This is a video that I shot for RHCC a few years ago. I think it must have been after I watched my first NOOMA film and decided that Rob Bell was on to something. And while I probably went overboard with the whole shaving my head and wearing black rimmed glasses, there is a good reason that this kind of genre resonated with me so deeply.
Because it’s a great way to tell stories, and Jesus told great stories.
So I spent the better part of yesterday, along with the RHCC video production team, shooting the first of the RHCC small group video series for July. It involved a hospital, us going to Scrubs inc.. to get a Dr. uniform, stethoscope, and borrowing some X-rays from a friend. At one point walking around the hospital we realized that dressing up like a doctor there was probably illegal. Anytime a church video involved committing a minor felony you know it’s got potential.
Next week we have partnered with Haltom City Police Dept. to block off part of a street for a few hours for another video shoot. I love getting to tell gospel stories like this. On some level, these kind of videos are tapping into the way I think good preaching functions. I know it’s because my generation has been heavily influenced by media, and specifically film/video, but there is something to telling a story so vividly that you can picture it.
All the stories that Jesus told dipped into the things that his audience lived everyday. The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, or fishing nets, or a field of wheat and weeds. Jesus took the stories that they were already living and showed them something deeper that was already there.
I once heard a minister friend say that he learned more about the Kingdom of God in a movie seat than he had in a pew. And while I don’t think that he was writing off the church’s role in his formation, it can reveal how inadequately we’ve used a media that has tremendous potential.
So what about you? Have you ever watched a movie that has made you think deeply about the nature of God? Have you ever seen a church video that you thought was effective? (Not counting the one above, that one obviously was amazing).If so, what did they do right?