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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.

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.
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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.

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63: The Biggest Little Farm

5/7/2019
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On this week's episode of Sunday Morning Matinee, Matt and Adam talk with Nate Stucky, Director of the Farminary at Princeton Theological Seminary about farming, harmony, theology and the new film, The Biggest Little Farm. In 2011, Los Angeles couple John and Molly Chester decided to upend their cosmopolitan lifestyle and bought a piece of dried-out land north out of the city and dedicated themselves to converting it into a fully biodiverse agricultural utopia named Apricot Lane Farms. This...

Duration:00:53:25

62: Avengers: Endgame

4/29/2019
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The end is nigh! On this week’s Sunday Morning Matinee, Matt and Adam talk with Eric Barreto about redemption, the apocalypse, and Avengers: Endgame. In case you have been living in a monastic hut, Avengers: Endgame was released on April 25th and made nearly 1.2 Billion dollars in a single weekend. The movie is a pop culture goliath. But is it any good? Does it preach? In the first segment, Justification by Faith, Matt, Adam and Eric describe the theological themes within Avengers: Endgame...

Duration:00:57:08

61: Life of Brian

4/16/2019
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On this week’s episode of Sunday Morning Matinee, Matt and Adam sit down with Matt Skinner, NT Testament Professor at Luther Seminary, to talk about Easter, Crucifixion and the greatest story ever told (sort of), Monty Python’s Life of Brian. In the first segment, the discussion centers around Monty Python’s absurd spin on the ancient world that helps us see religion, power, and Jesus from a new vantage. In the second segment, Preaching to the Choir, the group examines Luke’s resurrection...

Duration:00:49:47

#60: A League of Their Own

4/2/2019
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On opening day for the 2019 baseball season, Adam and Matt welcome Kathryn Reklis to the Sunday Morning Matinee to talk about Penny Marshall's 1992 film, A League of Their Own. In the first segment, the conversation explores the theological and social themes of A League of Their Own, noting the ways in which the motivation and desires of Dottie, the protagonist, remain elusive and curious. In the second segment, Preaching to the Choir, the discussion turns to the intersections of the movie...

Duration:00:50:42

59: Captain Marvel

3/12/2019
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New name, same nerds! Sunday Morning Matinee travels back to the nineties to talk memory, refugees, and Marvel’s newest superhero movie, Captain Marvel. In our first segment, Justification by Faith, we talk about the theological themes of Captain Marvel. Specifically, the conversation revolves around memory, assimilation, and the Marvel genre. In our second segment, Preaching to the Choir, we discuss how Captain Marvel might intersect with the lectionary passages for Lent 2, Year C, March...

Duration:00:49:17

58: Oscars Round-up

2/26/2019
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As part of their yearly tradition, Matt and Adam reflect on the 2019 Academy Awards and the year in filmmaking. Besides discussing favorite moments, the guys discuss the merits of Green Book and the absence of Spike Lee within the history of the Academy Awards. Finally, in an effort to reach a broader audience (among other things) the name of the podcast is going to change. The subscriptions won't be affected and we will still be working with The Christian Century, but the name and artwork...

Duration:00:35:40

57: Love and Basketball

2/20/2019
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On the heels of NBA All-Star weekend and in anticipation of March Madness, this week Matt and Adam sit down with Aisha Brooks Lytle to talk about Love and Basketball. In the first segment, Justification by Faith, the group discusses what Love and Basketball has to do with life, ministry and the world. In the second segment, Preaching to the Choir, the trio discusses how Love and Basketball intersects with the lectionary passages for the Seventh sunday in Epiphany, Year C. Specifically, they...

Duration:00:51:47

56: Unbreakable

2/5/2019
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In anticipation of the newly released Glass, Adam and Matt are joined by Yale Divinity School professor Greg Mobley to discuss comics, stories, and M. Night Shyamalan’s first installment in his superhero trilogy, Unbreakable. In our first segment, the group discusses the theological themes of Unbreakable. Conversation centers around the formative power of stories and pressing questions of strength and weakness. In the second segment, the conversation turns to how Unbreakable might intersect...

Duration:00:49:41

55: Roma

1/22/2019
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This morning the Academy Award Nominees were released. Leading the way is Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpiece Roma. On this week’s Technicolor Jesus, Adam and Matt discuss water, work, and Roma. In our first segment, Adam and Matt discuss the theological themes of Roma. With potent images of water, fire, birth, and work, Roma is a deep subject for theological inquiry. In the second segment, Matt and Adam discuss how Roma might intersect with the third Sunday of Epiphany, January 27th. Spending time...

Duration:00:52:38

#54: Die Hard

12/24/2018
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On this special Christmas Eve edition of Technicolor Jesus, Adam and Matt talk with Jennifer Howe Peace about masculinity, the baby Jesus and Die Hard. In the first segment, Justification by Faith, Matt, Adam and Jenny discuss what Die Hard has to do with life, ministry, theology and the world. Specifically, is Die Hard a Christmas movie? And what exactly makes a Christmas movie? Is it some semblance of the gospel or a different set of semantic tropes? In the second segment, Preaching to the...

