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High Commendation 1/12/19

Below are some articles, videos, etc. That I highly commend to you. I do not commend these simply because of the author or because of the subject, but because I have found value and help in reading or watching these. I will put a snippet of the article and then the link if you care to continue to read.

Jared Wilson explains why Christian movies are just plain bad. He has a number of points and I think it’s worth noting them. Much of it has to do with two different starting points (mindsets) of secular and Christian movies. And it isn’t what you may think.

Last month, while out at the movies, my wife and I happened to see trailers for two new movies produced by and for the Christian market — “faith-based films” they call them these days. Both trailers distilled their respective stories down to about 3 minutes of earnest dialogue snippets, tear-streamed dramatic moments, and inspirational footage of sports (basketball in one, track in the other). Throughout both trailers — which we saw on two different days before two different movies — the audience was audibly laughing. I was cringing. The paint-by-numbers aesthetic of the new wave of Christian movies persists in making the faith appear trite, inauthentic, corny, and — worst of all, as far as the culture goes — uncool.

To read more, click/tap on the link below:

Why Christian Movies Are So Terrible

 

Contrary to some, people who are dead and gone in Christian history are not old ghosts  who shouldn’t be read. In fact, many (not all) should be read, and then as always made sure that what they wrote in in accordance with Scripture. This is being Berean-esque. The following link is to a video (or transcript) of why we should read the puritans.

The Puritans have influenced me in huge ways throughout my life. I was nine years  old when I first came under conviction of sin. I felt my sinfulness, went to my dad’s bookcase, and I scanned all of his Puritan books. I saw The Life and Death of Mr. Badman by John Bunyan. I thought, Well, I’m a bad boy, so I better read that book. So, I made my way through it.

To watch the video click/tap on the link below:

Why Pastors (and All of Us) Should Read the Puritans

 

Below is a link to a Facebook video that I came across and found to be powerful. It is a young man evangelizing to the Jews in Israel. How he does it is simply astounding to me. To watch the video (you’ll need the sound on; the subtitles are too fast–at least for me) click/tap on the link below:

“The Forbidden” Chapter in the Hebrew Bible

New Blogging Format for 2019

Over the past several months, I have been following a set format for my blogging articles: Miscellaneous Mondays, Tuesday Newsday, Wednesday Wisdom, Thursday’s Top 10, Family Fridays, Suffering Saturdays, and Sermon Synopsis Sundays. That will all be changing starting January 1. While I will still write about many of these topics, they will not be on specific days. Nor will I be blogging on Sundays very often.  I am reserving Saturdays for recommended blog articles that I have read throughout the week.

What can you expect from my blogs in 2019? That is an excellent question. I still believe that I am finding my spot in the blogosphere, and seeking to settle nicely into an area that I am comfortable in and one in which I can be at my best. That being said…I am hoping to get out at least one book review a month and continue to write on current events while bringing in biblical principles to shed light on such matters. Occasionally, I will also be writing to expound on a Scripture passage, such as the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, a Psalm or Proverb, etc.

My plan is to continue to blog every weekday and, as I mentioned before, to recommend blogs on Saturdays and rest on Sundays. May this year be a year of happy blogging and happy reading as I do want to thank each of my readers who continue to follow, like, comment, and share.