death of oneís own.|
|More and more Americans are looking for opportunities to exert some measure of control over where and how they die. Moyers unravels the complexities underlying the many choices at the end of life, including the bitter debate over physician-assisted suicide. Three patients, their families, and their doctors discuss some of the hardest decisions, including how to pay for care, what constitutes humane treatment, and how to balance dying and dignity.|
|Program 4: Time to change.|
|Four out of five Americans will likely die in hospitals or nursing homes, and the care they get will depend on both who is providing it and who is footing the bill. Moyers introduces crusading medical professionals who have dedicated themselves to improving end-of-life care by changing Americaís overburdened health system.|
ONE IN A MILLION.
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How would it feel to wake up one day and discover that you had never been born? Hindered by a slight physical handicap, Bobby is tormented by self-doubt. Thrust into an emergency situation, he risks his life to save a neighbor's baby. Suddenly he is a hero and a sense of destiny rises within him. While doing a simple chore for his mother, he discovers her diary. He reads of her romance with his father, her struggle over a premarital pregnancy, and finally her decision to abort the baby. As Bobby examines the abortion date, he realizes HE was the victim of that abortion and had never actually been born. NOTE: This presentation is designed specifically to promote in-depth discussion on a critical issue.
|PAHAPPAHOOEY ISLAND. vhs pr,el (4 tapes; 30
Welcome to the mysterious, far away land of Pahappahooey Island. Once an enchanting paradise, darker times have now overtaken the island. On the horizon a brewing storm threatens to destroy Pahappahooey. The islandís only hope is the legendary book. Buried and lost with time, The Book is an ancient text filled with the wisdom and guidance of The Creator. Within it lie the secrets that can save this tiny, troubled island. A little girl named Ali leads a band of explorers to find The Book, taking them on an adventure that will forever change the destiny of Pahappahooey Island. Children will enjoy the lively songs and colorful scenery as these loveable puppet characters set sail for adventure. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
|Tape 1: Road to adventure.|
|Ali and her friends learn that The Creator will take care of them in every difficult situation.|
|Tape 2: Lost city.|
|The characters experience the results of making right and wrong choices as they continue their search for The Book. (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape 3: Secret of the Book.|
|Once The Book is found, it is soon discovered that it contains a secret message. Chosen by the Elders, Ali and her friends set out on a new mission: to find the secret message of The Book and deliver this wisdom to the Elders. (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape 4: Millardís big fish story.|
|As the brave explorers prepare for their journey, a few have to face their own selfish desires. Gold-greedy Millard would rather search for lost treasure than spread the priceless knowledge of The Book. As selfishness leads to great peril, our heroes begin to realize the value in thinking of others before themselves. Millard discovers that real treasure is found in forgiveness and love. (Closed captioned.)|
PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU: ABOUT THE URGENT NEED FOR HEALTH REFORM.
vhs sh,ad (19 min)
This resource uses three real-life examples of families whose insurance failed them or whose needs the health care system is unavailable to meet. It can also be used to start discussion in youth or adult church school classes or study groups.
PERSONAL ETHICS AND THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD.
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Most people feel they have their own "personal" morals and ethics. But are there any ethical "standards" that go beyond the personal? Young people are often confronted with ethical questions that involve two rights: a personal right that often conflicts with a societal right. This entertaining and provocative program challenges its audience emotionally and intellectually to look at these issues, using a "think this through with us" tone. Meg Ryan narrates; rap artist Chris Parker talks about the importance of self-respect. Larry Wade, tanker captain of the GLACIER BAY, shows how respect for life governs his priorities and why Joseph Hazelwood, the EXXON VALDEZ captain, did wrong.
kit ad (approx. 81 min)
GuideHere are 40 video illustrations for churches on seventeen
topics from some of
the most beloved television shows of all time. these
clips are taken from five classics: Mayberry, Beverly Hillbillies, Lucy
Show, Dick Van Dyke Show, and Gilligan's Island.
Volumes feature short 1- to 3 1/2-minute clips with relevant scriptures.
The kit includes a leader's guide. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE
AND INDIVIDUAL VOLUME NUMBER BELOW.
Volume 1: Contains clips on Alertness; Appearances; Blessings; Dishonesty; Forgiveness; Grace; Materialism; Money; Problems; Purity; Respect; Selfishness; Trust; Uncertainty; Unity; Values; and Wisdom.
QUESTIONING CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. DVD ad (approx. 90 min) Guide
Here is a five-session study featuring Sister Helen Prejean, one of the world's leading authorities and outspoken critics of state-sponsored execution. The sessions are: 1) Crossing the Breach; 2) What in God's Name? 3) Change of Heart; 4) Radical Forgiveness; and 5) Next Steps. Each video session is approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length and discussion questions are provided. Prejean is a Roman Catholic Sister and leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. She has ministered to numerous inmates on death row, and has authored two books based on those experiences - Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.
RAISING YOUR CHILDREN IN AN UNGODLY WORLD. vhs ad (118 min) Book
Do you find it difficult to relate to your teenager? Mary Ronan can help. In speaking to thousands of teens each year, Mary has discovered the things that most concern our youth today. They include peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, and sex. In this program Mary explores how the media and popular culture assault our youth, and offers parents guidance on how to talk to teens and help them deal with these influences. Her suggestions are built around three major themes: love them, lead them, and limit them. Here is practical advice that will help you to help your teenager. A companion book is included.
