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Stop and Think: Online Video Evangelism


One of our readers, Andrea, alerted us to this excellent evangelistic video by Think Inc., a small Christian film company based in Southern California.

This team of like-minded men and women have accomplished what is far too rare among Christian filmmakers, successfully integrating high-end quality with an engaging and powerful presentation of the gospel. Their work is the kind we pray that rebelutionaries will aspire to: character, competence and collaboration.

Read the mission statement from their website:

To produce short video projects that will inspire the highest ideals, the clearest and most noble biblical values, and which do so with a commitment to holiness.

To enlighten the general population through media in the power of the Holy Spirit of: the presence of sin in all people (Romans 3:23); God’s incredible love (John 3:16); His wrath (Exodus 34:6-7; Romans 3:23); and His grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) through His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:36).

To motivate the present and next generation towards a presuppositionally biblical worldview.

To facilitate the development of a website that will help new believers get connected to a local evangelical church and also provide them with resources that will help them become more fully devoted disciples of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20).

To distribute the video projects by the use of television, computer technology, and one-on-one interaction in order to get the saving message of the gospel in front of as many people as possible.

To produce these projects with a caliber such that the common viewer is impressed, and ultimately not distracted by low-end quality that “Christian” filmmaking is known for. We are committed to absolutely professional (“Hollywood”) quality and feel that God would not want us to compromise.

We believe that God will use this video to change hearts and lives and we’d love to have your input and help in spreading it to an even wider audience.

You can order three copies (minimum order) of the Stop and Think DVD for a small donation ($3 each, plus shipping) to hand out to people or to show at your church.

However, we believe the most effective way to get it where unbelievers will see it is online, through blogging, YouTube and online ranking sites like Digg.

Below are three “quick links” that allow you to boost the video’s visibility online. If everyone does their part, we can make this happen.

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Alex and Brett Harris

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.


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  • Along those same lines, have you seen the movie “Facing the Giants”? It is a movie completely done by a church from Albany, Georgia. This is their second movie – the first was “Flywheel” and is available at Blockbuster to rent. “Facing the Giants” will be released September 29th at theaters across the country and is a movie every family should see. It clearly presents the Gospel and the need for Christ in your life. Audiences young and old will enjoy it. I encourage you to promote this movie on your web-site! More information is on the web-site:

  • Oh! I love Stop and Think. The one who made it is actually a friend of my pastor’s, so that’s how I heard about it. It’s a very creative evangelistic tool!

  • Alex and Brett,
    I love this! I have so much stuff on my side bar and I am willing to get rid of some of it for the stop and think video! This is furthering the Kingdom of God!

  • This guy is funny, walking around with his surfboard and yet again walking around with his surfboard.
    He kinda keeps repeating himself.

  • Becky, maybe sometimes repeating something is the only way to get people to listen. Although I do have to disagree with some of his theology. God does not love everyone, only the ones He has saved. I’m really impressed with his passion for the gospel though. That’s something I would like to have.

  • I saw this movie in Florida at my families church while I was visiting some. It was a very good way of presenting the Gospel to people.

    I liked how he told you that God made this WHOLE WORLD! And that we just speed bye and don’t even “smell the roses”

    In His precious name-

    Jared B.

  • Hi Laura. God DOES love everyone. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world. . .” which would include everyone. This doesn’t mean He saves everyone, but He DOES love everyone.

    This is a great evangelical tool and the quality is impressive. I pray God would use this media to bring more people into His family. May we be so bold to proclaim His name wherever we are.

  • Hey Laura,
    God only loves people who are saved? I don’t think I’ve ever heard that before and wonder why you say that? The bible says that Christ demonstated His love torwed us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.(Rom 5:8) and also that the reason we love God is because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19) Of course God doesn’t force Himself on us. some people reject His love. love is a choice.
    I like the way the guy describes the world as a ball flying around with us on it, and we walk around like this isn’t amazing!? Truly, God is seen, even in His handy work. 🙂

    Psalm 19
    1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

    2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

    3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

    How great and awsome is our God!

  • Francis Chan, the guy in the video, spoke at the Challenge ’06 confrence, which is an Evangelical Free confrence, that I attended. He was an awesome speaker and I really enjoyed this video.

  • Wow, I loved that. Very good video and message. It felt like watching a good nooma video (Rob Bell) but it was longer with more walking, talking, and surfing. 🙂

    Actually, God does love everyone, Laura. The Bible says that God sent his Son to the world because He loved it, and Christ died for everyone while we were still sinners, and it’s God’s will that none should perish but that all should have eternal life. Everyone will have the chance to accept Jesus and no one will be excluded from Him or prevented from making the choice. I doubt that God would want some people to be rescued and others not. Are there any Bible verses that say otherwise? What do you guys think?

