SALT AND LIGHT: THE MIRACLE IN HOLLYWOOD

"In the Beginning"

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Summary:

SALT AND LIGHT: THE MIRACLE IN HOLLYWOOD is a fascinating documentary about a Christian coffee house called The Salt Company, which opened August 3, 1968 in Hollywood. The Salt Company hosted musical groups such as Bob Marlowe, Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, and The Salt Company Band, who paved the way for contemporary Christian music and the Jesus Movement revival. SALT AND LIGHT is well worth watching.

Review:

SALT AND LIGHT: THE MIRACLE IN HOLLYWOOD is a fascinating documentary about a Christian coffee house called The Salt Company that opened on August 3, 1968 in Hollywood. The Salt Company hosted musical groups such as Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Dennis Agajanian, and, of course, The Salt Company Band, who paved the way for contemporary Christian music and the Jesus Movement revival.

When Don Williams, a young associate pastor at Hollywood Presbyterian Church, started talking to some of the hippies moving into the Hollywood area in the 1960s, he decided to create a place where they could hear music peppered by the Gospel, called the Salt Company Coffeehouse. The Salt Company Band, the musical group that played there, was not only inspired by God’s Holy Spirit but also included terrific musicians. Very soon, the lines of people trying to get into the coffee house reached around the block.

Great musicians joined the group and played at the coffee house, and the lives of many of the street people caught up in the drugs and counter culture of runaways and dropouts in the hippie movement were transformed by the power of the music and the Holy Spirit. Don Williams and the other members of The Salt Company became their pastors and evangelists. The Salt Company reached out to students and others around Los Angeles and even set up a system of buses to take students to the beach, where the group played before large crowds of beach goers.

SALT AND LIGHT is a fascinating story of one of the several sources of the Jesus Movement. Of course, another one was occurring in Orange County with Chuck Smith. The new music playing at the coffee house inspired music still being played today in churches around the world. The revival became so big that the Jesus Movement was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, proving that God was not dead. Also, new coffee houses and ministries sprang up from Seattle to Akron, Ohio.

Although the reviewer was part of the counter-culture and didn’t come to Christ until 1975, the movie makes one wish they had visited the Salt Company Coffeehouse instead of the dens of drugs and iniquity. The documentary consists of archival footage, great music, and insightful interviews. It’s well worth watching.

Content:

(CCC, BBB, N):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian worldview about the coffee house where the Jesus Movement started;

Foul Language:
No foul language;

Violence:
No violence;

Sex:
No sex;

Nudity:
Upper male nudity in beach scenes where males and females wear bathing suits;

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drug use; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Nothing else objectionable.

In Brief:

SALT AND LIGHT: THE MIRACLE IN HOLLYWOOD is a fascinating documentary about a Christian coffee house called The Salt Company, which opened August 3, 1968 in Hollywood. When Don Williams, a young associate pastor at Hollywood Presbyterian Church, started talking to some of the hippies moving into Hollywood, he decided to create a place where they could hear music infused with the Gospel, called the Salt Company Coffeehouse. The Salt Company Band, the musical group playing there, was inspired by God’s Holy Spirit and included some terrific musicians. Very soon, the lines of people trying to get into the coffee house reached around the block.

SALT AND LIGHT is a fascinating story of one source of the Jesus Movement. The new music playing at Christian coffee houses around the USA inspired music still being played today in churches around the world. The revival became so big Time Magazine featured the Jesus Movement on its cover, proving that God was not dead. SALT AND LIGHT: THE MIRACLE IN HOLLYWOOD consists of archival footage, great music, and insightful interviews. It’s well worth watching.

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