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Star Wars Themes: Sharing Our Faith

On a recent Sunday, I had the opportunity to lead a presentation for adults and youth on “The Spiritual Dimensions of Star Wars.”Much of the content has been published here in blog format. After the session, one of the adults texted me with this comment: “I always enjoy any chance to tie pop culture to Christian faith and beliefs, and I know it helps me find new ways to witness in conversations not directly faith-related.”
This was a great insight.  Those of us who call ourselves “moderate Baptists” often struggle with the term “evangelism,” but my friend had discovered one of the most effective ways we can engage with the culture in order to communicate our faith.
There are three levels to the Star Wars films or what we now call the Skywalker Saga.
First, there is the Commercial/Entertainment/Pop Culture level.  The studios continue to make these movies because they make money, but George Lucas made the first film because he wanted to tap into the adventure and excitement of the old mov…
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