March 30, 2016

Watching Jesus

In my most recent newsletter, I wrote about how we tend to think about spiritual practices during Lent but not during Easter. I decided to do something during the season following Easter Sunday that I've avoided most of my adult life: watch Jesus movies.

I have not seen most Jesus movies. Not The Passion of Christ. Not The Last Temptation of Christ. Honestly, I'm not sure I've seen one Jesus movie all the way through ... unless the The Life of Brian counts.

Why? We know this to be true about Jesus: he wasn't white and didn't have an English accent. It's always seemed to me–through trailers alone–that most movies seemed to miss that point. So, I've simply rolled my eyes and said, "No, thank you!" But for this season I've decided to give it a shot. I don't know how many I'll be able to stomach or what will come of it. We'll see. I'll document my viewing here on the blog and on social media.

So, please tell me your recommendations. What should I watch? What Jesus movies have you liked? What did you hate? Where should I start? What should I avoid?

Stay tuned. And thanks ahead of time for your input.