Year after year I encounter powerful movie, TV and YouTube clips that provoke meaningful discussions about Easter and Christ’s sacrifice for us (we even saw one last season that we highlighted on our The Gospel According to The Walking Dead blog).
Out of all the clips I encounter year after year and highlight on our Holiday Ideas page… these THREE CLIPS stick out as some of my favorites for Easter:
Ben Hur One of the best representations of Christ I’ve encountered comes from the 1960 epic film Ben Hur, a movie sweeping 11 categories at the Oscars, including Best Picture. In a random scene, a slave falls to the ground and utters a prayer, “God, help me.” And then Jesus shows up.
Amistad Sometime the Gospel shows up in the most random places. Spielberg’s 1997 film Amistad is a prime example. The scene takes place on a slave ship where a slave named Yamba looks through a Bible illustrated with New Testament events. What ensues is a powerful presentation of the Gospel.
It’s Friday, but Sunday’s a Comin’ This YouTube clip (another great free resource from our YouTube Discussions page) uses an excerpt from a famous sermon delivered by Rev. S. M. Lockridge, an African-American preacher of great renown. The visuals are mediocre… but the words are powerful.
Do you ever encounter a kid who just won’t seem to engage in spiritual conversations?
I just received the following encouraging note from “Josh,” a youth worker who happens to also be a foster dad:
I wanted to share with you that our family just began your Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenagers last night. I have a 16-year-old foster daughter who has been with us for 5 months now, and she hasn’t responded much to spiritual things. We only went through the first few opening pages of the book – setting the stage, so to speak, for future family devotionals with this – but she interacted with those pages more than she has with any other family devo we’ve done. Her reactions ranged from laughter to, “Does it really say that?” It was fun to read with those pages with her and the other kids.
Anyway, since our family is not so typical, it is nice to have a not-so-typical devotional that we can go through together. I’m thankful that you have written it. I hope this is an encouraging reminder that God is using you for kingdom impact…even through zombie stories.
It’s so awesome to see God using this resource to impact young people.
Canadian TV show My New Day just posted three of their shows online where the hosts Bob and Audrey interviewed me about engaging today’s teenagers in meaningful conversation. (You’ll see Part 1, 2, and 3 all linked on this page. Part 1 really gets started at about 8:45 into it, the rest dive in right away.)
These videos are great clips to show to parents about how to use everyday real-world occurrences to get our kids talking about stuff that matters.
I walked into the small church Fellowship Hall in Richmond, VA and it was busting at the seams. 300-plus teenagers and about 70 leaders—better than a 1-to-5 ratio of adult to teen.
Don’t be intimidated by the numbers… be challenged by the ratio.
This was a church of less than 1,000… no building (they were borrowing the Fellowship Hall from a neighboring church). Normally, they met spread out in living rooms all over the city.
It was fun to see the energy in the room. Each table had six to eight kids and one or two adults all laughing, talking, and eating pizza together (there’s that ratio again). It was the beginning of their D-Now weekend (D-Now stands for Disciple Now, a weekend retreat of sorts focusing on the spiritual growth of teenagers). I was the speaker, but it wasn’t me who would be making the big impact that weekend… it was the 70 adult leaders who were spread throughout the room connecting with kids. God was using these caring mentors to make a huge difference in the lives of these teens.
In a world so full of explicit lies, I’m excited about these two resources helping us communicate the explicit Biblical truth to young people.
Please help me spread the word about these two brand new resources! Read them, and if they are a help, then tell someone else about them. Tweet about them, post a pic on Instagram when you receive them. Post a blog or a review.
Whenever I talk with today’s teenagers, I see them processing what I tell them. It’s almost as if they are weighing it in their minds:
“Does he really know what he is talking about?
Does this make sense?
Would this make my life better…or worse?”
Today’s adults don’t have presumed authority. Kids don’t take us at our word. We’ve raised a generation who grew up watching Nick and the Disney Channel where they’ve learned that parents and teachers are Continue reading “Teenaged Doubters” »
I’ve never experienced so much anticipation for one of my books–two of my books actually–probably because they’re candidly addressing the truth about a subject usually kept hush-hush.
I’m talking about my two brand new books about sex (both in stock and shipping today), one for teens, and one for parents and adult mentors. Thanks to all of you who have been asking me about these two resources. I’ve never had soooooo many people asking for early copies and eager to buy bulk copies for their kids and parents. (And to the hundreds of you who pre-ordered copies over the last several months… they’re shipping today!)
...I'm a husband, father, writer, and speaker who loves encouraging and equipping adults to make a lasting impact in the lives of young people. I've been married over 20 years and have three teenagers of my own.