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  1. yes I have heard rumors about it. Most credible is that the reason why many have not been taking sides on the emergent church is because this book has not come out yet. People knew of Carson's upcoming book and have been wanting to wait and see what he says before making value judgements regarding the emergent church. Like most of Carson's work it should be well written, researched and thoughtful. Worth a read. . .
  2. After being too consummed with school I have finally caught up with Alias! It is interesting that nobody has mentioned that Jack could be "playing" Syd. Do any of you think it was a whole set of by Jack and Sloane to get Syd to think warm and happy thoughts toward Jack? I do agree though that the scene was very well written and creatively done. Also, the birthday connection to last season is intriguing. Do you know what I am referring to? The one where Syd dreams and sees her dad standing next to a birthday cake? Anyways, I have promised myself this season not to read into every little jot and tittle and it has been much more enjoyable! I do think we are in for a mind blowing season finale though. . .
  3. Nice to see that somebody noticed there was no Little House. It is rediculous for Lone Ranger to be at the very bottom. Other neglected themsongs I think are Saved by the Bell and like it or not. . .FRIENDS. . . it was pretty revolutionary I think to have The Rembrants do the song and have it be on the top of the charts for as long as it did. The Monkeys obviously did it but it was a show about a musical band. . .Friends was different. Price Is Right got slighted too. . .that should be higher. . .pretty long standing. And what about the NBC News intro? Just some thoughts. . .
  4. so what all did you guys think? For the first time in a super duper long time I am actually anticipating next weeks show! The old writer's contracts may have expired and J.J. finally got his old crew back. Bringing back some of the old plot lines has been stupendous eventhough some of the writing is still a bit pathetic. But I'm pumped about Sloane beinge evil again!!! And Jack being Mr. Godfather "I'm above the law person." (Does Jack ever remind you of Zoolander or is it just me?) But little pet peeve. . .when Sloane said he was giving over the task to "JACK BRISTOW" all dignified and what not. . .why not say I'm handing this task over to "Jack" it isn't like there is another Jack they might get confused with? Little pathetic lines like that are still driving me nuts. However, to end the show with a cliff hanger is very rewarding! And wowsers did Sark have some good lines or what? Anyways, love you know your thoughts!
  5. so good to see this post. I'm a middle school Bible teacher at a Christian School. A few weeks ago a note was found which was written by two guys who were joking about some sex "ideas." Teachers and Administrators were shocked an appalled. Unfortunately the action take was to have stricter snack time and give blue slips (i.e. slap on the wrist). I was very frustrated and as the school was recupperating from their loss of innocence I tried to express my ideas that this is a coming of age time for the boys and these notes represent a type of rights of passage. I would be very, very interested in knowing your thoughts regarding this concept. Anyways, as the parents were coming to grips on what to do I told one mom about the 3x website. Her interest was high and seemed to be exceedingly grateful for the information. She shared that it was difficult for her to even go get groceries because she knew her son would be on the internet as soon as she left. So it seems as though even if the views of anti-masterbation are seen as extreme by some. . .the website is allowing some moms to go grocery shopping with a bit more peace of mind. What I would like to ask however, is what resources are out there similar to this? There are the books "Every young man's battle" and encouraging accountability and etc. But what can a female Bible teacher do to try to address this "problem" for jr. highers besides having them read a book and talk to a youth pastor? How can we get beyond the surface and down to the deeper spiritual issues? Any ideas?
  6. Wow! Dan you could serisouly make a killing on this stuff. Thanks again! As for the Barth question. . .start a new thread on Barth and I'll be posting like a mad (wo)man! My
  7. I was impressed by Dixon. However, was it good for him to play his cards? Sloane seems to always get even. It was nice however, to get some of the old GOOD plotline into this season. Seems as though J.J. is pulling through. Episodes that do more than unlock something in a new way are good. Freaky show but I was glad the resisted the temptation to go sci-fi. . .
