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 Me. Discussion questions include a comparison with Jesus’ priorities in Luke’s gospel.
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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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Union Presbyterian Seminary student Newton Cowan offers both a review of Wall Street and some suggestions for ways to engage a class in conversation.
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How do we determine the value of something? How does our preoccupation with money and things get in the way of an authentic life? This film is excellent for considering what it means to live a Christian life.