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The Gospel According to Oscar

Learning to speak the language of our culture

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
February 22, 2013

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The Gospel According to Oscar

The language of our culture
isn't what you first might think.
It isn't English, Spanish, Greek or French.
It's a dialect called "movies"
that defines the words we speak
as we flock to see Tom Cruise or Judy Dench.

We converse at work with colleagues
'bout some film we saw last week
while we contemplate the plot that struck a chord.
Seems that Affleck, Streep or Jackman
are a lexicon of life
whose redemptive roles remind us of the Lord.

Movie themes (much like the stories
Jesus told so long ago)
are word pictures that speak volumes to the heart.
There's atonement, death and suff'ring
and the endless search for love
not to mention mankind's longings from the start.

If we learn to speak "through movies"
of our hopes, regrets and fears,
we'll communicate with those who know such speech.
And with practice we can witness
to the good news of God's Word
with the same results as many called to preach.

* I preached a sermon at DeerGrove Covenant Church on Sunday, February 10, 2013 illustrating the concept summarized in the above poem.

http://www.deergrove.org/podcast/Deergrove_Sermon_2013-02-10.mp3

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Anna Swackhammer from Marysville, Ohio writes:
February 22, 2013
Thank you for connecting with our culture in a way that we Christians can use to make some common sense. Your message given at Deergrove illustrated the power of the movies. I'm a long time poetry fan but never heard your voice before. Our S.S. Class used to always have a movie review before the Bible Study by the teacher. I was often put off by this but now am a converted movie attendee.
Anna

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