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Kevin Bussey (aka k-dawg)
Lead Pastor
Charlotte, NC, USA


Samford University: B.S. Public Administration, 1985
University of Alabama at Birmingham: M.A. Education, 1988

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: MDivBL, 1995


Married to:
Cassandra (6-25-88)

Children:
Jacob
Hope

quote of the week

"Pastor I don't like your plans" Bisagno, "what are your plans." man, "I don't have any." Bisagno, "I like my plans better than yours." .

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building 429: rise


chris tomlin: live from austin music hall


various: music inspired by the chronicles of narnia


fusebox: once again


passion: How Great Is Our God


storyside:b : everything and more


delirious?: the mission bell


hillsong united: look to you



 

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Da Vinci Code--Why the public outrage?...

Actor Alfred Modina who stars in the new film The Da Vinci Code has expressed his disbelief at church leaders who have publicly denounced the film. Read the story here. Modina said:
"Ultimately, the book is a piece of fiction, as is the movie"
I have to agree! I don't see all of the fuss. I watched "National Treasure" and it didn't make me believe that there are billions of dollars of treasure under the streets of NY. Why is it that Christians are always against things? Think about it everytime you tell someone not to do something--human nature makes us want to do it. I've got better things to talk about then debunk a hollywood movie. What do you think?

posted by Kevin Bussey at 5/16/2006 10:09:00 AM

12 Comments:

Blogger rob said...

In many ways, I'm with you on this. My frist thought was "what's the big deal?" And I hate boycotts. I boycott boycotts.

But then again, the name of Jesus is being talked about in the public sector again. I want to be a part of that conversation.

I wrote an artcile for the DiscussDaVinci.com blog called The Skepticism of Brown, McDowell, and Me.

All in all, it's fiction. But trouble is, some Christians over-react while other people begin to believe false ideas of Jesus. I want to be a part of these discussions.

5/16/2006 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Rob,

I don't have a problem with discussing it. I think that is good. But Boycotts, please! You are in Orlando. Remember when the SBC and others boycotted Disney. That didn't do any good.

5/16/2006 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger John Stickley said...

I, too, have wondered, "What's the big deal?"

The problem with that attitude is simple, though... it reflects a disregard for the fact that many people have no notion of who Jesus is, and as such, are apt to believe falsehood (even Hollywood falsehoods). If we're not actively discussing the truth about Christ... if we're not prepared to share the truth and combat misinformation... falsehoods will prevail in the hearts and minds of many.

Now... as for the reaction of Christians (in general), either boycotting the film or putting their hope in this as a big evangelism tool? I see these as overreactions on both ends of the spectrum. A wiser approach, to me, is found in 2 Timothy 4:2...

"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction."

No boycotts... no high hopes for movie-inspired revival... just be prepared to share truth, and be obedient, taking advantage of the opportunities God provides.

5/16/2006 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger rob said...

Kevin, yeah, boycotts do nothing. They are typcially hypocritical. That's why I like the approach of the DiscussDaVinci.com blog becuase it does, just like John commented, give us the opportunity to find people interested in talking about Jesus, and then joining that conversation.

5/16/2006 12:14:00 PM  
Blogger rob said...

BTW, I agree about your National Treasure comment. I posted a while back:

"I watched The Mummy this weekend and kept thinking, "Hey, this is like an Egyptian Da Vinci Code"! Of course while reading Da Vinci Code, I was thinking, "Hey, this is like the French National Treasure!""

;-)

5/16/2006 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger adam said...

here's what i think: i'm going to try to see the film this weekend! i'm almost through the book... just a few... more... pages...

5/16/2006 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie Wootten said...

Heard about a Barna survey today (sorry I don't have the link to it right now). But somewhere around 1 in 5 Americans have read the book and over 2 million admit that it has changed their views of Christianity (not for the good I presume). If this book and movie are actually having this kind of impact and if the people you minister to are being influenced by it then I think the wise pastor should address it.

Where I am I doubt 1 in 5 people even read books much less have any serious knowledge about this one. Therefore it isn't currently high on my list of concerns.

5/16/2006 01:21:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

John,

I agree with what you said

Rob,

Good stuff.
Thanks for the links.

Adam,

I'll wait until it comes on DVD or better yet on the DISH and I can DVR it :)

Jamie,

I'm not saying we shouldn't address it. I think in younger churches it probably needs to be addressed. I haven't had one person in my church even ask about it. I think if I make a big deal about it I will point them to it.

5/16/2006 01:24:00 PM  
Blogger greg said...

I think the book provided a great time to teach the people portions of apologetics that are rarely mentioned in church:

1) How was our Bible formed?
2) Did Jesus think He was divine?
3) How did doctrine develop in the early church?

To miss the opportunity to do some in depth teaching about subjects that usually do not interest the average person is too good to avoid.

I do wonder what the response would have been like if a person tried to rewrite the history of the Koran. Even it it were fiction, don't you think there would have been a bigger backlash than there is now?

5/16/2006 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

Greg,

I guess it comes down to personal interest. I don't like Novels. I haven't had one person even talk to me about it yet. If there is interest, I will. The Passion and Narnia were easier for me to get excited about.

5/16/2006 03:31:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie Wootten said...

Update:

The link about the Barna survey and Da Vinci is on Baptist Press today. If I knew how I would link to it here. Sorry!!!

5/16/2006 04:56:00 PM  
Blogger joe kennedy said...

Kevin, traditionally it seems evangelicals always are better known (prefer?) for what they don't do, than what they do. A long list of rules that say, "we don't do this, we don't do that." Not much freedom there.

Not being a church historian, I can't begin to tell you when it started or why. But it sure seems that way.

(Maybe that guy with the beer avatar on the Ooze is just trying to swing too far the other direction.)

5/16/2006 06:03:00 PM  

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