Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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Informing my interest in film and faith is indeed my love of good stories. Over the years, I have tapped many sources of popular culture to assist my work with weekly preaching and teaching. I watch films in theatres, but I also enjoy a good binge watch session on Hulu or Netflix. I also enjoy the patient (and not so patient) times between issues of a comic book story, where it may take 5-6 issues for a storyline to be completed. (I know, I know, I could "trade wait" and read everything at once after the comic book publisher releases a trade paperback of the whole story all at once months later, but it's still a great thing to "wait" and watch the story unfold, if not prognosticate a bit on how the writer has sorted out how to resolve the storyline, part by part.)
Furthermore, my favorite show of all time is Doctor Who, which has spent most of its existence being told in episodic, multi-part form, complete with the grand cliffhanger tradition. Why not leave them at the edge of their seats? It can also work on Sunday mornings!
In the pulpit, I find myself remiss if I haven't thought about the ancient text and cast around for contemporary examples to further the work I have done with translation, exegesis and commentary. The "creative process" depends on keeping the faith lively and relevant, even if you find that moment of grace coming from less conventional sources.