|REAL BOTTOM LINE. vhs ad (9 tapes; approx. 22
min ea) Guides
Has there been a time in your life, a period of crisis when you had to re-examine your core set of values, when they were put to the test as never before - and you made a fundamental change in what you believe? This series, hosted by network television journalist, Jim Hartz, and presented live from Trinity Church/Wall Street, poses this question to Americaís leading figures in the worlds of faith, business, politics, and social action. Their answers just might surprise you! The program tackles contemporary issues with some of todayís most fascinating, informed, and influential Americans as they share their wisdom, their wit, their spiritual journey - their real bottom line. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
|Tape 1: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson.|
|Author and founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, The Reverend Jackson has become one of the most vigorous human rights leaders of the 20th century.|
|Tape 2: Rev. Bernice R. King.|
|King is an ordained minister, attorney, author, and the daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta King.|
|Tape 3: Sister Helen Prejean.|
|Prejean is a nun, social activist, and author of Dead Man Walking, which was made into an award-winning film.|
|Tape 4: Robert Thurman.|
|Buddhist monk and Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies in Columbia Universityís Department of Religion, Thurman co-founded Tibet House New York with actor Richard Gere.|
|Tape 5: Cokie Roberts.|
|Award-winning political journalist and news analyst, Roberts is a dedicated wife, mother, sister, daughter, and author of We Are Our Mothersí Daughters.|
|Tape 6: Garrison Keillor.|
|Keillor is a humorist, an American writer and broadcaster, and creator and host of "A Prairie Home Companion," a popular syndicated series on public radio.|
|Tape 7: Bernie Siegel|
|Siegel is a surgeon, health pioneer, and originator of ground-breaking therapy with cancer patients.|
|Tape 8: Jane Goodall|
|Dr. Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, is a world-renowned scientist and author whose life has been dedicated to the study of chimpanzees in Africa and the protection of natureís fragile environment. (no study guide)|
|Tape 9: Andrew Greeley|
|Father Greeley, a Chicago-based parish priest and sociologist, is one of Americaís most popular and widely-read mystery novelists. (This episode is hosted by television journalist, Carol Martin.) (no study guide)|
RELIGION AND RACE IN AMERICA: MARTIN'S
LAMENT vhs jh-ad
In his last sermon from the pulpit of the Washington National Cathedral, Martin Luther King, Jr. called 11 A.M. Sunday the most segregated hour in America. King believed that American churches should play a fundamental role in shaping the morality and changing the prejudices of the nation. This challenge is the theme of this documentary which explores the issue of integrated worship by visiting four different churches and interviewing members of the congregations - both black and white. The program begins with a visit to a unique church in Indianapolis which holds separate worship services - one for the white congregation, one for the black congregation. Members of both congregations present arguments for and against the idea of worshiping together. Another example is of a black couple who have spent almost 30 years as members of a largely white congregation at North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Then, a young white woman who is a single mother candidly discusses how she feels being a member of the predominantly black Second Baptist Church. Finally, the program visits the interracial St. Augustine Catholic Church in South Bend, Indiana. Throughout the video are interviews with specialists in race and religion that speak of viewpoints and traditions that dominate in the church and to Martin Luther King's vision of religious integration. Closed captioned.
RELIGION AND SCIENCE: PATHWAYS TO
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Is it possible to be a Christian and take science seriously? Must we choose between God and science? Has science done away with the need for faith? Join more than a dozen world experts as they consider how religion and science might coexist and complement one another in the 21st century. Hosted by Francis S. Collins, author, and the Director of The Human Genome Project, this nine-session DVD features leading scientists, philosophers, and theologians. The kit includes two course DVDs, a bonus DVD of conversations between Francis Collins and other scientists and theologians (approx. 137 minutes), a publicity kit, a leader's guide, a participant's book, and a leader training DVD (approx. 55 minutes). Session titles and presenters are: 1) Introduction - Francis S. Collins; 2) Friends or Foes? Story of a Complex Relationship - David Wilkinson; 3) Truth in Science and Religion - Philip Clayton; 4) God and Nature - Keith Ward; 5) Creation and Evolution - Darrel Falk; 6) What Does It Mean to be Human? - Warren Brown; 7) God of Hope and the End of the World - John Polkinghorne; 8) Genetic Science and the Frontiers of Ethics: New Frontiers - Ted Peters; and 9) Concluding Bible Study on Creation Care - Beth Norcross, Denise Dombkowski Hopkins, Bruce Birch, Susan Wilhauck, and Kendall Soulen. Sessions run between 25 and 32 minutes each. Use this resource from the Wesley Ministry Network in Sunday school, small groups, and for evening programs. NOTE: Access is available to the course website with additional information and helpful links. See www.WesleyMinistryNetwork.com.
RENEWAL OR RUIN? INSTITUTE ON RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY'S ATTACK ON THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. DVD ad (24 min) Guide
Since its beginning in 1982, the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) has continuously undermined The United Methodist Church and other mainline Protestant denominations by attacking the character of church leaders. This organization, funded by some of the world's most powerful foundations, undermines the witness of the church by fueling controversy to its own benefit. Renewal or Ruin? looks into the IRD's claim that it exists to renew the spiritual life of the church. Researchers, church leaders, and others talk about their findings and experiences with the IRD. Featured speakers include: Randall Balmer, Bishop Kenneth Carder, Frederick Clarkson, Jim Naughton, Bishop Beverly Shamana, and Jim Winkler. Two separate 6 to 10-minute segments include interviews with Bishop Carder and the film's producer, Steven D. Martin. A study guide is included. Use the resource in Sunday school, small groups, evening programs, and retreats.
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: FOR VICTIMS, COMMUNITIES, AND OFFENDERS. vhs ad (25 min)
Criminal and juvenile justice systems tend to be entirely offender focused, what some have called an attitude of "trail Ďem, nail, and jail Ďem." Victims receive little assistance and have even less input into the process of doing "justice." In contrast, restorative justice focuses on placing crime victims, communities, and offenders in active roles to work together to: empower victims in their search for closure; impress upon offenders the real human impact of their behavior; provide opportunities to offenders to take direct responsibility to make things right; and promote restitution to individual victims and victimized communities. Restorative justice views crime as an act of harm against individual victims and members of the community - not just against the "state." The criminal justice process needs to: ensure that offenders repair this harm; respond to victims compassionately, fairly, and justly; and promote safe and secure communities. This video is an excellent resource for broad-based public education about the growing international restorative justice movement. It includes what has been learned from research and resources that are available to the field. The development of restorative justice in numerous and diverse communities throughout the United States is highlighted.
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This popular four-video teaching series on Americaís Christian heritage by Rev. Peter John Marshall, son of Dr. Peter Marshall, includes the following topics: Columbus - The Beginning of the American Vision; The Pilgrims; The Puritans; The Puritans and Americaís Foundation; The Christian Background of the Declaration of Independence; The Separation of Church and State; and The Necessity of Christian Involvement. The series is designed for personal education, church or school programs, or group seminars, and has all the quotes displayed in graphics and pictures of the people discussed. Boxed together, each video is two hours in length.
