Sunday Morning Matinee -- formerly Technicolor Jesus -- is a podcast about movies and ministry for pastors, preachers, and Sunday school teachers, brought to you by the Christian Century. Hosts Matt Gaventa and Adam Hearlson choose movies from across the history of film and discuss how these movies might connect to the coming Sunday scripture from the Revised Common Lectionary.
#92: Fast Five
On this last episode before summer break, Matt and Adam talk about their love for Fast Five, the dumbest and most brilliant of the Fast and Furious movies. Over the course of the show they talk about what it means to be a family, they also drink Coronas and toast to their family, then they plan a heist, and finally, by the end, they become family to each other. It's quite a ride.
Show Note: the podcast was recorded a few weeks ago with the intention of putting it up for the second lectionary week of ordinary time. Then life intervened. We are dropping it now because it was a fun conversation and should be listened to by everyone who is intending to see F9 in a few days.
91- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
On this week's Sunday Morning Matinee, Matt and Adam revisit a classic, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Hoping to find gold in the old movie, the two were left with more questions than answers. What happens when something so influential is consumed by its inspirations? And how in the world do you make theological sense of this movie? If you'd like to listen to two people try to spin gold from straw, then this one is for you. Of course, the conversation then turns to Pentecost and the way in which the Spirit presses the church always into the coming future-- even if it doesn't want to go. Finally, Adam talks about the Sons of Korah, and Matt gets wound up about the Oscars.
#90: Oscars Pre-cap
This week is a little different. In anticipation of the 2021 Academy Awards, Matt and Adam watched the Best Pictures Nominees in order to discuss what these movies have to do with ministry, theology, and the world. So before the red carpet is laid out on Hollywood and Highland, come and join the conversation about this crazy year in movies.
As Easter Sunday approaches, Matt and Adam talk about violence, resurrection, and the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall. In the first segment, the two discuss the many iterations of Bond and whether the character and genre have any lasting significance. In the second segment, the conversation centers on James Bond and Resurrection Sunday. Does Bond have anything new to add to our Easter theologies? Finally, Adam talks about Holy Week poetry and Matt considers the art world.
SMM - In and Of Itself
On this week's Sunday Morning Matinee, Matt and Adam are joined by Tim Hughes to discuss, magic, identity, and Derek Delgaudio's In and Of Itself. in the first segment, the group discusses Delgaudio's popular stage show that is part magic, part performance art, and part group therapy. Diving deep into the show, the conversation searches out themes of belonging, identity, deception, and the artifice of church worship. In the second segment, the group discusses the intersection of the lectionary passages for March 21st and In and of Itself. Finally, to tend the show, Matt thinks about an online SXSW and Adam talks about Robertson Davies.
88: Groundhog Day
Ok, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's coooooold outside, and it's time to talk about growth, pain, and the classic film, Groundhog Day. This week, Adam and Matt are joined by frequent guest Steve Bragaw to discuss the theological and ministerial themes of Groundhog Day. In the first segment, the conversation centers on questions of grace, truth, and growth. Is Phil Connors sanctified by the end? Where does grace come into play here? In the second segment, the group looks at the lectionary passages for March 14th, the third Sunday in Lent, and discusses how they connect with Groundhog Day. Finally, in the final segment, Matt talks TV and Adam longs for a trip to the sea. Listen, I got you, babe, it's time for Sunday Morning Matinee.
A must-listen for ppl of faith and lovers overs of movies
The podcast covers recent box office hits, classics, and even more obscure titles. It's a great conversation between faith and pop culture, between God's story and Hollywood stories. A must-listen!!
Insightful and funny, a new favorite for me!
This is a great podcast. The hosts are very thoughtful, opening up new insights about films. It is theologically nuanced, culturally relevant, and funny. I highly recommend this for all who care about movies, Jesus, or preaching.
My favorite new podcast
Billed as a film podcast for preachers and Sunday school teachers, Matt and Adam deliver creative and smart cinema discussions that need not be limited to the clergy. As a layperson who goes to church only sporadically (but remains at all times intellectually and spiritually curious about film and literature), I find Technicolor Jesus to be fun and accessible. Keep the good work, guys!