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Last night I drew a wren. That is all. Happy Sunday.
I could eat a million of those things.
I love LCBs (Little Chirpy Birds).
That Lauraw.. she loves to eat drawings of birds.
And here’s some pretty wrens singing:
Wrens are cool.
…and Sobek, you have a gift.
Operatic little fellow.
In the Autumn, the little wrens come and pick all the spiders out of our eaves. Spider shells gives the wrens’ flesh a subtle nuttiness.
Thanks, Cathy. Did you go see that movie? What did you think?
sounds like Mika Brzezinski
Sobek — YES! I did see the movie with my church youth group. I had watched the trailer and it got me interested enough to ask our church youth director if we planned to go as a group. He planned the event on to our spring clean-up of the youth room at our church. It was a nice treat for those who showed up to clean up the rather disgusting crevices between the cushions, throw away the candy wrappers and dropped food, and give the room a good vacuuming, including under the furniture. We had to fight off the gag reflex a few times — so a trip to Chick-Fil-A and the movie was a nice reward!
I wanted to see this but as a typical conservative Lutheran and theologian, I was suspicious about whether they would do it ‘right.’
I will say I was quite pleased with the movie, “God’s Not Dead.” I could definitely envision this happening exactly the way they chose to play the story out.
The characters were credible but sometimes I wanted the acting to be better. I’ll give them a hug. Not everyone can be a Meryl Streep or William Dafoe. However, from what I have heard from some of my Christian friends and colleagues who have been confronted by anti-Christian professors and their students who go along to get a grade, the situation portrayed is very realistic.
The apologetics and debates are great and fun to watch. The student did a fine job, considering he was only a university freshman. He chose a strategy and had good results. He could have gone in other directions, but considering that this is a movie and is done to engage and entertain, I’m okay with him NOT going the direction I might have gone IF I were conversing in a one-on-one with a non-believer.
The serendipity of events reminded me of some real life ‘God-things’ I’ve experienced. The network of Christians who become friends might have been a stretch, but it was more believable that what was done in the movie ‘Love Actually’ so I give them a pass.
The pastor in the movie was not a Lutheran, but I’d hug him and not dispute how he handled a key moment at the climax in the movie.. When I’ve been in a similar situation, I said things a little differently . But I liked him and I’ll give him a pass and a hug.
The kids in our youth group all LOVED the movie. I’m certain they learned a few things and many of them say they would be more likely now to be bold with others about what they believe. So — that’s great.
The theater was PACKED!!!!! That felt very good because it was a cold, dreary, cloudy, Saturday afternoon. But here in my neck of the woods Christians are more prevalent than elsewhere.
When Anita & I went (mid-week matinee), there was about 50 cars in the lot of the multiplex. All the current flicks showing. We got to our theater and found that all, or most of the people were in there!
That’s great to hear ChrisP.
Sobek, about your video… I really enjoy listening to it. Hearing birds picks up my spirits and I think that is why that I like to have my windows open as much as possible.
btw — you can hear a Chick-a-dee in the background on that video.
One of my favorite parts about the movie is that I felt good about where my money was going. That’s a huge part of the reason I saw it: I had never heard of it, and when we decided to see a movie, it was either God is Not Dead or the new Captain America movie. I wasn’t interested in something I’d never heard of, but Mrs. S said it was by conservative film-makers, and it looked good, so that’s what we saw.
Our theater was packed, too. Noisy crowd (but not obnoxiously so) – they cheered when the kids quoted Hawking’s statement “Philosophy is dead.”
I had a small issue with the acting. Most of it was okay at worst, and sometimes it was really good. The production values were very good.
Which leads to my biggest issue with the movie: it wasn’t fair, which means it wasn’t convincing. Now if your target audience is Christians, and your point is to persuade them to stand up for your beliefs, then fairness isn’t really the point. And I think that was the target audience, and it was the point, so I guess I ought not complain too much. But if you’re not a Christian, or you’re a Christian who cringes at the sound of logical fallacy in apologetics clothing, then there’s a problem at the core of the film.
We’re told that the evil professor is “brilliant.” We have to take his girlfriend’s word for it, because we don’t ever see any brilliance out of him. Fine, it’s not a movie about what he’s published, or how well he understands and can teach Nietzsche. But the only thing we do see him teach is a) appeal to authority is a great way to build an argument, and b) philosophy is done by consensus. Dude should be fired for that kind of philosophical malpractice.
The student is shut down after day one of his apology when professor points out that Stephen Hawking said the universe can be created from nothing. You’re just a freshman, and he holds the same physics chair once held by Isaac Newton! (an odd statement, as Newton most decidedly believed in God, but whatever.) The next day, student responds by quoting another physicist for the opposite proposition. This duel of authorities basically makes the professor a cartoon.
That’s why I say the movie isn’t fair. No atheist, or agnostic, could possibly see the professor as true to life, because his arguments aren’t what an educated atheistic philosopher would say. At least, not that crudely.
Same deal with the lefty reporter. The actress tries to do sneering liberal and just can’t seem to pull it off. Sure, she asks Duck Dynasty guy a condescending and awful series of questions, but then she just stands mutely and lets him talk for a while? I want to see her more outraged, in her words and her posture. The actress does a fine job in other respects – when she breaks down crying in front of her computer was the emotional highlight of the movie, I thought. But her heart is not into the “I’m an atheist leftist wench” act.
Thanks Sobek. You nailed it on the ‘coming to faith issues.’ I figured this movie was done primarily to give comfort and strength to believers. We are the ones who are paying to see it. And we are the ones who have experienced similar ridicule from hostile, arrogant and ignorant non-believers. If a non-believer goes with a Christian friend and it starts up a series of discussions — then that’s a good thing too.
Something I recited as a kid pops up at times like this: From his “Small Catechism,” the Explanation of the Third Article (about the Holy Spirit) Martin Luther states:
“I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.”
Believers are believers because we come to realize that Jesus died for us and have His promise of eternal life. This does not happen by reason, but sometimes God uses our ability to reason to help us bust through preconceived notions and see Him. This is what happened to C.S.Lewis. He was motivated to explore the idea of a God because of his friend and university colleague, John, (J.R.R. Tolkien) playfully hounded him for years. The outcome was that C.S.Lewis, in his effort to disprove God, became one of the greatest Christian apologists of all time. His first work on this subject, “A Case for Christianity,” was a printing of the broadcast of a radio program. It was rewritten and retitled “Mere Christianity” but I prefer the original.
Bottom line for me — is that God works on us. Some of us need lots of bending, busting, and breaking before we start to give up the resistance. I think this is what happens to the leftist reporter in the movie. Her world was falling apart a piece at a time. Maybe the screen writers could have done a better job bringing this out, but she was losing ‘stuff’ she valued and also started to lose a bit of her nasty attitude by that time, I think.
I could not defend my Lord Jesus the way young Josh, the university freshman, did. We are NOT ALL called to be armed to debate that way. And I would prefer to point someone to C.S.Lewis’ works or Lee Strobel’s “A Case for Christ” if I think someone would be willing to delve into apologetics.
We are ALL called to be witnesses. That’s kinda simple. We share what we have witnessed.
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