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Narrated by Jim Hartz, this program explains that justice as revenge is not only failed policy but also conflicts with basic beliefs. So, from the faith community, from the academic world and victim advocates, from police and corrections officers and officers of the court, who have seen the failures of retributive justice, a new way of thinking is beginning to emerge: itís called restorative justice. Several examples of restorative justice are provided on this five-segment video: Segment 1-Restoring justice; Segment 2-Restoring victims; Segment 3-Restoring offenders; Segment 4-Restoring communities; and Segment 5-Toward restorative justice. Faith communities have a key role to play in this process. Restorative justice puts a human face on victims and offenders. It works to make people and communities whole rather than split them apart, and it offers the hope of redemption - not only for the offender, but for the whole human family. Closed captioned.
SACRED TRUST: BOUNDARY ISSUES FOR
CLERGY AND SPIRITUAL TEACHERS. kit
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The need for personal and professional integrity in the ministerial relationship is an issue that all faith traditions are confronting today. This series addresses this challenge in a comprehensive, creative way that draws from a wide diversity of spiritual traditions. The program of four training videos and a facilitator's guide is designed for clergy and seminarians. The guide includes background information, discussion questions, interactive exercises, and audience handouts. The objectives of the program are: 1) To increase awareness of the need for healthy and appropriate boundaries in the clergy-congregant or teacher-student relationship; 2) To illustrate the impact of appropriate boundaries in promoting effective ministry; and 3) To provide clergy and teachers with guidelines for developing appropriate boundaries and self-care strategies. Boxed together, the four videos address critical topics:
Video 1: Boundaries; Power and Vulnerability. (25 min.)
Video 2: Dating; Friendships; Dual Relationships; Gifts. (27 min.)
Video 3: The Pulpit; Transference; Hugging and Touch; Intimacy. (26 min.)
Video 4: Personal Needs and Self-Care; Red Flags; Final Reflections. (30 min.)
Speakers include Rev. Luis Carriere, Everett Free Methodist Church; Rev. Thelma B. Burgonio-Watson, Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence; Rabbi Dov Gartenberg, Congregation Beth Shalom; Kimberly Day Lewis, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Father John Heagle, Therapy and Renewal Associates; and Jan Chozen Bays, Great Vow Zen Monastery. The series confronts difficult issues with forthrightness and a deep reverence for the "sacred trust" of religious ministry. Closed captioned. NOTE: FOR USE BY CLERGY AND SEMINARIANS ONLY.
SAFE HARBOR. vhs sh,ad (58 min) Guide
To escape from slavery was no easy task. You could have your ear cut off if you were caught. Bloodhounds pursued with a vengeance. Obstacles emerged at every turn - in the forest, over mountains, or on the open road. But once you reached the shores of Lake Erie, you knew you had almost made it. And with the help of a few good people, you did. Here is an incredible story of strength and determination, told through the eyes of the fugitives themselves and the people who risked everything to help them. From free black communities to middle class white society, in small villages and on farms, they defied race and gender in one of the greatest survival stories of all time.
SECOND PULPIT. vhs ad (20 min)
The electronic media is quickly becoming our second pulpit. "It is not so much that television tells us what to think as it is that TV tells us what to think about!" This video is a challenging examination of the impact of modern media on our society. Ours is a culture dominated by the language and values of consumerism. Once the home, church, and school set and reinforced our values. Now, television has confronted that first pulpit and has become our Second Pulpit - even more powerful than the first. This program helps us examine how the media work in our lives and demonstrates how we can combat this power and reclaim control of our own lives and values. Included are practical suggestions on how to use the media in religious settings, and how to personally respond to the growing invasion of the electronic age into our homes and lives. Join Dr. Dennis Benson and Dr. Stewart Hoover as they lead us through the phenomenon of "The Second Pulpit."
GRAY IN A WORLD OF BLACK AND WHITE: THOUGHTS ON RELIGION, MORALITY, AND
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Everyone agrees that America is polarized, with ever-hardening positions held b people less and less willing to listen to one another. No one agrees on what to do about it. One solution that hasn't yet been tried says Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor of Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, is for thinking persons of faith to model for the rest of the country a richer, more thoughtful conversation on the political, moral, and religious issues that divide us. Offering insights first outlined in his book, this resource features Hamilton teaching these concepts for group or individual study. A leader's guide is included. The five-session study covers the following topics: 1) Where faith and politics meet (15 minutes); 2) Christ, Christians, and culture wars (19 minutes); 3) How should we live? Ethics of Jesus (approximately 19 minutes); 4) Spiritual maturity and seeing gray (approximately 16 minutes); and 5) What would Jesus say to America? (18 minutes) The DVD also contains two bonus features: National Seal (5:43) and Adam's Story: Pro-Life with a Heavy Heart (3:53). Join Hamilton as he challenges thinking persons of faith to seek the truth that resides on all sides of the issues and offers a faithful and compassionate way forward.
SEEKING SOLID GROUND: BIBLICAL BLUEPRINT FOR BUILDING GODLY CHARACTER. vhs ad (2 tapes; 120 min ea) Guide
In a culture of shakes and quakes, itís essential that we secure ourselves to a stable and sound foundation - one that wonít change like the wind or shift like the sand. Where can such a place be found? In Godís Word...Psalm 15, to be exact. Within the lines of Davidís simple song is a rock-solid blueprint for anchoring yourself in Godly character. In this series, John Trent, Ph.D., counselor/author, and Rick Hicks, Ph.D., well-known speaker on Psalm 15 at churches, camps, and workshops, explore the life-changing plan found in this psalm. With stories, illustrations, and challenging questions, Trent and Hicks reveal the incredible depth of wisdom and practical applications in one of the Bibleís most powerful passages. Boxed together, the series contains eight 30-minute sessions on two videocassettes:
|Session 1: Building a life that can never be shaken.|
|Ten specific steps for Godly character from Psalm 15.|
|Session 2: Two most important questions youíll ever answer.|
|Discover the questions every man, woman, and child must answer.|
|Session 3: Anchoring your life in Godly character.|
|Learn the two traits for rock-solid living: integrity and righteousness.|
|Session 4: Freedom of a truthful walk.|
|How to make sure Godís truth is in our hearts when we most need it.|
|Session 5: Three keys to protecting your most important relationships.|
|Discover these keys and enrich your personal life.|
|Session 6: Giving out Godís Medal of Honor.|
|Whoís who on Godís list of worthy role models.|
|Session 7: Choosing commitment over convenience.|
|Counteract the epidemic of "broken promises" which plague our world.|
|Session 8: Promise thatís waiting for you.|
|Creating a life that can never be shaken.|
SEEKING THE COMMON GOOD.
