Hi, I’m Simon Smith. I help parents and teachers share God’s story with movies.
I’m not a critic. I’m a teacher. I love God, I love movies, and I love when the two interact. When they do, I call them Reel Parables and then use them to share God’s story!
I’ve used movies to share God’s story for years. First with my own kids, then at Church and AWANA, and now in our Boy Scout troop. I’ve even shared God’s story with movies while teaching in Cuba, India, Mexico, the Philippines, and Uganda.
I now want to share God’s story with you and show you how you can share God’s story with your kids.
Much like Jesus often did, I use stories, in my case movies (Reel Parables), to teach the Bible and to share God’s story. While others use specific scenes as teaching or sermon illustrations, I typically use the whole movie – the whole story – to teach God’s story.
I typically post new content a few times a week. Also, I occasionally share content I think you may find interesting. In addition to writing here, I also host the Reel Parables Podcast.
Reel Parables is more than just movie-based Bible studies, think of Reel Parables as a different kind of Christian movie review. You can find out more on my Start Here page.
My purpose for Reel Parables is to share God’s story with movies. Specifically, it is my desire to:
- Educate and Encourage believers through God’s story.
- Engage the world with God’s story.
- Equip the Church to do the same.
I don’t intend to give you moralistic movie reviews or recommendations. I use both Plugged In and Movieguide when I want that type of information. Instead, it is my sincerest prayer that Reel Parables will encourage you in your own personal story with Christ and equip you to share that story with others.
My purpose for starting Reel Parables was to support faith-based missionaries and non-profit ministry organizations. Currently, I give away 50% of all Reel Parables income to support Michael Gleghorn and The Sci-Fi Christian’s water fund at One Day’s Wage.
My wife and I met Michael and his wife, Hannah, in a small group at an old church we both attended. Michael is a research associate with Probe Ministries. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Baylor University and a Th.M. in systematic theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and is working on his Ph.D. in theology from DTS. Before Probe, he taught history and theology at Christway Academy in Duncanville, Texas. Michael and his beautiful wife Hannah have two children.
One Day’s Wages – Water Fund: the Sci-Fi Christian Podcast
The Sci-Fi Christian Podcast (my single favorite faith-based podcast!) is currently sponsoring a Water Fund project with One’s Day Wages. For the rest of 2016, July – December, we will donate 25% of all sales to this water fund project.
Check them both out and please considering supporting this very practical ministry.
As Reel Parables grows we hope to up our percent of support and add many more worthy individuals and organizations! Head on over to our Giving Report to see how much we’ve donated.
I have a BA in Pastoral Theology from Southeastern Bible College (94) and a MBA from the University of Phoenix (05). I have worked for a Fortune 20 company since 1997, spending most of that time as a training developer and/or a corporate trainer. Before that, I worked at a local computer and software training company. As you can see, I love teaching.
During this time in the corporate world I have also been a part-time youth pastor, a part-time singles pastor, and an AWANA Cubbies director.
My wife, Ericka, and I married in 1990 while still poor Bible college students and I wouldn’t go back and change a thing. During this adventure we’ve had five kids, lost one to brain cancer, and still consider each other our best friend. We currently live in a suburb North of Dallas, Texas, where we have home schooled all of our children.
In my free time (What’s that?), I enjoy movies (duh!), concerts, reading, Scouts with my youngest son, binge watching shows with my youngest daughter, and camping with my family. I am a member of Trinity Bible Church in Richardson, Texas, where I occasionally teach in my Sunday School class. I also teach the 7th and 8th grade boys & girls in AWANA at Arapaho Road Baptist Church.
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