  8. Thank you! Thank you! I could really use this stuff at my school This is good stuff. . .Great set up. . .Would you be willing to share anymore of the resources like the Alfred Hitchcock page? Could totally use things like that. I would be willing to speak to our headmaster and principal to see if we could compensate you if you are ready to begin marketing it! Seriously, I am implementing various cultural awareness assignments but have not done anything like this because of time. It would be great if you could help me out some! Currently, I'm in the process of developing a consistent k-12 Bible curriculum that is from a Reformed perspective rather than a dispensational. Having a blast with teaching catechisms, creeds, the patristics, Calvin, Barth, Lewis, Packer etc. . . It is great stuff and loving it. Just takes a ton of time and my music and movie component to the curriculum is getting the shaft. Noticed you did an ACSI workshop. Good for you. How was your information received?
  9. One of my fav quotes from Princess Bride is "Have fun storming the castle" As for other "high art" quotes. . .Bonnie Hunt's character in Return to Me: "Hairy Legs are your only link to reality."
  10. The book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was an all time favorite of mine as a child. I remember watching the movie and being completely devestated by the interpretation of Willy Wonka. From that point on I wished somebody would make a movie more like the book. And when I first heard that Burton and Depp were again going to partner and do this book I could not be happier. However, I am guilty of my childhood experiences causing me to be very biased. I have seen the movie since that tragic day of childhood scarring and I do see more redeeming factors to it. One in particular is the love that Charlie has for his grandfather. This was something I missed as a second grader. The reason why he takes the fizzy lifting drink is because his grandpa was wanting to do so. Charlie loved his grandfather so much that he would rather make his grandpa happy than have an entire factory of fun! Could it be interpreted that it is this love for grandfather and people that convinces Willy Wonka to give the factory to Charlie? Wonka didn't want somebody who necessarily followed rules to the strictest interpretation to take over the factory but rather cared for other people's happiness (which is what Wonka candy is all about). I think this interpretation does bring about some redemption to the seemingly poor portrayl of Dahl's Wonka by Wilder. However, I do wait with great anticipation to this new portrayl. I do echo the concerns of others on this post that the younger Wonka does give me some reservations. . .but I do remain confident in know that both Burton and Depp love this book and want it to be done well. And I really don't think there could be a better pair to do so!
  11. A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow by Mitch and Mickey
  12. I think I continue to be too idealistic to think that could actually happen. Carl F.H. Henry, Harold Lindsell, Harold Ockega, Nelson Bell had such higher standards for this magazine. Oh for it to go back to its days in the early 60's when they were actually discussing issues like Christology, election, church and state issues, Karl Barth, etc. . . Ughhh!
  13. I've been pretty busy this semester so I haven't been following this thread however, I revisited it when I saw the article this month. My Master's thesis is pertainining to American theological education through CT. One aspect I have found particularly interesting is a column that CT used to run called Refiner's Fire. It was during the 70's. This column would critique various forms of art throughout its running. It was very interesting because it seemed to be educating the readers how to crtique film, poetry, literature, television etc. My concern with CT currently, is that it seems to be encouraging people to find a "papal" figure and simply agree with that person. Rather than providing tools to its readership to formulate opinions for themselves. These papal figures come in all forms from Brian McLaren to Ted Baher What is the point of interviewing Ted Baher? Is it to develop little Ted Baher disciples? Or is it to educate the readers of CT to engage with culture on their own standing. Unfortunately, it seems that the goal of CT currently is to take the easy way out and provide its readership with an interview that does not empower, educate or inform. It seems as though CT may be looking for a means to redefine its place in the current evangelical landscape. Unfortunately, this issue shows it's confused. This interview was in an issue that had a cover story on the emergent church seeking to engage with the postmodern culture. However, in the same issue it also has an interview with Ted Baher that only disconnects Christians with culture. This is confusing to the readers. All this to say. . . it is my hope that CT can begin to develop a consistent ideology and be more consistent in their reporting rather than running like a business and trying to cater to all forms of evangelicalism in order to have a broader readership.
