Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Election - faithworks interviews

Check out this video on the Faithworks site. Perhaps you can use this for some kind of discusion on the election...


Monday, April 20, 2009

Deborah 13: servant of God

I've just watched Deborah 13: servant of God on iPlayer...not sure what to make of it.  Perhaps this could be used to explore ways of talking about your faith, ie, there is a bit about a third way in when Deborah goes to talk to some young people about God.  She shows great courage, but is it the right approach?  Discus.


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Communcations - video clip

While I was at Spring Harvest I saw this advert in one of the seminars.  It would be a good one to use for talking about communication

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Leadership video clip - Prince Caspian

I've just come across another possibility - Prince Caspian DVD chapter 7.  In this clip, Caspian wins over the narnians to become their leader.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Leadership video clip - Chicken Run

I've been looking around for a video clip for this terms Rock Solid session on Leadership.   I'm planning to use DVD chapter 6 from Chicken Run.  This clip (13 mins 50 sec - 17 mins 55 sec) , Ginger talks about this idea she has - freedom, about escaping....the stuff of visionary leaders. 

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

30 second nativity

I just noticed this post today on David Keen's blog


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Million Dollar Baby - video clip ideas

I just noticed this in my original blog, and it should have been moved here...I Watched Million Dollar Baby last night...what a film! It's great talk material:
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Friday, November 07, 2008

Israel Kamakawiwo video

I came across this video the other day.  It features music by Israel Kamakawiwo.  I reckon it would make a good discusion starter / reflection / prompt for prayer...

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Secret Millionaire

Why not watch The Secret Millionare and then lead a discussion based on this talk? Note channel 4 on demand allows you to download episodes for viewing offline.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Bucket List

I watched The Bucket List last night...very good movie with lots of interesting topics for discussion. For example: You could probably use this as an alternative clip for my 101 things to do before you die talk


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Drillbit Taylor - bullying video clip idea

I watched Drillbit Taylor last night. The film is about two boys trying to cope with bullying. There are several scenes that you could use from the film to stimulate a discussion. Unfortunately I had to return the DVD so I didn't write down the chapters. However here are some I recall:
There are many other scenes you could use...

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

This Ability Rock Solid video clip

We did the This Ability session from Rock Solid last week. Here's my video clip suggestion...School of Rock chapter 5 – 6. In this clip Jack Black has just discovered that the students can play instruments. As a result he starts the new class project 'rock band'. The clip shows that we all have different abilities and we all have a role to play. I finished the clip just at the point where they go to lunch.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Disposable Friends

This might make an interesting discusion starter about friendship or consumerisim...


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Finding Nemo - film clip idea for 'stories'

Last night we did the Rock Solid session Whats the story? This session is teamed on stories. In addition to the material we used a slip from Finding Nemo. The clip starts at DVD chapter 16 and ends in chapter 17 just after the film cuts to birds going 'Mine Mine Mine'. In these scene, Marlin (Nemo's father) tells his story to find his son, Nemo.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

X-Men 2 - Video clip for easter

I'm just been looking for a video clip to use for an Easter talk. I've decided to use a clip from X-Men 2 when Jean saves the day by giving up her own life to save the rest of the mutants from being overwhelmed by a dam that has collapsed.
The clip is at DVD Chapter 36 and starts at 1 hour 47 minutes and finishes at 1 hour 53 minutes. You could use this clip with my Armegeddon talk or my About a boy talk.


Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Simpsons Movie - does God speak to us?

I just watched The Simpson's Movie last night. In DVD chapter 3, Rev'd Lovejoy invites people to speak up if they have a "word". Shortly after this Grandpa has a revelation. This scene is about 2 minutes long. This could make a good discussion starter about How God speaks to us...does God speak to us?


Monday, January 14, 2008

Human Tetris

Someone posted this on the greenbelt forum, suggesting it might be useful...I guess you could use it as some kind of icebreaker....


Saturday, January 12, 2008

Shopping video clip idea - Pretty Woman

The theme for last Friday nights Rock Solid session was shopping. For a video clip, we showed part of Pretty Woman:
  • 59 Mins 38 second - 1 hour 4 mins 14 seconds (DVD chapter 11). This is the scene in which Vivian discovers the joys of shopping...with lots of "sucking up". Although this video is a 15 certificate, their is nothing rude or offensive in this scene.
This clip includes quotes such as "You know what we're gonna need here? We're going to need a few more people helping us out. I'll tell you why. We are going to be spending an obscene amount of money in here. So we're going to need a lot more help sucking up to us, 'cause that's what we really like". You could clearly go on to comment / discus how we should best spend our money....

