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The Gospel According to Pixar

Summer Teaching Series begins June 18!

Stories define identity and form culture. In the last 20 years, no one has told more imaginative and powerful stories than the movie studio, Pixar. With groundbreaking technology, endearing characters and creative concepts, Pixar has told stories of toys, monsters, cars, robots, animals and animated humans that reveal a lot about how we view the world and our place in it.

During this series, we’ll be exploring these stories and asking how they illustrate (or confuse and fall short of illustrating) the gospel, the true story of the world that gives us our identity and needs to shape our view of the world we live in.

The summer series starts June 18 and runs through September 3.

June
18 A Treasured Possession (Toy Story)
25 I Remembered! (Finding Nemo)

July
2 Fear and Joy (Monster’s, Inc.)
9 Super (Incredibles)
16 Just an Empty Cup (Cars)
23 Consumerism and Contentment (Wall-E)
30 Baptism / Outdoor Gathering at Fort Custer Recreation Area

August
6 Adventure is Out There! (Up)
13 Be Strong and Courageous (Brave)
20 Taste of Deceit (Ratatouille)
27 Embracing All of Life (Inside Out)

September
3 So Long, Partner (Toy Story 3)

READING PLAN

  • 6/19-25 – Finding Nemo
    Leviticus 23; Deuteronomy 4:1-14; Psalm 77; John 14:15-31; I Corinthians 11:17-31
  • 6/26-7/2 – Monster’s, Inc.
    Deuteronomy 31:1-8; Joshua 1:1-9; Nehemiah 8:2-12; Proverbs 1:7 and 9:1-18; I Thessalonians 5:16-18 and I Peter 1:3-9
  • 7/3-9 – Incredibles
    Romans 12; I Corinthians 12; 13; 14; Ephesians 4:1-16
  • 7/10-16 – Cars
    Matthew 19:16-30; 20:1-28; Luke 9:21-26; I Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 2:1-11 and 3:12-14
  • 7/17-23 – Wall-E
    Ecclesiastes 5:8-20; Isaiah 57:14-21; Matthew 6:19-34; Luke 12:13-21; I Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19
  • 7/24-30 – Outdoor Gathering
    Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 2, 3, 4, 5
  • 7/31-8/6 – Up
    John 15:1-17; Mark 14:3-9; Romans 8:18-39; Matthew 13:44-46 and 14:22-33; Matthew 25:14-30
  • 8/7-13 – Brave
    Genesis 25:19-24; 27:1-45; 33; Ephesians 2:11-22; I Thessalonians 4:1-12
  • 8/14-20 – Ratatouille
    Psalm 63; 104; Isaiah 55; Luke 14:15-24; James 3:13-18
  • 8/21-27- Inside Out
    Psalm 30; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Isaiah 35; Jeremiah 31:1-17; Philippians 4:4-13
  • 8/28 – 9/3 – Toy Story 3
    I Samuel 20; Acts 16:16-40; 20:13-38; Philippians 1; 3

 

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