  14. Well, I just got back from a weeks vacation in Colorado Springs. Through a twisted turn of events my friend and I found ourselves on a Focus on the Family tour and in the Book center. Yup! The evangelical papal figure himself is endorsing the Christina alternative to American girls. (What was wrong with Felicity, Sophia and Kit? And how nerdy would it be to go to a slumber party with the cheesy Christian doll instead of the super-duper cool Felicity of the initial American Girl Dolls). Of course they had the Bush praying thing prominantly displayed as people entered. In addition they have a section for singles. Since I am one I thought it would be interesting to see what the family man himself endorses for myself. Needless to say it was a great arrangement of Joshua Harris type stuff and True Love Waits literature for 20somethings. As I was holding a copy of a girl came up raving about the book. So I took this as an opportunity to encourage her to read A Sever Mercy by Vanauken (sp?). Of course Focus on the Family did not have it. . . And to conclude this trip to the book center of Focus on the Family my friend and I saw the magazine version of the NIV which advertises the NT for girls to learn how to get a long with their mom and how to behave around boys. I don't know. . .maybe it's just me. . .but I thought I was supposed to read the Bible to get to know Jesus more, not for some utilitarian means to have a happier family. . .oh well And finally when one enters the welcome center to go into the art exhibit (I didn't go in their for fear of loosing all control) there is a LARGE movie poster of The Passion which is signed by none other than evangelicals new best friend. . .Mel Gibson. Anyways, just some "realism" to pass on to others!
  15. Great Work Dan ~ I am starting this next school year as a jr. high Bible teacher and assistant chaplin at a local christian school in Massachusetts. Of course I'm not trying to rock the boat too much in order to possibly get my foot in the door at the local Christian High School the following year to possibly do something to this extent. In regards my discussions with the administrators they are very, very open to using art and other areas of culture in my classes. However, their view seems to be that they support it because of issues of "relevancy" and ability to speak with culture. So. . . the first day of class I will be using a Switchfoot song to talk about upcoming expectations of the year however, I am wanting to somehow get it from using movies/music etc. for relevancy but to actual expression of Christian thought. Any ideas of how to do this at a jr. high level? My
  16. Last weekend I was in a discussion with somebody who was sharing his view that Christians in Hollywood need to be prayed for because he did not think it would be a place that is beneficial to serve. To some extent he was using the ultra conservative arguement that I received as a teen that Christians can't be bartenders, strippers and abortion doctors. It was interesting to hear his logic but also very, very sad at the sametime. This concept of praying "for those in Hollywood." is dangerous in my opinion. It seems to have a sense of "well God is now on my side in regards to my opinions regarding movies because I am praying for these people." Maybe it is my judgementalism but many of these people who taught this rhetoric irk me. After working on Capitol Hill for three years it was often I would receive mail from people telling me that they were praying for me. It was a rather interesting experience. It seems as though the whole concept of prayer needs to be re-evaluated by these people. I am thankful that people who did not know me were praying for me but it also scares me to think of what they were praying for. . . It is one of those examples when people can feel as though they are being "used by God" without becoming personally involved in another person's life. Rather than spending time praying for a stranger (either myself of a "Hollywood Christian") it might be more beneficial to spend time with people they actually know and discover how to pray for them in regards to their vocation and God's calling in their life. I don't know. . .just some thoughts. . .
  17. I was gone for the weekend and am glad to see some discussion. It does seem a bit hopeless of the situation. The idea of the cathedral bookstore being a service is intriguing since many American evangelical churches claim to have a library ministry. I currently attend Park Street church in Boston and was impressed with the library there. What are the church libraries of which you are aware like and how effective are they? If there was possibly a means for church lay people to begin asking for a better library ministry do you think the church leadership would support such a venture? In addition, if church libraries became a viable option to obtain books could this possibly be a means to challenge the "christian Wal-Mart?" (btw, Christian bookstore irony for the day. . .while in Missouri this weekend I saw a bill board for Missouri's most beautiful Christian bookstore. Why does a bookstore need to be beautiful? Couldn't it be diverse? informative? etc. . .? Ughhh!)
