Film Aesthetics, Film Genre Theory, Christianity and Film
Successful teaching can be best measured when students apply higher-level thinking to their vocations, families, and personal lives. We are all students and should learn as much as we can, so that we might be better servants to the praise of Christ our Lord.
When I teach, I always try to tie my curricular materials to both the Word of God and common human experience. Often this means cross-referencing materials until my students find a way to understand them within a larger frame of reference. So, for example, in discussing literary appreciation, I may show a clip of an artistic performance twenty years before that was heralded as important, but which has lost its effectiveness for the present generation. This then leads to a discussion of what has changed and how our perceptions about art are colored by our cultural or generational biases. Students who engage in this discussion may then become more curious to learn some of the objective standards of aesthetic evaluation that have been proposed through the years, and how these usually reflect biblical principles.
I want my students to embrace literature, film, and all art as relevant to their own three-dimensional lives in this fallen world, a world which can only be saved as it has been, through the grace of our Lord Jesus and His atonement.
I was born and raised in Chicago where I attended school and worked until my marriage in 1988. My wife, Monica, and I then moved to Wisconsin and settled in Milwaukee, where I served for many years at Wisconsin Lutheran College and where we together worked to develop a voucher school in the central city. Along the way, I founded and managed a youth evangelism program called Wandani that served boys surrounded by Milwaukee's gang culture.
My interests include film and literature, house renovation, and hockey. We have five children, three who are currently Regent students, an older daughter who teaches middle-school music in Boston, and a younger son in high school. We live in an old house in Portsmouth in the shadow of the naval hospital to the east, and the original CBN radio tower to the west.