Posts Tagged ‘Sin’

Clips and Lessons – “Greatness” and Despicable Me

Despicable Me - Gru


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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Despicable Me and Greatness

Clips and Lessons — THE MISSION: a Lesson on Sin and Penance

cross mission clip graphic



This is a lesson about sin, penance, and forgiveness taught to us through a clip from the movie The Mission.  In it we witness the portrayal of Robert DeNiro as the former mercenary soldier, Rodrigo.  Dr. Pamela Mitchell-Legg  has crafted this discussion for adults and older youth, a discussion about the free gift of pardon from sin rather than the necessity of acts of penance.  In this 60 minute lesson, you will find that the 15 minute clip will generate conversations three-fold.  Click on the graphic or the QRcode to take you to the page for this Clip and Lesson.  You will find a lesson plan that you will want to read and use in your next educational program.



Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Kelly Hames offers suggestions for using the three Lord of the Rings movies (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King) in a discussion forum.

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House of Sand and Fog

House of Sand and Fog (2003)

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Union Presbyterian Seminary graduate Bob Tuttle offers both a review of House of Sand and Fog and how to use it as part of adult study on the Presbyterian Church (USA) Brief Statement of Faith.

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

First shown to television audiences in 1964, this Academy Award winning film resonates with themes of the human condition of sin, resurrection and God’s providential care.

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