Movie Reviews

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Q. 89 What are the keys of the kingdom?
A. The preaching of the holy gospel and Christian discipline toward repentance.  Both preaching and discipline open the kingdom of heaven to believers and close it to unbelievers.

Matt. 16:19; John 20:22-23

Q. 90 How does preaching the gospel open and close the kingdom of heaven?
A. According to the command of Christ:
The kingdom of heaven is opened by proclaiming and publicly declaring to all believers, each and every one, that, as often as they accept the gospel promise in true faith, God, because of what Christ has done, truly forgives all their sins.
The kingdom of heaven is closed, however, by proclaiming and publicly declaring to unbelievers and hypocrites that, as long as they do not repent, the anger of God and eternal condemnation rest on them.
God’s judgment, both in this life and in the life to come, is based on this gospel testimony.

Matt. 16:19; John 3:31-36; 20:21-23

Q. 91 How is the kingdom of heaven closed and opened by Christian discipline?
A. According to the command of Christ:
Those who, though called Christians, profess unchristian teachings or live unchristian lives, and after repeated and loving counsel refuse to abandon their errors and wickedness, and after being reported to the church, that is, to its officers, fail to respond also to their admonition–such persons the officers exclude from the Christian fellowship by withholding the sacraments from them, and God himself excludes them from the kingdom of Christ. Such persons, when promising and demonstrating genuine reform, are received again as members of Christ and of his church.

Matt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 5:3-5, 11-13; 2 Thess. 3:14-15
Luke 15:20-24; 2 Cor. 2:6-11

Movie Review: Fritz Lang’s M

Producer: Seymour Nebenzal
Director: Fritz Lang
Writer: Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, Paul Falkenberg, Adolf Jansen, and Karl Vash
Cast: Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, and Gustaf Gründgens

Plot: A child killer stalks the streets posters every where warning that he has murdered eight children and parents are to keep their children inside. But outside children play a game where they sing of a man in black coming with his cleaver to kill you. And in erie response to the children playing another young girl is murdered.

The papers receive a letter from the killer telling the police to stop him or he will kill again. The uproar in the city has caused the police to make daily nightly sweeps in the town nabbing anyone without papers. This has put a serious dent into the crime bosses money flow and so they have gotten together and enlisted the beggers of the town to guard the children and look for the child killer.

And the beggers find the man! And the hunt begins for him as the criminals block every avenue of escape. Even as the police have discovered who the killer is and wait for him in his rooms. Who will get him first?

This was the first sound film that Lang ever did. In it he created some techniques that have become standard. One was that whenever the killer appeared he would whistle the music from Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King. So audiences would associate that song with the presence of the murderer, which is now the standard of villians, they have their own music theme. Also this was the first starring role for Peter Lorre who was perfectly cast as the obsessed tormented killer unable to control the compulsion that rules him and makes him despise his life. One of the best scenes in the movie is his monologue before his accusers.

Here Lorre expresses his hatred for himself, for what he does, for the thing that torments him and his inability to stop

I think of this scene when I read Roman’s seven where Paul says:

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

This is not what I would call a family film. Even though you never see the murders of the children the psychological effect is there and in some way more intense than actually seeing it. However, adults who appreciate such directors as Alfred Hitchcock will enjoy this film.

I give this film five stars.



Q. 87 Are those to be admitted to the Lord’s Supper who show by what they say and do that they are unbelieving and ungodly?

A.  No, that would dishonor God’s covenant and bring down God’s anger upon the entire congregation. Therefore, according to the instruction of Christ and his apostles, the Christian church is duty-bound to exclude such people, by the official use of the keys of the kingdom, until they reform their lives.

1 Cor. 11:17-32; Ps. 50:14-16; Isa. 1:11-17

Q. 88 How should this Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper be closed?

A. In singing Praises to God vocally and audibly for his great Benefits and Blessings to his Church in the shedding of the most precious Blood of his Son to take away their Sin; which Blessings are pointed out in this Sacrament. Also we find our Lord and his Disciples did close this Ordinance in singing a Hymn or Psalm; and if Christ sang, who was going to die, what cause have we to sing for whom he died, that we might not eternally die, but live a spiritual and eternal life with Father, Son, and Spirit in unexpressible Glory.