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What is the process by which communities work through ethical dilemmas when there are different perspectives on the common good? Host Ellen Goodman helps viewers focus on: 1) how the final outcome will affect the whole community once the conflict is resolved; and 2) the role of faith groups in the healing process. The video looks at two issues dividing separate communities - a proposed landfill site, and placing homeless people in local shelters. Commentary by three ethicists highlights human and oral issues that emerge when groups face such decisions. It was produced as a resource for the 1991-92 Mission Study on "Living Values, Changing Times."
SERIOUS ANSWERS TO HARD QUESTIONS.
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Life presents us with many hard questions. In this thought-provoking course, ten leading theologians - world experts in their respective fields - address these ten obstacle-to-faith issues: the existence of evil; religion and science; other religions; evangelism and tolerance; the God of the Old Testament; Jesus and Christianity; resurrection; the Gnostic Gospels; the sins of the Church; and forgiveness. Each DVD presentation is approximately 30 minutes in length. This course, hosted by United Methodist Bishop Kenneth Carder, encourages energetic discussion and sustained reflection by both believers and seekers. Presenters include N.T. Wright, Amy-Jill Levine, John Polkinghorne, Richard B. Hays, and Sathianathan Clarke. The kit includes two DVDs, a leader's guide, a participant's guide, publicity materials, and access to the course website www.WesleyMinistryNetwork.com. Each session can be completed in 90 minutes, but can be divided into roughly two 45-minute segments to accommodate shorter class times. It can be used for Sunday school, small groups, or evening programs. NOTE: This course is similar in flow to the Disciple Bible Study series but requires less reading and training.
SERVANT OR SUCKER? WISE AND COMPASSIONATE WAYS TO HELP THE POOR. DVD sh,ad (approx. 60 min) Guide
We've all been there. Someone who is obviously poor or homeless approaches you and asks for money. What do you do? Do you give money knowing there's a good chance it will be used on drugs or alcohol, or do you say "no" or even ignore the person as you walk by? No one wants to be a sucker in these situations, but at the same time Jesus' call to help the poor echoes in our hearts and minds. Servant or Sucker? will help viewers discern appropriate, Christ-centered actions when it comes to addressing poverty on a personal or organizational level. It includes the realities of poverty such as the concepts of time, relationships, money and values; a "poverty tour"; interviews with those who are homeless or poor; interviews with those who have helped and/or have been suckered; and steps you can take to be an effective servant without getting suckered. The five sessions run 10 to 15 minutes each. Titles are: 1) The Dilemma; 2) Why Do People Beg? 3) Individual's Response; 4) Making Compassionate Decisions; and 5) Churches' and Organizations' Responses. Use the resource in Sunday school, small groups, retreats, outreach and mission committees, or for evening programs. A leader's guide is included.
SEX, MURDER AND VIDEO GAMES. vhs ad (17 min) Guide
Video games are the fastest-growing form of media among children, youth, and young adults. While there are many games on the market that are appropriate, engaging, and even educational, there is a significant sub-set that feature violence, killing, and gore. Here is a video that will change the way you look at video games forever. In response to video games that graphically depict women as sexual objects and victims of brutal violence, "Sex, Murder and Video Games" with David Walsh, Ph.D., explores how violence against women is promoted, how power and violence are related, and how violence against women is paired with entertainment. It explores the dark and disturbing side of the video and computer game industry. Complete with discussion guide, it serves as a springboard for dialogue in parent groups, college classes, neighborhood or religious organizations, and other community groups. NOTE: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS INTENSE VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL SCENES that your kids are viewing.
SPARKY CHRONICLES. vhs ue-sh (approx. 30 min) Guide
Here is a witty spoof of the popular spy/action genre that youth love. When a mysterious villain kidnaps the family pet, three college-age friends quickly form a crack search team to find their beloved dog. Utilizing the latest in high-tech gadgets, and a computer-guided mobile headquarters (conspicuously disguised as a '68 Volkswagen minivan), each "case" finds the three heroes hunting down clues and rubbing elbows with a cast of zany characters. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL CASE NUMBER BELOW.
Case 1: Map, The. - In this episode, our three self-appointed secret agents narrowly miss rescuing Sparky and then find a map that shows exactly where the beloved K-9 can be found. But the team disregards the map and instead embarks on their search using their own ingenuity. When they come to several forks in the road, they realize that everyone has a different opinion about what direction to take. Viewers discover an amazing parallel between the Bible and the map. The Bible is our navigational guide for life!
SPIRIT AND NATURE (BILL MOYERS). vhs ad (88 min)
At Middlebury College in Vermont, representatives of major world religions join the community to wrestle with the challenge of the deepening global environmental crisis. They address the ethical and spiritual aspects of our ecological concerns, raising issues of responsibility for each other and for all the species on the planet, our inter-relationship with other parts of the cosmos, and the need to see nature as sacred. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
STANLEY THE STINKBUG GOES TO CAMP.
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Here's another episode from Max Lucado's series "Hermie and Friends." There is someone new coming to the garden's Summer Camp this year and, well, he has a problem. He stinks. But that's what stinkbugs do. So, when Stanley arrives at Camp Bug-a-Boo, he creates quite a...well, stink. Everyone tries their best to put up with the unusual odor, but things don't go so well. But then God helps the summer camp to realize that the reason Stanley stinks is because he's afraid, and the thing he is most afraid of is others not liking him and accepting him the way he is. Our garden friends soon learn that God created each of us for very special reasons and that, even though Stanley is different, they need to show him love. Also featured is the cartoon short, "A Friend in Deep." Closed captioned.
STOLEN CHILDHOODS. vhs ad (21 min)
This ABC News program will change the way you think about the coffee you drink and the vegetables you eat. Why? Because the production of such goods may have involved the labor of one of the estimated 246 million children worldwide for whom life is nothing but work. The prevalence of child labor in the world is the subject of this documentary film by Len Morris and Robin Romano. They traveled to eight countries to document the stories of child laborers around the world: 12-year-old girls working in gravel quarries in India's 120-degree heat; 8- and 10-year-old boys who make $5. for three months of fishing the tides on the Sea of Sumatra; children picking coffee beans in Kenya - a country where as many as 4 million children are estimated to be working. Sound like the far-off realities of third-world countries? Maybe. But the United States was one of those eight countries visited. With commentary from children risking reprisals in order to be heard, and from U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, who has sponsored numerous bills to combat labor practices, the program clearly links a painful global reality with the complacency of society.
