Former Hezbolla Soldier Meets Jesus in a Jail Cell

I just wanted to share this video with everyone:

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Hollywood hates faith?

I just wanted to post a quick link to a story over at Movieline.com about four movies that “are sure to cause dissent and controversy amongst the faithful.” Of the four, two are direct attacks on the person of Jesus Christ himself :The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, based on a book with James Frey credited as author (did he really write it? Or is it a product of an uncredited author at Full Fathom Five? I don’t know), and Jesus of Nazareth, written and directed by Paul Verhoven (Robocop, Starship Troopers, Showgirls). These attacks are not the first that He has endured, nor are they surprising; He told us: “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you.” (John 15:18 HCSB) The other two films are attacks on Mormonism and Scientology. I haven’t seen the Broadway show The Book of Mormon, but based on the songs that are referenced in this article, it seems that Parker and Stone, like many, don’t see Mormonism as anything other than a denomination of Christianity, no different than Baptists or Methodists. I am most surprised to see The Master even listed in here, because as the link from the article itself notes, there’s a real lack of support (funding) for this in Hollywood. You never know, though. After all, Bowfinger made it to theaters.

Easter Sunday, 2011

 

Full disclosure: I am lost. I have no idea how to undertake this task—writing a post about Image borrowed from the Internet. I do not know who took it, or who to credit. I found it via a Google Image Search. If you are the owner of this work, and would like me to remove it, please let me know. Thank you.Easter. There are so many things that I wanted to say, but they all seem so contrived compared to what Easter means to me. I wanted to blather on and on about how Easter means many things to many people, and take some not-so-subtle jabs at people who just see Easter as a pagan holiday that was usurped by Christians. I wanted to be clever, funny, smart, and a little bit sarcastic. Every attempt I made at that direction failed miserably. The problem is that, to me, Easter is the hinge upon which everything turns, the balancing point, the crux of my faith. You see, He is risen. No matter what the world throws at me, no matter what I read or hear or see, nothing can surmount the mountain that is this impossible truth: He is risen. No matter the depth of despair, He is risen. No matter how watertight the argument is, He is risen. Nothing can get past that. Everyone has doubts, every once in awhile. But none of my doubts can ever penetrate that one simple fact: He is risen. Theologians can discuss at length all the “ins and outs” of this moment in history much better than I can. Max Lucado can tell you a story about His perspective at that moment that will make people cry. All I can do is tell you this: He is risen. And that’s what it’s all about. Think about what that means, and I think you’ll see what I’m talking about. And have a happy Easter!

A Brief Response to an Old Article

I found this article via Stumble Upon, and I just had to say something about it. I know it’s old (it dates from August 2005), and there are already responses to it (I don’t subscribe to Harper’s, so I couldn’t read them). But I was immediately struck by this, because as I started the article, I was thinking, this guy’s right. He’s got it! But then his politics got in it, and then he just missed it. He makes the very valid point that the teachings of Jesus were radical and non-materialistic. He even says: “On and on and on—a call for nothing less than a radical, voluntary, and effective reordering of power relationships, based on the principle of love.” Voluntary. VOLUNTARY. Taxes are not voluntary. Taxes have never been voluntary. Jesus was asked about taxes. He brushed them off, saying, “Render therefore unto Ceasar the things which are Ceasar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21 KJV) He makes it pretty clear that he expects you as a Christian to do good works. He will hold each of us accountable for what we have done, and simply paying taxes won’t cut it. The government shouldn’t be in the business of loving thy neighbor, we should. So I have to ask the government to butt out, because He charged me—me personally—with this task. I have not done it well, but that’s between Him and me. The author here almost makes the point, but lets his politics cloud God’s message. There are good parts to this; there are things to think about here. I just don’t think Jesus was concerned about government healthcare. I don’t think His message had anything to do with the tax rate on a $250,000 home in Montgomery. It’s like the author slides right on up to it … then slides right on past the point. I would add something like: “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'” (Matthew 9:13 NIV)