Monthly Archives: March 2015

Sunday’s Sermon Today: UN-cheap Grace (Gospel of Luke)

Sometimes, we want the payoff without the cost, without any effort. We want to look svelte and sleek, but we want to eat whatever we want while we’re sitting on our couch watching television. We want to know our financial … Continue reading

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Top Five: Chris Rock On Chris Rock (Movie Review)

Chris Rock wrote, directed, and starred in the social commentary/standup/ensemble/memoir/satire that is Top Five. You’ll buy or rent this for the cast, and then consider some of the things that Rock is saying about comedy, stardom, and what it means to … Continue reading

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My Girl: Life, Death, & Adolescence (Movie Review)

Anna Chlumsky made her big break into the industry and Macaulay Culkin found something to do in between Home Alone 1 & 2, as a pair of adolescents who tackle love, life, death, and adolescence in the 1991 hit My Girl. This film … Continue reading

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The Bible Says What? Not Ridley Scott’s Moses (Exodus 1-10 ) #5

Generally speaking, I like movies that look at the Bible, even if they’re done by people whose worldview differs from mine. I don’t dig Darren Aronofsky flicks, but his Noah gave me some food for thought (and definitely made me think about … Continue reading

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The Bible Says What? “Fathers & Sons” (Gen. 20-50 – Speedy Version) #4

The story of Genesis gets us to this point: God made that covenant, that agreement with Abraham, and now, it’s passed down through Abraham’s son, Isaac, to his son, Jacob, to Jacob’s sons. To understand where that covenant ends up, we’ll … Continue reading

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The Breakfast Club Blu-ray: When Labels Become Unstuck (Movie Review) #TBT

John Hughes’ follow-up to Sixteen Candles bears its thesis in the opening and closing voiceovers of the film. It’s a before and after shot of what it means to be a teenager, to be human, to “come of age,” and to struggle … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Sermon Today: In Between Lost & Found (Gospel of Luke)

In Luke 14:15-24, Jesus tells a parable of about a banquet. Maybe that’s too old-fashioned or strange to you. For me, in the month of March when both of my boys have birthdays, I can look at it this way. … Continue reading

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Chappie: Neil Blomkamp’s Tackles Nature Vs. Nurture (Movie Review)

Chappie is Neil Blomkamp’s ode to robot films of the 1980s, like Robocop and Short Circuit, and this little Walt Disney flick, Pinocchio, from 1940. It has a big heart, the desire for its protagonist to be a “real boy,” and some social issues to … Continue reading

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The Red Tent: Parallel Stories (TV Review)

Lifetime/Sony’s The Red Tent takes Anita Diamant’s 1997 New York Times Bestseller and adapts it into a two-part, three-hour miniseries about the wives of Jacob from the Old Testament in the Bible. Starring a strong cast that includes Minnie Driver, Iain Glen, … Continue reading

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The Red Road: Trouble Finds You (TV Review)

A battle royal is brewing between the worlds of the white townsfolk and the Native Americans who live in the hills in the Ramapo Mountains of New York. It’s slow-building and multi-layered, a mix of cultural fear, addiction, and violence. … Continue reading

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