Clips and Lessons – Discipleship and Men in Black

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In the 1997 film, Men in Black, a specialized group of men are called upon to survey alien life on our planet, for the protection of the people. They have to consider the cost of this life of sacrifice. In this lesson for youth groups, the participants will watch a clip from Men in Black and then discuss the call of Jesus for radical discipleship in Luke’s gospel. Discussion questions are included.

 

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Faith Review – Gran Torino (2008)

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Walt is a retired Korean war veteran and a recent widower. His neighborhood has deteriorated, crime has spread, and Walt is caught in the middle of it, confronted with an Asian gang in the neighborhood. One of teenage boys, seeking initiation in the gang, tries to steel his prized 1972 Gran Torino. Walt thwarts the effort, but eventually comes to help the boy pursue a better path. In this faith review by Jonathan Davis, discussion questions are included, involving themes of forgiveness, reconciliation, race relations, and community.

 

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Clips and Lessons – Moneyball and Vocation

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In the film, Moneyball, the new assistant to the general manager sees talent where others see failure, challenging the general manager to do the same. The team is transformed by this vision of hope. In this lesson for high school youth, the students are led through a discussion about the calling of our Lord to us, unworthy as we are, as displayed in the story of Zacchaeus.

 

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Clips and Lessons – Moneyball and Finding Your Worth

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The general manager of a major league baseball team is offered a lucrative contract with another team. He is told that he is worth it, but he has relationships to consider, not just money. In this lesson for high school youth, the students are guided into a discussion about an individual person’s worth, based upon a consideration of statements in Matthew’s gospel.

 

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Faith Review – Letters to God (2010)

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Tyler is an eight-year-old boy with cancer who expresses his faith and hope in letters addressed to God. The letters are mailed daily and make there way to a postman with an addiction to alcohol as a way to numb the pain of his past. In this faith review by Jeff Smith, themes for discussion are highlighted — such as fear, hope, prayer, forgiveness, and redemption.

 

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Rev. Tom LaBonte, Rev. Mason Todd, Rev. John Elam, Elizabeth Sigmon, Star Crawford, Rev. Jeff Smith, Rev. Noe Juarez, Erin Mills, Katie Todd, Kelly Hames, Russ Pearson, Kathy Sharp, Lisa Lewis-Jenkins, Newton Cowan, Andy Blackwelder, Kim Lee, Inger Manchester, Dr. Pamela Mitchell-Legg, Jonathan Davis, Holly Frisk, Rev. Bob Tuttle, Donna Fair, Jana Creighton, Marty Simmons, Frank Cunningham, Tommy Holderness, Katherine Lamb, Megan Argabrite, Ken Fuquay, Mark Moss, Mary Anne Welch