Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Offensive Lord's Prayer

There's been a kerfuffle in the UK over this cinema advert, in which the Lord's Prayer is prayed by various different people across the nation, being banned in cinemas. It was due to go out before the new Star Wars movie, but it has been pulled because it could offend or upset people of other faiths or none.

The response has been fairly predictable: secularists cheering because they think it is offensive, and Christians lamenting because they don’t. Personally, I think the advert is great, and that the brouhaha will cause more people to watch it in the end anyway. But as to whether it is offensive, I have to come out and say it: the secularists are right. The Lord’s Prayer is not mild, inoffensive, vanilla, listless, nominal, wishy-washy or wallpapery. If you don’t worship the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, in fact, it is deeply subversive, upsetting and offensive, from the first phrase to the last.
You can see the advert and read the rest.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Dave Grohl vs. Muppets' Animal

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Most music lists of “greatest ____ ever” tend to be subjective and void of any quantifiable support. However, when Dave Grohl takes part in this upcoming drum-off, we’ll have a much better sense of who has the superior drumming skills.
Grohl won’t be taking on the likes of drummers such as Chad Smith or Max Weinberg. Instead, he’ll be facing off against Animal, a Muppet.
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Christian Horror Director and Dr. Strange

Segments of Christians often write off the horror genre and movies like Friday the 13th because of the emphasis on evil, the supernatural and violence, but one filmmaker has helped challenge the way many religious viewers see horror. Scott Derrickson’s movies aren’t simply scary stories that use nightmarish imagery for thrills, but to explore the real difference between darkness and light. And this summer, Derrickson will undertake his most high-profile project to date.
When Marvel announced its new slate of movies that will expand the blockbuster Cinematic Universe inhabited by the likes of The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy crew, Spider-Man and other hundred-million-dollar franchises, one of the more unexpected projects to get the green light was Doctor Strange, a somewhat obscure character who will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch. In a fictional universe inhabited by mostly family friendly heroes like Captain America and Ant Man, the sorcerer who uses ancient magic to fight villainous spiritual entities like “Nightmare” seemed like a curious choice.
But perhaps even bolder than the decision to adapt such a dark character from the comic universe was the studio’s choice for Derrickson to direct. Not only is Derrickson currently one of the most influential directors in the horror genre, he’s also a devout Christian who isn’t afraid to incorporate deeper spiritual messages into his films.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Global Sorrow and Daily Life

On dark days, the sun still rises. In the darkest night, the moon still shines in a sky of stars. On a day of national sorrow, somebody will be born and her parents will be glad. Some family must have lost a parent on VE Day and so national joy happened with local sorrow.
The people of Paris mourn attacks, but in Paris today babies are born, natural death comes, and wedding anniversaries occur. Is it selfish to attend to the joyful events or to feel more genuine sorrow over the personal loss than the national tragedy?
It is not.
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Compassion Over Fear

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HT: Trevin Wax

The Eiffel Tower was engulfed in darkness on Friday night. Today, schools and government offices in France are closed down until further notice. The borders are closed, a curfew has been established, and the country is considered to be in a state of emergency.
Still, thousands of citizens gathered in the streets this weekend to proclaim one message: “Not afraid.” Even after watching on video people running for their lives from a crowded theater, after witnessing the carnage left in the wake of Friday’s attacks, the people of France made it clear that the most powerful weapon in the terrorist arsenal — fear — would not win.
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Friday, November 13, 2015

TeachingCenter: If Teaching Was Like Sports

If you haven't seen this before, enjoy! It's very clever.

Shout-out to all those who teach and sacrifice to invest in the future!