The Power of Images

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Dr. Detweiler has a masters in both Film and Theology, and thus has an interesting perspective when it comes to engaging culture. I found the tables with three columns most interesting…

General Session: The Power of Images with Dr. Craig Detweiler

Ex. 20:4-5a
The battle over images is internal.
Ex. 35:5-19 God likes nice stuff. He wants the best.
We’re known for what we’re against, not who we are for.
Movie – Purple State of Mind
Truly Moving Worship – how do we think like a filmmaker?
Conversantlife.com
Reel Spirituality – book
Making Movies Work – book
What do filmmakers know that we need to understand?

Movies work on viewers in 3 ways:

1. Voyeuristic – we peer in on another place, time, person

  • Recreates time and place
  • Appeals to the mind’s eye
  • Attention to detail
  • Rooted in extensive detail

2. Vicarious

  • emotional truth
  • rooted in believable performance
  • appeals to the heart
  • do we relate to the characters?
  • Do we root for them?

3. Visceral

  • thrills, spills, chills
  • appeals to the gut
  • grabs you and hold on tight
  • barrage of images and sound
VOYEURISTIC VICARIOUS VISCERAL
Head Heart Gut
Look Emotion Thrill
Set design

Lighting

Script

Performance

Pace

Edit

Your theology is reflected in your taste in movies.

What happens when you put all 3 elements together? (Oscar winners…)

  • Wizard of Oz
  • Ben Hur
  • Star Wars
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Crash
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Gladiator

Why do movies move us?

What is biblical about this?

Head Heart Gut
Mind Soul Body
Imago Dei

What does this have to do with God?

Head Heart Gut
Creator

Designer

Suffering

Compassion

Thrilling

Surprising

Father Son Holy Spirit

The best films are Trinitarian.

How does this apply to our worship?

Head Heart Gut
3 Point Sermons Alter Calls Spiritual Gifts
Mainline

Reformed

Evangelicals

Baptists

Pentecostal

Charismatic

The best is all 3. And we all need each other.

Timeless Trinitarian worship.

Truly Moving Worship:

  • words and image
  • attention to detail
  • identifying with, suffering with community

Faces of Jesus in art.

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