Clips and Lessons – Easy A and Judging

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Olive is a regular high school student with a gay friend who asks her to say that she slept with him so that the other boys will stop making fun of him. She does so, and as rumors quickly spread about her (fake) sexual foray, she embraces the identity of a “slut.” In this lesson for high school youth, the students will watch a clip from Easy A and discuss issues of identity and peer pressure, in dialogue with the account of Jesus and the adulterous woman (John 8:1-11).

 

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Faith Review – The Ultimate Gift (2007)

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The Ultimate Gift is the story of an enormously successful businessman, who realizes that his money is, thus far, the only thing he will leave behind for his family. His legacy has been wealth and security, but he wants to change that, looking to his grandson as a means to instill a moral legacy. In this faith review, theological themes are highlighted, and Bible passages for study and discussion are provided.

 

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Faith Review – My Name is Khan (2010)

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My Names is Khan is an Indian film from 2010. It follows the life of Rizwan Kahn, a gifted young man with Asperger Syndrome, which limits his ability to show emotion and interpret the intentions of others. Yet, his greatest struggle comes with his identity as a Hindu Indian living in the United States. He is successful and happy with is life after coming to America, but the racial fallout of the 9/11 attacks takes a significant toll on his family, especially his wife. Because of their ethnicity, they encounter suspicion and ridicule, but in turn he shows love and compassion, in his long journey to speak to the president and say, “My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist.” The film review includes discussion questions from a theological angle, including Scripture citations.

 

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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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