The Televangelist animation was first developed for Next Wave International's Strategic Leadership Consultation, an annual meeting of European church network leaders. It has since been screened at Communication and Media MasterClass events across Europe and Australia -- and it always gets a laugh. It's obviously 'tongue-in-cheek' and a bit of fun, but it also demonstrates the way many people in society see Christians on TV. Through projects like EDGES, we are working to change that perception.
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Among the many lessons the church might learn from the response to Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ', is the fact that Christians need to be utilizing different forms of communication if we're to make an impact on post-modern popular culture.
Modern media offer us some exciting possibilities: they help us to build the narrative of Christian faith into people's consciousness and worldview. If we're going to speak where people listen and engage their interest in the Christian message, we need to start by debunking certain myths associated with media.
For more on this subject, read Mal Fletcher's insightful article Debunking The Great Media Myths, A Lesson For The Church From “The Passion Of The Christ” Part 4.
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Passion: I think it flew out the window the moment political correctnes reared its ugly head! So much in the world today is bland and lacking in intensity but I don't want to calm down! Ann, Australia
It was great to hear Mal teach at our church last night, he really made me think outside the box. His message was challenging and educational. A big thank you to everyone at Next Wave for all you do. Darran, United Kingdom
Hi Mal. I heard you last week on the radio when I was at work here in Amsterdam! Fun to hear your voice. Jolanda, Netherlands