Posts Tagged ‘Greed’

Faith Review – What Would Jesus Buy?

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Every year, Christmas has become more and more commercialized, mirroring the market-driven identities that shape our everyday lives in America. In this 2007 documentary, you will meet Reverend Billy Talen of the Church of Stop Shopping! Rev. Billy has had enough of the gospel message distorted and perverted every year at Christmas time, by looking behind the scenes at the uncomfortable facts about how our consumer goods are produced. In this faith review by Jeff Smith, several discussion questions are included for church groups.

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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 – The Social Network (2010)

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The Social Network tells the story of the remarkable ingenuity and ambition of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. The narrative is set during his undergraduate years at Harvard, where strife with friends and associates marked his early path to success. In this faith review by Jeff Smith, the basic plot lines are given, highlighting some themes for theological discussion, such as friendship, competition, and greed.

 

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Clips and Lessons – Priorities and Despicable Me

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Our priorities are often a relentless pursuit of selfish ends — security, prestige, renown, pleasure. Yet, these selfish priorities can be disrupted by love, beauty, and grace. We are then torn and must make the choice of whether to reorient our priorities. In this lesson by Russ Pearson, you can lead your students into a discussion involving this dilemma, as demonstrated in the film, Despicable MeDiscussion questions include a comparison with Jesus’ priorities in Luke’s gospel.

 

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Clips and Lessons – “Greatness” and Despicable Me

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What is true greatness? In the film, Despicable Me, Gru wants to be the greatest by performing the crime of the century! In Luke 22, the disciples want to be the greatest in the Kingdom of God, but are their priorities much different from Gru’s base ambitions and desire? What does Jesus say? Explore this theme in this lesson by Russ Pearson, designed for middle or high school youth.

 

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