Gritty Reality Hints at True Hope

“You must pay for everything in this world, one way or another… there is nothing free except the grace of God.”

true_grit_poster Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, a 14-year-old farm girl sets out to capture the killer and hires Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn, the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, known as a man with “True Grit.”

The question is, however: what IS true grit? Who in the film truly evinces this? What do we REALLY need to secure justice, or to show grace, and does the film leave us in a place of hope or despair for achieving either in this life? This incredible, well-received film depicts the harsh realities of life with a few hopeful hints toward the everlasting arms that can sustain us, and it was my pleasure to unpack this at a live, crowded family film and theology event.

Audio from the teaching portion is now available, though it assumes you’ve watched the film and does contain spoilers.

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