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Star Wars Film Shows We Need Good Stories

According to an article in The New York Times, "The Walt Disney Company's Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned roughly $517 million in worldwide ticket sales [in the first weekend], smashing multiple box office records. … It was the largest opening weekend in North America."

Why the huge success? Jeanine Basinger, a film studies professor at Wesleyan University, has one good theory. Basinger said, "The studios finally seem to be remembering, after years of over-reliance on visual effects, that moviegoers like a story. It can be a story we are familiar with. It can be a serialized story. But give us, please, we're begging you, a story of some kind."

Possible Preaching Angles: (1) Gospel; Bible; Preaching; Witnessing—Professor Basinger has a good point, and as Christians we have the best story in the universe to share with others. (2) Jesus Christ—Or you could apply this quote to anything related to Jesus' birth, life, death, or resurrection.

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