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"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr



Should a Christian Watch R Rated Films?

Alissa Wilkinson offers a lengthy but well reasoned defense of why Christianity Today reviews R rated movies. I have thought a lot about this question myself, and contemplated writing a blog post on it (which I may still do). Wilkinson does a good job handling this touchy subject. She gives an informative, yet brief history of the rating system. She also deals with what criticism is and explains what they are trying to accomplish at Christian Today. If you are a Christian who watches movies, then I highly recommend you read Why We Review R-Rated Films

Translation Controversies

Scot McKnight has written an interesting and informative post on the controversies that arise concerning translations of the Bible. He writes,

If you don’t know the Greek, avoid standing in judgment. I’m not trying to be a hard-guy or an elitist, but let’s be honest: only those who know Latin should be talking about which is the “best” translation of Virgil or only those who know Middle High German should be weighing in on the “best” translation of The Nibelungenlied. This isn’t elitist; it’s common sense and intelligent.

If you are interested in translations and how they are perceived, then this post is well worth your time. Check out Your Bible and its Tribe

Becoming a Better Teacher

I am always looking for resources that will help me become a better teacher and preacher. This article on teaching critical thinking was recently recommended to me and I found it to be helpful. Check out Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

Apps for Preachers

Are you a preacher looking for ways to save time and be more efficient? If so, you might want to look at this post on the best iPad apps for ministers. Check out 24 of the Best iPad Apps for Pastors

What Not to Say to Someone Who is Grieving

Most people want to comfort others who are grieving, but often we end up saying the wrong thing. We want to do what is right, but sometimes it comes out all wrong. When I have done classes or lessons on grief ministry I have always spent time on what not to say. Here is a good article on 6 Things to Never Say to a Bereaved Parent

At the Movies

Two great films were recently released on DVD/Blu-ray. Short Term 12 was my favorite film from 2013. It is a film about hope in the middle of a fallen world. I highly recommend it. It does contain language and adult situation. I will admit that language and other adult material in film is often unnecessary, but in this film the filmmakers are striving to be as accurate as possible in trying to depict the situations people find themselves in.

Another one of my favorite films from last year is 20 Feet From Stardom, a documentary about backup singers in the music industry. You will recognize many of the songs in the film, but you probably didn’t know the story behind them. There are super talented people working in the music industry who never become a household name. This is their story.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce has done it again. This time he has taken a collection of outtakes, covers, and unreleased songs and turned them into an album that will rival anything else you hear in 2014. Springsteen never completely reinvents his sound (Why mess with something good if it isn’t broke?), but he does add elements and layers that are new. This time he brings in one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Tom Morello, and this gives the album an edge that is not heard on any of his previous albums. This album, which debuted at number one in the U.S. and several other countries, is filled with Biblical imagery. It begins with hope and ends by asking us to dream of a better future, and in between it is filled with songs about heaven, justice, love, and quotes taken straight from Scripture. One of the highlights of the album is the reworking of The Ghost of Tom Joad, which appeared as a folk song on an earlier Springsteen album. On this album Springsteen and Morello have turned it into a full fledged rock ballad. Check out this recording from a few years ago where Springsteen and Morello trade licks on the live version of the song.

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