Tag: Christianity

“When The Game Stands Tall” And My IMDB Formula For Films with Christian Content

 

WGST_DOM_1SHEETHere’s how it works for me: I see Jim Caveizel promoting his new film, When The Game Stands Tall, on Raymond Arroyo’s show on EWTN; he’s so intense, so purposeful. I’m sold. I’m going to see it. I look it up on IMDB.com. It has a 6.9 (out of 10) rating. I add two points because I believe there is a league of people giving 1 (out of 10) ratings to any film with a positive Christian message. So I’m excited to take my wife to a 8.9 rated film. That’s a guaranteed winner.

I see the film. I am right. It deserves an 8.9 rating. Why do I have to do such math? Who are these people dragging down the ratings of positive films? That’s rhetorical. Of course we know who they are. Most negative reviews I read of the film don’t just pan it, they ask people not to see it. They want to destroy the kinds of messages these films bring and ruin their business. Well, I’m telling you the opposite: see this film. See it soon so the box office results will not hinder this kind of filmmaking in the future.

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The following New York Times article was written by Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/08/20/opinion/ronald-lauder-who-will-stand-up-for-the-christians.html?_r=0&post_id=100000568613762_890414684320810#_=_ The question is, why haven’t Christian ministers and priests spoken out about this tragic slaughter? Preview Open

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That’s the title of a good Hitchcock film released in 1953. It concerns a Catholic priest who receives the confession of a murderer during the sacrament and then is pressured to reveal that confession to police.  Sixty years ago, that scenario was just strong dramatic fiction. Today, it’s a reality for one priest in Louisiana:  […]

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Many Christian homes these days favor empty crosses, often bright and colorful, over the traditional crucifix. Which do you prefer? If you possess a mix, do you have significantly more of one than of the other? The cross is a symbol of the crucifix. Without our King’s broken body, crowned in blood and thorns, the […]

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I recently listened to Dr. Mohler’s podcast interview of Theologian Stanley Hauerwas. I really recommend it because it has much in it to ponder. Professor Hauerwas taught Theological Ethics at Duke University. He also taught at Notre Dame for 13 years – which deeply affected him in his walk with God. If you have time […]

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Worship or American Idol-atry? — Jon Gabriel

 

My wife and I have dragged our daughters to many churches over the past several years. We’ve enjoyed most of the sermons, congregations, programs and pastors, and my wife has liked most of the music. As for me, I’ve pretty much given up on finding any worship music that doesn’t drive me a bit batty.

For background, I’m a plain-old Christian, sans denomination, though I have enjoyed Lutheran, Baptist, Anglican, Reformed and other congregations over the years. Most of the churches I’ve attended are evangelical, with several that would fit into the “megachurch” category. Most have offered inspiring teaching with solid, if not terribly deep, theology. But the music… oh heavens, the music.

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Christmas and Easter are bookends of God’s covenant fulfilled. By the first, He shocked and transformed us by becoming Man. The Messiah came not as a powerful king in glory but as a defenseless babe in poverty. We expected to be humbled, but instead God humbled Himself so that we may know Him and love […]

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It was not long ago I mentioned in another post that one of the primary problems of the modern church in America was that it leaned far too much towards the emotive. I didn’t elaborate at that time as it was an entirely different topic and I didn’t want to derail a discussion any more […]

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Science Confirms Judeo-Christian Worldview, Or, Dalai Lama, Call Your Office

 

One of the most basic observations of comparative religion is that the difference between Judeo-Christian religion and Asian religious systems, such as Buddhism, resembles the difference between a line and a circle.

In Judaism and Christianity, reality has a beginning and an end. It’s linear. It’s going somewhere. Both beginning and end are mysterious, the former rendered, mythically, in the creation story, the latter represented, at least in Christianity, in the thrilling if baffling formulation that “time shall be no more.” The beginning is believed really to have happened and the end is believed to really be coming.