STRANGERS NO LONGER. DVD sh,ad (16- & 22-min versions) Guide
This documentary puts contemporary immigration in the context of American history and shows how Churches in the United States are welcoming new members from different cultures and backgrounds. It invites us to open our hearts and minds and identify with today's immigrants. It also invites us to look into our past and notice the similarities that exist between ourselves and our ancestors when they came to this great land, and those who are arriving now. We are made aware of the many global implications that cause people to migrate to the USA, including our need for more workers. It helps us to understand problems that exist with our current immigration system and underlines different solutions and activities that can be undertaken to fix what is broken. It reminds us of our moral responsibility to actively live our faith and our obligation to be a voice of change so that newcomers are strangers no longer. NOTE: Two versions of the movie exist on the DVD. The short version runs 16 minutes; the long version runs 22 minutes. Chapters are: 1) Call to Welcome; 2) Our Immigrant Heritage; 3) New Realities; and 4) Living the Faith (and Credits). The DVD contains a Spanish subtitle menu.
TEENS! YOU HAVE A CHOICE. vhs jh,sh (approx. 2 hrs.) Guide
Sexuality, substance abuse, values, and peer pressure... These are the issues that are overwhelming todayís youth. In four 30-minute discussions, teens and counselors face these issues head on and find answers. The problems need not be overwhelming if teens realize that they have the power to choose and the power of God to guide them.
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60 min ea) Guides
Here is a series needed in every community and church for an age when we hear it daily lamented how moral standards are shipwrecked. This quality production shows the ancient origins of the Ten Commandments not as an instrument of repression but as a charter of liberty for a people delivered from bondage. They were given to the people of Israel, yet they have been embraced by diverse cultures over centuries. We also discover their contemporary relevance through real-life stories that demonstrate the blessing of heeding the commandments and the self-destructive price paid by those who scorn them. Hosted by composer, singer, and communicator, Adrian Snell, these programs invite you to take a fresh look at the Ten Commandments and personally reflect on the meaning of each one in your life. There are two 30-minute programs on each tape. A leaderís guide and student workbook accompany the videos. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
Tape One: 1. Have no other Gods but me.
2. Do not bow down to anything.
Tape Two: 3. Do not misuse my name.
4. Keep the Sabbath.
Tape Three: 5. Honor your father and mother.
6. Do not kill.
Tape Four: 7. Do not commit adultery.
8. Do not steal.
Tape Five: 9. Do not lie.
10. Do not covet.
TEN COMMANDMENTS: FOUNDATION FOR LIFE TODAY.
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"Why should I follow the Ten Commandments? Arenít they a little outdated? They donít relate to my life." This video invites you to take a look at the Ten Commandments in their historical context and proposes that they are still relevant to us today. The Commandments were given by a loving God, not to put chains around us, but to help us in our everyday lives and to spare us from physical, emotional, and spiritual chaos. If we put them into practice, weíll have a strong foundation for life. Hosted by Walter Wangerin, Jr., this video contains ten six-minute discussion starters, one for each of the Ten Commandments. A study booklet is included.
THEOLOGIANS UNDER HITLER. DVD ad (64 min) Guide
In the days after World War II, a convenient story was told of church leaders and ordinary Christians that defied the Nazis from the beginning. Recent research has uncovered a very different story. Rather than resisting, the greater part of the German church saw Hitler's rise in 1933 as an act of God's blessing, a new chapter in the story of God among the German people. This film, based upon ground-breaking research, introduces the viewer to three of the greatest Christian scholars of the 20th century: Paul Althaus, Emanuel Hirsch, and Gerhard Kittel, men who were also outspoken supporters of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. In 1933 Althaus spoke of Hitler's rise as "a gift and miracle of God." Hirsch saw 1933 as a "sunrise of divine goodness." And Kittel, the editor of the standard reference work on the Jewish Background of the New Testament, began working for the Nazis to find a "moral" rationale for the destruction of European Jewry. This provocative film asks: how could something like this happen the the heart of Christian Europe? Could it happen again? How does the scholarship of this period affect the church today? Does the church of today retain the ability to recognize profound evil?
|3-2-1 PENGUINS! vhs
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From the creators of Veggie Tales, here comes a hilarious series filled with faith, fun, and flightless birds! Meet Zidgel, Midgel, Fidgel, and Kevin...four of the wackiest space cowboys ever to leave our solar system! The series is part Chronicles of Narnia, part Looney Tunes, and all fun - and full of biblical lessons and values. Closed captioned. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL EPISODE NUMBER BELOW.
|Episode 1: Trouble on planet wait-your-turn.|
|Jason and Michelle are two regular kids. Jason isnít looking forward to spending a whole summer at Grandmaís cottage. Heíd rather be back home playing with his friends. But when an old spaceship toy and a handful of penguin figurines come to life, the kids have more wild adventures than they ever thought possible! The episode teaches kids (and grown-ups) that patience is a virtue and that "having to go first all the time only leads To trouble!"|
|Episode 2: Cheating scales of Bullamanka.|
|This time itís Michelleís turn to set things right when the conniving Lizard King on space-based Bullamanka defeats the King in a bizarre local game. But did he play by the rules? In this wild adventure, you will learn why God likes it when we play by the rules.|
|Episode 3: Amazing carnival of complaining.|
|What starts out as a leisurely day trip to an amusing carnival turns out to be anything but leisurely and amusing. This is one ride you won't want to miss as Jason learns that God wants us to look on the bright side of things - to think twice about complaining about the things we don't have, when we can be grateful for so much more.|
|Episode 4: Runaway pride at Lightstation Kilowatt.|
|Michelle joins the penguins on a mission to restore the beacon at the lightstation. But will she be able to accomplish her mission before the F.S.S. Emperor's Pride crashes? Kids will discover the exciting conclusion as they learn that sometimes in order to help others, you need to let them help you - even if it means swallowing a little foolish pride.|
|Episode 5: Doom funnel rescue.|
|When a huge space tornado threatens to demolish a peaceful little colony in the Doublewide Constellation, Jason and the penguins must help save the day! Kids will discover that God wants us to do good deeds and help others whenever we have the chance!|
|Episode 6: Moon menace on Planet Tell-a-Lie!|
|Once again the penguins must call on Jason's terrestrial talents to help solve a truly out-of-this-world conundrum. The giant moon of Planet Tell-a-L:ie has slipped its orbit and is plummeting towards the planet at an astounding rate! If Jason and the penguins don't act quickly, the entire planet will be flattened like a flounder! But with its people telling only lies, figuring out what is causing their moon to malfunction isn't going to be easy. In this exciting, inter-galactic journey, kids will learn that "Lies will get any man into trouble, but honesty is its own defense." NOTE: This episode is available in both VHS and DVD formats.|
TIME TO ABOLISH WAR: HAGUE APPEAL FOR PEACE.
