"Selma" Movie Review (Two Perspectives)

"Selma" Movie Review (Two Perspectives)

Director Ava DuVernay’s newest film, Selma, is the first biopic of Martin Luther King, Jr. and it is about time.  I understand why it has taken so long; his legacy is precious and complicated, and his speeches are hard to get permission to use.  It is shocking to find out, if one did not know going in, that Selma does not use King’s actual speeches, but because of copyright laws, has to re-word them.  Its writers and David Oyelowo, who plays King, do a terrific job of capturing MLK’s cadences and ideas.

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What Everyone Needs To Know About Their Salvation (Part 2 of 3)

What Everyone Needs To Know About Their Salvation (Part 2 of 3)

The first reason to believe in eternal security is because Salvation is of the Lord. We looked at that in the previous article and, with an open mind, discussed asking God to change our thinking on the issue if needed. The goal for any teacher, or preacher, should not be trying to make sure they've always been right, but instead to make sure they presently are right. So, again, I ask you to hear me out before you pass judgment on me or this doctrine. Don't be like a programmed machine, investigate Scripture and decide for yourself.

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The Blog Post That Maybe You Shouldn't Read

The Blog Post That Maybe You Shouldn't Read

Spending time alone, away from distractions, meditating on God is a must for the Christian. It is when we slow down and take time to notice the providential hand of God in our lives we see his love for us. I think most Christians would acknowledge how amazing it is that God not only reveals Himself to us, but he sent His Son that we might enjoy Him and glorify Him forever. But not every Christian takes time to remember it. We need to evaluate the balance of technology and life. 

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What Everyone Needs To Know About Their Salvation (Part 1 of 3)

What Everyone Needs To Know About Their Salvation (Part 1 of 3)

Some of you are thinking, “I already believe in eternal security.” But why do you? What's your proof, chapter and verse? “Be ready to give an answer to any man who asks of you of the hope that lies in you.” This will strengthen your position. And it will deepen your appreciation for what it is you have in Christ, and it will cause you to want to live a Christ-like life because of that appreciation.

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"Unbroken" Movie Review

"Unbroken" Movie Review

The movie begins with Louis on a plane during WW2. It’s peaceful and quiet, with very little music or dialogue. Then the plane starts being attacked. What struck me was how calm everyone was. Yes, these were soldiers who knew what they were doing- but there was only one point in the movie that had any extreme emotions on display. Everyone is extremely calm, quiet, and generally boring during the whole movie. This is a story with high stakes, there should be panic and fear, brutality and pain, happiness and joy. This sense of bland acting sets the tone for the entire movie, and eventually is its fate.

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The New Year and Starting Over

The New Year and Starting Over

The end of the year has come and gone. Have you even thought about any New Year's resolutions yet - you know, those decisions you make every year to shed a few pounds, get in shape, stop smoking, and basically just start getting our lives back in order? There's something about starting a new year that forces most people to want to make some resolutions. We like the idea of putting an old year behind us, along with all of its frustrations and mistakes, and starting over fresh and new.

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A Study on Cessationism (Parts 1-5)

A Study on Cessationism (Parts 1-5)

In recent years we have seen a hard push for understanding the nature of the Holy Spirit – specifically in respect to the gifts He graciously bestows. While this will not be an exhaustive treatment on all of the gifts, or even the one covered in particular, we will nonetheless walk through some distinctions that I believe scripture makes in regard to the gift of tongues. I know not all will agree with this treatment, however, it seems of particular benefit to discuss the intent of this gift.

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I've Been Lying About How Many Kids I Have

I've Been Lying About How Many Kids I Have

After we had our miscarriage I was surprised to learn how many other couples had gone through them. I had no clue how many there were. Statistics tell us that about 15-20% of pregnancies end in a miscarriage. But, our culture has a strange desire to not talk about this issue. I suppose I understand some of the desire to keep it a secret – it’s unsettling, traumatic, and sometimes embarrassing. We don’t want to talk about it. 

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"Nebraska" Movie Review

"Nebraska" Movie Review

Nebraska is a story about failed expectations, both spoken and unspoken, in families.  Although it did not make a lot of money in theaters, it was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.  The look of the film, from its landscapes to its black and white photography, gives it the feel of a classic, and this is already a film I’ve gone back to re-watch a couple of times.

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Top 10 Movies of 2014

Top 10 Movies of 2014

I saw a lot of 2014 releases, almost 60, which is more by this time of year than in any previous year. There were a few happy reasons for this. 1) I went to the Telluride Film Festival last year and some of those films were not released until this year. 2) I moved from a town with one theater to a city with over a dozen. 3) Online viewing has continued expanding. 4) My wife loves watching movies also, so date night agrees with my biggest hobby.

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