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February 24, 2004

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jvpastor

quoting Spencer
"Again my comments are not about the content of the movie - although the more I hear about it and talk to those who have seen it, I get the impression that only “insiders” who have the context for the brutality will be able to appreciate it. Maybe it could be compared to the last hours of Gandhi or MLK as they were cut down by assassin’s bullets – without seeing their lives and what they LIVED for you will never understand what they DIED for."

Aren't you usually promoting movies that are for self interpretation and spiritual reflection?
I have seen a few "Dama" films I don't think they are in the habit of wrapping things up in nice pakages? Does a person have to be an insider to reflect on the brutality Jesus' death? Or do we just resent that Gibson is getting his movie into mainstream theaters? Just curious...

Spencer Burke

Thanks for the comment. I think Mel is one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood - so i am not so concerned about his ability be create a mainstream film. What i might be a little weary of is the "evangelistic machine" hooking their wagon to Mel's star power and celebrity.

jvpastor

Me too! I am just wearing of the film or Mel being attacked when it is "the Church" that is jumping on the bandwagon, the film itself will have legs of its own if that is God's desire.

URBANarmy

I have a fear. The American film industry has in recent years built a bit of a reputation- over this side of the atlantic - for re-writing history. U-571 follows the exploits of a team of World War II U.S. submariners who undertake a secret mission to capture a German Enigma machine to decode German documents. Guess what guys – it was the Brits who historically did that and broke that unbreakable code that saved thousands and thousands.

Let’s hope that the same traits aren’t followed. I’m not sure if I am ready for an indestructible Jesus to lead the counter attack on the Roman Empire to find Caesar in a hole somewhere in the suburbs of Rome with a big beard.

I think like most actually what I am not ready for is the great evangelical marketing hijack in the name of evangelism. I can see the cards, posters, video-discussion-starter packs. I can hear the sales pitch, the kerching of the tills in our Christian bookshops. I saw this morning that the must have merchandise is a nail necklace!! I just hope our local community church pushes a DVD through our door in a few months time in an effort to save our neighbourhood – save me a few bob!

Why do we always end up shooting ourselves in the foot?

I think like one blogger that I read I’m going to buy it – if the local community church fails me. I’ll watch it in the privacy of my own mind. If what I hear is half-true it’ll inspire me to greater things. To lift up His name to greater heights. To know His love to greater depths. To show his grace to everyone.

God forgive me if I use it with the latest hip love song in the charts next Easter. He probably will need to!!

Benjy (groovythpstr)

Spencer, its about time you finally got your own blog! Looking forward to hanging out with you some in San Diego.

Hey, have you seen the film. Just wondering about your thoughts and feelings after you have.

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