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In May 1999, ten thousand people gathered in the Netherlands to attend the Hague Appeal For Peace Conference, the largest civil society peace conference in history. This video documents the major campaigns launched there for peace and justice. Bishop Desmond Tutu, H.M. Queen Noor of Jordan, and many other notable peacemakers are featured.
UNPLUG YOUR KIDS.
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Dr. David Walsh, a nationally known child psychologist and author, anchors this powerful video. The program documents the power of television and other electronic media to exploit violence, sex, and materialism to our children, who are being harmed physically, morally, and spiritually. Mass media has changed dramatically in the last thirty years. Until adults become aware of the changes, we unintentionally contribute to the negative consequences that media has on our young people, our families, and our culture. The first step in changing this dynamic is becoming aware of the nature and process of mass media and the roles it plays in an individual household, and then in the community. The next step is to determine what changes need to be made to make the value messages in our childrenís lives more consistent. And the last is to make this conversation a community conversation.
ARTIST-DRIVEN BIBLE STUDIES THAT CONNECT MUSIC TO THE MESSAGE.
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approx. 48-60 min ea) Guides
This Bible study is taught by today's favorite Christian music artists. Each [UP] volume includes: captivating artists who discuss relevant issues from a biblical perspective; flexible six-week study; low preparation, high-impact lesson plans; cutting-edge video; easy-to-use leader and student materials; multi-media presentations on interactive DVD; and frank, honest discussion questions that promote peer interaction. The six sessions per volume run 8 to 10 minutes each. Use the series in Sunday school, small groups, retreats, or evening programs. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL VOLUME NUMBER BELOW.
Volume 1: Choices. - Featured artists include BarlowGirl, Stellar Kart, and The Turning. Life is full of choices. Peer pressure, relationships, family dynamics, friends, self-esteem - all influence the choices we make. But only with God's power can we recognize what the world would have us do and choose to do what pleases God.
Volume 2: Roadblocks. - Featured artists are GRITS, Building 429, and Jessie Daniels. Sometimes it's hard to "give it all to God" and to trust God with the outcome. Fortunately, God specializes in resolving what seems too much for us to handle.
Volume 3: Storms. - Featured artists: SONIC FLOOd, Superchick, and Anthony Evans. The Bible is full of instructions on how to live out our faith through life's struggles. These artists share from their experience what it means to "live it" even when storms are full blown.
Volume 4: Remade. - Featured artists: SanctusReal, Krystal Meyers, and Todd Agnew. We've all dong things we regret. We've all been separated from God because of those things. These artists share what forgiveness means to them and what it means to live the abundant life found only in Christ.
VEGGIE TALES. vhs pr-ue (23 tapes, 30-52 min ea; 10 DVDs, 30-52 min ea))
Providing the Required Daily Allowance of green, leafy inspiration, this creative series uses clever songs, hilariously campy dialogue, and amazing computer animation to teach Christian values including forgiveness, kindness, and thankfulness. Each episode offers a bold and uncompromising biblical lesson. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
|Tape #1: Whereís God when Iím s-scared?|
|What happens when five-year-old Jr. Asparagus watches a Franken-celery movie thatís a little too scary for him?|
|Tape #2: God wants me to forgive them?|
|What do you get when a bunch of cranky grapes make fun of Junior Asparagus?|
|Tape #3: Are you my neighbor?|
|How does Jr. Asparagus show kids "loving your neighbor" means appreciating those who are different?|
|Tape #4: Rack, Shack and Benny.|
|Can Larry the cucumber and Bob the tomato stand up for what is right when all their friends are doing something else?|
|Tape #5: Dave and the giant pickle.|
|How does Larry the cucumber learn that the "real him" is already unique and wonderful?|
|Tape #6: Toy that saved Christmas.|
|Nebby K. Nezzer, disguised as Santa, hawks his latest scheme: a talking doll that knows the true meaning of Christmas - or so he claims. This program teaches children that Christmas is about giving, not getting. And itís especially about a little baby named Jesus, the greatest gift of all.|
|Tape #7: Larry-Boy and the fib from outer space!|
|A little fib turns into a big problem for Junior Asparagus. Only one person can help in a crisis like this - super-hero, Larry-Boy! This episode teaches kids that "a lie can trap you, but the truth will set you free!"|
|Tape #8: Josh and the big wall.|
|After 40 years of wandering in the desert, the children of Israel finally get to go to the Promised Land! But no one gets to the Promised Land without going through Jericho first! But how? In the end, they have to decide whether itís better to do things their way, or Godís way! Kids of all ages will learn a lesson about obedience.|
|Tape #9: Madame Blueberry.|
|How much stuff do I need to be happy? Learn a fresh lesson on thankfulness as Madame Blueberry learns that "being greedy makes you grumpy, but a thankful heart is a happy heart." (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #10: Larry-Boy and the rumor weed.|
|Junior Asparagus and Laura Carrot learn just how easily rumors get started when they accidentally launch a whopper about Larry-Boyís butler, Alfred! Before they know it, their little story is spreading all over Bumblyburg like a weed! In the end, the kids learn that God doesnít want us to tell stories that can hurt. He wants us to spread nice words! (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #11: King George and the Ducky.|
|Discover what happens when cucumber King George, who spends most of his time in the bathtub with his rubber ducky, makes a huge mistake, deciding that he wanted all the duckies and that the most important person in the world is, well...himself! Join Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and the whole gang as they learn that when we are selfish, we hurt the people around us. (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #12: Esther: Girl who became queen.|
|When a small-town girl wakes up with the weight of the world on her shoulders and the fate of her people in her hands, can she find the courage to do whatís right? Esther has been chosen by the king to be a queen. Sheís about to find out that being queen is going to take more courage than she even imagined! The story teaches kids that "you never need to be afraid to do whatís right!" (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #13: Lyle, the kindly Viking.|
|Determined to present something "classy" for a change, Archibald Asparagus has taken over VeggieTales! Assisted by those rascally French Peas, he aims for new heights by attempting to produce "the worldís first all-vegetable staging of Shakespeareís Hamlet" and other firsts. Amid the chaos that follows, Bob, Larry and Junior all learn a great lesson about sharing. (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #15: Ballad of Little Joe.|
|The classic Old Testament story of Joseph and his multi-colored coat is an inspiring lesson about facing hardships and trusting in God. (Closed captioned.)|