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Juno - film on the teenage pregnancy

This looks interesting - another film on the teenage pregnancy front. You can find the IMDB page here.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Echo Park

I watched Echo Park last night. Not the greatest of movies, but one that demonstrates the judgementalism that so often alive in our churches. The film is basically about a 14 year old girl who gets pregnant while still being technically a virgin. She conceives as a result of "fooling around". For this reason, you might want to use this film to highlight that you don't have to have sex proper to get pregnant. There's are a few scenes that you could use to demonstrate this point. All of this results in her father disowning her. He is the local priest and it brings shame on the family etc. She is taken in by an Uncle who, unlike her father, accepts her for who she is. The Uncle has also taken in another disgraced member of the family who is gay....makes you wonder who was the most "Christ like"...the priest or the uncle?

Perhaps this could be used with my teenage pregnancy talk.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

I've just stumbled across Youth resourced. It has some "ready to use" discussions which are worth looking at - see here

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Sunday, November 11, 2007 conference

Just got back from the youthwork conference at Southport. Here are some websites I came across while I was there:

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

I prodounce you Chuck and Larry - film clip ideas

I'm in Singapore and I've just got back from a late night viewing of Adam Sandlers latest offering....I prodounce you Chuck and Larry. While the film was much like any other Sandler film (which I like!) it does have plenty of material for exploring issues such as acceptance / rejection / homosexuality / friendship. The film is about 2 best friends who are fire fighters (Charles and Lawrence) who decide to go for a marriage of convenience so that Lawrence can pass on his pension if he dies. They initially think it will be something that they can keep quiet, but it turns out quite differently. This them results in a series of events where they have to keep up this charade. As that plot is rolled out, they are exposed to prejudice as their once colleagues turn against them - there is a good scene where the Charles and Lawrence are pulled into the office my their boss because the rest of the team have raised a petition to get them moved on. After this meeting, Lawrence confronts the rest of the crew and reminds them of the times where they saved them....injustice...prejudice. There is also a time where the team walk away from Charles when he turns up to play basket ball, this scene turns into something good when one of the guys finds acceptance through what Charles and Lawrence are experiencing.

There are also some examples of clichéd evangelical right types who wielding banners tell them that they are going to burn for what they are....a good discussion in it's own right especially when read in the context of "love your neighbour", "Do not judge, and you will not be judged" ect etc. the end of the film the rest of the fire department change their view and stand with them in the court, in the full knowledge that they may end up in example of what it means to be a fact you could say this film is an example of what it means to be a stand by your word...even when it costs you something

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mr Deity

I was reading Bart Campolo's blog and I came across the Mr Deity video - what a great discussion starter for the subject of suffering.

Also, if you, like me saw him at the youthwork conference a couple of years ago, you'll be glad to know that you can get his talk on Ruth here.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

Coldcut - revolution video

I saw these guys on Sunday night at Greenbelt. While this is not the video from the night it gives you an idea of the material they produce...the version of this they showed was about the Iraq war and all the various contradictions that surround it. I'm sure you could find some way of using their stuff in a discussion with older youth. I found a list of some other video's they have produced here.


Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Evolution and the Simpsons

Check out the intro the this eposide of the Simpsons - it could make a good introduction to the Evolution detate!


Sunday, July 01, 2007

Stranger than Fiction - film clip ideas

I watched Stranger than Fiction last night. It's basically about this tax man who starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice is narrating his life. It turns out that he is a character in a book and the voice is the author.

You could use this film to look at issues such as fate, 'loving your enemies', dealing with conflict...for example:


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Last King of Scotland - video clip idea

A couple of weeks ago, I watched the Last King of Scotland. This film is about the life of Idi Amin, the good bits and the bad bits. While watching it, it occurred to me that you could use the start of this film with the 'life after school' session we did. You could also use it to discus choices, and making decisions.

The clip in question is just after the start of the film (50 seconds - 4 mins). Nicholas, the main character, is having a celebration meal with his parents - has just qualified as a Doctor. The trouble is, he is faced with the prospect of joining his fathers practice...something he does not want to do. He wants adventure. In the next scene, Nicholas is in room. He picks up a globe, spins it and closes his eyes. He says "the first place you land, you go" and stops it with his finger....on the second attempt, his finger lands of there what he does...


