Here comes the controversy.

My second post on this blog was about a movie.  Not everyone agreed with me, which is fine.  Someone’s about to stir the pot some more.  Bill Maher has a movie releasing soon, Religulous, in which he documents what he sees as the foolishness and ultimately the danger inherit in religion.

I can see the storm brewing.

Honestly, I haven’t seen too much backlash yet, but I think the movie has flown under the radar of many thus far since it’s a documentary and not a blockbuster release.  But let’s take a moment before anything else and agree to approach this with some grace?  Can we avoid petitions trying to stop the movie, and email campaigns sent to the movie studios?  Could be possibly boycott . . . nobody?

Lashing out in anger and protesting the movie will just make the movie’s point in many ways for it, and will change zero minds of those who may agree with it’s precepts.

Do I agree with the conclusions this movie makes?*No, I do not.   Do I think the approach is unfair?  Probably.*  Is Bill Maher justified in his conclusions?  Um, more on that later.

For adults, I would approach this movie with a personal challenge if anything.  How strong are you in your faith?  Can it take a beating?  Can it coexist with questions?

More thoughts on this topic to come.

*No, I have not seen this movie yet.  Yes, I will see it at some point in the future.



Suddenly, I am twelve years old again.

Music Guys, Awesome Buys, and Homeless Guys

Hey everybody. Man, what a couple of weeks. I know I’ve said it before, but we are serious about rethinking ministry at Life. It’s tough to get a breather. When I have had time, here’s some cool things I’ve checked out this past week:

  • The internet is awesome. At THE HOMELESS GUY you can actually read a blog written by . . . a homeless guy. He uses the free computers at a local McDonalds. I dont’ agree with all of his opinions and beliefs necessarily, but it is a fascinating insight on our current culture–a blog from a homeless guy.
  • Check out some great music by Lee McDerment, a worship leader at NewSpring Church.
  • Have a look at the promo for our new series on relationships, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” After you’re done, go viral and forward it to a friend.
  • I’ve got to get one of these.
  • The new trailer for the movie WALL○E.  I don’t know about you, but I totally dig PIXAR movies.  This one looks to be a new classic to me.

Any of you run across anything especially interesting this week?

Something Found Me

So last night, we saw the movie Cloverfield.  What can I say?  That was one of the most intense movies I have seen in a long time.   I was telling someone yesterday that about 15 minutes in, the movie grabs you by the throat and doesn’t really let go until the end.  It was an experience, for sure.

In case you don’t know, Cloverfield is a movie about a group of friends videoing the night before one of them leaves the country.  In the middle of this, New York is attacked by . . . something.  The entire movie is in first person from the video camera’s point of view.  Think Blair Witch Project on a much larger scale, and much less annoying.

Just wow though.  You have got to find time to see this movie in the theaters.  As more images come out from the movie, don’t spoil it for yourself.  The slow, careful reveal of the creature in the movie is one of the best things about it.  Kudos to J.J Abrams and Co on putting together a sweet monster movie.  I’m already a huge fan of LOST, so this just puts me more on board with Bad Robot.  It actually makes me interesting in seeing the new Star Trek movie this December, also produced by Bad Robot.

See This Movie.

A Hulu Christmas

Christmas can come early! Yesterday I received an email informing me I was accepted as a beta tester for In case you’re not familiar, Hulu is an upcoming site where viewers can watch videos from television and even movies, with commercials built in to pay for the thing. I’m not sure if you’ll have to subscribe and pay when the site goes live or not.

Either way, it’s a fun Christmas gift for me. I can catch episodes of the Office, SNL, The Simpsons and other stuff I haven’t had the chance to even check out yet. Maybe I’ll make it through the writer’s strike after all.

New DVD Tuesday 12/18

  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Volume 2: I loved this show when I was a kid. Also, I can not wait for the next Indiana Jones movie this summer.
  • Balls of Fury: More proof that Christopher Walken says yes to every single movie opportunity.
  • Blade Runner: Maybe they’ll make a sequel to this now that Harrison Ford is playing Indiana Jones again.
  • Bring It On: In It to Win It: Just sad Ashley Simpson, just sad.
  • Cinderella II: Dreams Come True: Disney continues to sell out our childhood, much to the delight of my daughter.
  • The Heartbreak Kid: Ben Stiller is hilarious. I’ll never get over milking the cat.
  • Kiss: Kissology Vol. 3 1992-2000
  • The Last Legion
  • The Mod Squad: Season 1 Volume 1
  • Once
  • One Tree Hill: The Complete Fourth Season
  • Rush Hour 3: I thought the first two Rush Hour movies were pretty funny, yet I still couldn’t bring myself to see this sequel.
  • The Simpsons Movie: This movie was better than expected, and I love the Simpsons, so I was generally satisfied.
  • Stardust: Robert Deniro is magic!
  • Underdog: I found the tagline for this movie both ridiculous and hilarious: “One Nation, Under Dog.”

New DVD Tuesday 12/12

DVD’s Coming out Dec 12th

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:  This movie was a little disappointing. It was fun to watch, but compared to one of the best books in this series, it was a let-down.  One bright spot was the great portrayal of Professor Umbrage.
  • High School Musical 2: This movie is so ubiquitous.  Thankfully, I have not yet seen it.
  • The Bourne Ultimatum:  Somehow, I have not seen any of the Bourne movies. 
  • Lost: The Complete Third Season: Lost is one of if not the best show on television.  I am frightened that it may not come back as scheduled because of the writers strike.  Those of you who saw the cliff hanger last season know how hard it would be to wait much longer.  If you have never seen this show, rent or buy the series and catch up now!
  • Frasier-The Tenth Season: This was a great show that I wish I had watched more at the time it was on the air.  I still haven’t seen most of this series, but I love what I have seen.
  • Live in Las Vegas, A New Day, Celine Dion:  I just don’t see her appeal.
  • The Chronological Donald, Volume Three:  As a child, Donald Duck was one of my favorite cartoon characters.  I still have a stuffed Donald, very much the worse for wear.
  • Big Love: The Second Season:  I find the idea of this series interesting, but found it mostly boring when I attempted to watch it.  Maybe it’s just me.