The Movie “Son Of God” And The Second Commandment
Packer’s right: some risks aren’t worth taking
So should you see the movie? Consider the above council, pray about it, and draw your own conclusions. As for me, Osteen’s glowing endorsement of “Son of God” notwithstanding (or perhaps because of it?), and in spite of my cultural curiosity, I don’t plan on seeing the film. Packer’s right: some risks aren’t worth taking.... Continue Reading
Academy Strips ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ Of Its Oscar Nomination
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has rescinded its Oscar nomination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” for best original song
“I’m devastated,” Broughton told reporters in response to the decision. “I indulged in the simplest grassroots campaign and it went against me when the song started getting attention. I got taken down by competition that had months of promotion and advertising behind them. I simply asked people to find the song and consider it.” ... Continue Reading
What Does the Bible Teach about Sex?
The Final Episode of Bible Secrets Revealed
In the end, the History Channel has produced a documentary with one simple purpose: to create confusion in people’s minds about what the Bible teaches about sex. No doubt, many will watch such a video and conclude that there is no clear sexual guidance in the Bible; and therefore they can choose whichever sexual path... Continue Reading
We Don’t Have to Read the Book or See the Movie to Know Heaven Is Real
Before you ask if I am going to see the movie, ‘Heaven Is for Real’ let me just tell you—no, I'm not
We do not need the testimony of an impressionable 4-year-old boy, a neurosurgeon, spine surgeon, sports writer, or even a pastor to know that heaven is real. We have everything we need in the Bible. Its testimony is enough to generate genuine faith in Christ, as well as a greater longing for unending life in... Continue Reading
Christian Movie Theme Song’s Oscar Nod Befuddles Hollywood Elite
Well-known Christian author, speaker, and quadriplegic Joni Eareckson-Tada performs the song, which combines the characteristics of an old spiritual and a modern hymn.
Mainstream media outlets erupted in confusion and indignation Thursday over a surprise Oscar nomination for Best Song. “Alone Yet Not Alone,” the theme song for an independent Christian film of the same name, edged out a long list of songs by mainstream artists and will face off against the likes of U2 and Pharrell Williams, as well... Continue Reading
Duck Dynasty, A&E, and GLAAD
A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family
So, a big loss for GLAAD, and the larger debate about freedom of speech concerning homosexuality goes on. Fox Sports executives are scheduled to give depositions next month about why they fired college football analyst Craig James in September because while running for the U.S. Senate in 2012 he had opposed same sex marriage. The gay... Continue Reading
Bible Secrets Revealed?: A Response to the New History Channel Series (Part 4)
The newest episode is entitled, “The Real Jesus,” and addresses the question of what we can know about the historical Jesus.
Not surprisingly, this episode ends by casting doubt on the resurrection itself. However, I was disappointed by the trite (even flippant) alternative explanations given for the empty tomb. They are just not sufficient to explain the early Christian belief in the resurrection. For example, James Tabor argues that the tomb was empty on Sunday morning... Continue Reading
Bible Secrets Revealed?: A Response to the New History Channel Series (Part 3)
The newest episode, “The Forbidden Scriptures,” is designed to argue that certain books were “banned” or “forbidden” from the New Testament.
In the end, we are again left with a very disappointing episode. Yes, it was entertaining. It was certainly provocative. Unfortunately, it is simply not not historically accurate. For a History Channel production, that proves to be sadly ironic. This is the third installment of a new series reviewing the History Channel series entitled Bible... Continue Reading
Is the Movie Version of Noah Biblically Accurate?
Don't be taken in by the Noah movie trailer
There were many other bizarre, unbiblical aspects in the preview cut. Though it’s possible that some of these elements may not make the final cut (though we suspect most will), compare the above list to the trailer that has just been released! The comparison should be very revealing for you. You wouldn’t get much of a hint of... Continue Reading
Bible Secrets Revealed: A Response to the New History Channel Series (Part 2)
Three misrepresentations in the latest episode of the new series on the Bible
These three misrepresentations combine to serve a larger narrative, namely that Jews/Christians have no real claim on the Holy Land because the Exodus is a myth, and, more than that, the violence in the modern day Holy Land is due to the violent and aggressive teachings of the Bible. And glaringly absent in all of... Continue Reading