Saturday, April 02, 2011

    Video: On Robots and Youth Ministry


    As a robot fan, the creations in this video are just simply amazing and even beautiful.

    As one who serves youth in the Church, I was struck immediately with how this video offers an analogy of God as creator, Christ as the one who propels us on "the way," and the Spirit as that which continues to push us to grow and change.  Can you spot all these in the short clip above? It might make an interesting visual illistration for your teens.

    I'm not a trinitarian in any literal sense, but I do like the way the concept of Trinity suggests that God, at God's core, is relational. Considers the "relationships" in the video above that allow these "creatures" to do what they do.  Your thoughts?

    3 comments:

    Christopher Wesley said...

    Brian,

    Great video, thanks for sharing, it definitely is a great illustration especially when it gets to the "wings" he created so that the machine could move with the wind. In ministry we need to help students see how Christ prepares us to receive the Holy Spirit so that He can move us through life. Thanks again for sharing.

    Nick Nelson said...

    really cool vid (and props to the guy creating these!)
    I def picked up on what you saw here. The other thing that jumped out at me was the fact that they were moving on their own after some time. These "creations" didn't always need someone they could "physically see or feel" to push/move/encourage them. What they "couldn't see" was enough.
    This is a challenge to students(really people in general). In the over-sensory-loaded world we live in today, this is a great illustration to use! I often tell our students "if the Bible tells you to, that means you were made with the ability to do so!"

    Nick Nelson said...

    (not sure if this posted twice)
    What a great vid! I saw what jumped out at you as well. The other thing that really hit me was the fact that these "creations" didn't need someone they could "see or feel" to move them after time. The things they couldn't see were enough!
    In the over-sensory-loaded world we live in today, this is a struggle for students(really everyone). The disciples struggled with this...but they overcame it and moved forward!
    I often tell our students "if the Bible tells you to, that means you were created with the ability to do just that!"
    So I just read Christopher's response...I agree!