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Crash - video clip ideas

Here are some idea's for clips from Crash:


Saturday, June 02, 2007

Check out - it looks like a source of free video clip ideas.


Friday, May 25, 2007

Trust - video clip - Finding Nemo

Chloe made a great suggestion for a clip about Trust. You'll find it at Chapter 28 (1 hour 23 min) to Chapter 29 - 1 hour 26 min 10 sec of Finding Nemo. Basically in this clip a fishing boat captures a load of fish. Nemo knows how to set them free, but his father, concerned for his saftey, trys to stop him...but he eventually caves in and decides to trust him...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Friends and Popularity - Mean Girls

On Monday I did this talk based about about being popular / fitting in / making new friends. The idea was to look at some of the issues that those moving on to sixth form / collage might face when they start in September.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Bullying video clips - ideas

I'm just been looking up some video clips that could be used to address the topic of bullying. Here are some ideas:

Billy Madison - 54 minutes to 57 minutes from the start of the video
Plains, trains and automobiles - 19 minutes to 26 minutes / DVD chapter 7.
The Pacifier
The Longest Yard
Dodgeball - 29 minutes to 33 minutes / DVD chapter 10
Kidulthood - DVD chapter 1
Mean girls - 59 minutes to 1 hour 13 minutes / DVD Chapter 13 - 16

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth - environment talk update

On Monday I watched the Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth. If you haven’t seen this, then put it go on your list of things to watch! Basically it's a documentary outlining various facts / scientific research / evidence about global warming…it argues the case well.

I've updated my Looking out for planet earth talk to include a reference to this. I've also added the changes I made for The Day After Tomorrow version of the talk.

Note the Inconvenient truth website is

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Having a bad day...Plains, Trains and Automobiles

I've just uploaded my talk entitled Having a Bad day. This is a different version on the What does God think of me talk. While updating this page I noticed that the readings we omitted from this talk - this should now work.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Crime and Punishment talk

I've just updated my Crime and Punishment talk here.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Music and Lyrics - ideas

Just come back from seeing Music and Lyrics at the Cinema. It's basically a romantic comedy based around the writing of a song for this big name star. This is not a profound film but does have a few things that could be used to stimulate discussion:


Saturday, February 10, 2007

How to capture YouTube clips - youthblog

Check out this post on

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Bruce Almighty - having a bad day

On Friday we did the Bog Roll Bonanza session from this terms Rock Solid.

In addition to the published material we used a clip from Bruce Almighty chapter 4 (12 min 51 ) to chapter 5 (19 mins 10 seconds). In the clip, Bruce finds out he has not been chosen as the new anchorman. As a result of this he rants and raves...basically he is not having a bad day, or as the Rock Solid material he was having a "poo" day. The clip starts with Bruce on the Maid of the Mist and finish when the dog takes a leak on his carpet. Note there are a few rude words in this clip so you'll need to edit it / make sure it's suitable for your group.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Talk on Parents - Big Daddy

I've just uploaded my talk on parents here. The first time I used this talk I used the Kevin and Perry clip, but this time I used Big Daddy.

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

The Last Kiss

I watched this film on my recent trip to Canada - not a great film, and it is a little predictable. The film is about a guy who messes up his relationship with his long term girlfriend - he gets a little too close to another woman. It all blows up in his face and only then does he realise what he has done. The part that would be worthy of a video clip is near the end of the film. He has a conversation with Jenn's father, Stephen, and he tells him that if he wants to get her back it's quite do whatever it takes. This then results in him sleeping outside the front door for days and days until she lets him back in to the house. You could use this to ask the question - what are you willing to do for those things that are important in your life?


Monday, November 27, 2006

Christian no more videos

Check out Eric's blog entry on the four Christian no more video's. There's a link from church video ideas here.


Thursday, November 23, 2006

Tin Cup - talk ideas

I watched Tin Cup last night. It's about a golf pro who's working at a driving rage...he ends up entering the US open...


