We saw the movie Noah. It had some good cinematic touches (such as the imagery with the seven days of creation), and I don’t begrudge some of the imaginative liberties (such as having the animals be in suspended animation on the ark). I was even finding myself liking it for awhile. Some of the criticisms, I saw, were ill founded. (That they made Noah a vegetarian? Well, compare Genesis 1:28-30 and Genesis 9:2-4, which suggests that God gave permission to eat animals after the flood.) But the flaws in the movie kept getting more and more damaging. Like an ark that has a few leaks, which let in more and more water, the force of which makes the leaks bigger, until the sides stave in and the vessel goes down to the watery depths. [Read more…]
Have any of you seen the movie Noah? What is your verdict?
After the jump, excerpts from a revealing interview by the ace religion reporter Sarah Pulliam Bailey with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky about what he was trying to convey in the movie, including its themes of original sin, justice, and mercy. [Read more…]
More from our pastor’s sermon last Sunday on Christ’s conversation with Nicodemus (John 3). From Rev. James Douthwaite, St. Athanasius Lutheran Church: Lent 2 Sermon:
Nicodemus is thinking about what man does or can do; Jesus is talking about what God does, and what God has promised. Nicodemus was thinking of how man can get to God; Jesus is talking about God coming to man. Nicodemus is thinking works; Jesus is talking grace, or gift. [Read more…]
In last Sunday’s sermon on the dialog between Nicodemus and Jesus (John 3), our pastor drew parallels between the Spirit of God moving over the face of the waters at the creation (Genesis 1:2) and what Jesus told Nicodemus about the role of water and the Spirit in the new creation (John 3:5). [Read more…]
A major study has been released exploring the role of the Bible for contemporary Americans. It’s entitled The Bible in American Life . You can access it here. Among its findings: 48% of Americans report reading the Bible sometime during the course of last year. 29% believe it is inerrant, with 48% believing it is inspired. African-Americans read the Bible more than just about anybody. And “Nones”–people who claim no religious affiliation– read it quite often, considering.
One of the most surprising findings: the most popular and fastest-growing Bible translation by far is the King James translation. After the jump, details about that. [Read more…]
Have you noticed how Jesus fulfilled the Sermon on the Mount–turning the other cheek, returning good for evil, exemplifying each of the Beatitudes? We don’t, but He did, on our behalf.
Now note how Pastor Douthwaite treats “love your enemies,” moving from Law to Gospel, with a bit of the Gospel-motivated Third Use of the Law. [Read more…]