Faithspotting is a podcast that spots and share issues of life, faith, and theology presented in film, television, and music. Our goal is to empower listeners to use these stories as tools to strengthen and apply faith in their everyday life.

Recent Episodes

Suicide Grief Grief Recovery Forgiveness Reconciliation Nature Of Faith

Faithspotting "Mass"

Oct. 14, 2021

In addition to discussing the film and spotting faith elements in the film MASS, Kenny and Mike also had a meaningful zoom interview with writer, director Fran Kranz and one of the four co-stars, Ann Dowd. The audio is inclu…

Guests: Fran Kranz , Ann Dowd
Transformation The Word Power Of Words Christ Figure Love Apostle Paul

Faithspotting "Dead Poets Society"

Oct. 8, 2021

Following interviews with film directors Edson Oda, and Stephen Chbosky who both said that Dead Poets Society was one of the films that helped make them as individuals, Kenny and Mike discuss and spot faith in the Academy Aw…

Suicide Gospel Of Matthew Gospel Of John Mental Health Faithfulness Of God God's Presence

Faithspotting "Dear Evan Hansen"

Sept. 30, 2021

In addition to reviewing and discussing faith issues spotted in the film, Dear Evan Hansen, Kenny and Mike interviewed director Stephen Chbosky. Included in the interview is a meaningful discussion regarding the faith and m…

Gospel Of John Romans Grace Gospel Of Matthew Galatians Prosperity Gospel Nationalism God's Calling LGBT Righteousness

Faithspotting The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Sept. 17, 2021

Mike and Kenny discuss and spot faith reflections in biographical film about Tammy Faye Bakker, The Eyes of Tammy Faye. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker. Kenny and Mike interviewed director Mich…

Gospel Of John Romans Transformation Power Of Love 2 Corinthians New Creaation Family Systems Genesis Nature Of God

Faithspotting Ted Lasso, The Queen's Gambit, Mare of Eastown, and Emmy Talk

Sept. 10, 2021

Kenny and Mike discuss their favorite television programs that are up for Emmy Awards.  While there is some discussion of the awards the sheer number of categories and programs makes it much more challenging to cover than th…

God's Calling Gospel Of Matthew Parable Of Talents Discipleship Parables

Faithspotting CODA

Aug. 28, 2021

Mike and Kenny discuss the film C.O.D.A. (Children of Deaf Adults) and spot faith reflected in the Sundance Film Festival Award winning film directed by Sian Heder. Emilia Johnes, Marlee Matlin, and Eugenio Derbev star in C.…

About the Hosts

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.

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.