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Since story is the currency of culture, how do we use story in effectively reaching out to those around us? Nick Pollard (Damaris) and Jim Meyers (Gemstone Media) explore principles of missional engagement at a cultural and individual level at the 2011 Visual Story Network Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Comment by Geoff Hall on February 21, 2013 at 9:16am

Mmm, what we are to pray for is "That the church rises up and becomes the creative innovator that it was in the Renaissance." I hope and pray not! This thought worries me greatly, because the model is all wrong.  What this harks back to is an age of Christendom, which we don't want to revisit, do we(?) for that is the epistemology of power. What we should be expounding are the virtues of the epistemology of love. We also need to understand that the Renaissance was hardly the bastion of 'pure' christianity truth that some appear to make it. Renaissance thought was a synthesis between humanism (paganism) and christian teaching. The more accurate artistic role, if we are to appeal to history at all, would be the from Reformation, wherein the artist was set free to explore the whole of God's creation and not be limited by ecclesiastical symbolic, prescriptive art. An art sanctioned by the Institution.

This is important for an artist (film-maker) who wants to be culturally authentic, cuturally literate and part of the conversation. Film today is the lingua franca, it informs people of identity, of trouble, of redemptive threads and we have to be good stewards of that language. We need to cultivate well, so that we sow seeds in the right fields.

I wonder also about the 'use' of film to paste in the christian message. Surely that is just creating propaganda? Shoeing in sound-bites for the gospel is I think detrimental to our art. What we need are believable characters, plots and landscapes which flesh out the world they belong to, without waiting for someone to save the day by quoting John 3v16. To quote Hans Rookmaaker "there are more important things to be done than evangelism" and if your ministry is not that of an Evangelist then why treat you work as such?

Comment by Francine Wade on February 16, 2013 at 12:27am

So otherwords your intertwining culturs via story's with the relations of culturs toward God's  spritural truths. WOW redemtion realities!. This is a way to invite people to make a good message from a worlds message. A story behind a story.   This remindes me of a book I read in collage,  Woman who Run with the wolves. By Clarisssa Picola,    I believe you all are on something Intellegent beyond plain missionary work.  A great opportunity to give God the Glory in the making. God can speak through so much.    This gives me a lot to think about.   Wonderful ideas for small groups. Thank you.

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