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The Gospel According to The Wiz
And Other Sermons from Cinema

Otis Moss III

 

The Gospel According to the Wiz:  And Other Sermons from Cinema

"Through a biblical lens, The Godfather is a retelling of the Shakespearean story of Macbeth . . . and The Matrix is a modern retelling of the Christ narrative."
—Otis Moss III

Every Sunday, more than 5,000 people come to hear Otis Moss III preach at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. According to Common, hip hop artist, actor, and member of Trinity, “A message from Otis Moss III always teaches about love, justice, and commitment to the community. It’s good to have a pastor who’s real and relevant.”

Moss describes himself as, “a jazz-influenced pastor with a hip-hop vibe committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ rooted in love and justice.” And he admits he can talk endlessly about theology, popular culture, and movies. Especially movies.

That's why he's based some of his best sermons, collected in this book, on these powerful films:
The Wiz / 12 Years a Slave / The Butler / The Book of Eli / The Color Purple / Avatar / Flight / For Colored Girls

Watch a clip of Moss preaching on The Wiz here.

Read this book if you love movies and want to find even deeper meaning in them. Discussion questions are included, making it ideal for individuals or groups, movie nights and book clubs.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR of The Gospel According to the Wiz: And Other Sermons from Cinema

Otis Moss III is the pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, one of the largest congregations in the United Church of Christ. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary and Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. Moss has been featured in EBONY and Sojourners magazines and is a blogger for Huffington Post. With his father, Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., he wrote Preach! The Power and Purpose behind Our Praise 


Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: The Pilgrim Press
ISBN: 978-0-8298-1991-5
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches


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