Monday, November 20, 2006

Hero's rescue / Robin hood Prince of Thieves

I've just been looking up another clip for Hiede's youth alpha session 2. The material suggests using a clip from Robin hood Prince of Thieves - this bit where Robin rescues Marian from the Sheriff of Nottingham. The scene I'd go with is DVD chapter 40 (2 hr 10 mins 21 sec) to the end of chapter 43 (2 hours 20 mins 30 seconds).
If you need a shorter clip, you could go from chapter 42 (2 hours 15 mins)


Saturday, November 18, 2006

An Ideal husband - video clip idea

I watched An Ideal Husband last week. I didn't think it was a particularly good film - it got better as it went along. There was, however, one bit of the film that could be used in a discussion about relationships / marriage. Near the end of the film Lord Goring ask Mabel to marry him. She reply with "why"...she needs a reason why she should agree to marry him. He seems a bit stumped at this he hadn't considered that. It does, of course all work out in the end...

You could, of course, use this to explore why people should get married or why people do (in reality) get married or go out together.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Movies about sin

Here are some ideas on video clips for "sin". I noticed these on

Roy suggested:
Sarah Suggested:


Monday, November 13, 2006

Touching the void - talk idea

Watched an amazing documentary film last night called Touching the Void - one of the best films I've seen this year.   This film is based on a popular book of the same name.  Here's the plot summary from IMDB:
"In the mid-80's two young climbers attempted to reach the summit of Siula Grande in Peru; a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved. With an extra man looking after base camp, Simon and Joe set off to scale the mount in one long push over several days. The peak is reached, however on the descent Joe falls and breaks his leg. Despite what it means, the two continue with Simon letting Joe out on a rope for 300 meters, then descending to join him and so on. However when Joe goes out over an overhang with no way of climbing back up, Simon makes the decision to cut the rope. Joe falls into a crevice and Simon, assuming him dead, continues back down. Joe however survives the fall and was lucky to hit a ledge in the crevice. This is the story of how he got back down."
There's some obvious points for discussion, i.e., making difficult decisions / choices, dilemma etc.   Check out Chapter 5 (21 mins) to Chapter 7 (39 mins 45 secs).  If you need a shorter version you could probably use Chapter 6 (26 mins) to Chapter 7 (39 mins).
The other point about this film in the courage that Joe demonstrates as he attempts to get back to the camp and how we can, with the right frame of mind, achieve the impossible - or maybe it was a miracle.


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Homer proves there is no God


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"Smiling addiction" and "Sin" videos

Check out the "Smiling addiction" and "Sin" videos at


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The devil Wears Prada - discussion idea

Just come back from watching this film.  It would be an interesting film to use with a discussion about choices, image, life style.


Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Guardian

I went to see The Guardian on Friday night - a bit of a predictable film. It was a bit like Top Gun - it had all of the same elements in it. This would be a good film to show to discus sacrifice and currage. The rescue swimmers are trained to save life realising that it is highly dangerous and it might mean they loose there own life. Anyway, the last part of the film is all about this. Without giving the ending away too much, there's a scene near the end where two rescue swimmers are been winched up into the helicopter in a terrible storm. It becomes apparent that the cable is going fail. So rather than them both falling to their death, one of them chooses to detach themselves in the hope of saving the other.


Sunday, October 22, 2006

But I'm a Cheerleader - talk idea

We watched But I'm a Cheerleader last night - great satire on the subject of homosexuality.  I think this would make a better clip for the homosexuality talk I did here.   You'd probably just show the first bit the film where the send her off to rehab and she had to admit she's a "homosexual".

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Volkswagen Polo Volkswagen Polo - Guardian Angels

I don't know if you've seen it but there's a new advert for the VW polo. This video shows a city full of people and each person has an angel following them around.    I found an mov file you can download here
Maybe if could kick start a discussion based around Psalm 91


Sunday, October 15, 2006


Just come back from the Cinema where we watched Accepted.  It has all the typical stuff you'd expect of a "teen flick", but it does raise a few interesting questions about education.  Basically the film is about a guy who doesn't get accepted to collage and as a result is deemed a failure who will never achieve anything.  So as a way out of this situation he creates this fake collage(with a building, dorms and everything) - it's enough to convince his parents and as it turns out, lots of parents to send their kids there.  Anyway loads of people turn up after been "accepted" at the collage, all paying 10k a term.
This film raises all kind of interesting questions about the nature of education - basically it argues for what we might call informal peer-lead education.   While this movie is no master piece I think it's one of those films that youthworkers and young people can relate to.  It was interesting that there were lots of cheers / applause from the audience during the screening (mostly youth).   I can't remember that last time that happened while I've been at the cinema...interesting.
You could certainly use the start of the film with the Life after school talk I outlined here.  There would also be scenes that you could use about rejection, acceptance, bullying (Sherman is made to do all these humiliating things in order to become a member of a fraternity) and the purpose of education...

