The Social Network came out on DVD last month, and it stands to receive some accolades on Feb. 27th at the Academy Awards; it’s been nominated for Best Picture and in seven other categories. It has already won all kinds of film awards, including 4 Golden Globes, as you can see at the movie’s official site. (That site, by the way, is pretty incredible all on its own.)
So there’s no better time to let this stoke the fires of your own ministry work. If you haven’t seen The Social Network, I highly encourage it. And I hope you’ll let it invigorate… even exhilarate you in this incredible work to which we’ve been called. (If the early scenes moving across the Harvard campus don’t fire up your missionary heart, something may be wrong.)
(Note: As always, movies mean we need discernment. This film is certainly PG-13 for a reason.)
I’ve written about Social Network several times, and I hope my thoughts are helpful for pondering how the film connects with College Ministry and ministry to Millennials in general. And as I’ve linked several times, the Christianity Today review offers an incredible summary of why this movie matters.
- The Social Network shows us college ministry is awesome. Read three reasons why here.
- The Social Network connects to all sorts of Millennial themes. We serve Millennials, so noticing these things is exercise for good campus ministry. Thoughts on this start here; the second part is here.
- Thoughts on looking for Millennial themes in the movies can be found here – with links to several other “millennial reviews” of movies, too.
- I saw The Social Network in theaters twice; my immediate reflections from the first time can be found here.