Channel 4 to screen graphic film of abortion

The Observer reports: "An abortion is to be shown on British television for the first time. A Channel 4 programme will also use previously banned images of aborted foetuses in one of the most controversial television programmes broadcast in Britain. " … [Read more...]

The Passion

Why is it that I somehow thought that seeing the Passion would answer my questions about it and I would come down either on the side of adulation or hatred for the film?I guess that things just don't seem that simple for me.On the positive, it was artistic, reasonably accurate, emotive, and most of all a successful film about Jesus. I mean, I was rejoicing to see bible texts on display in my local cinema. Was it anti-semitic- no not really- Jesus states he is giving HIMSELF up to death in … [Read more...]

UK reviews of 'the passion of the christ' begin

LAughing Giraffe believes: "The Passion of the Christ is not anti-semitic. It is a film about personal choice, forgiveness, the moral triumph of compassion in the face of extreme brutality; another interpretation of an age old story. Given Gibson's graphic portrayal of Jesus' last hours even I, a non-Christian, can see why the woman sat to my right walked out and the man in front was crying between prayers!"I finally get to see it on Thursday- it has been sold out several times at my local … [Read more...]

The Passion hits the UK

Iconoblog reports : "One film critic described it as the film that refuses to go away, about a Saviour who refuses to stay dead. You may not like what it says, but you can't avoid the Jesus it portrays.Friends have seen it, and said almost everyone was crying and the cinema was silent as people filed out afterwards. … [Read more...]

Preaching on the Passion

In a sermon entitled Mother's pain, world's gain based on Luke 2:22-35, I discuss the death of Jesus, and the Mel Gibson Film. Have a listen if you like...... … [Read more...]

Iraq, Spain and church

Anywone who says 'I like your website, Adrian, it's one of the best.' in a comment, deserves to have that comment repeated in its entirety here for all to see! And what is more, Allison has hit the nail on the head in responding BOTH to what I have been saying about Iraq/Spain AND the church. There definitely IS a link in my mind and she has picked it up well (clearly at least one other person thinks in as wacky a way as me!)I think what I was driving at is that the terrorist, the lone … [Read more...]

What did the church ever do for me?

So what is the point of church? Why is it important? Why does it exist and what can it do for me? Should I actually be asking the question 'What can I do for the church?'Like the Romans, there is much that has been purely practical that the church has accomplished. Great social movements, charitable care, justice campaigns that have led to changes in the law have all come from church. Not to mention institutions like schools and hospitals many of which were started by churches.Actually, … [Read more...]

A passionate resonse

Sarah's Stuff!reports: "My cousin went and saw the passion and cried her eyes out- afterwards, she went to church and devoted her life to Jesus Christ. That sounds like a changed life if you ask me."Of course, not to be too picky, but I guess we would all like to know what kind of Christian did she devote herself to being?Is this one of those films that we all bring our prejudices to? Does an atheist leave more convinced of the fallacy of Christianity? Does a catholic see Mary's role even … [Read more...]

The Passion

MArk Roberts has given me more reason to regret that I cannot yet make my own mind up about this film!"I don't think any movie has ever inspired more emotionally charged and widely varied responses. In this sense at least, The Passion of the Christ is very much like Jesus himself. Almost nobody who has seen this movie responds to it in a detached manner. Though the responses to The Passion of the Christ have been all over the map, they share one ironic quality: profound passion. The diversity … [Read more...]

The Passion is here (or at least in the US!)

blogs4God is listing all the differing Passion reviews (it has been sold-out). I love the paradox that Christians are promoting a film that in the UK will be an 18! I am a bit sad that I cannot really wade into these discussions as in the UK we still await our opportunity to view it. But view it I will, and once all my blogging friends are bored of it I will no doubt decide which side of the fence I am on! … [Read more...]