Duration:00:52:11

53: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

12/4/2018
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On this week’s episode of Technicolor Jesus, Matt and Adam talk death, the wild west, advent, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. In our first segment, Justification by Faith, Matt and Adam discuss what Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has to do with life, ministry, theology and the world. Released on Netflix, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs tells six separate stories of the wild west connected thematically by questions of life, death, and human agency. In the second...

Duration:00:50:14

#52: Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the Bomb

11/19/2018
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On this week’s Technicolor Jesus, Matt and Adam talk about deterrence, peace, kingship and Stanley Kubrik’s 1964 masterpiece, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. In the first segment, Matt and Adam talk about what Dr. Strangelove’s themes of violence, sex, and politics has to say about our theology, our ministry and our work within the world. In the second segment, Preaching to the Choir, Matt and Adam discuss what Dr. Strangelove has to do with the...

Duration:00:49:15

#51: Election

11/7/2018
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On the eve of the US midterm election, Adam and Matt talk with Duke Divinity School professor, Jerusha Matsen Neal about honesty, authenticity, destiny, and Alexander Payne's 1999 film, Election. In the first segment, Justification by Faith, the group discusses what Election has to do with life, ministry and the world. The conversation revolves around ideas of election, the trauma at the heart of the movie, and how our deepest desires manifest in terrible ways. In the second segment,...

Duration:00:45:19

#50: Creed

10/23/2018
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Fifty! On this special fiftieth episode of Technicolor Jesus, Matt and Adam welcome back UPenn University chaplain Chaz Howard to talk about Ryan Coogler’s 2015 film, Creed. In the first segment, Justification by Faith, the discussion revolves around Philadelphia, race, and what it means to fight for something you believe in. In the second segment, Preaching to the Choir, Matt, Adam and Chaz discuss the intersection of Creed and the lectionary passages for this coming Sunday, October 28....

Duration:00:49:48

#49: Mary Poppins

10/9/2018
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On this episode Matt and Adam welcome back Pastor and writer Becca Messman to discuss the classic movie, Mary Poppins. In the first segment of the show, the group considers the value of play and laughter and the angelic person of Mary Poppins. In the second segment of the show, the group discusses the lectionary passages for October 14th, the 21st Sunday after Pentecost. With the theme of lament and woe evident in this week’s lectionary the discussion turns to Mary Poppin’s model of prophet...

Duration:00:42:46

#48: Midnight Special (LIVE at Mo Ranch)

9/25/2018
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On this week’s episode of Technicolor Jesus, Matt and Adam are LIVE at Mo Ranch in the hill country of central Texas. After leading a retreat on the theological power of movies, Matt and Adam are joined by retreat guests to talk about Jeff Nichols’ 2016 sci-fi superhero movie, Midnight Special. In the first segment, Adam and Matt talk about how Midnight Special defies typical movie conventions to say something larger about family, sacrifice, and transcendence. The audience is then invited to...

Duration:00:51:46

#47: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

9/11/2018
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Annnnnnnnnnd...We are back! After a summer vacation, Matt and Adam return for another season of Technicolor Jesus. This fall they will talk to old and new friends about movies, theology, ministry and our world. On the first episode of the season, Matt and Adam welcome back Old Testament Professor, Laurel Koepf-Taylor to discuss the new Fred Rogers documentary, Won’t you be My Neighbor? In the first segment of the show, the group considers the model of Fred Rogers for ministry today and how...

Duration:00:51:39

#46: The Social Network

5/21/2018
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On this week’s episode, Matt and Adam talk with Steve Thorngate, associate editor of The Christian Century, about David Fincher’s 2010 movie, The Social Network. In the first segment, “Justification by Faith,” the group talks about facebook, ambition, and the creation myth of the tech geek. In the second segment, “Preaching to the Choir,” the group discusses the intersection of The Social Network and the lectionary texts for May 27th, 2018, Trinity Sunday, focusing on Isaiah’s heavenly...

Duration:01:06:10

#45: Double Indemnity

5/14/2018
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On this week’s episode, Matt and Adam talk with Kathryn Reklis, Fordham University Professor and The Christian Century media critic about Billy Wilder’s 1944 noir classic, Double Indemnity. In our first segment, “Justification by Faith,” the group talks about depravity, confession, and illusions of control. In our second segment, “Preaching to the Choir,” the group discusses the intersection of Double Indemnity and the lectionary texts for May 20th, 2018, Pentecost Sunday. Focusing on...

Duration:00:52:53

#44: Stranger than Fiction

4/30/2018
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On this week’s episode Matt and Adam talk with pastor, writer, and speaker MaryAnn McKibben Dana about stories, improv, and the 2006 comedy, Stranger than Fiction. In our first segment, “Justification by Faith,” the group talks about authors, the impact of our stories, and the sacrifice that counts as love. In our second segment, “Preaching to the Choir,” the group discusses the intersection of Stranger than Fiction and the lectionary texts for May 6th, 2018, Easter 6. The conversation...

Duration:00:50:07