Thank God for cats… I never thought I’d say that. You’ve got to admit, though, this is a pretty incredible work of sabotage and courage displayed by a cat for his owner.
The things you probably should have read/watched/heard in the week that was:
- I Reject Christianity Because ________ – Answering common objections to Christianity.
- TGC Int Outreach ESV Global Distribution Update – Bill Walsh, director of TGCIO gives an update on this effort.
- Problems With a Pop Culture Christ – What is wrong with making a Jesus in our own image?
- Malaysian Airplane Simply Disappears – The story that is captivating the world. How does a jumbo sized plane with over 200 passengers just vanish into thin air?
- Harlem Explosion Death Toll Rises – The NY Times writes on the growing number of casualties in the NY explosion from earlier this week.
- All Things Are Lawful For Me – Taylor says Christians need to stop using this argument in cultural dialogue, right now. Definitely want your thoughts on this one.
- JRR Tolkein on Sex – What did Tokein tell his son about sex and what can we learn from him?
- Once Confused, Now Complementarian – How a once confused woman says she came to embrace the teaching of complementary and beautifully equal in value but different in role gender teaching.
- Adorable 8 Year Old Saying 80+ Digits of Pi – For you nerds out there that know its National pi day.
Monuments Men has been in theaters for some time now, but a couple Tuesdays ago we went to our favorite local theater and watched it with some friends of ours. The movie had a star-studded cast with Matt Damon, John Goodman, and George Clooney among the notable names. As is often the case with star-studded movies like this I was left wanting a little bit more from the movie itself. Let’s review.
If you aren’t familiar with the plot of Monuments Men, the basic idea is that a bunch of soldiers set out on a mission in WW2 to save some of the world’s finest pieces of art. Still interested? Here’s some more detail.
Towards the end of WW2 a professor stood before President FDR (at least in the movie) and presented his case for a platoon to be tasked with protecting 1,000 years of art that was in danger of being lost at the hands of Hitler. If you remember from your 11th grade history class that you probably slept through, you remember that Hitler was a failed art student before he became the world’s most vile dictator. He had plans to seize this art and open his own museum gallery at the close of the War. This professor ends up putting together an unlikely clan who go overseas to set out on this mission to preserve culture.
I guess you could say that with this cast and storyline I was expecting a lot. George Clooney was directing and acting which I am always a little skeptical about, but nevertheless I thought this movie had the makings of something I would enjoy and would appreciate for a long time to come. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations. The movie started very slow and to me it never picked up. I was left many times thinking we had reached a turning point in the movie and that now it was about to get tense/exciting/climactic– whatever word you think would be appropriate. But that point never came. As a result I thought the movie was very flat and made what should have been a very exciting historical event into something a little less than that.
As is sometimes the case with casts that don several acting “studs,” I felt the character development was very weak. I made hardly any connection at all with any of the characters. They were just people on a screen. I didn’t have an emotional connection to them. Even when Matt Damon’s character (see I can’t even remember his name) is on a mine I didn’t find much emotional involvement. I won’t tell you what happens, but I bet you can guess based on my discussion of the film thus far.
The camera work, color, and other elements like that were appealing but that wasn’t enough to make me go out of the theater saying I had just seen a good movie. Add to all of this that behind us there was a middle aged couple talking loud enough for the entire theater to hear saying, “Told you so! I told you that was going to happen!” about things like who won WW2 and who the bad guy was (yeah it was that bad), we probably wouldn’t recommend seeing this until it hits Redbox.
Overall I guess I went away thankful for the men who have not only sacrificed for freedom but for culture– the preservation of human culture. I just wish the film did a better job at helping me see exactly why I should be thankful to the Monuments Men in particular.
I have got to start this post like this:
It’s totally real. This isn’t a prank.
At least by all appearances it is real. The short documentary Mars One Way is a movie that documents five of the applicants for a 2024 trip to Mars. Sounds ordinary enough until you read the title again and realize what that means and then see the applicants being filmed. These people, some with children, have signed up to establish a permanent human presence on the planet of Mars. If for nothing else, watch this film for the artistic element. It is very good. But more than that you should watch this and try to lose yourself in the stories of these people and ask yourself, why? I want to know, would you ever sign up for this knowing what you would leave behind, and if so, I want to know why.
