Don’t fail as Christian parents by bringing your children to see Disney’s latest remake of “Beauty and the Beast.” (More …)
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If you saw “Is Genesis History?” last week, then chances are, you walked away from the theater as thrilled as we were to see biblical truth taught regarding Creation and a young Earth in such a spectacular way. Thanks to people like you, the movie was the #1 film in the U.S. on Thursday. The movie was such a success that two encore showings of the film have been granted: this Thursday and next Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Check http://isgenesishistory.com/theaters to see if a theater near you will be showing the film again. Read >>
My family and some friends went to see the new “Jungle Book” movie and we weren’t disappointed. I’ll go ahead and tell you that I give it 9 out of 10 stars. I’ll quickly explain why it gets 9 stars and not 10 at the end of my character reviews. Keep in mind that I won’t mention every movie character, but, best as my memory serves me, the only characters that you won’t see returning to the big-screen are the three vultures from the end of the original. I would have liked to have seen them, even if it were only for the value of their song.
Having said what I have already said, the movie gives credit to Rudyard Kipling’s book (one of many that I have never read) but I’m sure the average viewer (myself included) won’t be able to keep from comparing it in their mind to the classic animated movie from years gone by. Before I get into some comparisons and contrasts, consider this paragraph as your spoiler warning (I’ll try not to reveal any major moments – at least not all of them). (More …)
When the topic of treating people like cattle comes up in the tense conversation between Alexander (the “time traveler”) and the “mentally higher evolved being” in the movie version of H.G. Wells’ story “The Time Traveler”, the “uber brained” individual responds with:
Who are you to question 800,000 years of evolution?
Indeed! If evolution is the “creator” of us all, who are any of us to question what evolution drives us to do, even when people/organizations such as “Planned Parenthood” treat slaughtered human beings like candidates for the meat market?
Must-read: Rick Kelley’s article on his blog, “50 shades of rationalization.” Don’t miss a single word of it.
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It’s the award giving time of the year for Hollywood and all of its media branches. It’s a time when the “people choose” and all the little gold-plated men go to the brightest stars of the multibillion dollar industry. After all, who doesn’t like a good pat on the back? But at the end of the day, the awards given out show more than just who’s “number one” – they show the true heart of Hollywood.
Look at the movies that win. You don’t have to watch the shows to find out. The news channels fall over themselves trying to tell you about it. The movies that win the vast, vast majority of the time are ethically, morally and socially rotten. They continually glorify and celebrate murder, prostitution, hate, violence, profanity, fornication, organized crime, greed, theft, lying and adultery. Whichever movie pushes the envelope the best usually ends up finding its name inside the envelope to get the award.
“But the actors and actresses deserve an award because they make it look so real”, some say. Well I say if you want to see real then get out on the streets where real people suffer because of the things that Hollywood celebrate! But that wouldn’t be any fun would it? The claim of, “movies help to escape reality”, while reality is made up of the actions and behaviors that the movies celebrate just don’t make sense to me.
Never forget, what goes in the heart comes out of the heart. This is true on a personal, community, cultural and national level. And if one considers the poor and disgusting behavior of people on the big or little screen award worthy, then that award helps to reveal what the heart really values. So who’s the winner of our heart going to be? It’ll be whoever we lay out the red carpet for.
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” (Matthew 15:18-19 – NKJV)”
Remember that saying about pinching yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming? Well, last Saturday night I woke myself up because I’d pinched my arm in my sleep. I have a good bruise from it. First time ever I’ve done that.
I don’t remember dreaming about anything that might have led me to pinch myself. But maybe I was dreaming about the days when our children were small. (Ever pinched your child as discipline? Not my norm, but I think I may have done it once or twice.) Or maybe I was dreaming about pinching The Missus, but I probably wouldn’t have done it on her arm.
So Sunday morning, as I had the communion meditation, I talked about it being God’s way of letting us pinch ourselves to make sure we’re not dreaming. I told about pinching myself. Though I left out the part about any dream of pinching The Missus. I didn’t want to distract people.
