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Pastor's Article
One of the more unusual courses I took in college was called "Christ At The Movies."
As you might guess the primary activity of the class was going to movies and discovering where (or if) there were images, themes or concepts that we could identify as "reflecting the Christian faith."
We watched a variety of movies over the semester. Some that we could identify as "Christian" and others that were not.
For example among the movies we saw (as I remember them) were "Dog Day Afternoon," "Rocky" (yes, the very first one!)
What amazed me was that in every movie we watched that semester we often discovered elements which pointed to the Christian faith.
In "Dog Day Afternoon," for example, at the end of the movie the main character stands in the jail with his arms extended, forming an image of Jesus on the cross.
With "Rocky" we found the theme of the person who is on the margins of society, one deemed to be insignificant, who rises up to do that which he and others never thought possible.
Needless to say, I continue to "watch for" faith images, themes and concepts when I go to movies even now.
The affirmation that "God is with us" suggests that God relates to us in ways and means with which we can relate - sometimes obvious and sometimes more subtle - sometimes expected and sometimes surprising.
So, I thought it might be fun and inspirational to start a "Faith @ the Movies" group here at PPC.
This group would agree to watch a variety of movies (sometimes together and sometimes on our own) to "see" where we "experience" God. And then we would come together to discuss what we did or did not find.
If this might be something in which you are interested, please indicate on the "sign up" sheet on the kiosk in Parry Hall.

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