Screens are all around us; in theatres, at sporting events, where we eat, in our work stations, on our laptops, in our living rooms and bedrooms, even in our pockets: As a result they are almost everywhere we go and they demand our attention. But what kind of attention do we give them? Is it mindless attention as our eyes scroll through countless feeds, images, videos and movies? The things we view can be emotionally, and visually overwhelming even before a viewer gets down to any thoughtful questions about what it’s all about. This is particularly the case if the viewer is not clear on what they think and/or believe about a given topic. The stronger your confession of faith, the better formed your identity as a Christian, the easier it will be to decipher what you are looking at when watching movies, television, or whatever media you come in contact with. With the God given wisdom found in the Bible, the Small Catechism and the Confessions anyone can gain knowledge and understanding when learning how to approach what they are viewing on the screens that surround us every day.
Pastor, writer, artist, critic and podcaster: Rev. Ted Giese is lead pastor of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Regina SK and a contributor to the Canadian Lutheran, LCMS Reporter on-line and movie reviewer for the “Issues, Etc.” radio program and co-host of “Bill and Ted Watch Movies.”
Picture the sanctuary filled with teenagers, eager for the organ to begin the opening lines of the liturgy or their favorite hymns, listening intently as they learn how their Lutheran faith applies to their lives and relationships, and laughing as they horse around playing games and getting to know other youth from the area. That’s a glimpse of what will happen at this Higher Things Youth Retreat!
When: February 20-21, 2020
Where: Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Regina, SK, CAN
Contact: Rev. Ted Giese
or Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
email@example.com or (888) 482-6630
Register via online registration here.