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Filmmaker John Egan created this film in response to passages from Joshua 1:1, 3-6, 9-18; 3:5, 11-12; 4.2.

Joshua 1:1

Joshua 1:3-6

Joshua 1:9-18

Joshua 3:5

Joshua 3:11-12

Joshua 4:2



John Egan


Curated by: 

Michael Markham


Short Film

Image by Giorgio Trovato

Primary Scripture

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In reading Joshua (the book of war) I began to hear three distinct voices arise from the verses: one of a militant, one of a father, and one of a son. Initially I wanted to write three monologues for these characters, adapting the verses that I felt spoke for/to each of these characters. What evolved were three scenes, led by each of these characters. The result was a sort of triptych film, that (I hope) deals with the cycles of war through family generations and unpacking what it truly means to be "strong and courageous."

What does it mean to be spoken to by God? Does that give us authority over others? Are so we naive to think that war will save us, even if we have "goodness" on our side? After we've destroyed our enemies, where does that leave our young men who fought?

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

A Minnesota native, John Egan has been a performing artist in NYC for the past 14 years. John is grateful to Spark and Echo for the opportunity to create a new piece for this ambitious campaign. John is a member of BREAD Arts Collective as well as CORE Artists Ensemble. Currently he can be seen in RISE AND FALL at People Lounge, every Sunday night at 8pm. John is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

John Egan

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