Thanks. I needed that. So do I get a toaster or something for helping to inspire?
You get to eat free at Chic-fil-A for the next five Sundays!! Just tell 'em Eddie sent ya.
Why not throw your link in so people will know what you're talkin' about. Everyone needs to read it!
I know a minister(?) who used scenes from The Matrix as sermon illustrations for weeks.
Andy kinda beat me to it: You just know there are "pastors" out there using Twilight illustrations and video clips, probably even basing their entire message on these movies/books. Let's hear it for RELEVANCY
In 2001, we moved to Miami, FL. We visited a church and the "preacher" was doing a series on the movie "Grinch" which was a new release at the time. Many video clips and references were used. No mention of anything from the truth of scripture was used however. We went there 3 times just to see how rediculous it could be... We learned more about the Book of Who than the Book of God! What a waste of time...
For years, the Unitarian ministers have preached from anything that "inspired" them. One week, it could be a poem of Kahil Gibran, the next, Blazing Saddles.
Mr. Eddings, Thanks for the offer. The link to the article referenced above is:http://scottweldon.blogspot.com/2010/08/what-church-needs-most.htmlAnd we used to eat at chic-fil-a on Sundays all the time, but we really left feeling a bit unsatisfied. Hmmm..
I could handle a few Blazing Saddles sermon illustrations!
This is what happens when the sermon illustration informs the sermon rather than illustrating the sermon - when it becomes the sermon. It's what it looks like when relevantism crosses the line into relativism.