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People of Every Color: You Must See Lee Daniels’ The Butler

What have we done, and why would we do it? That's the pair of questions that kept going through my mind as I sat in a theater in Rogers, Arkansas last night as we watched Lee Daniels' The Butler. The synopsis is: As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. (via IMDb) I've always been a Forest Whitaker fan, and he …

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One Christian’s Take on The Hunger Games

When there is no freedom, no God, and no food, people go nuts. My wife and I saw The Hunger Games last night. I don't normally review movies, but as far as movies go, I thought it was good. My wife had recently read the book, so she explained that the violence of the movie was scaled back many times over, probably to achieve the PG rating. Leading up to seeing the movie, I had read and heard quite a bit of chatter from the Christian community about the story - much of …

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The Pro’s and Con’s of Planting a Church In a Movie Theater

This past Sunday made the fourth week in a row we've worshipped in a local movie theater with January 15 being our official launch. We didn't intend to launch in a theater. I fact, we spent a great deal of time looking at retail spaces, but eventually landed at the Malco because of space, price, and availability. There's a part of me that fell in love with the idea before we moved in, and has remained attached to it since. Advantages of Meeting In a Theater We know that we …

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My Interview Question to Dennis Quaid

Yesterday was a cool day in Los Angeles for me. For my wife, it was cool, mixed with managing a very active almost-one-year-old at a small outdoor shopping mall in 90 degree weather for a few hours while I was off in Hollywood attending a press junket for the Soul Surfer movie. I was invited to represent Pastors.com since the press has brought a lot of attention to the faith-related elements of the film, and I'll be posting on the site shortly about that very thing. I …

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Toy Story 3: Inception Trailer – Awesome Creativity!

You may have seen this, but having seen both movies, I thought this was genius!! Hat Tip to Khayyam (@iamkhayyam) …

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UP: A Different Sort of Animated Movie

My thoughts after the trailer... My daughter and I went to see the Disney/Pixar movie Up tonight. I went in thinking Pixar had taken an enormous risk with a movie so different from any other Pixar movie. My instincts proved somewhat right - they did take a risk and was a different sort of movie, but in the end, I think it paid off. …

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Reflecting On a Very Nice Christmas

I just wanted to comment briefly about how great this Christmas was. Starting off with the superficial... I got a Wii and a Moleskine. A couple of good friends invested several hours of their lives into helping my wife pull off the Wii sneak attack - I was totally surprised, especially after opening a present that included a check made out to me, from Angie, for a Wii. "Sorry I couldn't get you one, but when the stores have them again..." Ha, two presents later, from a …

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Fireproof Your Marriage

Go here: http://fireproofmymarriage.com/. See this movie! For whatever reason, it seems God has brought couples into our lives that need marriage help. In fact, it's epidemic today. For every one of them, I recommend seeing this movie. In fact, I think everyone should see it. It has multiple presentations of the gospel in a very accurate way. It addresses pornography, emotional coldness, the threat of divorce, and the restoration of a marriage the hard and real way, not …

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The Pixar Touch

I recently finished reading the book The Pixar Touch by David Price and have not had an opportunity to reflect on it yet - it's cool! I have a mixed love for cartoons and technology, so Pixar hits both areas for me. What I love about the book is how various relationships tie to one another. The story begins in the 1960's when some college students began to play around with computer animation - back in the day when computers displayed nothing but lines of text in a system …

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Whom Do You Love?

"Love not the world... for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world, and the world passeth away..." -1 John 2:15-17 Remember Louis Armstrong's great What A Wonderful World? Angie and I had that song played at our wedding. This truly is a wonderful world in many respects. It's the place where we view the glory of God in creation. This world is where Jesus came to minister and to …

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