I Hate My Sin!
Thomas Watson, in The Godly Man’s Picture, said that a godly person is an “evangelical weeper.” What does this mean?
A true Christian not only recognizes his own sin and openly confesses it to God, but also mourns over his sin because it is offensive to God and his law. While we shouldn’t judge a person’s repentance by the amount of tears he sheds, we can safely say that a true Christian will feel godly... Continue Reading
Dickens’ Christmas Mystery
After you have put up your decorations and prepared your mulled cider read Dickens’ “A Christmas Tree”
“A Christmas Tree” was published in 1850 at a time when the Christmas tree tradition was strong in Germany, but not yet the fad that it has become in the 21st century. Dickens was showing some English readers a first look at this Christmas tradition. For fun Christmas reading this season, I highly recommend... Continue Reading
The Only Movie Villains Left: Republicans, Christians & God
With the Sony hack, no more North Korean villains in movies
Dang. With the Sony hack, no more North Korean villains in movies. China is funding our movies now, so no Chinese villains. Castro is now a hero, so no Communist villains of any stripe. Muslims will fatwa, riot or bomb, so no Islamic villains. Liberals still rule Hollywood, so still no Left Wing villains. Looks like... Continue Reading
UNBROKEN Film Gets My Dad’s Faith Right
I was 4 when the movie rights to my father’s life story were acquired by Hollywood –and finally, on Christmas Day, UNBROKEN will reach the big screen
That was his greatest hope for the film version of UNBROKEN: not that it would be applauded by fellow Christians, although he certainly would have been honored and humbled by their appreciation; but that it would be seen by non-Christians drawn to a rousing epic about the indomitable human spirit who, when the credits have... Continue Reading
Top Ten Books of 2014
This doesn’t mean I agree with every point in all these books, but it does mean I found them helpful and insightful.
When I say “best” I have several questions in mind: Was this book well written and enjoyable to read? Did I find it personally challenging, illuminating, edifying, or entertaining? Is it a book I am likely to reread or consult often? Do I see myself frequently recommending this book to others? This list is... Continue Reading
Moroni From the Realms of Glory
Mormons share just enough of our beliefs that they can masquerade as Christians if we do not look deeper than the surface.
This video serves as a helpful reminder that Mormons and many others use new media very well. These Mormon evangelistic efforts are always very clever and very compelling. They always give away enough information to make it seem like Mormons are just another friendly group of Christians, and they withhold the information that distinguishes them... Continue Reading
If It Were Islam, Ridley Scott Would Need A Bunker
If you’re looking for something utterly offensive and insulting to Jews and Christians, you should go see Exodus
Exodus is about as unsympathetic an exploration of one of the world’s longest-enduring religions as I can imagine. How does Scott get away with this? If he were to do a similar epic on the origins of Islam, he and everyone else involved would be living in a bunker in an undisclosed location. Evangelical Christians not... Continue Reading
Exodus: Gods and Kings — A Pastor’s Review
In every way that atheist director Ridley Scott could manipulate the story, he did
“What we have are a bunch of characters that share names with the Exodus narrative but only barely match any of the events and don’t share any of the dialogue whatsoever. It’s almost so far from Exodus, they could have changed the characters, called the film something else entirely, and someone would have watched it... Continue Reading
From Stumbling Block to Selling Feature
VeggieTales makes a comeback on Netflix with permission to use the ‘God’ word
Now owned by DreamWorks, the faith-inspired anthropomorphic vegetables have gone through multiple incarnations since their debut in direct-to-consumer videos in 1993, including leaps to the big screen and broadcast television. Nov. 26 marks yet another milestone as the characters premiered in a 22-minute, Looney Tunes–style cartoon series on Netflix titled VeggieTales in the House. ... Continue Reading
Not Your Ordinary Book Club
One of my goals for last year was to get more women both reading and talking about good books
“Although I love to read, I’ve always found the ordinary book clubs unattractive, mainly because I didn’t want to read their books (I know this sounds horribly postmodern, but bear with me). It’s not that their books were bad (albeit a bit predictable), but as a busy mom of three I wanted my precious reading... Continue Reading