• Christianity,  Entertainment

    Bad Christian Music

    Justin Taylor linked to a YouTube video of some really bad music from an Emergent Christian group. You can see and hear it here. Though I sympathize with the frustration one might have with this kind of a song, we need to remember that Emergents are far from having the market cornered on bad Christian music. See below for one of the all time low-lights.

  • Christianity,  Culture,  Entertainment

    ER on the Bankruptcy of Postmodern Spirituality

    The dramatization below puts some flesh and blood on what for many is an esoteric theological point—the question of atonement. Yet in the real world, there is real evil, real guilt, and a real need for reconciliation with the God with Whom we have to do. Postmodern, therapeutic platitudes have nothing to offer in the face of those realities. But the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified and raised for sinners does.

  • Culture,  Entertainment,  Politics

    Lake of Fire

    I’ve been reading some of the reviews and reactions from the media to the new abortion documentary “Lake of Fire.” The film is directed by Tony Kaye, and it alleges to present an unbiased look at abortion in America. If you are interested in seeing a trailer of the movie, you can view one here: Trailer of “Lake of Fire”. I must warn you, however, that the trailer itself should probably be rated PG-13 or R. Manohla Dargis’ review of the film in the New York Times reveals the typical moral confusion that most people have when it comes to their thinking about abortion. Actually, “moral confusion” is probably too…

  • Christianity,  Entertainment,  Theology/Bible

    Answering Brad Pitt’s Objections to Religion

    In a recent interview with Parade magazine, Brad Pitt explains why he no longer embraces Christianity. It turns out that he was raised as a Southern Baptist, but when he got to college he came upon some stumbling blocks that led him to cast aside his faith altogether. He describes his current feelings on “religion” in this way: “Guilt is the thing I find most evil about it. It’s the thing I rail against the most. . . Religion works. I know there’s comfort there, a crash pad. It’s something to explain the world and tell you there is something bigger than you, and it is going to be alright…

  • Entertainment,  Personal

    Saturday Morning Cartoons

    Did anyone else grow up watching Saturday morning cartoons? I loved the Looney Tunes and anything Disney (though you couldn’t watch Disney on Saturday mornings). Anywho, I came across a couple of classics last week on YouTube and have decided to share. Enjoy this blast from the past!

  • Culture,  Entertainment

    The War: A Must See Documentary

    One of my readers sent me a note that I think is worth passing along to you. Beginning this Sunday evening, PBS will begin the first part of a 14 hour documentary on World War II. The title of the program is “The War,” and it looks like it will be one to watch. Tom Hanks, Samuel Jackson, Josh Lucas, and Bobby Cannavale are the narrators, and Ken Burns is the director. Here’s the description from the website: “THE WAR . . . tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores…

  • Culture,  Entertainment

    The Wonder Years: Nostalgic about Nostalgia

    I’m a sucker for nostalgia. That’s why I got so hooked on the television show “The Wonder Years” back in the late ’80’s. It was a collage of laughter and bittersweet Americana. The characters were familiar and so were their stories. I loved it. The show ran for six years, but as the main character Kevin Arnold began to grow up, I eventually lost interest. When I noticed this summer that reruns of “The Wonders Years” had been showing on channel 26 here in Dallas, I wondered how the story had ended. In particular, I wondered how the central piece of the plot was resolved. Did Kevin and Winnie ever…