Teaching Tool

It was about six years ago when a friend e-mailed me a link to download Thom Yorke & Unkle’s music video “Rabbit in Your Headlights.”  Since then I have used the music video about once or twice a year with various ministry leaders as a visual devotional tied to 2 Timothy 4:6-8.

One of the most effective methods I have found is to first ask your group the question:  What are the circumstances or issues that can make us ‘throw in the towel’ as ministry leaders?”

Take five of the answers, give them 1-2 word descriptions, and type them on the slide where you have embedded the music video (Keynote works best for this).  Once you begin the video, each time the car smashes into the man walking on the street, have one of the descriptions fade in at the scene of the accident.  (For example, on the first hit, maybe the word, “Backstabbing” pops up at the exact moment of contact).  As you come to the end, when the vehicle is crushed into crucifix-positioned-man, have the word “the cross” fade in (followed by a short verbal wrap up, tying it all together…if needed).

I have also found that this video has parallels to simply the pains of life (i.e. cancer, divorce, abuse, etc.) that can “rattle” a person’s faith.  For many people that have dealt closely with these issues, they can find no better parallel than stating, “It felt like I was hit with a Mac truck.”   To have a visual metaphor like this video can truly make people feel the “soul collisions” we face in our faith, along with the real and natural struggle our spiritual journey can be.
Thankfully the work of the cross triumphs in the end.


~ by Dave Smith on April 2, 2008.

One Response to “Teaching Tool”

  1. showed this as part of our six19 lesson last monday & scott left it open for people’s interpretations related to the topic. some pretty fascinating responses & all over the board. blew my mind from the one way i’d viewed it. i love how good art does that.

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