C.S. Lewis described four kinds of love (based on the four Greek words): affection, friendship, romance, and charity (unconditional love). Since I’m about half as smart as him, I’ll say that, at the root, there are two kinds of love: love that requires something, and love that requires nothing. In this break-out session at the upcoming Mockingbird Conference (Friday, April 20th at 2:30pm), we’ll look at these two loves through the celluloid eyes of Hollywood.

In their effort to get us to put cash on the barrelhead at theaters across the country, the movies often tempt us with stories of love. Much like the love (or “love”) that we see at the multiplex, the love we encounter in the world can be confusing. We don’t always know what’s meant when someone says, “I love you.” Is that period for real? Does it actually end the sentence, or does it hide an ellipsis and the phrase, “…as long as you grow up a little bit,” or something similarly cutting?

We’ll look at examples from several films and television shows as they describe love, and attempt to understand (in light of God’s several covenantal agreements with us) how God loves us.  He seems, in Scripture, to both have requirements of us and to offer to love us unconditionally. Which is it? So join us; laugh, cry, fall in love, and figure out if our relationship with God is as much like Dr. Sheldon Cooper‘s relationship with his neighbor, Penny, as it often seems.

So does God love us?  Or does he now require “a gift of commensurate value, representing the same level of friendship” as the gift he’s given us?  We’ve got to know.