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Friday, October 13, 2006 - looking for a movie topic?

See the "topics to talk about" section on each of the reviews: 
For example, see


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Pacifier - talk ideas

I watched The Pacifier last week - quite funny, it's a bit like a cross between School of Rock and Kindergarten Cop.   Here are some scenes that could be used to stimulate discussion:

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

RS Session 3 "Strike a light" - hidden talents

This session attempts to look at our qualities and talents.   In addition to the published material we're going to show a clip from Bring it on in which Missy show's off her gymnastic talents.  The clip can be found in chapter 4.  Start the scene just after the line "I don't like wearing underwear".  Finish just after the line "I'm overruling you".  The Missy obviously has talent as she does everything she's asked to (back flips etc), however, this is not immediately apparent at the start of the clip...this is because she doesn't look like the kind of girl who would be into that stuff.
Other clips could include:
Alternatively, you could use some extreme sport type videos...there are some links here, but they are not that good:


Sunday, September 24, 2006

Bryan Adams:The Passion of the Christ

See this - not sure it works, but I think it's an interesting idea.  Maybe it would work better with a different song.


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Bible films blog

Check out Matt's blog Bible films - it looks like one I'll be following!  Matt seems to write for Faith and Films Critics.  If you look at their website, they have some free discussion guides - click on the Cinema in focus links, i.e.:
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Monday, July 17, 2006

Miracles of Jesus - BBC one

This could be something to watch out for...hopefully it won't be too cheesy.


Monday, July 10, 2006

Dove campaign for real beauty

Surley we could use this video for something:


Sunday, July 09, 2006

Bring it on - film clip ideas

Here are some ideas for clips from the film Bring it on:
I'm bitchin', great hair, / The boys all love to stare, / I'm wanted, I'm hot, / I'm everything you're not, / I'm pretty, I'm cool, / I dominate the school, / Who am I? Just guess, / Guys wanna touch my chest, / I'm rockin', I smile, / And many think I'm vile, / I'm flyin', I jump, / You can look but don't you hump, / Whoo / I'm major, I roar, / I swear I'm not a whore, / We cheer and we lead, / We act like we're on speed, / You hate us 'cause we're beautiful, / Well we don't like you either, / We're cheerleaders, / We are cheerleaders. /Roll call...
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Friday, June 30, 2006

Stuck on you - talk ideas based on video clips

Watched Stuck on you a couple of weeks ago.  It's about two men who were born physically connected together or "conjoined".   It's themes include: prejudice, ambition, dreams, team work, self esteem, body image.  Here are some bits that might be used as video clips:
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Youth Specialities - free movie resources

Check out the free movie-based talks on youth specialities:


Sunday, June 25, 2006

Some more videos for download



Saturday, June 24, 2006

Video clip for start of service???

Checkout A New Kind of service Opener - some video intro's to start the service with.  Could be a good idea...the video preview was here


Sunday, May 07, 2006

Cheaper by the Dozen 2 - talk ideas

Chloe must have watched this film 10 times in the past two weeks!  Here are some ideas for using this film:
You can read more about the film here
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Friday, April 21, 2006

Ice Age: The Meltdown - talk ideas

Just been to see Ice Age: The Meltdown.  It was fairly predictable.  A few ideas for clips:
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

War of the worlds - ideas

War of the Worlds is about in invasion of planet earth by aliens.
You could use the first 30 mins or so (I didn't make note of the time) to talk about fear and parenting.   The film starts when Robbie and Rachel are dropped off at their fathers (Ray) house.  It's clear that Ray is not into the parenting thing - he kids appear to be a burden to him.  This is not helped by Robbie's attitude towards his father.  You could ask questions about what it means to be a parent, a father, responsibilities, attitudes towards your parents and vice versa.
A short time later the film a series of storms break out. In reality the aliens are causing the storms.  There's a great bit where the first of the alien's "tripods" appears from underground.  Use this to talk about fear or the unexpected etc.
Later in the film, the family is on the run, trying to flee from the aliens.  There a scene that you could use for "choices".  Robbie runs off to try fight the aliens, Ray runs after him leaving Rachel by herself.  While he's chasing after Robbie, someone tries to take Rachel away.  Ray is forced to choose to loose Robbie or Rachel...