|Tape #16: Wonderful world of auto-tainment.|
|Both Larry and Bob learn that God still loves them even when the future doesn't work out as planned.|
|Tape #17: Easter carol.|
|The stars of the smash Christmas release "The Star of Christmas" are back! This time, Calvis and Millward (Bob and Larry) and a music box angel named Hope (voiced by Rebecca St. James) must convince Uncle Ebenezzer Nezzer that Easter is about more than just candy and eggs. Inspired by Charles Dickens' Christmas classic, this is a powerful story that will remind the viewer why millions of Christians around the world celebrate Easter past, present, and future! (Closed captioned.) NOTE: This program is available in both VHS and DVD formats.|
|Tape #18: Snoodle's tale.|
|Here is a special fairy tale which teaches a lesson in self-esteem. Snoodle tells the touching story of Snoodle Doo, a young Snoodle from the land of Galoots. When Snoodle Doo is born, he discovers that he's been given a brush for painting, a horn for playing music, and wings for flying! But every time he tries to do these things, the other Snoodles make fun of him. Only when Snoodle Doo meets his creator face-to-face does he learn an important lesson: we can't draw our self image from our peers. We need to draw it from our Creator - because only the one who made us can see us the way we truly are. Only when you see yourself as God sees you do you have a true picture! (Closed captioned.) NOTE: This program is available in both VHS and DVD formats.|
|Tape #19: Sumo of the opera.|
|It's "Rocky" meets "The Mikado" when Larry the Cucumber stars as the Italian Scallion in this adventure. Larry is a wrestler who somehow manages never to finish what he starts. Eventually his ability to take anything seriously lands him in the ring with Apollo Gourd. Here is a lesson in perseverance. Closed captioned. NOTE: This program is available in both VHS and DVD formats.|
|Tape #20: Duke and the Great Pie War.|
|Princess Petunia, a charming young rhubarb, joins Bob and Larry in this tale inspired by the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi. When the armies of Rhubarb go to battle against the Kingdom of Scone, the Great Pie War breaks out and things get really messy. Here is a royal lesson in loving your family! Plus, Laura Carrot stars in "Baby Sitter in DeNile," a charming retelling of the story of Miriam and Moses. Closed captioned. NOTE: This program is available in both VHS and DVD formats.|
|Tape #21: Minnesota Cuke and the search for Samson's hairbrush!|
|Larry the Cucumber stars as Minnesota Cuke, a children's museum curator and part-time adventurist hired to secure Samson's lost hairbrush before its purported powers are used to carry out a harebrained scheme. Could this preposterous plot be the dirty work of Cuke's long-time nemesis, Professor Rattan? In this hair-raising, trans-global adventure, join Cuke, Martin (Bob the Tomato), Rattan, and the Veggie Tales gang in an exciting episode that reminds us that God wants us to be courageous when facing bullies. Closed captioned. NOTE: This program is available in both VHS and DVD formats.|
|Tape #22: Lord of the beans.|
|Here's the fantastic journey of a Flobbit named Toto Baggypants (Junior Asparagus) who inherits a most unusual and powerful bean. With the help of his mentor Randalf and a spirited group of friends, Toto embarks on a mission to discover how he should use his gift. Closed captioned. NOTE: This program is available in both VHS and DVD formats.|
|Tape #23: Sheerluck Holmes and the golden ruler.|
|Larry the Cucumber is detective dynamo Holmes and Bob the Tomato his venerable sidekick Dr. Watson. Together their superlative powers of observation and forensic fortitude can solve any crime. But because Sheerluck takes all the credit for the pair's sleuthing savvy, the missing Golden Ruler may never be recovered! Will Sheerluck remember the all-important golden rule in time to rescue the ruler and save his friendship? Closed captioned. NOTE: The program is available in both VHS and DVD formats.|
|Tape #24: Larry Boy and the Bad Apple.|
|Something is rotten in the peaceful town of Bumblyburg! The Bad Apple has dropped onto the scene and is trying to take control of the town by making all of its citizens give in to their temptations. Everyone is in danger - even the town's fearless defender, Larry Boy! Can Larry Boy save the day? This program teaches kids that we can't fight temptation on our own - we need God's help and the help of our friends. Closed captioned. NOTE: This program is ONLY available on DVD.|
|Tape #25: Gideon: Tuba warrior.|
|Gideon is the incredible story of one of the greatest biblical heroes of all time - a cucumber chosen by God to defend his people against an army of 30,000 excessively hairy and malevolent pickles. When Gideon's sizeable army is reduced to six carrots and six peas, will he be able to defeat the dilly nemesis? Lesson: Trusting God. NOTE: This program is ONLY available on DVD. (approx. 44 min.)|
|Tape #26: Wonderful wizard of Ha's.|
|Meet Darby, the son of a Kansas floss farmer who, more than anything else in the world, just wants to have fun. When he learns about the Wonderful Land of Ha's - an amusement park with all the fixins' - and its mysterious wizard who promises to make his dreams come true, Darby is determined to go. When his father tells him he's needed to help with the harvest, Darby decides that nothing is going to stop him and he makes a choice that will change his life forever: he flees the farm with his pet dog Tutu. Will they find the Land of Ha's and will it be worth everything Darby has given up? Find out in an over-the-rainbow adventure that tells the story of a prodigal son and reminds kids everywhere that there's no place like home! Closed captioned. NOTE: This is ONLY available from the Media Resource Center. (approx. 49 min)|
VEGGIE TOWN VALUES: ON THE JOB (VBS).
kit pr-sh (3 tapes; 15,
30, and 130 min ea; 1 cass, 1 CD) Various materials
The Veggies are back with a new curriculum based on I Corinthians 10:31. Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and all their Veggie friends are back with a mission to "build citizens who do Godís work!" How will they do it? By helping kids discover solid Christian values they can use at home, at school, at work, and at play every day on the job. Each dayís adventure begins in the Veggie Town Square where thereís a Job Fair going on. Imagine the kidsí excitement as they relate a Veggie Tales story to real-life lessons in everyday places like a pet store, a doctorís office, a factory, a courthouse, and an animation studio. They learn about obeying and being responsible; having a thankful heart; being honest; being respectful; and righting wrongs. Every site features creative Bible stories, fun games, life-application learning activities, crafts related to values, and site-related refreshments. Inside this kit there are ten great lessons for Vacation Bible School, summer Sunday school, summer camps, or youth group meetings. The kit contains the following: Directorís/Veggie Kids Guide (elementary); Veggie Tots Guide (pre-school/pre-reader); Veggie Teens Guide (teens); customized Veggie Tales video; training video; greetings video; an audiocassette and CD of new special songs and favorite Veggie Tales songs; puppet tracks; "On the Job" portfolios; site posters; coupons for Veggie Tales videos; and reproducible printed materials including clip art. Continue to grow Godly values in the lives of your kids while theyíre on the job every day trying to do Godís work! NOTE: THIS IS A SAMPLE KIT.