I introduced Eph 1.3-11 as a single grammatical sentence, a piling-on of blessings from being in Christ. I actually read verse 3 only, since our time was running out, but characterized the passage as Paul pinching himself, in a way, almost not believing all we have in the Lord. All as illustration, of course.
So when you pinch off a piece of that bread, said I, pinch yourself, spiritually, not physically, and tell yourself that you’re not dreaming. Christ is real, and the hope, faith, love, power, and purpose that we have in him are real as well.
• A brother asked about “spiritual understand” and “wisdom” in Col 1.9. Here are my edited comments, which might be useful to someone else, somewhere.BGAD gives this definition for sunesis (understanding) in Col 1.9: “understanding such as God grants to God’s own.” Sophia (wisdom) seems to have a more practical turn than Robertson/Abbott allow; not only about general principles but how to make right decisions depending on the situation. Though one might argue in this context, at the beginning of Colossians, for a more theological meaning over a moral and practical one.
IOVC says of the two: “The knowledge for which the author pleads (vs. 9) is that insight into truth granted by the powerful working of God (vs. 11) to those who are open to spiritual wisdom. This wisdom expresses itself concretely in the life of the believer who increases in knowledge as his life bears fruit ‘in active goodness of every kind’ (vs. 10 NEB; cf. 3:10).”
These terms were possibly used by false teachers, but Paul rescues them from their twisting hands to put them into the lives of the Colossians. What a saint knows he lives, in communion with God. Such knowledge adds tread to his walking shoes.
• Which reminds me: I hear all the time, and I heard it last Sunday again, the words “difficult” and “complicated” applied to the Christian life. I’ve ranted and raved about this, to no avail, yet, apparently. “Complicated” is a code word for “impossible.” The excuse for inaction is that it’s “difficult.” But come now: If we have all spiritual blessings in Christ, and if in Christ all the fulness of God has been deposited for our access, and if the kingdom of God is home for his little ones who have no theological degrees nor knowledge of Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic, how can we say the way of Christ is difficult and complicated? (More …)
City anniversary and holiday yesterday, 245 years of official establishment of SJCampos. Though the history of the town goes back to the 1500s. Some government services were closed, maybe even some businesses, but we kept on working.
• The Missus and I watched The Movie that Refused to End last night. Ever see one of those? Ours was three hours long. And a long three hours.
• Woody Allen, not my favorite personage, said 80% of life is just showing up. That’s true spiritually as well, in the church, in the world, for the people of God. And when you do show up, watch God work.
• Phillip Eichman has a free, extensive work at this link on “The Church in the New Testament” (html format). Though he misses, as most do, the literal meaning of the word church (reaching back to etymology), it appears to be a good, solid work that will serve as a good reference. We have three of Phillip’s book on FPress.
• Ironic now that the Internet has freed up physical limitations of space, people use abbreviations more than ever. What has gotten cramped is our time. And we know what haste makes …
Here’s a question for you: Have you ever thought about what life would be like if sneezing was considered rude, but burping caused someone to say, “bless you”? Talk about a whole new spin on allergy season!
Have you seen the amazing news story about the man in New York who caught the 7-year-old girl who fell from her 3rd story apartment? Click here if not. Steven St. Bernard, a 52-year-old bus driver and father of four said he wasn’t a hero, that’s a sandwich. Another comment about Mr. St. Bernard that caught my attention was given by his young daughter. She said that her dad was able to catch the girl because he was used to carrying her around in his arms. I don’t know everything about the man, but the video and his daughter’s comment made me smile! 🙂
I cringe when I hear about Hollywood having anything to do with a “Bible based and themed” movie; and when I read about the latest project in the works from the same director of films such as “Black Swan” and “The Wrestler” my initial reaction was the same, and it probably will stay that way. The director has his sights set on Noah and the Great Flood. With a planned release date of 2014, it should give us plenty of time to have real Bible based lessons ready to give to those who may be interested in the real biblical account of Noah and the Flood after all the junk thinking that this movie will convince people of. With the leading role actor being Russell Crowe, I have no doubt that there will be plenty of confusion to help clear up. If you want to read a synopsis of the movie from Movie Guide, here you go!
