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March 21, 2014

Church offers free showing of 'God's Not Dead'

AMESBURY — Rock Church Amesbury Pastor Jon Howard is obviously a man of faith, but as the owner of Vary Technologies, he is a man of science as well.

“Having to reconcile my faith with science was hard,” Howard said. “Frankly, I still question it. I think God wants us to always be questioning. Always seeking and looking to discover new things about him. I often see God’s print on everything. It is amazing how a leaf looks like the Earth from above which also looks like the veins on your hand. There obviously was a designer to life and existence.”

The battle between faith and science is the central plot point to the new film “God’s Not Dead.” Howard and his church will offer a free showing of it in three of Salisbury’s Vision Max Cinema’s theaters tomorrow morning.

“We knew it was coming out and we were building a sermon series around it,” Howard said of the film. “Vision Max) told us that we could buy tickets for $5 apiece and we had to buy a minimum of 150. So we cut the check and gave it to them in faith that we were going to be able to sell 150 tickets.

“Well, right now we are up to 350 and we are still getting requests for more tickets. I’d say everywhere from a 30- to 40-mile radius, people are coming to see this movie. It’s kind of neat. People are going to be journeying to Salisbury to check out this film.”

The film, which stars Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper and Dean Cain, tells the tale of a college freshman and devout Christian (Harper) who finds his faith challenged by his philosophy professor (Sorbo) and must defend it with the use of empirical evidence.

“It takes you back to your freshman year in college,” Howard said. “And nobody really gives God a second thought. But this kid says he is not going to say that God is dead and his teacher is making him prove it.”

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