Monday, April 10, 2006

Mr Deeds - Bad attitude, Greed, Bad language

Watch Mr Deeds again today. Very good! I reckon you could use Chapter 10 (22 mins 30 seconds - 25 minutes 50 seconds) for a talk on Bad attitude, or Greed or Bad language. Basically Kevin Ward, the New York Jets Quarterback, comes into the room demanding a pay rise. He's rude, swears and greedy. Deeds sacks him because of his attitude. Later on in Chapter 15 (about 43 mins) he calls Deeds on the phone, apologises and asks for his job back.

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Girl Next Door - talk ideas

The Girl Next Door is one of those films like American Pie that is full of sexual innuendo etc. and finish with "the prom".  Here are some bits that I reckon you could use:
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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Hitch - relationships, time, advice talk ideas

I first watched Hitch at Spring Harvest this time last year. We'll be there again at Skegness over the Easter weekend. Hiede will be there the week before as she is leading the under 5 team during week 2. Say hello if you see her! Anyway, here are some thoughts on this film...

Scene 1 (first 6 mins). Alex (Will Smith) explains how the dating game works and how any man can get a woman. Some questions you could discus:
  • What the point of dating? What's it for?
  • What advice would you give to someone looking for a relationship?
  • What are the unwritten rules?
  • Scene 4 (12 mins - 14 mins). Alex thinks back to when he was at collage...he's a geek and doesn't have a clue when it comes to women.
    • Some of us fall apart around the opposite sex...why is that?
    Scene 5 - 7 (14 mins - 25 mins). We're introduced to Albert who is clumsy, nervous accountant for some big firm. He explains he wants go out with Allegra Cole, a supermodel. He admits this is "ridiculous" but he is willing to try anything. Next time he sees her he's in a business meeting with all his colleagues and his boss is there. She's asking for financial advice. Rather than toeing the line, Albert's stands up for Allegra and ends up quitting his job....that gets her attention. Questions:
    • Who are you interested in?
    • What are you looking for in a relationship?
    • What are you willing to do, to get a man / woman? How far would you go? Look at the positive and negative sides to this...
    • Who do you talk to about boyfriend / girlfriend stuff?
    Scene 8 (28 mins - 31 mins 30). Alex goes to meet some guy he basically wants him to help get a woman so he can "bang" her. Alex strongly objects, as that's not what he's about.
    • Use this as a example of a bad attitude towards women.
    Scene 10 - 11 (33 mins 30 - 40 mins 30). Dating disasters...Alex takes Casey on a date and it turns into a complete disaster...he kicks her in the head and digs up some old family history that she's doesn't want reminding about...there's a murderer in the family...

    Scene 15 (47 mins - 30 mins). Making a fool of yourself...this is one of the funniest bits of the film...Alex tells Albert how to dance or put another way, how not to dance.
    • Use this as a clip about giving and receiving advice...
    Scene 16 (50 mins - 54 mins). Timing is everything...Alex shows Albert how to do the "first kiss". "eight out of 10 women believe that the first kiss will tell them everything they need to know...". Apparently it's all about timing!
    • This could be used to discus time / timing...there's a time for this that and the other. Maybe you could use this as an intro to this talk

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    Saturday, March 18, 2006

    The Longest Yard - talk ideas

    In The Longest Yard Adam Sandler plays Paul Crewe, an American football player who 'threw a game' for money.  While he was a great footballer, this ruined in carrier.  During the start of the film he gets into some trouble and ends up in prison where he is forced into running a football team.  There are loads of issues raised in this film:
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    Friday, March 17, 2006

    More themed video's for download

    Check out this site:
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    Thursday, March 16, 2006

    Who is Jesus - video for download

    I came across this vox pop "Who is Jesus".  Click on the Media files URL to download to get a copy


    Monday, March 13, 2006

    Rules for life - I, Robot

    I did the talk on Rules for life tonight.  You can find it here.  Note that while I ended up using different clips and questions, I got the idea for I, Robot from Video's that teach 4
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    Thursday, March 09, 2006

    Match Stick Men

    Match Stick Men - two movie clips on the topic of deception
    1. Near the start of the movie Roy and Frank pressurise a woman to make a purchase on the phone...if she signs up will be sent to them via their courier, but of course never arrives. Later Roy and Frank go around to the woman's house, this time pretending to be the police, get her bank details. They then take all her money...which even Roy feels a bit bad about.
    2. A little further on in the film, Roy shows his 14 year old daughter, Angela, how to pull a scam with a lottery ticket...this raises some interesting moral dilemmas etc.