Scripture quote of the day – “But the Lord shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment. He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.” (Psalm 9:7-9, NKJV)
I searched quite a while and finally found a website that I think does a really good job of reviewing movies from a fair Bible based moral viewpoint. You can even sign up for emails that come out each week with a description of the new weekend release’s language, violence, sex and nudity content. It also has a “search box” to look up individual movie reviews from the past. Along with the rating, there is also a basic review that describes the movie’s theme from beginning to end, along with particular reasons that the movie received the rating that it did. Fewer things irk me than children’s movies with adult innuendos. This isn’t an “endorsement,” but I will say that I have yet to find anything that comes close to being better for the purpose…and it’s free!
The website is called MovieGuide.org. So, if you still like to try to squeeze in a movie once in a blue moon (it’s been about a year for me), but you want to avoid the junk as best as possible, you will find this site to be extremely useful!
Let’s start with personal item (aren’t they all?): The second grandchild, says today’s ultrasound, is a boy. Due to drop in around June 21. Big sister Eden, age 1+, didn’t seem so keen on it. She confided to me that she’d been hoping for a baby sister to play with. But mom and pop, and Auntie L., vovô and vovó are happy. Please say a prayer, since there are a couple of health concerns, blood pressure, things like that.
• Today’s Bible (NT) reading is James 1. Have you seen the chiastic structure for the letter I posted some time back? Considering most commentators despair of finding any sensible outline to the letter, this represents real possibilities.
• Rick Kelley’s mom’s kidney transplant is on-again, off-again. Keep praying for his mom and his sister who’s donating the kidney.
• I watched “National Treasure” again with The Missus and The Maiden the other night. It’s very dated. The main character was searching the Internet on Yahoo rather than Google.
• We chomped down on more of The Missus’s homemade sausage tonight. Good stuff. Brazil doesn’t have the breakfast sausage like you get in the US. Just as well, but we certainly enjoyed her special treat.
• Lessee, let’s scare up a little ditty to finish up with.
Malicious hands abuse, molest,
A hug can end in your arrest;
The world sees either too little, too much,
But Jesus has the healing touch.
• Oh, have you checked The Christian Hub lately? Great stuff going through there, all the time.
Yesterday The Missus fixed Eggplant Pizza, and everybody liked it. Thanks to our friend Kimber for the recipe. I recommend it!
• If you like Freud on the light side, watch the cartoon movie, “Despicable Me.” Cute. OK, so not much Freud. They made the villain Vector look like Bill Gates. Has to be.
• I preached this morning on “God Is Love,” from 1 John 4:7-11, led singing this afternoon. Friends and coworkers here for lunch. Busy day, good day.
• Yesterday afternoon, I taught the second part of “Theology of Biblical Pattern.” Still material left over for part three, next month. Among other items, we worked through 1 Corinthians, where Paul mentions several times what he taught in all the churches, and Romans 6, pattern of doctrine. Powerful stuff!
• Last night it got cold, as in lower 50s, maybe 40s, dunno. I had to get up in the middle of the night and put on another blanket. Supposed to be cold again tonight. Pile on the cover!
I agree with Stephen that Lord of the Rings is by far my favorite movie. Great theme, no bad language or sexual innuendo, etc. Stephen, you should take the time to read the books, for they are definitely better than the movies (and that’s saying a lot).
The Hobbit is a nice little book, too, though on a completely different level…it is supposed to be currently in production as a movie (2 actually…one covering The Hobbit and another that would basically serve as a prequel to LOTR), with several of the same actors and production crew. It keeps running into snags in production (some legal, some labor, etc.), so we’ll see if all of us LOTR fans ever get to see that.