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
Will Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ Disappoint Christians? It Depends
The Christianity that is central to Louis Zamperini’s life is almost entirely absent from the film.
“Unbroken” features the real-life story of Zamperini, whose plane crashed in the Pacific during World War II. After spending 47 days adrift at sea, he spent two years as a Japanese prisoner of war. After the war, he wrestled with addiction and his marriage nearly ended in divorce. All that changed in 1949, when he attended a Los... Continue Reading
The AMC Morality Play
These series, like Scripture, confront the viewer with an unblinking lens into human corruption
“The church has the advantage of story. God gives us his truth largely in the midst of story –stories filled with anti-heroes and moral ugliness wherein even those who wear the white hats have very fatal flaws. This is the story of grace. If there is a quest for redemption that is shown in the... Continue Reading
Star Wars Producer To Make Eric Liddell Sequel
The Oscar-winning film that tells the story of devout Edinburgh sprinter Eric Liddell, is to finally get a sequel.
Gary Kurtz confirmed the sequel would focus on Liddell’s life and agonising death on Chinese soil. The Hollywood veteran – who produced the 1977 classic Star Wars and sequel The Empire Strikes Back said : “We are going to be shooting in various places in China. The 1981 low-budget blockbuster finished with the Christian... Continue Reading
A Free-Market Economist’s Take on Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts”
A review of “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”
Thank goodness I made myself watch the actual documentary. Ken Burns and his writer, Geoffrey C. Ward, steered clear of presenting a mythological hagiography, and instead gave us vivid, insightful, fair-minded biographies of three immensely important, but oh-so-human Americans. By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about Ken Burns’ 14-hour documentary on the three most famous... Continue Reading
Why “Left Behind” Should Be Left Behind
To the surprise of many, rapture-based theology has only been around for the past couple hundred years and predominantly in America.
Unfortunately, however, while “Left Behind” may prove itself to be a mediocre box office success, it represents a severe misinterpretation of what the Bible actually says about the topic. To put it bluntly, and perhaps to the chagrin of some readers, the idea of a “rapture” is simply not biblically based (and that’s where I’ve... Continue Reading
Dear PBS, I don’t think there’s a compassionate way to murder infants
PBS has decided to air a 90 minute pro-late term abortion propaganda piece
Look behind those abortion clinics, PBS. Whose bodies are in the hazardous waste containers? Whose corpses are incinerated by the thousands? Whose heart is injected with poison? Whose spinal cord is snipped? The abortionists? Or the babies? You answer that question, and then tell me who needs the humanizing around here. Dear PBS, This... Continue Reading
My Thoughts on “Boyhood”
I went in expecting to do cultural analysis. But instead I just prayed and groaned, and realized how dependent I am on my Father to be a father.
More than that, I wept as I saw short-sighted, impatient adults who just couldn’t have mercy on this hurting, awkward kid. I wept as I considered all the time when, in the whirl and bustle of our lives, I am diligent to maintain discipline and order (as is absent in this family often), but I... Continue Reading