The sermon Warner Brothers wanted you to preach yesterday

OK… so my son went to see the new Superman movie yesterday.  I thought it was great.  Not the best ever.  But great.

But he went to see the movie because he likes Superman, not because our pastor suggested it.

Or preached about it.

Warner Brothers, the studio behind Superman, pulled out all the stops in it’s marketing of the new film (which evidently has some good “Christological parallels”.

They presented free screenings for pastors and church leaders.

And they even provided a sermon that they hoped you would preach from your pulpit yesterday.

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It was called “Jesus – The Original Superhero.

(Nice Title)

It was written by Craig Detweiler at Pepperdine University… especially for you.

What do you think about this?

There is something a little unsettling about this to me.  Not so much that you might speak on a culturally relevant topic, but that you would take your cues (and sermons) from a Hollywood studio like Warner Brothers.

Did any of you take the bait?




  • Brian June 24, 2013 Reply

    The movie wasn’t good and I am sure the sermon probably wasn’t either! I can’t take my clues from Hollywood. I’m just not enough of a hipster I guess.

  • Mick June 24, 2013 Reply

    I do not wish to hear sermons which use Hollywood tv or movies as illustrations. After becoming truly born again, I left the movie business after 23 years of being a theater operator and owner. I have heard far to many “pastors” use un-Godly illustrations in their Christian messages. Forrest Gump being an often used one. A movie which repeatedly takes our Lord and Saviors name in vain, how can that equate with 1Peter “be ye holy as I am holy” ?

    Satan loves for us to pleasure ourselves with the lusts of our eyes and desires ( most movies) and deny God’s word. Justification of “it has a good story or message”, and Christian parrells are reasons that I can’t find in scripture. I see “whatever is pure, whatever is holy, dwell on these things” , or pick up your cross (self denial) and follow me” those are the scriptures that I have found as my viewing directive.

    We a living in a time that the scriptures speak to where the church has “itching ears”, wolves are in the fold, and the “whole truth of scripture” is not sought or taught.

    If we take cues from the unsaved on how to preach, teach, or think then we are settling for less than the mind and ways of God.

    Saved by grace
    Living by scripture

    • Pastor Tom Smith June 24, 2013 Reply

      Good take on this. Me too!

  • Ray June 25, 2013 Reply

    Got the email and looked it over. We used a “super hero” theme for Father’s Day, however didn’t use or incorporate their thoughts. Our youth pastor used it for a teaching time with his youth group, choosing the good, and supplementing it with other ideas. Of course, he’s a BIG Superman fan!

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