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Holy Plot Line Batman

So earlier today I went out with some friends to the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight.  In case you have been off the planet or confined to a basement no contact with the outside world, it’s the new Batman flick that accounted for 94% of all ticket sales this week and is headed straight into the top ten grossing pictures of all time.

It was a compelling movie. The joker as played by the late Heath Ledger is one of the most intriguing, attractive and disturbing villains of all time.  As I sat in a sold-out a theater (one of four in our cineplex alone) until 2:45 a.m. watching this film, I was struck by how many people are watching this story about the struggle between good and evil.  It’s a movie about morality, limits, the nature of good and evil and human cruelty, revenge and redemption.

Which, I thought, is exactly the story we preachers are supposed to tell every weekend.  It’s the story every person – including every Christ-follower- is caught up in every day.  It’s the story of our lives – the story of life.  And thousands of people lined up to watch it.  So many more people lined up to watch it though, than they line up to hear Christ-followers tell the story.   

I found it curious that clever film makers do a better job of communicating the drama of life than many of us who know God do.

You curious about why that is?  What are your observations?  Great movie…but somehow, we’ve got an even greater story bubbling underneath. 


  1. Dave Mc on July 28, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    You need a utility-belt, Carey!

  2. Tory on July 23, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I wonder what kind of message we could craft as preachers if we had 180 million dollars and several years to do so. If I had one message to preach… One powerful awe inspiring message and could really leverage everything towards it… I know that I could deliver a Dark Night quality message.

    As A matter of fact I think that is why churches like Gary Lambs is growing. People see the authenticity and the story they preach week in and week out rivets them.

    Just my 2 cents… glade I found your blog.

  3. Carey Nieuwhof on July 19, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Main Street Avenger. I'm sure you'll use your money well…I guess I have no taste or critical savvy, but I loved it. :0)

  4. The_Main_Street_Avenger on July 18, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Outside of the usual entertainment media, the consensus from the general public is that this new movie is a plotless, terribly acted rip-off waste of money and 3 hours of your viewing life, so that tells me I should keep hold of my cash and wait for something else better to come along. No contest.

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