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Gods not deadRecently, we rented the movie, “God is Not Dead.”  I must say that overall I thought it was a good movie.  It started a little slow in its building, but by the time we hit the middle and end I was hooked.

The movie was centered around a college student and his atheistic professor of philosophy. The theme is ‘apologetics.’ Apologetics in this sense is NOT apologizing, but rather offering a DEFENSE  of one’s belief.

The first day of class the presumptuous professor convinced his class to write the words “God is Dead” on a sheet of paper to avoid having to teach the Evidence of the Existence God segment of his class. The bribe promised an easy ‘A’ and accounted for 30% of their grade.

The majority of students had no problem jotting down these three words.  One student however, could not do this.  The angered professor told him to he must then be prepared to defend his view or risk loosing 30% of his grade.  The student had a lot to lose.He consulted a pastor for guidance.What the pastor said had a profound impact on me.  He said,

“The acceptance of this challenge may be the ONLY meaningful exposure to God and Jesus they will ever have.”

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Are You Okay?

My husband and I were out enjoying our boat. We had to slow it down when we came across other boats, people in rafts and kayaks. Etiquette, when out on a boat is to wave to those you pass by. I remember seeing two women in a raft. We waved and they waved back. They seemed to be going nowhere, but who were we to second guess how people were enjoying the water. They said nothing and neither did we. My husband was anxiously trying to get passed the slow pokes so he could go full throttle. Some half hour later, we doubled back to go in another direction to head towards the beach when we saw the same two ladies. I called out, “You guys doing okay?” One of the ladies said, “No.” Humbly, she said that they had been out there for awhile going in circles. They just couldn’t get the hang of things. We grabbed their ropes and pulled them to shore.

I think about this as I reflect on the passing of Robin Williams, one of America’s finest comedians. I was saddened to hear that he had committed suicide and that he struggled with depression. I believe it was T.D. Jakes who once said that ‘suicide’ is the DEATH of HOPE. Williams had also been recently diagnosed with the beginning stages of Parkinson Disease which probably compounded his depressive disorder. Continue Reading…


Easter Experience Someone once said that Easter is the “Superbowl” of Christianity – the biggest event of the year.

Typically, on this day we have no problem attracting people to our churches.  However, the challenge before us is to create such an experience that our visitors increase their visits from one time of year to multiple times a year — to eventually become active members of the Church.

As pastors, we MUST commit to planning earlier for our Easter services.  Treating this day like any other Sunday would be a missed evangelistic opportunity.

Many churches that are seeing increases in membership, plan for these services a year in advance.  This demonstrates that they are being not only evangelistic, but ‘intentional.’

With just a couple of weeks before Easter, I believe we still can put together some new things to have a successful evangelistic Easter Service.

 

Here are 7 things we can do right away to ensure great experience this Easter:

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NOAHMy husband and I decided to see the movie entitled, “Noah.”  I want to say, for the record, the movie was ONLY inspired by the story of Noah in the Bible.  It was entertaining, but NOT biblically accurate. Clearly being biblically accurate was NOT the intent of the writers and director.  In fact if I had to rate the movie, I would rate it at 80% fictional and 20% factual.

It would be a good idea to first re-read the story of Noah and the Ark – chapters 6-10 of Genesis to get an accurate picture of just how the story went especially if you will be bringing your children to it.

I will say that the movie is action packed with great sound effects and is a cross between a Mad Max movie with Mel Gibson, the movie Galaxy Quest (talking rocks scene) with Timothy Allen Dick and the movie Evan Almighty with Steve Carrell along with scenes giving the illusion of being a part of the dark ages where barbarians thirsted for world dominance – all of these wrapped into one film entitled, “Noah.”

As a person who writes plays and skits, it is necessary to use some creative license to keep your audiences engaged in the plot, in other words some fictional writing is crucial. However, we have to be careful that we don’t misguide our audience on the main message for that is the definition of heresy (promoting false teaching).

Lastly, if I were to be so lucky to have my blog be seen by Roma Downey and husband, Mark Burnett (directors of “the Bible Miniseries” and just released, “Son of God”) I would say this, “We’ve seen what you can do. There is no doubt in my mind that you could put together a suspense plot, sprinkled with a love story, filled with action packed scenes with great sound effects and produce another blockbuster experience for us all that is biblically accurate. Hope you guys are working on it now.” 

I am planning to do another review so to not give away details of the movie since it is fairly new to the theaters.  I will accompany a study and answer guide that may be helpful in group discussions.

Did you see “Noah”?  If so, identify the facts from the fiction. And identify the areas you thought the movie did a good job portraying.


The Son of God  & Passion of Christ

A couple of weeks ago hubby and I and another couple attended Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s Son of GodMovie called the Son of God.  Like others, we were anticipating a true blockbuster.  Although, I did enjoy the movie; it was good, but not really spectacular.   It was a typical Jesus story: His birth, His death, His resurrection and His ascension.  For those of us who saw the Bible Miniseries, many scenes were familiar – just unpacked.

I noticed that the devil did not play a central role in the Son of God like that of Mel Gibson’s,”The Passion of the Christ.”  Another observation in the Son of God, was that we saw  a lighter, more humanistic side of Jesus.  There were scenes where Jesus was either smiling or laughing.

Even though, the movie, in my opinion, lacked the real “wow” factor, it still got across the main point of Jesus’ life and His impact on mankind.  Furthermore, the timeliness on its release was very effective especially for people who would be viewing this type of movie for the first time during this Lenten season, as well for new believers.

Although I am not personally a fan of movies with captions, I believe Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, mastered the illustration of the ‘reality’ of just how cruel man can be as was seen in the flogging and crucifixion scenes. This of course, was the reason for the R-rating.  On the other hand, the Son of God, down played these scenes leaving much to our imagination.  I found myself looking away after the flogging scene in The Passion of the Christ. It was gory to say the least,  however,  Jesus still looked cute (and some would say sexy) in the Son of God after the flogging scene. Okay, why make a big deal about Jesus’ cuteness in the movie?  Because of what Isaiah 53:2 says “… He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”

All in all, we walked away giving the movie a solid B grade.  It was a good movie that families could attend together during this Lenten Season.

 

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