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Actual Reality is...
♦ a music driven interactive search for the truth
♦ teaching the BASICS OF CHRISTIAN BELIEFS and VALUES
♦ through a creative interactive software interface
♦ infused with Christian rock 'n roll
This excellent interactive software CD is for pre-teens, teenagers, college students. Sunday School, youth group, Youth Worship, and Confirmation use. It was originally designed to be passed around to young people who wanted to know more about Jesus and the basics of Christianity. Designed by a youth pastor, given a very cool and highly interactive interface, and infused with Christian rock of many styles, Actual Reality functions like an exploration and discussion starter.
Steve Curtis Chapman | Newsboys | Point of Grace |and quite a few more
Actual Reality boasts over 8 hours of video and 200 interactive screens.
Actual Reality guides teens in an exploration of the basic beliefs of Christianity. Users search an interactive inner-city landscape encountering Christian rockers talking about their faith, how God changed their lives, and what the Bible has to say to teens today. OR….they might encounter special animated dudes or celebrity clips. The message is straightforward and hip. Who is Jesus… What does it mean to follow him. What is sin, grace, prayer, etc….and it is done through very cool interactive graphics.
- View the “Jesus line-up” and read “Jesus rap sheets” in the Police Station: Jesus the rebel, the prophet, the preacher, etc. Click on the wall clock and the tiny little preacher dude comes out thundering. (He’s cool).
- Jump in the ’57 Chevy and tune into audio clips on the radio and videos in the rear view mirror.
- Open the newspaper box and click on the headlines to hear what Christ says about issues kids face today: RACIAL PREJUDICE (a particularly good section in the CD), SEX, SELF-ESTEEM. (The NBA and ESPN star Clark Kellogg has a clip. A former American Gladiator does a little rock climbing talking about “having something you can stand on.” …This is very well done folks).
- Browse a futuristic landscape and encounter a Christian rapper talking about his lyrics, how he deals with stress in his life, and how God is part of his life. Sincere and insightful.
- Check out video clips featuring what teens are thinking, believing and doubting about these days.
In addition to great interactive/animated content, Actual Reality is full of interviews with young Christian rock ‘n roll bands and individual artists.
They also have a separate music video section on the CD.
Hear and see …
•The Supertones talk about self-esteem.
•The Newsboys talk about sharing your faith.
•Church of Rhythm (these guys can sing) talk about prejudice.
•Rebecca St. James talks about God’s love.
•T-bone talk about what it means to praise God.
Third Day, Audio Adrenaline, World Wide Message Tribe.
•And a little animated preacher dude who pops up on occasion with his own brand of wild raise the dead sermonettes.
•and many more…
This CD ROCKS!
One of Actual Reality’s many triumphs is its ability to pull together a wide range of Christian hip-hopsters, rappers, Christian pop divas, guys with earrings, and radical hair dudes. You’ll hear a very 1998 soundtrack throughout the CD, meet the bands, and be able to tune in to 25 MTv quality music video clips. The music of Actual Reality may in fact be the biggest surprise to teenagers, Christian music that isn’t all organs and choir robes. From Point of Grace (pictured left) to The Newsboys and beyond. The diverse musical styles of this CD give it a longevity that isn’t soon out of date.
Actual Reality’s theology is what I would call mainstream, Jesus-centered, and traditional with a non-threatening, un-preachy evangelical flavor. The hip-ness of the program design, content and recording artists give this CD’s content a great edgy-ness. It does have a little of what some would call an evangelical vocabulary. But no fire or brimstone here. This modern and moderate Presbyterian minister and former youth pastor found the theological expression vital and refreshing. Anyone could probably find at least one theological nit to pick (I did), but it would pale in comparison with Actual Reality’s huge amount of content, heart-felt expression and technical achievement.
How could you use Actual Reality? This CD belongs in the hands of teens and pre-teens, whether they are in your Sunday School, youth fellowship, Confirmation class, or not in your church at all. This is a CD to share with the kid next door who doesn’t go to church. This is a CD to wrap as a gift for your niece, nephew, or grandkids. This is a CD for the pastor to slip into the hands of that lost teenager. Just remember who you lent it to or get extra copies, you won’t be getting it back soon. I’ve used this CD on several teaching occasions with teens, older AND even selectively with younger elementary.
View and print lesson plans for Actual Reality
(created by a Scottish teacher)