The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Reel church

Congregations use movies, TV and music teach faith


A hushed audience in Madison, Wis., recently watched Harrison Ford in a scene from the classic hit film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. They weren't gathered in a theater or at someone's house. They were sitting in the pews of Hope Lutheran Church, and the clip was being shown during Glenn Zimbelman's sermon.

Big budget films such as The Sixth Sense, hit TV programs like Survivor and rock music saturate society — and now they go to church. Some pastors and lay leaders discovered that centuries-old messages can be delivered more effectively, particularly to younger people, by using today's language — namely popular culture.


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