Next month, our pastor is starting a new series of sermons titled Faith and Films. And yes, I’m looking forward to it. Heck, I use popular culture in literature and composition classes, so it’s only natural that a pastor would, too.
So what films has he chosen? “The Bucket List”, “Whale Rider” and “Amazing Grace”. I’ve only seen “Whale Rider” and while it’s a beautiful film it seems to be more about faith in one’s self than in a “higher power”–but it has been a while since I’ve seen it. I’m curious to hear what connections he makes with the films. I’m hoping it’s not another series on the power of positive thinking, something this pastor so strongly believes in. He was an English/drama major in his youth–I am always hopeful that he’ll add some intellectual flavor to his Oprah-esque sermons. But, then, I’m the agnostic in the crowd, so clearly not his target audience.
Now, a series on Faith and Fiction: that is something I would actually enjoy “preaching” about someday. Picture such a course series of sermons:
A Prayer for Owen Mean/John Irving
A Good Man is Hard to Find or Good Country People/Flannery O’Connor
I’d start there, with that list of works, works that both question and quest for faith.