Mat. 26.30

Frenetic Friday Night


As for the rest of you brave souls buckle up its going to be a bumpy ride.

So the next portion of this post will be only fit for the toilet.

There are times when I told you so just doesn’t seem to convey the right response. But I told you so. Rather those of us who understand that since the fallen nature is present in all of us certain behaviors will be present.  Case in point:  Since the transgender revolution has come and the “gender neutral” bathroom/locker room are becoming the (ab)normal the fakers have come out.  In October of 2015 at the University of Toronto two different women said that someone tried to film them using a cellphone.  And this was of course in a gender neutral locker room.  Because of that the amount of gender neutral bathrooms have been reduced and instead bathrooms that are for those who identify as female or male have been assigned.

But wait will that really solve anything?  Seattle Parks and Recreation  is finding that designating locker rooms for women doesn’t mean a thing if you identify as a woman or at least cite the law that says you can do that.  On February 8th during the busiest time of the when the pool is open for lap swims, a man dressed in board shorts walked into the women’s locker room and undressed.  When confronted and told to leave the man cited the transgender law and said he didn’t have to go.  Now the man never identified himself as a woman he just said that they couldn’t make him leave because of the law.

Now this of course has caused protests on both sides of the issue.   Opponents claim the rule opens up bathrooms to voyeurs but supporters say that’s an unrealistic fear.  Tell it to the women in the University of Toronto.

However the icing on the cake is this comment from a progressive blog:

cisgender women might just have to deal with cis men creeps attempting to invade spaces that have traditionally been designated as “safe” for women.<source>

Tell me, really, how do you feel about your wife/sister/daughter dealing with this?


So let’s talk about this:

Funny right?  Well not to NARAL yes it seems that Doritos has made the unpardonable sin for NARAL as they tweeted:


Humanizing fetuses, you know Jeff Durbin has this excellent thing he says to quit talking Latin because fetus is Latin for baby.  But think about this what else do two human beings have but another human?  I mean when was the last time two humans had a puppy?

Now look at this:

How can you see this, where one baby comforts another in the womb and say that they aren’t human?

So let’s talk politics.  How would you, or your church reply to something that was morally wrong but made into law?  Todd Friel has a nice little video that shows just how to do that.

Read the actual letter here:  Our statement on marriage

And that is it for Frenetic Friday Night.



Q. 85  How does the Lord’s Supper differ from the Roman Catholic Mass?

A.  The Lord’s Supper declares to us that our sins have been completely forgiven through the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ which he himself finished on the cross once for all.  It also declares to us that the Holy Spirit grafts us into Christ,  who with his very body is now in heaven at the right hand of the Father where he wants us to worship him.4  But the Mass teaches that the living and the dead do not have their sins forgiven through the suffering of Christ unless Christ is still offered for them daily by the priests.  It also teaches that Christ is bodily present in the form of bread and wine where Christ is therefore to be worshiped. Thus the Mass is basically nothing but a denial of the one sacrifice and suffering of Jesus Christ and a condemnable idolatry.

John 19:30; Heb. 7:27; 9:12, 25-26; 10:10-18

1 Cor. 6:17; 10:16-17

Acts 7:55-56; Heb. 1:3; 8:1

Matt. 6:20-21; John 4:21-24; Phil. 3:20; Col. 3:1-3

Q. 86 Who are to come to the Lord’s table?

A.  Those who are displeased with themselves because of their sins, but who nevertheless trust that their sins are pardoned and that their continuing weakness is covered by the suffering and death of Christ, and who also desire more and more to strengthen their faith and to lead a better life.  Hypocrites and those who are unrepentant, however, eat and drink judgment on themselves.

1 Cor. 10:19-22; 11:26-32