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    Tuesday, March 07, 2006

    Wedding Crashers

    I just watched Wedding Crashers again whilst looking for a clip on relationships.  Anyway here are some ideas:
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    Tuesday, February 28, 2006

    Talk - 101 things to do before you die / Field of dreams

    Last night I did the 101 things to do before you die talk. I might do this in a few weeks time with another group I lead called Think it Thru.

    Here are some other ideas I had but never used / had time to check out:
    Bible verses
    • Acts 2:17 “…in the last days…your sons and daughters will prophesy, and old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.”
    Other talks

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    Friday, February 24, 2006

    Chronicles of Narnia - links to talks

    Here are some talks / ideas I've found for Narnia

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    Monday, February 20, 2006

    Seven deadly sins ideas

    I've been thinking about the "seven deadly sins" talk.  Here are some random ideas...
    To look at the issues raised by the so called 'seven deadly sins'...using no more that two questions for 'sin' we'll try get through the lot. 
    It is not my intention to get wrapped up in Catholic theology etc. or look at the supposed punishments for such sins.
    The sins
    To try and make this simple, I'm going to use the following keywords, or titles. These have been taken from wikipedia:
    1. Lust -> fornication, adultery, rape, incest, seduction, and unnatural vice
    2. Gluttony -> overindulgence, desire of excess, a misplaced desire of food or its withholding from the needy
    3. Greed -> covetousness, a desire to obtain more money, wealth, material possessions or any other entity than one needs
    4. Sloth -> laziness
    5. Wrath -> anger, hatred, desire of revenge
    6. Envy -> jealousy, desire of greatness, focusing on others' status rather than your own spiritual growth
    7. Pride -> vanity, narcissism, desire of greatness, competitive and excessive belief in one's own abilities that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God, or the worth which God sees in others
    Note that my understanding is that the Bible does not specifically refer to "seven deadly sins", but each of the above are in themselves considered to be sins.  There is a refers to six types of sins in
    Proverbs 6:16-19 (NLV)
    "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven that are hated by Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that kill those who are without guilt, a heart that makes sinful plans, feet that run fast to sin, a person who tells lies about someone else, and one who starts fights among brothers."
    Introduce the title / theme for the night...then ask:
    Write down what is said, and consider taking a pre-printed list of ideas to put around the room
    Video clip
    I don't think there is anything that covers the 'seven deadly sins' per se, but I think we could use some clips that deal with the specific issues.  Choosing one or two of these should act suffice as an introduction:
    Here are some ideas I've come up with / come across:
    Ideas on each of the seven
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    Sunday, February 19, 2006

    SpyGame - how important is money

    I was searching through some old emails the other day and I came across an idea that Jonathan sent me ages ago...

    Film: Spy Game
    Topics: Making sacrifices for something you believe in, how important is money
    Details: A retiring intelligence officer working for US intelligence finds out that one of the people he used to run is due to be executed.  To save him, he sacrifices his life's savings that he wanted to spend on a place in the Bahamas ($282,000 US).


    Thursday, February 16, 2006

    Videos that teach 4

    I just noticed that Videos that teach 4 is out.


    Monday, February 13, 2006

    Virtual Sexuality

    I've just got around to uploading my old talk on Sex and relationships. It's based around the film Virtual Sexuality with some "myths" that were raised in an article in youthwork magazine some years ago.

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    Saturday, February 11, 2006

    Session on boundaries and "rules" - Willy Wonka

    I did our planned session on Rules & boundaries last night.  It went fairly well.  This was, in truth, a bit of an experiment - we haven't try this format before.  The idea is to spread the teaching through the night rather than in one fixed session.  We're also trying to deliberately include bits that touch on different learning styles (our simplistic understanding of it).
    You can find the talk here.

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    Thursday, February 09, 2006

    Reading up on rules / boundries

    On Friday we are planning to do a talk on boundaries / rules. As part of my research, I posted this message on the message forum. I like the idea of using "flash cards" / sheets with keywords on, and putting these around the room before we do the talk bit. I also like the idea of using some kind of game, but I'm not sure the example would work with our group.

    Here are some other thoughts...rules to put around the room:
    Paraphrased 10 commandments (Exodus 20:2-19)
    Movie clips
    Radio 1's 10 commandments - In March 2001, Radio 1 had a vote on a new set of commandments, they were:


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