Thursday, May 29, 2014

“Breaking Bad” Theology? The Message Church Launches Message Lecture Series

“Breaking Bad” Theology?
 “Breaking Bad” Theology?
 The Message Church Launches Message Lecture Series
 based on hit AMC TV show
to help people not to become “Walter Whites” in real life
5-week series held at Century movie theaters in San Mateo
 seeks to help people examine choices in life

Vince Gilligan almost didn't create the series Breaking Bad because it was such an "odd, dark story." Why it became a hit show is still an anomaly to Vince, but not to millions of viewers who clearly identify with Walter White, the show's main character whose moral values decline steadily and dramatically over the course of 5 seasons.  

That's why The Message Church is using Walter and his meth lab for their new series starting this Sunday, June 1. The church meets at the Century 12 movie theaters in downtown San Mateo. Each Sunday gathering will consist of live music, video clips, and engaging talks designed to help attenders examine life choices, and their consequences, in an entertaining atmosphere.

"This story is fascinating because we think we're above that moral downfall, when in reality everyone is capable of breaking bad at any point in their lives," says Gabe Rodriguez, a Bay Area marketing professional who will be a speaker in the series. "Cooking and selling meth from an RV seems extreme, but three wrong turns will place anyone 180 degrees from normal and acceptable behavior."

In addition to Mr. Rodriguez the other presenters will be Dan Youmans, a Bay Area graphic designer, and Beto Carvalho, who serves as the church’s pastor – all three are avid Breaking Bad fans. “We’ll look at Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Skyler, Tuco, every character, as a fun way to learn about choice and consequences, but the core concepts will still come from the Bible”, says Mr. Youmans.

This unusual church, which meets in a San Mateo movie theater, is known for using controversial techniques to teach the Bible. A past series called "F#*-get You" was aimed at turning aggression into forgiveness. The recently completed "Happy" series – based on Pharrell Williams' song – brought in a guest therapists from a local counseling center to discuss depression and stress.

Mr. Carvalho thinks the Bad series will be one of the best, but insists, “The goal is still the same, to aid people in positive life change – and if art with depth, like Breaking Bad, can help us understand timeless truth, all the better”. If anything, it will be interesting to see how the Walter White character fits into the biblical lessons. Odd and dark scriptures are sure to emerge and it's anybody's guess how sideways this series will go.   

All are welcome, but please leave your meth labs at home.

Sundays, 10:00 AM

Century 12 Theaters

320 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

‘Crazy Handful of Nothin’
Bad choices and worse consequences

Going ‘Down’
One choice is all it takes

Caballo ‘Con’ Nombre
Killer sins

The Crazy ‘Hermanos’ Are Coming For You
The day of reckoning is inevitable

The Grand Finale

Valerie Kerr
The Message Church
(650) 242-5919

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