Deconstructing Noah’s Arc: Godawful Storytelling
The Noah movie is ugly. It’s anti-human exceptionalism. It’s enviro-agitprop. And it’s poorly done.
Christians, you are tools being played if you think that this movie is anything BUT a subversion of the Biblical God and an exaltation of environmentalism and animal rights against humans. Don’t listen to those who say that hurting the earth is just part of the sins of mankind in the story. No matter what... Continue Reading
‘Noah’ Film Sparks Debate Over One Of The World’s Oldest And Most Beloved Stories
Some have suggested it couldn’t support the movie unless Paramount included a disclaimer that it was “inspired by” the story of Noah rather than be seen as literal scripture
So what makes the simple story of Noah so popular? Joseph Blenkinsopp, a professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame who has studied Noah, thinks it’s because more people are aware of global disasters. “For Jews and Christians, and possibly Muslims, it’s a sign of judgment, that judgment is real and there will be... Continue Reading
‘Son Of God’ Veers Toward Gnostic Heresy
The movie’s portrayal of Jesus’ Last Supper with the disciples creates the impression that Jesus ordered Judas to betray him.
When Jesus identifies his betrayer in the movie, Judas resists. “I will not,” he says through gritted teeth to Jesus, who is holding a piece of bread to Judas’ mouth. “I will not betray you.” Jesus leans in closer and says, “do it quickly,” as he inserts the bread into Judas’ mouth. When Peter tries... Continue Reading
By Us, About Us: Reflections On 12 Years A Slave And Literature
Literature shows us in stark relief that we’re less different than we would have imagined, and that we all possess the same basic need: Christ.
“Literature is one of the primary containers of cultural truth. As Christians who are to be serious about proclaiming Christ in every area of the society we live in, to leave literature out of the picture is to leave a dangerous stone unturned.” I remember the first time I ever realized that a story... Continue Reading
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