Sunday, November 18, 2007



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The Power of Story


Story is powerful.

I have posted on the power of Story before.

At our staff meeting last week, our middle school team leader, Caleb Click, quoted Phillip Pullman (self proclaimed athiest and author of "The Golden Compass- a soon to be released movie based on his book)


‘Thou shalt not’ might reach the head, but it takes ‘Once upon a time’ to reach the heart.
Caleb is going to do something that some parents in our church may take issue with, he is going to offer an opportunity to take the Middle school youth to the movie with him. Why? Because he wants to train and equip the youth to engage and think critically about the culture we live in.

He plans to not just watch the movie with the kids, but afterward they are going to discuss what they saw. As a parent of one of the middle schoolers, I applaud Caleb's foresight and heart to engage movies such as the "Golden Compass". It is important to help our youth engage and process the culture they swim in with a self-aware, biblical worldview.

Thanks to the Jollyblogger for pointing out the reference.

Also, for a great article on Cultural Engagement, go to Joe Thorn's blog here.

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2 comments:

  1. I concur with what you say about story and movies being a part of that. Peter Haas From Substance Church recently did a sermon on movies and recognizing their effect on the person. "Movies are meditation." Imagine meditating for two hours. However people do it regularly with a movie. His caution was--if this is the case, do it well.

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  2. Great idea, Middle School aged children should be old enough to distinguish the subtle anti-Christian subplot if guided with help. I am against younger children seeing the movie because they aren't.

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