Favourite Movies – Ben-Hur

The classic epic on faith.

Amazon.com: Ben-Hur: 50th Anniversary Edition: Movies & TV.

This is one of my all-time favourite movies.  I watch it at least twice a year – at Easter and Christmas.  And it amazes me how many Christians I’ve met who have never seen it.  I clung to its message even when I was farthest from being a Christian myself.

I’ve heard that people say “It’s called ‘Ben-Hur: A Story of the Christ’ and it isn’t about Christ at all.”  I can’t understand that.  It’s about God’s will working in the world, about turning the other cheek, about the incredible force of Our Lord when He turned His attention on a man.  It’s about faith.


Favourite Music – Michael Card – The Basin and the Towel

My favourite thing to have on while working on NeedlePrayer projects is uplifting music.  And one of my very favourite songs is Michael Card‘s The Basin and the Towel.

Amazon.com: Poiema: Michael Card: Music.

This song references the beautiful episode from the Gospels where, at the Last Supper, Christ takes up a basin and towel and washes the feet of the apostles.  It is a call to service.

And the call is to community,
The impoverished power that sets the soul free.

It challenges us to think beyond ourselves, and find purpose in serving others.  Even our Lord focussed on service, so how can we be above it?

And the space between ourselves sometimes
Is more than the distance between the stars.
By the fragile bridge of the Servant’s bow
We take up the basin and the towel.

What a wonderful way to comfort our lonely souls than to connect with others and God through action, through work, as well as through prayer.