  • The Bible says that God loves everyone in the sense that “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:45). However, the Bible is quite clear on the fact that He has a special, redeeming love for those He calls to salvation. After all, He sent His Son to die for His elect, not everyone. There are a slew of Bible verses to back this up, which I will quote in a minute, but first, let’s look at the issue logically. If God sent Jesus to die for everyone’s sins, then everyone would be saved. We know that everyone is NOT saved; some go to hell where they are punished for their sins. So, if Jesus died for all, and some are not saved, then His death would be ineffectual: people whom He had cleansed of their sins would be experiencing punishment for those sins in hell. Well, the Bible is quite clear that Jesus’ death IS effective, redeeming us from hell by paying for our sins. Since all of this is true, then free will is a myth created by man because he is uncomfortable with God’s sovereignty to save and damn whomever He pleases. Read Romans 9 for proof that He does just that. He is the Creator, and we are the created; He has every right to do with His creation as He so chooses. Consider the following verses: “For the transgression of MY PEOPLE He was stricken.” (Is. 53:8); “You are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save HIS PEOPLE from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21); “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for THE SHEEP.” (John 10:11); “You do not believe because you are not part of MY FLOCK. MY SHEEP hear my voice, and I know THEM, and THEY follow Me. I give THEM eternal life, and THEY will never perish, and no one will snatch THEM out of My hand.” (John 10:26-28)”Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You. For You granted to Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to ALL THOSE YOU HAVE GIVEN HIM…I pray for THEM. I am not praying for the world.” (John 17:1-2, 9). These are only a few; I recommend reading “The Doctrines of Grace”, “A Journey in Grace”, and “Grace Unknown” to gain a further Biblical grasp of this issue. Also, pay attention to the men of God represented on this site: John Piper, C.J. Mahaney, Josh Harris, Al Mohler, and John MacArthur — all of whom ascribe to these Reformed doctrines.

  • Hey Christina,

    I agree with you 100% you talk as if you were a Calvinist! (If you call yourself that.) I’m a Calvinist so therefor I believe in the doctrines of grace.

    Also I really like stop and think, I’m getting ready to watch stop and think again!!!!

    God bless

  • Christina,

    i just read your blog but i am afraid i disagree…Jesus states that ALL have sinned & fallen short of the glory of God. Therefore we can make no claim that we are better or worse than anyone else. If you believe that only certain people are saved, how can you trust in your own salvation? How do you know if God chose you to go to heaven? I agree that we have no guarantee that our friends or family are saved (for who can know the heart of a man but God?) but i believe that by the fruit of their lives i can see God CLEARYLY evident. Also, when God refers to his own people that was before the time when gentiles were accepted as well as Jews right? Christ gave his disciples the great commission & the apostle Paul spread the gospel to both jews & gentiles….

    In Christ,
    p.s. i really enjoyed stop & think-it was so inspirational!

  • This is a great discussion. I agree mostly with Christina. However, free will is not “a myth created by man because he is uncomfortable with God’s sovereignty to save and damn whomever He pleases”. The Bible makes it clear that man does have free will and we are not puppets. Think of Adam and Eve. They made the CHOICE to eat the fruit. Did God know what was going to happen? Yes. Did he have it all under control? Yes. Did he cause them to eat the fruit? No. This is just the first example. The Bible makes it clear that salvation requires a choice on part. We have free will. A trap that Calvinists can fall into is not realizing the validity of free will because we place so much emphasis on God’s sovereignty

    I am a Calvinist so I also believe in the doctrines of predestination and election. A few verses to add: Eph. 1:3-14, Rom 8:29-30, 2 Thess. 2:13-14, 2 Tim. 1:9-10. Note that most of the verses of Christina’s were in John and spoken by Jesus. If you consider the context it is clear he is not simply talking about Jews but all those who would gain salvation obviously including Gentiles. As to a person’s relationship with God being shown by the fruits I agree completely. The fruits show that a person is one of God’s sheep, elect, children, however you want to put it. You know that you are a Christian (and therefore one of the elect) if you can tell that God is working in you. Predestination/ Election seems harsh and unfair but consider that none deserve salvation so the fact that God gives salvation to some is truly wonderful. Also realize that its not like someone will want to be saved and believe but won’t be able to. It is God that puts the desire there because a person is one of the elect.

    It seems that I just contradicted myself and the Bible contradicts itself. HOWEVER, this is an area where we have to realize that it is a MYSTERY. Somehow free will AND election are both completely true. We just have to realize that God’s wisdom is infinitely greater than ours and believe what he says even if we simply cannot understand because we are humans. This is what I believe the Bible clearly lays down but, “Each one should be convinced in his own mind”(Rom. 14:5a). I am not going to pass judgement on someone because they do not have exactly my view, but I still am convinced that what I have laid out here is what the Bible teaches. Read Romans 14 for more clarification.

    This has helped me and I hope it helps anyone who may read it

    By the way, the video was excellent.

    In Christ,

  • God bless your hearts for coming up with this video! I’ve been searching for a video like this so i can share it to my facebook profile and i’m glad i found this. It’s amazing! Perfectfly true based on God’s word.

  • This is not the Gospel! God is not begging anyone for a relationship! This is not the God of the bible , the God of the bible is Sovereign and He chooses whom He will save, we are not capable of making a decision, we are dead in trespasses and sins.A dead man cannot choose! This is a freewill gospel an abomination to God! This should not be endorsed.

  • Em. well, a tad Armenian here, and the begging part might be extreme, but it’s otherwise really good.
    Mavis, please realize that you are right that a dead man spiritually can’t choose, but God has to work in their hearts so that they CAN accept him! They do actually have to make the choice. So this really isn’t as flawed as you are saying.
    I thought it was really well put together. I will certainly share this with friends. Thanks for posting, guys!

  • Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say excellent blog!

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