God in the Movies: Three Billboards

I like movies. Because of my job, sometimes I will watch a movie and think “that will preach!”  So, once a year or so, I like to do a short series of messages I call “God in The Movies.”  The idea is this: I take a recent movie and unpack some of the spiritual themes that are in the film.  Sometimes there are themes of redemption or forgiveness or faith or doubt or what it means to be a spiritual community. 

For the next two weeks I am going to be looking at two films that came out last year that I think are really interesting: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Lady Bird. 

This Sunday, we will be looking at Three Billboards.  If you haven’t seen the movie, I would encourage you to Redbox it or stream it before Sunday.  (Two disclaimers: Even if you have never seen the movie, come to church anyway – you will still get a lot out of the message.  Second – while Sunday’s service will be rated “G,” this movie is rated “R." Please don’t watch this movie with your young kids!  There is a lot of strong language in this film, so if you are sensitive to that, it might not be a good movie for you. :) )

On Sunday, I will be having a conversation with Taylor Bickel about the movie.  Taylor has a film degree from Northwest Nazarene University and has some really great insights about the movie.  

We will be exploring themes like the anger in our country these days, what it means to forgive someone, and the journey of letting go of hurt and bitterness.