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The Big Red Tractor

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010 in blog links | 3 comments

Over at Simple Church Journal, there’s a great video post called “The Big Red Tractor: a Modern Day Parable.” Apparently the video was originally produced by Francis Chan (author of Crazy Love) who appears at the end of the video. Watch it, and let me know what you think.

Plus, do you think videos and/or parables such as this are effective ways to communicate?


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  1. 2-15-2010


    A great video and an equally great parable! Even if someone doesn’t “get it” at first, they will after the narration at the end.

    I think video is an excellent communication medium. That being said, I have some reservations about how we use it. I believe we are creating a generation of non-readers. If we watch how young people are communicating, it has to be 160 characters or less or a 5 minute video. Video is a double edge sword…

  2. 2-15-2010


    I personally love parables, so I liked the video. I think parables and metaphors are a great way to communicate to people by giving them a comparison or exagerrated view on a subject helping some to understand something that they otherwise may miss or overlook. For example, Tim the Tool Man Taylor usually needed a metaphor from Wilson to figure something out. 🙂 Also, most children’s books I read as a kid had an underlying “moral of the story” they were communicating to you.

    I’ve used metaphors to communicate my feelings to people about certain things. For example, my mother in law watches our kids from time to time and there is a park across the street from her house. She used to let my kids go over there unattended. She didn’t understand why I got so upset about that. I mean, it’s rural Montana, what is the problem. So I asked her if she would leave a suitcase with a million dollars on the park bench across the street, checking on it every so often. Obviously she said no and I told her my kids are worth more to me than any amount of money. She was then able to better understand my feelings.

    Anyway, that’s my two cents. Thanks for what you do on here and in the Body of Christ, Alan!


  3. 2-15-2010

    I think that parables are often an excellent medium to communicate by. I would say it is safe to endorse a medium that our Lord utilized to teach deeper things to His disciples with as well. It just makes sense, especially if there is an understanding gap that needs to be bridged. Chan does that with this video…

    I’m going to share this one with my readers, thanks Alan.