Loving Lars

One particular teaching technique that I enjoy conducting is what I call a “movie metaphor,” in which you weave your biblical teaching through the storyline of a film (usually from start to finish).

Then, there are those times where the movie simply stands ALONE , needing no biblical assimilation, but directly teaches a scriptural truth, and is better left undisturbed (i.e. Black Snake Moan).

Lars and the Real Girl is one of those movies that is a mini-sermon, giving the viewer probably one of the most effective and powerful teachings I have ever seen on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8…

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails.

I would encourage you to take a Sunday “off” from your normal, corporate worship experience, and allow your “sermon” to be this film (have a few tracks from NIN’s Ghosts to prepare your heart at the prelude). Throughout the film occasionally look down and silently read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, while strengthening in empathy for Lars, growing in inspiration from his friends, and deepening in your sacramental attachment to a sex doll.

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~ by Dave Smith on May 10, 2008.

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