Sunday, April 17, 2011

Holy week at the movies

The fact that popular media culture is an imaginative palette for faith … the church has to take that imaginative palette seriously… if part of the pastoral task of the church is to communicate God’s mercy and God’s freedom in a way that people understand then you have to use the language that they’re using, you have to use the metaphors and forms of experience that are already familiar to them. Tom Beaudoin

So I’m spending Holy Week at the movies. Each day I’ll be offering a film that I think speaks directly to the challenges, unsettling questions and faith demands of Jesus’ journey toward the cross.

On Monday, I’ll be watching The Insatiable Moon (2010), while reading Mark 11:15-16.

On Tuesday, I’ll be watching Serenity (2000), while reading Mark 14:3.

On Wednesday, I’ll be watching Gran Torino (2008), while reading John 12:23-14.

On Thursday, I’ll be watching Dark Knight (2008), while reading Mark 14:10.

On Friday, I’ll be watching Never let me go (2011), while reading Mark 15:33.

On Sunday, I’ll be watching two movies, Never let me go (again) and Invictus, while reading Mark 16:6-7.

Posted by steve at 09:41 PM


  1. I always thought the atonement themes in The Dark Knight were really interesting. Here’s one for the resurrection accounts: Stranger Than Fiction.

    Comment by Travis Greene — April 18, 2011 @ 12:21 am

  2. what about Wall-E ?

    Redemption, sacrifice, and one of the all time great movie lines: “I don’t want to survive, I want to live”

    Comment by scott — April 18, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

  3. my church community is running a tiny little film-fest for ourselves during holy week. we’re taking up on an old idea by another community that is not doing it this year.
    anyway, we’re having all Jesus themed films from Wed to Sat night in different homes in our community. i realize that Canada is a long way away from you but you might want to check the link to see what the marquee says.

    Comment by shallowfrozenwater — April 18, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

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