Featured Video #24 (John Piper’s The Innkeeper)

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John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org.

Watch John Piper reading his very own Christmas poem, The Innkeeper.

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Featured Video #23 (Exodus: Gods & Kings)

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Hollywood has a contradictory relationship with Biblical cinema. The movie moguls have long recognized that Biblical films can bring home the proverbial bacon, but they seem to drag their feet when it comes to producing something remotely related to the actual story. Did they not learn from Aronofsky’s epic failure, Noah?

Exodus: Gods & Kings will likely follow the same failed strategy: use a piece of religious literature as a way to draw people in, but then offend the very people they were hoping to reach by distorting the literature.

The audiences were fooled with Noah. I wonder if they will be fooled a second time?

Sadly, if the film bombs–and I think it will–the studios will likely conclude that the popularity of Biblical films is waning.  If it does bomb it will be because Christendom is tired of having their stories twisted.

Sadly, the actor who portrays Moses, Christian Bale, was recently criticized for calling Moses a ‘schizophrenic’ and a ‘terrorist.’ He even went so far as to call both Moses and his God ‘mercurial.’  The writer, Brian Godawa, has publically distanced himself from Bale’s comments.

All that to say, I wouldn’t expect much more than another Hollywood attempt to portray something it doesn’t understand.

So….are you going to pay money to see Exodus: Gods and Kings?

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Yet Another Noah Review

‘The Force Awakens’ Trailer Debuts!

Here it is, and it looks phenomenal!

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Kreeft’s ‘God and Suffering’ (Featured Video #21)

Given the recent atrocities around the world, this video may help give some perspective.

Peter Kreeft is professor at Boston College and The King’s College, New York. In this featured video he explains that suffering isn’t proof of atheism.

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His message is simple:

How can suffering exist without an objective standard against which to judge it? Absent a standard, there is no justice. If there is no justice, there is no injustice. And if there is no injustice, there is no suffering. On the other hand, if justice exists, God exists.

Enjoy!

 

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