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Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014)

Big Idea: You need to keep your feet on the path.

Topics: Walk, The Way, Path, Follow

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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Big Idea: Is it every okay to break the rules?

Topics: Legalism, Law, Obedience, Good

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Despicable Me 2 (2013)

Big Idea: Deceit will get you into trouble.

Topics: Lying, Sin, Children, Compromise

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Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

Big Idea: Can we change?

Topics: Fatalism, Free Will, Change, Redemption

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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Big Idea: How to invite rejection.

Topics: Arrogance, Pride, Communication, Words

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Frozen (2013)

Big Idea: There's really nothing funny about being naive.

Topics: Naive, Fools, Wisdom, Ignorance

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Big Idea: Be in the battle; not on the sidelines.

Topics: Spiritual Warfare, Evil, Choosing sides, Devil

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12 Years a Slave (2013)

Big Idea: What is the best strategy for navigating a hostile world?

Topics: Spiritual Warfare, The world, Live, Ambassador

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All Is Lost (2013)

Big Idea: The storm is coming; don't disconnect from God.

Topics: Prayer, Unforgiving, Doubt, Strife

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Big Idea: The path of sin begins with small steps.

Topics: Lust, Sin, Lying, Covet

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Madagascar 3 (2012)

Big Idea: What does it mean to truly commit?

Topics: Count the cost, Trust, Faith, Perseverance

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Madagascar 3 (2012)

Big Idea: What makes a good leader?

Topics: Leadership, Elder, Responsibility, Failure

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Prometheus (2012)

Big Idea: What would you do to meet your Maker?

Topics: Creation, Creator, Intelligent Design, Questions

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Mirror Mirror (2012)

Big Idea: Envy makes us ugly.

Topics: Envy, Jealousy, Love, Appreciation

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The Hunger Games (2012)

Big Idea: To surprise people, turn around.

Topics: Repentance, Commitment, Good works, Obedience

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The Lorax (2012)

Big Idea: Love risks everything for the beloved.

Topics: Love, Sacrifice, Husband, Wife

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John Carter (2012)

Big Idea: How can we overcome communication barriers to the Gospel?

Topics: Speak, Evangelism, Preach, Culture

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Big Miracle (2012)

Big Idea: What are animals to us?

Topics: Animals, Stewardship, Creation, Caring

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Big Miracle (2012)

Big Idea: If you want to hear, you have to listen.

Topics: Hear, Listening, Obedience, Faith

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Big Miracle (2012)

Big Idea: The difference between our kingdoms and God's Kingdom.

Topics: Factions, Goals, Division, Ambition

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From Mars Hill to the Movies -- Part I - Using Movie Clips

Ever since the Iconoclastic controversy arose in the 8th century, Christian preachers have been worried about using images in church. Now I will be the first to admit that the icons St. John of Damascus defended in On the Divine Images are far removed from the kind of images produced by Hollywood, but one of the reasons given by iconoclasts for not using images -- that all images are idols -- is the same reason I would like to advance for using them. People in the West idolize Hollywood. That is why preachers should follow Paul's example on Mars Hill by taking what people worship, and using it to lead them to Christ.

 

From Mars Hill to the Movies -- Part 2 - How to Use Movie Clips

If movie clips are to be used effectively in preaching, guidelines concerning number and placement need to be observed. How many clips should be used in a single message? For preachers who are new to video usage the prospect of illustrating an entire message with vibrant images can be very seductive. I warn against using more than a couple of movie illustrations in a single message -- one of which should be an opener or a closer. Movie clips are expansive. If the focus is to remain on the text, it is important not to overwhelm the congregation or your small group.

 

The Truth-Telling Power of Film - Why Use Movie Clips

There is a lot of negative writing about the moral cesspool that is frequently Hollywood film. I have written a fair amount of it myself. Chances are great that in future columns in this space, you will see more of it. If that is true, why bother to use film as illustrations in sermons, small group discussions, or youth groups? The answer lies in the power of stories to embody the truth and to make morality come alive.