By Edwin L. Carpenter - Associate Editor, The Dove Foundation
Dr. Marc T. Newman is a graduate of Regent
University, and he has a diverse background in teaching, writing, and running a
website. He taught at the prestigious University of California, Irvine. He
recently completed two Event Level Bible studies, based on the films "Glory
Road," and "The End Of The Spear."
Newman's Bible study based on "Glory Road"
was co-written with legendary basketball great A.C. Green. "Grace Hill Media
called to see if I was interested in collaborating with A.C. Green," said
Newman. "Of course he had been a basketball player with the L.A. Lakers. He's
humble, has a heart for the gospel, and wants to help kids," he said. "A.C. had
great insights and we made the Bible study guide available to download from the
Newman said "The Bible study walks you
through the film—it's about changing the world. As the movie deals with sports,
Paul used coaching motifs. He spoke about boxing and running. In the movie the
coach goes after players nobody else wanted. We see that with the Lord. God uses
the weak and foolish things to confound the wise. Coach Haskins teaches his
players in the film and God wants to mentor us to persevere and instill the
belief that you can win, and then to execute the game plan."
The response to the downloadable Bible
study guide has been fantastic, according to Newman. "The website has had
hundreds and hundreds of downloads for the 'Glory Road' study guide," he said.
"I liked 'Glory Road'," he said. "I give it thumbs up. It grows on you. I have
seen it two or three times and it works. The Motown thing was working for me.
It's the 1960's, and there is innocence in El Paso. When Coach Haskins sees the
timid approach of Shed, he says, 'You're off the team.' But he comes back and
yells at the coach, and the coach tells him 'Take it to the hoop.'" Newman
emphasized that God wants his people to "take it to the hoop," in giving one's
best effort for the Lord.
Newman mentioned that there are many other
available articles on his subscription website,
and that he teaches people how to interpret what a film is saying. He claims he
is not a film critic but a film interpreter. He is pleased to see so many family
films recently released.
"January is usually a film graveyard," he
said. "But recently we have had 'Glory Road,' 'The End of the Spear,' and 'Nanny
Newman's future plans include writing a
book and he was in Tennessee recently to do some research for the book. He
foresees writing a book on faith and culture, and understanding the media.
A frequent guest speaker for many
organizations, and the overseer of his website, one gets the feeling that Dr.
Marc T. Newman doesn't plan to slow down. His main mission seems to be in
writing the Event Level Bible study guides, and to coach people to comprehend
what a film is saying. But as he will tell you—he's not a film critic, he's a