Are you excited for the new Superman movie? I know I am, and I came across a pastor’s resource website for the movie. It has free talk outlines, downloadable clips and images. Everything you need to plan a fun summer lesson based on what will likely be one of the biggest movies of the summer. It would also make a great father’s day lesson.
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I loved the movie Avengers, I think it might be my favorite super hero movie of all time. So I was pretty excited to find this great discussion guide over on The Source for Youth Ministry. The main point of the lesson is about team work to be a force for God’s kingdom.
Here’s the background about the movie and the summary of the clip used to kick off the discussion:
The Movie Clip: The Avengers, one of 2012’s biggest films, assembles Marvel’s most beloved gang of superheroes against a threat from another world. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must band together in order to protect Earth from Loki, Thor’s adopted brother from Asgard, who has intentions of conquering our planet using the infinite power of the Tesseract. Unless The Avengers can put aside their pride and learn to work together, the mighty Loki will conquer Earth and subject it to his tyrannical rule.
Directed by Joss Whedon, the movie was clean, free of sexual innuendo, imitatible behavior, and gratuitous language. It was rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-if violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference.
Introducing the Clip: There were so many great scenes in The Avengers, and some of them, like this one, actually provide us with a powerful lesson about our own lives. In this clip, you’re going to see what happened when all of the Avengers come together for the first time on board the flying boat. They’re discussing the best way to defeat the powerful Loki and prevent him from taking over Earth, but each of them have a different idea about what would work best. Take a look at what happens to the mighty team – and how they treat each other – as the conversation wears on.
BEGIN CLIP AT 1 HOUR 07 MINUTES AND 14 SECONDS
This clip is over 5 minutes long, and there’s a lot of dialogue, so a “script” won’t be provided. Instead, what follows is a synopsis. Also, this clip uses the word “damn” one time.
This scene begins as Nick Fury walks in and asks, “What are you doing Mr. Stark?” A conversation ensues about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s production of weapons. Nobody seems to like that, and trust is clearly broken. But on top of the disagreement, the Avengers begin to insult and accuse one another.
Meanwhile, Loki’s henchmen approach the floating boat on a stolen aircraft. Hawkeye – under the spell of Loki – shoots an explosive arrow at the ship. They are preparing to board the ship, rescue Loki, and re-steal the spectrometer they originally stole from scientists in Germany.
The clip returns to the discussion being had by the Avengers and Nick Fury. They’ve gone from talking about a game plan to purely insulting one another. The dialogue clearly shows that the Avengers are not functioning as a team, and in fact, want to fight each other.
The clip ends as Hawkeye detonates his explosive arrow, throwing the superheroes into action.
END CLIP AT 1 HOUR 12 MINUTES AND 47 SECONDS
Movie clip discussions like this are right for every group, but I’ve had great success using them in my teaching.
If you want an easy was to use this clip, consider downloading the movie on iTunes.
Or pick up the Blu-Ray with the digital copy from Amazon:
Everyone loves fonts, right? There’s nothing like a new font that can make your next flyer or calendar really feel fresh and fun. Here are a couple of links of over 80 FREE fonts for you to use.
The first group has a bunch of great looking new fonts that can help direct the look and feel of your piece:
And if that wasn’t enough, here are some great movie style fonts for you. Fonts like Harry Potter, Disney, Lord of the Rings, Twilight and more. Great for spoofing popular movies with your own version.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about movie making even if it’s just to make your Youth Group videos better? I just saw this class over on iTunes U that might help. It’s an 18 part class to help jump start your digital movie making. It covers both iMovie and Windows Movie Maker, so no matter what platform you use, you should be covered. It doesn’t appear to be the complete class but a crash course to get you started.
The iTunes description:
Have you ever wanted to pick up a video camera and make a short video or film, but felt intimidated by your lack of knowledge? The explosion of film-making for websites and mobiles gives people and organisations the opportunity to tell their stories and show what they have to offer, at low cost. This collection of exciting videos features the Open University’s experienced team of filmmakers, who will show you some of the craft secrets that underpin good filmmaking, and how professionals stay up to date. You will learn the basics of editing, how to conduct an interview, the role of the producer and other crew members and how to archive your finished project. This material forms par
Best part is, like all iTunes U courses, it’s free. It may be a great way to introduce some students to film making so they can help you out by making some awesome youth group videos for you.
I love “The Cloud.” Apps like Evernote, GoogleDocs, iCloud, and Flickr are great for share and freeing up space on your hard drive through free online storage. One of my favorite cloud apps is dropbox. Dropbox is a free app and online site that lets you store pics, docs, and videos and access them from any device. In addition to accessibility and its freeness I can easily share folders and files with other dropbox users or with a link from my dropbox “public” folder. If you want to check out dropbox click this link and install the app.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to really learn to code. I feel like I know just enough to know about programming that I don’t know what I’m doing. This weekend I stumbled upon Codecademy which is a free site that will teach you some basic coding / programming skills. The lessons start out really easy (can you type your name?), and then get a little more difficult as they teach you some of the fundamentals. You can also code along with your friends, and earn badges for the lessons you finish (Who doesn’t like badges?).
It might be a great thing for students that might be interested in coding but don’t know quite where to start.
Enjoy, who knows, maybe someday you’ll find yourself turning into a CodeMonkey.
With back to school in full swing or coming very soon, you may be working on flyers or calendars for your fall season. I saw these two collections of free fonts come across my twitter feed this week, and thought i would pass them along. Enjoy!
Read more: www.smashingapps.com
Read more: www.1stwebdesigner.com
I must admit, I’m an Angry Birds fan. On my phone I have the Original, the Holiday and the Rio version. I even have it on my android device i use for testing sites. So when I saw this article, Angry Birds hits Chrome Web Store (yes, it’s free), over on 9to5mac I had to try it out.
First you need to download and install the Chrome web browser. You really should do this anyway, it’s my browser of choice. It’s so much faster than Firefox, and I have never been a huge Safari fan. Did I mention it’s also free. Once you have Chrome installed you can access the Chrome Web App store (you need to log in with your Google account before you can purchase anything). Next jump to the Angry Birds page and install it. Now it will be available in your browser so you can waste time when ever you want. They even have bonus levels just for Chrome users.
And it you’re wondering, the game play is pretty good.
Bonus, the band Pomplamoose covered the Angry Birds theme song, Enjoy!
Every month ChristianAudio.com gives away a free audio book. This month the book is The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies. It’s about our ever connected culture and it’s effect on our spiritual lives. Here’s the description from the site:
Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology. We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment. Yet even though we live in this “instant message” culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls.
In a manner that’s accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as:
• How has life—and faith—changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones?
• How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities?
• What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet … with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?
Providing the reader with a framework they can apply to any technology, Tim Challies explains how and why our society has become reliant on digital technology, what it means for our lives, and how it impacts the Christian faith.
I haven’t started it yet, but it sounds like it should be an interesting listen. As someone who surrounds himself with technology, I’m interested to see what Challies has to say.
And if you have never tried an audio book I high recommend it. I love listening to them in the car, at the gym, doing yardwork, or just about anywhere else. I don’t always have time to read as much as I would like, and audio books help me multitask.
Check it out, I’d love to hear what you think.