Jesus Camp

I encouraged our church staff a while ago to watch the movie "Saved" for one of our weekly staff meetings. It generated a lot of discussion amongst us about how christians and christianity are perceived by the outside world, particularly through the eyes of Hollywood. It also created some discomfort as we discussed how issues like homosexuality, unwed pregnancy, and adultery are treated by the church. Some on the staff were very progressive in their thinking on some of the issues, while some were very conservative. Needless to say, the conversation was interesting. Watch this movie with your church staff, or your small group, or your home community, and see what discussion is generated. Here is the trailer.

Here is the next movie I want our staff to watch together. It's a documentary about children's ministry called "Jesus Camp". Again, the church as seen from a secular point of view. It came out about six months ago or so...

If you've seen either of these movies, leave me a comment and let me know what you thought. Thanks!


Terry said...

jesus camp is unbelievable. i wish i could sit in on your meeting just to see how they take it. whereas 'saved' is less antagonistic in its approach, 'jesus camp' is totally and unabashedly biased, and that's what made it so entertaining.

PS did you know michael stipe from REM paid for 'saved' out of his own pocket? i have never been able to figure that one out.

David Golden said...

When I watched "Saved" I was stunned when I heard the band at the prom playing (lip-syncing) old Replacements songs. So great to hear the Replacements, but to be fair the producers probably should have recruited a CCM band to do that role.