I had an idea this afternoon.
But before I share the idea let me back up just a moment. I get a lot of questions about marketing, tech, web, social media, blogging, advertising, and other random things that are on this blog. I do my best to get to all of the comments and emails I get, but sometimes it’s just impossible to answer everyone.
So, that’s where my idea came in. Why not give you the opportunity to sound off in my comments and tell me what you want (or maybe even feel you need) me to write about? I’m not saying I have all the answers to those things, but I am willing to find them or share what I do know by experience.
With that in mind, this post is for you as the reader. What do you want to know? What do you want me to write about, give tips on, share how-to’s concerning, etc? It can be about any category that you see listed in the menu bar at the top of the page. I will try to then set up a calendar and get to every post within the next month, giving priority to those with the most comments/mentions/replies.
Please don’t tweet or email your questions. Just add a comment below and I will see what we can do.
What you should have read from the week that was March 1-7.
- 5 Truths About the Death of Jesus – Over at Desiring God this week, Joe Sheumann shares 5 truths about Jesus’s death on the cross and what they mean for you.
- Should Every Pastor Get a Sabbatical? – The issue of Sabbatical is something that every church should consider for their pastors. Here, two pastors and a businessman talk about rest and the pastorate.
- What Christians Get Wrong About Lent – It’s not just our way of giving Jesus Christ a pat on the back, but it’s first about re-centering our will to His and secondly living that out in the world.
- Planned Parenthood Leader Says Life Begins at Delivery – The title speaks for itself. The logical conclusion of the pro-abortion argument doesn’t stop here as we know, but is rearing its ugly head out in the open more and more.
- The Way We Look At Horses – Discovered this music (Trent Dabbs) this week and liked it a lot. Give it a spin and let me know what you think! While were on the subject of horses.
- Son of God Movie Soars – The box office was rather shocked with the results from the past weekend.
- Teaching Our Children to Lament – Lament can be proper– we see it in Scripture– and we should teach our children how to do it to the glory of God.
- Moving Past Your Past – We really don’t have a choice about whether the past has impacted us. We do get to choose if we embrace it.
- Stop Getting So Offended – Why do we get offended so easily? Should we? Would love to hear your thoughts on this one.
Just a look at the things you might have missed from the week that was.
- A Grid for Understanding Biblical and Unbiblical Transcendence and Immanence – Exactly as the title indicates and from the pen of Justin Taylor.
- Jesus and Tithing – Ray Ortlund gives some perspective to tithing through a Jesus lens.
- Can I Reject Eternal Hell and Still Be Saved? – Can a person not believe in a literal, eternal hell where people will be eternally separated from God and still believe the Gospel?
- Martin Luther Was – 8 things you didn’t know about the father of the Reformation
- Photographers and Religious Freedom – Austin Hoffman writes a piece examining the hot button issue in politics right now involving service based industries and denial of service based on religious conscience.
- Pulpitoons – Doug Wilson reminds us that there is an essential element that must be present when seeking to engage the culture for Jesus.
- Will America be Judged? – From the desk of John Piper an answer to a question that many people ask.
- Outsourcing Moral Authority: The Internal Secularization of Evangelicals’ Anti-Pornography Narratives – If any of you are feeling like over achievers today I would suggest this essay. Follow it up by the post “Is Religion Secularizing” that came out this week.
- Radical Rhetoric, Siege Warfare, Christian Population Density – Over at Mere Orthodoxy, Matt Loftus writes about this radical language and the threat of a “new legalism.” “We do not celebrate the faithfulness of our old and boring saints nearly enough, nor do we emphasize their value to the church.” Definitely want to hear your thoughts on this one.
- The Christian Leader in the Digital World – From over a week ago, but a piece that any leader should read from Al Mohler. If you aren’t in the digital world, you’re limiting your reach only to those that also aren’t in the digital world, and that number is getting smaller every day.
- Preparing Teens for College and Adulthood – Alex Chediak offers up his insights on preparing teenagers to step into adulthood.
- 5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Spouse – There are some things that you know you should never say to your husband or wife. There are other things you say in jest that aren’t always taken that way.