Faithspotting: “Enola Holmes”

Kenny and Mike discuss Enola Holmes and spot the faith elements on the Netflix film starring and produced by Millie Bobby Brown. Follow link to listen to the episode on Apple Podcast. Also found on Google Podcasts and Spotify.


Enola Holmes is the 16 year old sister of the famous London detective Sherlock Holmes and their older brother Mycroft. Following the death of her father soon after she was born, and her brothers moving out when she was a young girl, Enola’s world was her mother Eudoria and her home. Eudoria developed Enola’s mind through traditional academic studies with special emphasis on developing deductive thinking. Eudoria also developed Enola’s physical health through rigorous activities including Jujitsu. 

When Eudoria is disappears on Enola’s 16 birthday, her brothers return home where Sherlock is to find Eurdoria and Mycroft takes charge of raising Enola. Being her brother Sherlock’s sister, Enola takes it upon herself to find her mother, led by clues left behind for her by Eudoria.

Faith Elements Spotted:

Millie Bobby Brown, Helena Bonham Carter

John 14- Jesus does not leave His disciples orphaned. He prepared his disciples to continue His ministry without Him with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

Jesus offers his followers peace, His peace, which is different from the way the world sees and understands peace. The Peace Christ offers is God’s faithfulness to God’s promises of grace, love and life.

John 10: The Good Shepherd, Jesus described himself as the good Shepherd who was willing and did lay down his life for the sake of the flock under his care.  He was able to do that partly because of His peace that came from his love for and faithfulness in God’s promise of life eternal in God’s Kingdom. Disciples are to have that same peace and willingness to be good shepherds who risk, and at times suffer for the sake of those in their care.  

Matthew 18, Luke 15 the Parable of the Lost Sheep. As good shepherds, disciples are called to go out, even into the dark wilderness searching for the lost one, rather than remain with the 99 who are safe. 

Philippians 2:12  Disciples must take responsibilities for their own faith, or as Paul taught the members of the church he founded in Philippi, to  work out their own salvation. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism emphasized this teaching for followers of the Methodist movement. Although parents, friends, and others can play a significant role in introducing and developing one’s faith, each person must take responsibility for their own faith and relationship with Christ. 

About revkennydickson

I am a United Methodist minister and my professional passion is connecting issues of life and faith to film and other artforms. I am also interested in autism awareness and ministry and special needs. I am married to Michelle and have two children.
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1 Response to Faithspotting: “Enola Holmes”

  1. Rebecca Grogan says:

    Kenny, I think this is one of the most relevant things I’ve seen. I’m a big movie watcher and always keep an eye out for theological/ethical/moral issues in film. This is great stuff.

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