Be Wise, Don't Despise

Be Wise, Don't Despise

Via Tim Stevens, pastor at Granger Community Church

One of the quotes I’ll be sharing is from the book Movies that Matter: Reading Film Through the Lens of Faith by Richard Leonard. The first 25 pages is worth the price of the book. Mr. Leonard, a Jesuit priest with a PhD in Film and Theology (wow, what a combination!), says the following…

“Given the power of media, becoming conversant with its mixed messages is an essential tool for Christian life. This involves the process of inculturation—discovering where Christ is already active within a given culture. Inculturation has traditionally been about uncovering Christian resonances in faraway places and exotic rituals. Yet the risen Christ sends us out to our media-saturated culture as well, and in it we labor with Christ to expose the signs of God’s saving love already present there. We cannot speak to a culture we do not know or one we despise…we have to learn its language and discover how Christ has already gone ahead of us, inculturated in some of media’s values, stories and style.”

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Author: Blake Atwood

Blake Atwood is the author of The Gospel According to Breaking Bad, an editor at, a drummer, and a big fan of the Oxford comma.

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  • Susan

    This is sooooooo going to be the next book I read!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Blake

    Yeah, me too. I hadn’t heard of it till today either, so I’ll have to find it somewhere.