Sunday, June 12, 2005

speaking atop 4 video players

So I arrive in Nelson to talk to 20 curates (1st and 2nd year minister’s). All bright-eyed and Anglican. It’s “connecting with film” and so I have armloads of resources; film trailers and videos –
Lord of the Rings
American Beauty
Shawshank Redemption
Rob Bell’s Nooma
Whale Rider
In my Fathers Den

I insert the 1st video in the video player. Nothing happens.

They find a 2nd video player. Nothing happens. Not even eject. My LOTR is stuck fast forever.

They rush out and return with a 3rd video player. It proceeds to eat Shawshank Redemption and gobble a 2nd copy of LOTR.

This is getting ridiculous. A 4th video arrives. This is placed on top of the other 3 video’s. It’s like a preaching stand. At last, somewhere to place my notes. Even better, at last, a video player that works.

4 video players later, “connecting with film” can really get visual. An unforgettable day.

PS The 4 hour session was videoed. I talked about – different Christian approaches to film – WWJW (what would Jesus watch) – 6 ways to use film in church – getting practical with film church. Drop me a line if you want the DVD (and want to see the 1st ever preaching stand made out of video players!)

Posted by steve at 02:00 PM


  1. Hi Steve,
    I’d love a copy of the DVD when it’s ready, that’d be fantastic. Also, my bible study group is about to start a few weeks of watching / discussing movies (after 16 weeks in Romans, we’re dying to come back to the 21st century for a little air!) so if you have any notes or tips on using movies in that kind of context I’d love to grab a copy off you. I was thinking of starting with Whale Rider and using the family-history-rope idea that you talked about at the book launch as a springboard, but I haven’t really thought about it more than that, so if you have any tips / pointers / ideas etc, I’d love to hear from you.


    Comment by ross — June 12, 2005 @ 2:30 pm

  2. wow an order already – i better pull finger and sort out the tapes
    ps thanks for the input steve it was timely and well recieved – big ups

    Comment by michael — June 12, 2005 @ 4:24 pm

  3. Steve (Michael) – I’d like a copy too. Cheers

    Comment by Paul Fromont — June 12, 2005 @ 6:27 pm

  4. i would love a copy to. IF you could let us all know how much they cost that would be great. Thanks.

    Comment by Graham Doel — June 12, 2005 @ 7:08 pm

  5. Yeah count me in too please

    Comment by phil — June 12, 2005 @ 7:44 pm

  6. yes please!

    Comment by tash — June 13, 2005 @ 10:33 am

  7. Would love a copy of the DVD. I’m in the States, can you let me know what it will cost me? Thanks! BTW, Just finished your book. Incredible. I especially loved the spiritual tourism and redemptive portals chapters. Thanks!

    Comment by john — June 13, 2005 @ 1:06 pm

  8. Also interested in the DVD. Please add me to the list! Thanks.

    Comment by mars-hill — June 13, 2005 @ 8:46 pm

  9. Takes her place in the queue….

    I’d like a copy of that DVD as well. Let me know what I must do.

    Comment by Paula — June 14, 2005 @ 1:20 am

  10. I’d also like a copy of the DVD. I teach a class called “Parables in Pop Culture” and am always looking for new insights on film and theology. Thanks!

    Comment by Scott — June 14, 2005 @ 3:18 am

  11. Yeah I wouldn’t mind a look if you can manage to ship it across the Tasman!

    Comment by Digger — June 14, 2005 @ 2:48 pm

  12. Yes, count me in too!

    Comment by Kelly Laxson — June 16, 2005 @ 2:19 am

  13. err…. please sir… can I have a copy too…

    My course is called “The Wired Church” and its actually about how many VCRs would be needed for the modern Tower of Babel…

    but seriously, there is such a course here in Adelaide, and we even talk about DVDs. Actually, we are all enjoying the joke of getting a DVD depicting VCRs stuffing up. Now I’m thinking of a VHS of slide projectors stacked up. Or a photo of lots of stone tablets in a pile. it’s a regressive thing.

    a flannelgraph depicting a pile of flip charts.

    sorry. I was going to stop.

    sorry. that must have been such a crap day. but it sounds sooo funny that I could go on like this for a while.

    the non-emergent video cassette…..

    do I still qualify for a DVD. I was trying to work out how you work out where to send it.

    apology again


    Comment by craig — June 18, 2005 @ 1:13 am

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