  18. As a second year seminary student I have found myself in a variety of conversations discussing perceived short-comings of the American "evangelical" community. Recently, the topic of Christian Bookstores has emerged and brought about a great deal of angst among several of my acquaintences. So much so, we could possibly be angsty enough to try to do something about this. Of course the idea of staging a formal protest has entered our minds but we always remind ourselves of the success various groups like the Southern Baptists have with boy-cotting Disney. So, that brought me to the conclusion of seeing what people on this board think: What ideas and opinions do you have regarding Christian bookstores, publishing houses and authors? What do you think the most effective action would be to bring about the awareness of these ideas and opinions? Do you know of any articles, books or other groups that are seeking to bring about change to the current trend of American evangelical publishing?
  19. I would have to agree with many of the recent comments. This show is really pushing the line of being completely zanny and out of control, but for some reason I keep watching it and am amazed. Jack was getting to be too much of a good guy. I like his character best when we are questioning whether he is really good or bad. I thought having Lauren's mom kill Lauren's dad was great writing. The whole horse desert thing was rediculous. Sark would have seen the horses in the review mirro long before he did if he was really a good evil person! In addition, I hear we are supposed to find out something about Vaughn's father. It isn't as though I spend valuable time reading forums about this or anything when I should be writing papers. . . Anyways, those are my ramblings. In short I find this movie rather Galazy Quest-ish. For some reason it is just great but it is soooo out there that I'm not sure why.
  20. Have not had the time to keep up on this discussion as much as I would like so maybe this has already been discussed and I just missed the posts but. . . there hasn't been any mention of Moulin Rouge? Am I completely bogus in thinking that it is one of the most spiritually profound movies? (And this is to give a shout out to all the Indiana people. . .If Field of Dreams can make it why not Hoosiers? One of the best David and Goliath stories and a story of redemption and restoration. . .)
  21. So has anybody tried to get their website registered with this "group" or whatever they consider themselves? http://fundamentaltop500.com/index.php3?ac...page&SID=502293
  22. I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned Roman Holiday. My opinion is that no "chick" needs to see any additional chick flicks after they have seen this one because it encapsulates all of the qualities of chick flicks into one movie. Roman Holiday tends to be my standard of measuring all other chick flicks. One just can not go wrong with Gregory Peck or Audrey Hephurn! Also, there hasn't been much mention of the Jane Austin movies. . .Of course as I have stated awhile ago on this board. . .I am a closet fan of these movies. I do enjoy About A Boy and I found Sweet Home Alabama and Down with Love to be surprisingly good and possibly keeping chick flicks from being sold out to Julia Robers and J-Lo. . .
  23. Thanks for the paper writing procrastination technique. I posted on the favorite movies discussion board. That should get them talking some. If you can't tell from the top ten list I'm a bit passive agressive. Also take note. . .I did put a Disney movie on just to get the SBC all up in arms!!! Oh! I also posted under the general board. What is the world? I can't believe people are still wanting to show their children Thief in the night. What's next? Bring back Without Reservation. If they want to bring back a 1970's "Christian" movie what about Super Christian? Does anybody remember that one?!?!
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    Cinematic Sermons

    I'm surprised nobody has menioned a Michael Moore "documentary." Normally when I think of films that are preachy and full of propoganda he is first on my lifst. Anybody beg to differ?
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    Mona Lisa Smile

    I went to go see Mona Lisa's smile with my 89 yr. old grandma, and a friend of mine who is engaged. I myself am in my 20's and single so after the movie some really good discussion was evoked. I did think that the scene on the porch was good. In addition to that scene I did think another redeeming factor was the way the institution of marriage was addressed. The way Kirsten Dunst's character so easily succombed to the fallicy of marriage being a dream world continues today. How easy it is to give marriage as the solution to so many of the problems of this world. It was true in the 50's and continues to be true in the "Christian evangelical world" today. It was interesting to leave the movie with my grandmother and engaged friend reminding each other that the "life situation" we were are in is equally valuable to today's society. Quite possibly a reason why Christian critics like movieguide take such offense to this movie could be because they would rather continue in their dream world that their marriage is perfect and all who are content with a single lifestyle are liberal, feminists. (oooops! I hope no bitterness towards Christians was evident in that last comment!)
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