March 5, 2015

In Birdman, there are only sixteen visible cuts in the entire film.  The effect of so few cuts is to create the sensation of a continuously rolling camera and therefore unbroken action.  Of course, there are many more edits than what is obvious to the naked eye, but there are still long, uninterrupted scenes.  What is interesting is that although Lubezki won his second straight Academy Award for Best Cinematography (following his win for Gravity), the film was not nominated for Best Editing.  Possibly the reason for the lack of a nomination for Editing was either 1) because the film plays as one continuous scene, the editing did not stand out to Academy voters, or 2) because the movie was shot in sequence (ie, unlike most films, it was filmed from start to finish in sequential order), the editing process was much shorter than usual. Read more

February 28, 2015

As an introduction to the topic of Theonomy, it seemed best to break this down into three parts. Through this series, the first post will give a basic outline to some of the main principles of Theonomy; the second, a critique to these principles; the third, a final synopsis with some closing notes. Though I would hardly qualify myself as an expert in Theonomy, able to refute each and every point with the utmost eloquence, I am aiming to show why Theonomic Rule is not a hermeneutically consistent interpretation for the NT believer. Read more

February 12, 2015

As a Christian and a pastor, I have mixed emotions about the recent spate of Bible-inspired and Christian films that have been made.  On the one hand, I appreciate films I can take my kids to and the willingness by Hollywood to look at evangelicals as more than Southern and Midwestern stereotypes.  On the other hand, I am offended by the notion that because a film was made by Christians or is about Jesus, that I need to get behind it, no matter how poorly made it might be. Read more

February 2, 2015

I went home later that day and shared this conviction with my wife. Was it really possible that my wearing of crochet pants (regardless of pattern or colors) could really cause a woman, other than my wife, to have lustful thoughts? It wasn’t long before my wife, in tears, looked at me and confessed, “Yes, when I walk into a place and there are men wearing those crochet pants, it’s hard not to look. I try not too but the colors, the patterns, the beauty…it is so hard not to look.” Read more

February 1, 2015

We have the Spirit to guide us in understanding these words, however, we function in an un-glorified state that is subject to deceit, misunderstanding, and willful rejection of the truth. If our task is to be transformed by the constant renewal of our minds, we ought to take utmost care and diligence in the methods we use to study divine writ. We must be vigilant in not only refusing heretical teaching; we must be vigilant in refusing a study methodology that logically leads one to accept such teaching. Read more

January 30, 2015

How do we know we are not only saved but safe? How do we know we are not only saved but secure? Because not only are we saved, but we are also sealed. We are saved and safe, saved and secure, because we are saved and sealed. Earlier in the series we discovered that “Salvation is of the Lord” (not us), and it is by grace through faith. We can’t be saved by grace and by works. It is “not you holding out, but God holding on.” We also discovered that God uses definite, specific terms. He has a very precise vocabulary Now, let’s look at the fact that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise Read more

January 20, 2015

The first reason to believe in eternal security is because Salvation is of the Lord. We looked at that in the previous article and, with an open mind, discussed asking God to change our thinking on the issue if needed. The goal for any teacher, or preacher, should not be trying to make sure they’ve always been right, but instead to make sure they presently are right. So, again, I ask you to hear me out before you pass judgment on me or this doctrine. Don’t be like a programmed machine, investigate Scripture and decide for yourself. Read more

January 12, 2015

Some of you are thinking, “I already believe in eternal security.” But why do you? What’s your proof, chapter and verse? “Be ready to give an answer to any man who asks of you of the hope that lies in you.” This will strengthen your position. And it will deepen your appreciation for what it is you have in Christ, and it will cause you to want to live a Christ-like life because of that appreciation. Read more

January 9, 2015

The end of the year has come and gone. Have you even thought about any New Year’s resolutions yet – you know, those decisions you make every year to shed a few pounds, get in shape, stop smoking, and basically just start getting our lives back in order? There’s something about starting a new year that forces most people to want to make some resolutions. We like the idea of putting an old year behind us, along with all of its frustrations and mistakes, and starting over fresh and new. Read more

January 5, 2015

After we had our miscarriage I was surprised to learn how many other couples had gone through them. I had no clue how many there were. Statistics tell us that about 15-20% of pregnancies end in a miscarriage. But, our culture has a strange desire to not talk about this issue. I suppose I understand some of the desire to keep it a secret – it’s unsettling, traumatic, and sometimes embarrassing. We don’t want to talk about it.  Read more

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