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Faithspotting "Tar"

Feb. 1, 2023

Kenny and Mike discuss the and spot faith reflected in the Todd Field film Tar starring Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett.

Grace Christ Figure Spiritual Forgivness Prodigal Son Adam And Eve Sinful Nature

Faithspotting "The Whale"

Jan. 14, 2023

Mike and Kenny discuss and spot faith reflected in the latest Darren Arononfsky film, The Whale, starring Brendan Fraser. The film tells the story of Charlie, a 600 lb man who teaches virtul writing classes. Struggling with …

Faithspotting "The Banshees of Inisherin

Dec. 26, 2022

Mike and Kenny discuss and spot faith reflected in the latest film from Academy Award winning Writer / Director Martin McDonagh that reunites him with Colin Farrell and Brendan Glessan. Set in 1923 on an island of the coast …

Theodicy, Servant Leadership, Faith In The Midst Of Struggle,

Faithspotting "Emancipation"

Dec. 19, 2022

Kenny and Mike review and discuss the faith elements reflected in the new Apple tv + film starring Will Smith.  Among the subjects discussed are the need for another film featuring the struggle to escape from slavery (amidst…

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Faithspotting "The Fablemans"

Dec. 3, 2022

Mike and Kenny discuss and spot faith elements reflected in the Steven Spielberg's latest, semi-autobiographical film The Fablemans. The film depicts the future director's initial attraction to making films as a child as wel…

Love Of Enemies Sermon On The Mount Romans 12 All Are One In Christ

Faithspotting All Quiet on the Western Front

Nov. 18, 2022

Kenny and Mike open the 5th season of Faithspotting by discussing the film and faith issues spotted in the latest film version of Erich Maria Remarque's 1928 novel All Quiet on the Western Front. The 1930 film won the Best P…

About the Hosts

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Rev KennyDickson

Founder of Cross Roads Faith and Film and Host of Faithspotting Podcast

Kenny is a United Methodist pastor in the Dallas area and is the founder of the ministry Cross Roads Faith and Film. The mission of Cross Roads is to help faith communities utilize film as a tool in ministry and faith development of members. Kenny also works with film companies in marketing films to faith communities. While Cross Roads works with faith-based projects, it specializes in finding secular films that reflect life issues and matters of faith. Prior to serving Cross Roads full time, Kenny pastored in churches throughout the North Texas region for 24 years. Throughout his ministry in local congregations, Kenny utilized his film degree by using films as parables in teaching and preaching. Kenny has been married for 26 years and with his wife Michelle they have two adult children.

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Michael Hatch

Audio/Video Production Teacher

After spending nearly 30 years in radio (15 years of that time on the air in Dallas), Mike currently teaches digital audio/radio and television at Prosper High School (just north of Dallas). He grew up in southern New Hampshire, and moved down to Texas after meeting his future wife (Melissa—a United Methodist Minister) through a mutual best friend. Mike has two amazing kids: Maddie and Mitchell. He's also been blessed to meet everyone from The Ghost Hunters to Fall Out Boy to Blondie. His favorite career highlight: covering Stephen King's Press Conference! Mike is a lifelong and hardcore movie fan: especially horror films.