What Would Jesus Watch – 2: Noah

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Ah, Noah. The classic Biblical tale of a man called by The Creator to rescue the animals of the Earth from a great flood on an ark he builds with giant rock monsters.

Wait, what?

On this week’s episode of “What Would Jesus Watch?”, Alex and Kate tackle to the 2014 epic “Noah” starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson. It’s a Biblical movie that never mentions the word “God” and feels more like a Marvel movie than a faith-based one. But that might not be such a bad thing as our hosts discover. Find out how they felt about all the liberties the film takes with the classic story, the hidden agendas at play, the role of women in the film and why they’d pay to see a Methuselah spin-off. Plus hear why they think a movie like “Noah” can bring more people to the Bible than a typical traditional telling of the story. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Black And White God

the-artistWith such loud and showy movies as “Gravity”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, and “American Hustle” battling it out for Best Picture at The Academy Awards this year, it’s amazing to look back at the big award winner of 2012.

2 years ago “The Artist”, a black and white (and mostly silent) film took home Best Picture at The Oscars.

“The Artist” was a true throwback to the golden days of Hollywood. It was the first black and white film to win Best Picture in 50 years.

Black and white films resonate with people in ways color ones never will. Black and white speaks to something in the soul. It sparks memories of the olden days when life seemed simpler.

Black and white is simple. It is story and beauty at its most basic. There is something true in it.

Yet black and white movies are intimidating to some people. Some people won’t watch a movie if it’s in black and white. They think it’s outdated. As if a movie needs to have color and sound and CGI to be worth watching. Continue reading

Monday Morning Music: Start Again

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It’s the first Monday of 2014.

Your week may be starting off full of the promise and resolve of a brand new year.

Or you may have already screwed everything up in the past 5 days.

Wherever you are, know this: It’s ok. Today is a new day. Today is your second chance. Today you can start again.

Here’s the perfect song to remind you today is a great day for a do-over. It’s called “Start Again” by Counting Crows (the original version of the song is by Teenage Fanclub).

“Start Again” is a simple song that repeats the same refrain multiple times. It’s the story of one person telling another, “Even though it’s complicated, we’ve got time to start again.”

I love how the song loops around over and over again. It’s like with every verse the main character is waking up on a new day reminding himself to put the past behind him and start over.

No matter where you were last night or what you’re facing today, if you’re alive and breathing than you’ve still got time to work it out.

Starting again can be daunting and overwhelming. Starting all over can make you just want to give up.

Remember starting again doesn’t have to mean you’re starting from the bottom. It can be more like starting over in a video game.

When you fail in a video game, you don’t always have to start a level all over again. Most games let you start a new life right where you left off.

God’s grace does the same thing for us. He picks us up where we fell down and let’s us start again on life.

He doesn’t hold grudges. He doesn’t make us earn our way back into His good graces.

He just gives us a night of rest, sets us back on path, and tells us to “Start again.”

I’d love to know: where you are starting again this Monday? 

The One Step New Year’s Resolution Solution

MV5BMTkyOTM4NzgyMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjg5ODkxNw@@._V1_SX640_SY720_Most New Year’s Resolutions end up like most New Year’s Eve concert performances – fake.  

Seriously. Watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve tonight to see the ball drop and count how many artists actually perform live. You won’t need more than one hand.

We can all agree that Dick Clark was a saint, but pawning off blatantly lip-synched performances as an incredible treat to watch was not his finest quality. Unfortunately, most of our resolutions have the same hollow quality as a prerecorded Katy Perry song.

Look, you’ve probably read your fill of New Year’s blogs by now. Seems like every year more and more people are deriding the idea of a New Year’s Resolution.

Every writer has a statistic backing up their bulletpoints on how most resolutions never make it into February. I read a blog by Jon Acuff the other day where he said, “Waiting until January 1st to do something awesome is stupid and fake.”

I’m a huge fan of Jon, but I’m on the other side of the fence here. I am an avid supporter of New Year’s Resolutions. Continue reading