The Gospel According to The Wiz: And Other Sermons from Cinema

The Gospel According to The Wiz: And Other Sermons from Cinema

by Otis Moss III

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The Gospel According to The Wiz: And Other Sermons from Cinema by Otis Moss III

Through a biblical lens, The Godfather is a retelling of the Shakespearean story of Macbeth … and The Matrix is a modern retelling of the Christ narrative. Every Sunday, more than 5,000 people come to hear Otis Moss III preach at Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. According to Common, hip hop artist, actor, and member of Trinity, "A message from Otis Moss III always teaches about love, justice, and commitment to the community. It's good to have a pastor who's real and relevant." Moss describes himself as, "a jazz-influenced pastor with a hip-hop vibe committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ rooted in love and justice." And he admits he can talk endlessly about theology, popular culture, and movies. Especially movies. That's why he's based some of his best sermons on these powerful films: The Wiz, 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, The Book of Eli, The Color Purple, Avatar, Flight, For Colored Girls, Read this book if you love movies and want to find even deeper meaning in them. Discussion questions are included, making it ideal for individuals or groups, movie nights and book clubs. As Pastor Moss says, "If you think about it, movie theaters are the modern cathedrals. Where else, outside of the church, do we gather for a shared experience and are not bothered by the outburst and shouts of neighbors?"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780829819915
Publisher: Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press
Publication date: 12/30/2013
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,252,704
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 The Gospel according to The Wiz: I'm Ready to Get Out of Oz 1

2 The Gospel according to The Wiz: The Miseducation of the Scarecrow 16

3 The Gospel according to The Wiz: The God in You 29

4 The Gospel according to The Wiz: Running with the Right People 39

5 The Gospel according to The Color Purple: Living with a Fool 50

6 The Gospel according to The Color Purple: This Condition Will Not Be My Conclusion 59

7 The Gospel according to For Colored Girls: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Homicide When Jesus Is Enough 73

8 The Gospel According to the Book of Eli: When a Black Man Knows the Word 85

9 The Gospel According to Avatar: Jesus Is Our Avatar 102

10 The Gospel According to Flight: Prophetic Purification 115

11 The Gospel According to the Butler: Everyone Needs a Butler Spirit 125

Afterword 138

Appendix: 12 Years a Slave: A Review 142

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