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Showtime for the Sheep?: The Church and the Passion of the Christ [Paperback]

By T. A. McMahon (Author)
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This eye-opening little book addresses several key trends that are storming the church in this media-mesmerized millennium: The increasing use of entertainment and amusement to teach the Word of God-and expanding efforts to make the Gospel message more "seeker-sensitive"; The advancing cause of ecumenism over evangelism-and the resultant confusion between Catholicism and biblical Christianity; The multiplying effect of doctrinal error through increasingly popular paraphrased "Bibles" and the proliferation of visual interpretations of Scripture.

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After screening Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, T.A. McMahon set about writing a book evaluating the enthusiasm generated for the film among evangelicals. The movie was touted as the greatest opportunity for witnessing since the death of Christ. Could that be true? Or could the church be enthralled with something that might have a host of problems beyond just a popular motion picture about Jesus Christ. Tom observed a connection between The Passion and trends taking place among professing Bible believers such as the increasing use of entertainment in presenting the gospel, the ecumenical relationship between Catholics and Evangelicals, the use of imagery verging on idolatry, and the major drift away from the objective Word of God in favor of the subjective, "feelings" oriented treatment of the Scriptures. Table of Contents: Showtime for the Sheep?Is the Medium the Message?Amusing Ourselves Away from the Word?Lost in Translation?Is It As It Was?Experiencing Mel's VisionThe Vision MixThe Man Who Would Be JesusImages of Another Jesus?Mary, the Executive Producer?Another Gospel?Sheep Fed by the Hireling?ECT at the Movies?Lights, Camera, Salvation?Yes, But... and BeyondMan's Way or God's Way?

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Studio: The Berean Call
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.13" Width: 5.25" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.33 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 22, 2007
ISBN  1928660134  
ISBN13  9781928660132  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! T. A. McMahon is president and executive director of The Berean Call ministry, co-author of"The Seduction of Christianity", "The New Spirituality, " and author of "Showtime for the Sheep?" Holding a master's degree in communications, he has researched and written numerous documentaries and scripted several feature films. For nearly a decade Tom co-hosted, along with Dave Hunt, the nationwide radio program, "Search the Scriptures Daily". Presently, Tom hosts a half-hour weekly radio program called "Search the Scriptures 24/7", which features a special guest each week. He is also the developer, producer, and narrator of the video series, "Bible Survival", which can be viewed via YouTube.

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Anti-Catholic Protestant Bias..  Mar 25, 2007
First off for all those who don't know much about christianity, The Catholic Church was the FIRST christian church is.. This anti-catholic polenmic mumbo jumbo has been refuted and answered many times.. and if you really watch the movie it is a very VERY accurate portrayal of the crucifiction(Jesus in the garden, Judas, Pilate, Judas suicide, the roman spear, the temple splitting in to".. Remember there are many different version of the bible, KJV, NASB, NAB, WEB, ASV, WEB, etc.. and while the word for word language may be different at times the focal point is all still the is just the same for this movie.. there seriously has never been such a powerful movie as the Passion.. while most other movies on Christ are jumpy happy baptist/protestantish non-realistic type portrayals this is actually the closest to what actually happened back then(the Romans were very brutal)

I find it funny that protestants consider themselves 'Saved" even if they were formally Catholic.. Where as the exact opposite is true, all they have done is broken away from the original church and gone in the way of protestant division.. Protestant churches didn't exist till 1500 YEARS AFTER CHRIST, now why in the world would someone want to follow a errored church by some excomminicated priest 1500 years later after christ is beyond me, and yet these people think they have the "truth"?? that all of a sudden God was doing everything wrong for 1500 hundred years and Martin Luther has the theological answer to all??

Its funny how the Passion has been ridiculed and persecuted by both Jews and now Protestants. As Jesus said the Church would be a persecuted Church. And what church today is more bagged on and persecuted than the Catholic Church.. We Catholics are truely the real Christians because we existed long before any of these know it all protestants with their gymnasium "barn-like" church gatherings and their fat white trash wig wearing pastors..
An important, thought provoking book  Feb 12, 2007
Although there are some who may accuse the author of this book of "Catholic bashing", the truth is that he himself used to be a Catholic for many years until some loving evangelicals lead him to the true Jesus Christ. It is sad that many of today's evangelical leaders do not have that same love in their hearts for Catholics. This thought provoking book not only addresses Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of The Christ" - it actually addresses several key trends. I have found it to be an eye-opener, and the Lord has used it to confirm some convictions which I already had (Yet which I have tried to ignore) to be true. It is also written in a very loving spirit, and I think that the author is very fair to Mel Gibson in this book.
It is A Roman Catholic Movie  Feb 2, 2006
The Passion of the Christ is a Roman Catholic Movie. The movie depicts Jesus trial and crucifiction that is consistent with the Catholic churches teaching. Mel Gibson expanded on the story of Jesus path to the cross beyound what is written in the Gospels or elsewhere in scripture. These sources may well be acceptable as reliable within the Roman Catholic Church and not in most Evangelical churches. This is an accurate portrayal of the movie. The fact T.A. McMahon does not like the fact he does not like certain Protestant churches speak highly of the movie without expressing pause to the Catholic perspective of the movie does not make the author of this book intolerant. I believe Protestant ministers could advocate their parishners to to see the movie and yet express disagreement to the Catholic presentation of the Gospel.