VOICE FOR JUSTICE: INVESTMENT IN PEOPLE.
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Here is a video that describes how the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits works with various corporations to achieve global corporate accountability. The focus is on the on-going dialogues with various companies in which the General Board invests. The video is shot on location in Mexico, and chronicles the working and living conditions of various employees at Delphi, an airbag manufacturer and former subsidiary of GM. Workers, while grateful for a job, share their yearning for better wages and work environments so they can secure better living conditions. Closed captioned.
WALKING WITH GRANDFATHER.
vhs el,ue (6 tapes; 15 min ea)
The six fifteen-minute programs in this series draw on the rich oral history of Native Americans. At a Native American cultural summer camp in the mountains, Grandfather, an Indian elder, explains Native American traditions to his young friends. The traditional tales he tells the children illuminate Indian themes and extol basic human values - kindness; generosity; courage; and love. The series reminds viewers of the power of storytelling to capture the imagination and teach a lesson in an unforgettable way. A guide includes class activities, discussion questions, and story synopses for each program. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
Tape 1: Arrival. (Indian customs)
Tape 2: Woods. (Forgiveness)
Tape 3: Mountains. (Unselfishness)
Tape 4: Valley. (True beauty)
Tape 5: Stream. (Ecology; courage; patience)
Tape 6: Gifts. (Kindness; generosity)
WHEN ITíS HARD TO CHOOSE.
vhs sh,ad (6 tapes; 23-27 min ea)
Living our values isnít easy. We really want to do what is right, but it is a real struggle to make those tough choices. Yet, our everyday lives require us to do just that. Most of the time, we know what to do - but other times, we get stuck. In this six-part series, true-to-life stories are told about ordinary struggles we face. Then a well-known presenter responds to the stories, sharing personal experiences and teachings to prompt further discussion. They are Tony Campolo, evangelist and preacher; Joan Chittister, Catholic sister and social psychologist; Monty Roberts, horse trainer and "horse whisperer"; and Renita Weems, preacher and biblical scholar. The insights they provide offer help and hope and may very well see you through your next hard choice. Closed captioned. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM NUMBER BELOW.
Program 1: Compassion. (25 min.)
Program 2: Respect for differences. (27 min.)
Program 3: Responsibility. (23 min.)
Program 4: Truth-telling. (24 min.)
Program 5: Non-violence. (24 min.)
Program 6: Connectedness. (27 min.)
WHO SWITCHED THE PRICE TAGS?
vhs jh-ad (2 tapes; 100 min ea)
Discussion guide, book
In this four-part series, Tony Campolo challenges Christians to "rethink" society's value system, and most importantly, Christ-like living. He brings an urgent message that will compel viewers to stop in their tracks and ask, "Where am I going; what am I doing; what are my priorities?" This biblical message and call to Christian action is for an entire church family to experience together. Ideal for Sunday school classes and family retreats, these fifty-minute programs will promote stronger leadership, encourage the church family's responsibilities, and offer guidance for teens and adults in redirecting their lives. Program titles are: "If I had it to live over again;" "Are you having fun yet?"; "Value of family rituals and traditions;" and "The church - God's instrument for changing the world."
|WISER FAMILY PUPPETS SERIES. vhs pr,el (8 tapes; 25 min ea)
Song lyrics (Vols. 5-8)
Turn your viewing into something positive for kids with Grandma and Grandpa Wiser and the Wiser Family Puppets. True to the Bible, each of these eight videos has either six animated stories plus six songs, or live action songs and skits. These educational programs will help to teach children valuable, character building lessons in an entertaining, easy way. ORDER BY SERIES TITLE ABOVE AND INDIVIDUAL TAPE NUMBER BELOW.
|Vol. 1: Learning about life.|
|Children will learn that they are special and were created in the image of God.|
|Vol. 2: Learning about friends.|
|Children will learn that God is our friend and that He loves and cares for us.|
|Vol. 3: Learning about faith.|
|Children will learn about the first Christmas and the power of the words we speak.|
|Vol. 4: Learning about love.|
|Children will learn that God loved us so much that He gave His only Son to die for us so that we could live forever.|
|Vol. 5: Look what God made!|
|Go back to when time began and the world was created. God made fish, birds, and animals, and the first man and woman. Stories include: The Creation; A Garden Wedding; Trouble in Paradise; First Family; Biggest Rain; and Noahís Cruise.|
|Vol. 6: Walking with Jesus!|
|Jesus is born in Bethlehem. Follow His life and ministry as He heals the sick and shows that God is a good God who loves us. Stories include: First Christmas; John the Baptist; Miracle Worker; Touching Jesus; Water Walking; and Fig Tree.|
|Vol. 7: Here comes Jesus!|
|Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey and is hailed as King. Jesus is betrayed, crucified, and rises on the third day. Stories include: Big Parade; Last Supper; Jesus is Betrayed; Peter Denies Jesus; Crucifixion; and Jesus is Alive.|
|Vol. 8: David, Godís champion!|
|Follow the life of David from a shepherd boy to his victory over Goliath and becoming the king. Stories include: Good Shepherd; Hearing Godís Voice; David and Goliath; Best Friends; Davidís Escape; and David the King.|
YOUR HEALTH CARE: TOO SOON TO COMPROMISE.
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The Clinton Plan? The Republican Plan? The American Health Security Act (single payer)? What are the differences in the three suggested plans? Can the systems be explained so that I can understand? This video evaluates the three most prominent health care reform options. It explains what managed competition is and clearly defines the differences in the three major plans that are currently proposed. It also tells you who to contact to have your voice heard on this important issue. Discover the best method of getting your congressional leader's attention. A health care resource and information packet entitled "Ethical Choices: Reforming the Health Care System" accompanies the video.