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The Case for Christ is a compelling love story

10 Apr

Starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway
Run time: 112 minutes
Rated: PG
In theaters April 7

After reading Lee Strobel’s book The Case for Christ a few years ago, I attempted to contact him by email. In his book, the former investigative journalist recounts his journey from atheism to Christianity. He set out to prove that Jesus was a hoax and the resurrection never happened.

In my email, I challenged Strobel to write a sequel: The Case for Catholicism. I asked him to apply the same passion and take the same approach — turning over every rock, probing every historical crevice to prove that the Catholic Church is not the church founded by Jesus Christ. I’m not sure if my email got through. I didn’t receive a response.

Mike Vogel stars as Lee Strobel in The Case for Christ

Strobel’s best-selling book is now a full-length motion picture — a very important one at that. The film — produced by Pure Flix, the studio behind God’s Not Dead (and its sequel) and Woodlawn — cracked the Top 10 last weekend. It should be a massive hit, entering the box office race right before Easter.

The story is compelling, well-acted and better written than most Christian (or even mainstream) films these days. In the movie, Strobel (Mike Vogel, The Help, Cloverfield) is frustrated that his wife Leslie (Erika Christensen, Parenthood, Flightplan) finds Christ and gets baptized. He sees Jesus as his rival and sets out to prove that Christianity is a sham. In the process, Strobel uncovers massive amounts of evidence, but none of it backs up his own worldview. He discovers that it takes more faith to disbelieve in Jesus than to embrace the historic truths that back up everything about the Lord, his death and resurrection.

“In the end, The Case for Christ is a love story.” ~Patrick Novecosky.

In the end, The Case for Christ is a love story — Strobel’s love for his wife, his wife’s love for him and Jesus, and, ultimately, Jesus’ love for each and every one of us. In our age of rapid secularization and indifference to facts and the truth, The Case for Christ is one of the most important films of the past decade. Strobel’s book is powerful and compelling. The film version captures it perfectly. Let’s just pray he takes up my challenge. It would be a riveting sequel!

PATRICK NOVECOSKY is the editor of this blog. His review appeared in the April issue of Legatus magazine.

 

Jennifer Fulwiler Show: Can you bring your faith to work?

7 Feb

the-catholic-channel-logoNEW YORK (Feb. 7, 2017)–Legatus magazine editor-in-chief Patrick Novecosky was a guest on The Jennifer Fulwiler Show this afternoon on Sirius XM’s The Catholic Channel. Fulwiler asked Novecosky about the challenges about sharing one’s faith in the workplace. In a post-Christian culture, there is a debate about the best way to live between those who have a daily walk with Christ and those who live a secular life, he said.

They discussed how business owners and other leaders can live their faith at work — and also how regular workers can be more overt about their faith at the office. Novecosky talked about praying for those we work with and waiting for an opportunity to share our faith as St. Peter wrote: “Always be ready to give a reason for our hope.” CLICK HERE to listen to the entire interview (17 minutes).

Jennifer Fulwiler Show: Business leaders can be saints

28 Dec

the-catholic-channel-logoNEW YORK (December 28, 2016) — Legatus magazine editor-in-chief Patrick Novecosky was a guest on The Jennifer Fulwiler Show this afternoon on Sirius XM’s The Catholic Channel. Fulwiler asked Novecosky about Legatus–what it is, how it was founded, and whether or not business leaders can be saints. Can one put God first and at the same time seek excellence in the business world?

Novecosky highlighted the work done by Legatus members and how they–and all of us–are accountable for how we use our talents and material blessings. CLICK HERE to listen to the entire interview (First 23 minutes of audio).

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Ambassadors for Christ in the marketplace

7 Nov

morningshow31-trans800FORT WAYNE, Indiana (November 7, 2016) — Legatus magazine editor-in-chief Patrick Novecosky was a guest on The Kyle Heimann Show this morning on Redeemer Radio. Host Kyle Heimann asked Novecosky about what Legatus is and how its members are making a difference in the world.

Novecosky highlighted the work done by John Martin, founder of The Amazing Parish program and Tom Peterson, founder of Catholics Come Home. They also talked about how faith informs the business practices of Legatus members and how Catholics can live out their faith in the business place. CLICK HERE to listen to the entire interview (13 minutes, 40 seconds).

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Voice of the Vatican: Legatus and the Eternal City

29 Oct

a319c-upclose-with-patrick-novecoskyROME (Oct. 29, 2016) — Legatus, the world’s premier organization for Catholic business leaders, had its origin in Rome, the editor Legatus magazine told Shalom World TV‘s Ashley Puglia Noronha during an interview at Rome’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

Patrick Novecosky told Noronha on an episode of Voice of the Vatican that business leaders–presidents, CEOs and other executives–have great influence. Catholic business leaders have a great responsibility to set the ethical bar high for many reasons. Employees will rise or lower their ethical behavior after the model set by their company’s leader. Also, he said, ethically run businesses thrive and can weather storms that others cannot.

voiceNoronha asked Novecosky about Legatus magazine and its purpose. The magazine, he said, exists to help Legatus members to learn, live and spread their faith. Once they do that, their impact is virtually unlimited. He pointed to Tim and Steph Busch, California Legatus members who are helping build the business school at the Catholic University of America.

Novecosky also pointed to Pope St. John Paul II’s influence on Legatus and its mission. CLICK HERE to watch the entire interview. 9 minutes 28 seconds.

EWTN’s Morning Glory: Legatus editor interview

28 Oct
Patrick Novecosky and Matthew Bunson

Patrick Novecosky and Matthew Bunson

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 28, 2016) — Legatus magazine’s editor-in-chief Patrick Novecosky, editor of this blog, was an in-studio guest on EWTN Radio’s Morning Glory program this morning.

Also in-studio were Morning Glory guest host Dr. Matthew Bunson, producer Alyssa MurphyFather Aquinas Guilbeau  from the Dominican House of Studies, and co-host Gloria Purvis.

MorningGloryDuring the 11-minute segment, the hosts asked Novecosky about Legatus and its newly chartered Washington DC Chapter. Bunson asked Novecosky ethics in the workplace and how Legatus helps form apostles for the New Evangelization.

CLICK HERE to listen to the entire interview (11 minutes 27 seconds)

Legatus, Tom Monaghan and his French horn

15 Sep

MorningGlorySEPTEMBER 15, 2015 — Patrick Novecosky, editor of this blog and Editor-in-Chief of Legatus magazine, was a guest on EWTN Radio’s Morning Glory program, broadcast live around the world from EWTN studios in Washington, D.C., this morning. Novecosky spoke to Morning Glory host Brian Patrick and his team of co-hosts Gloria Purvis, Fr. John Barry, and producer Alyssa Murphy.

They asked him about Legatus and its founder, Tom Monaghan, before moving on to talk about the importance of faith-filled business leaders for our highly secularized culture.

CLICK to listen to the entire interview (9 minutes 18 seconds).

EDITOR’S NOTE: One clarification: Tom Monaghan actually plays a B-flat alto horn, a close relative to the French horn.

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