Monthly Archives: January 2005

Hotel Rwanda

There’s no pretentious artifice in Hotel Rwanda, no jerky cameras or self-conscious “artistry” a la Spielberg. The camera simply thrusts you into the middle of a horrifying storm on a far away continent. Its players and direction are so good … Continue reading

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Rolling Stone

Somewhat lost amid the whole recent flap about Rolling Stone magazine’s decision against running an ad for a Zondervan “Today’s NIV” bible is the fact that this translation is the infamous “gender-neutral” version. It changes masculine pronouns to “inclusive” renderings. … Continue reading

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In Good Company

In Good Company is thoroughly entertaining. Its perceptive screenplay avoids the usual broadbrush statements about corporations. Instead it is a more realistic story about the triumph of professionalism and excellence over style and ambition. As Lewis says in the Inner … Continue reading

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St. Mugg recalls Russia

Malcolm Muggeridge was one of the greats of the 20th century. His memoir, Chronicles of Wasted Time, is a sharp, hilarious journey through key events of the past century. Two vignettes follow from this beautifully-written book, both from his time … Continue reading

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Narnia and Disney

Will Disney get it right? This site indicates that someone gets it. Perhaps Jack’s famous allegory for children won’t be watered down into Disney’s mind-numbingly shallow formula of the past few decades (It’s noteworthy that even when they were creating … Continue reading

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In Defense of Lord of the Rings

When stories like Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings end up in the spotlight, fundamentalists point disapprovingly to their use of occultic symbols and other connections with magic (here’s one example) . Now, with the Potter films this … Continue reading

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A Classic Hymn

It’s easy to lament today’s throwaway culture. In 100 years, people will still be singing “Amazing Grace” and “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” In 100 years, who will be singing anything written recently? Well, there’s one recent hymn that … Continue reading

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About the Trinity

It is tiresome to see the Trinity derided as a sinister invention because it is not in the Bible. Do you think the early Christians didn’t know that? Terms are often invented as a form of shorthand to describe doctrines– … Continue reading

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Disaster relief

Here’s a site where you can quickly donate to disaster relief.

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More on the tsunami

Piper has this to say.

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What we deserve

Disasters like the recent tsunami always raise these questions about where God is and why He let it happen. They highlight people’s inflated view of their own righteousness. One victim of the tsunami voiced a common lament: “What did I … Continue reading

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