Mary the Mother of Jesus is the second most presented character in the Passion of Christ. Reading the Gospel in either Protestant or Roman Catholic translations would give the reader the same perspective. No where in the Gospel does Mary follow Jesus from trial to trial, present at the scourging of Jesus, whipping up the blood afterwards, telling Jesus afterwards she wished it was her instead, and following Jesus as he carries the cross. This might give the watcher the idea Mary was some sort of co-redeemer. The portrayal of demons and the shroud of Turin are all part of the Catholic tradition, but extra biblical.

T.A. McMahon the author has the problem with any image being made of Jesus Christ. He therefore has a problem with any movie that has an actor portraying Jesus. No matter how consistent the movie is with scripture. He makes a very good argument for this in his book. Since I watched the Movie three times I do disagree with this point. But I do believe protestant ministers and their churches can encourage their flock to see the movie, but only if they are willing to teach where the movie goes against scripture. I believe the book is worth reading.
a mixed review here, although I'm concerned about the negative points in the book  Sep 16, 2005
I have mixed feelings about entertainment for the masses, as good entertainment can move people to new heights and new awareness, but it also is able to lull thinking (and in this case, religious) people into getting all their truth from entertainment. But, before the author is too critical, he ought to remind himself that, as powerful a critical realm as film entertainment is, if good people do not finance their own movies, get their own scriptwriters, cast their own crews, hire their own film music composers, then we are going to be left with movies that are irrespective and downright hostile to religious ideas. After all, we get movies according to whoever is producing them, which, for the most part, is the irreligious Hollywood community. The film industry has for too long been neglected by the church, as well as the religious community at large, and Mel Gibson took the bold step of possible ostracization by his own film community to put his talent and business acumen into this.
Many of the reviews here have stated that this book is none other than a anti-Catholic polemic. On that basis, I would have to agree for the most part. However, Mel Gibson is Catholic, and what does the author really expect? If the author wants entertainment to totally represent his religious viewpoint, then spend the $25 million to advance his own film and get it destributed. In fact, I think a lot of the anti-Catholic criticism against Mel Gibson is really unfair, because Gibson tried very hard to leave out a lot of Catholic beliefs, such as Mariology, so that all orthodox Christians could enjoy it, which is one reason so many non-Catholic evangelicals and other conservative Christians approved of the movie (the author is critical of these evangelicals for endorsing the movie). And, just in case anybody questions it, I am not Catholic nor was I ever raised Catholic. I believe that the other reviews here are from Catholics who are chagrined about a critical work from an evangelical being so anti-Catholic about this movie.
The criticism from secular and reform Jews against this movie were so great, you would have thought it was the worst film to have been shown, whipping up hatred from here to eternity, and this Jewish criticism was ad nauseam (some of the Jews who criticized this movie ought to remember how tiresome their rhetoric has become and no, I am not insensitive to some of the suffering they have had to endure, such as the Holocaust). If some of the Jews want to show a film how the crucifixion of Jesus has stirred up anti-Semitism, then they should shell out their own $25 million, make their own film, and distribute it themselves instead of constantly whining and complaining. In this case, though, the author is a host of The Berean Call, a very well-known conservative Christian organization.
McMahon, as well as Dave Hunt, who writes a small approval of the book, as both Arminians, which, by the way, I am also. Therefore, I am not antagonistic toward Dave Hunt's books, and have very much enjoyed reading them. Therefore, I believe I'm being very fair and objective, because most of the vicious criticism against Dave Hunt have come from other Protestant Christian writers and leaders, who are Calvinist. However, since Calvinists far outnumber Arminians in Protestantism, this was to be expected. Calvinists, except for Presbyterians and a few others, begrudgingly admit that Arminians may have a different view of God's sovereignty vs. free will, but that their viewpoint doesn't dismiss calling them brethren in Christ.
While some of the above paragrah probably went over many readers' heads, I want everybody to be assured that the review I have given is very fair. No, I am not Catholic nor ever have been, and yet, I believe that this book was very much an anti-Catholic polemic. I also belong with Dave Hunt and McMahon on the Arminian side of the aisle.
I do believe, however, that this book is worth reading, there are some good points to be made about being infuenced too much by entertainment and not making up our own mind as to what is right and what doesn't line up with truth, not only with this movie, but with entertainment in general. This book is rather small, and doesn't take much time to read, but it is the first non-Jewish essay against the Passion film that I have seen, which also makes it worth reading.
Do you hate catholics....then read this book!  Sep 15, 2005
This book lures you in by suggesting it is about biblical inaccuracies in the movie "The Passion Of the Christ". By Chapter 3 you realize it is nothing more than a tool for T.A McMahon to bash catholics, the catholic faith, and people of faith in general.
Mr. McMahon's use of bible quotes is often misleading. He sews together several sentences from different chapters of the bible to make whatever point he's trying to make, while at the same time completely missing the point of the 'entire' bible verse he starts to quote.
By chapter nine I found myself saying "Ok! I get hate catholics", and quite frankly didn't want to spend another chapter listening to him rail on about why catholicism is the world's worst evil. But, I finished the book.
In short, his points are poorly thought through, his use of the bible is, at best, troublesome if not out right inaccurate, and his anger towards those who choose not to follow his ministry bleeds through each and every paragraph.

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