Why Christian Movies are so terrible~Jared C. Wilson


Last month, while out at the movies, my wife and I happened to see trailers for two new movies produced by and for the Christian market — “faith-based films” they call them these days. Both trailers distilled their respective stories down to about 3 minutes of earnest dialogue snippets, tear-streamed dramatic moments, and inspirational footage of sports (basketball in one, track in the other). Throughout both trailers — which we saw on two different days before two different movies — the audience was audibly laughing. I was cringing. The paint-by-numbers aesthetic of the new wave of Christian movies persists in making the faith appear trite, inauthentic, corny, and — worst of all, as far as the culture goes — uncool.

Why despite all the gains made in technology and budgeting can’t Christians make good movies?

I know, I know — people always try to come up with exceptions. But there aren’t any, really. Every now and again some well-meaning brother or sister will say to me, “This one’s different. You gotta see it. It’s not like the others.” And then it is. It painfully, painfully is. Why does it seem like the only good “Christian movies” are the ones made by the world’s artists with Christian themes (The Passion of the Christ, Silence, etc.)? Some thoughts:

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Special Saturday night


Hello dear readers can you tell that it is getting closer to Christmas? Oh I don’t mean the congestion around the mall or the Amazon packages being stolen from the front porch. No I mean the attack against Jesus, and all things Christmas which leads us right to culture wars.

Yes here’s the first shot across the bow. An associate professor at Minnesota State University, Dr. Eric Spankle posted a tweet saying:

The Virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.*

When it was pointed out that in the scriptures Mary actually did give consent, (Luke 1:26-38) his response was:

The biblical god regularly punished disobedience. The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying “no” negates her “yes”. To put someone in this position is unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.

I will just put Mary’s response right here:
And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name. Luke 1:46-49

Obviously, Mary thought this was a blessing.

Now let’s turn from from the sublime to a couple examples of the ridiculous.

Do you recognize these vegetables?

These are the characters from the show called Veggie Tales. If you’re not familiar with these characters they are a bunch of vegetables that tell stories based upon Biblical foundations.

Well at one California college, Cal State San Marcos, in their “Whiteness Forum” an event that exposes the ” myriad of ways that white supremacy remains front and center in the U.S. social and political context.”

In this forum students pointed to the show Veggie Tales and said because the villians had obvious ethnic accents while the heroes didn’t Veggie Tales was promoting racism with the heroes being “white”.

Eric Metaxes former writer and narrator for Veggie Tales said this:

“All vegetables are part of one race, even though they are of many colors,” Metaxas said. “They are all descended from the same parents — the Adam and Eve of vegetables, who foolishly ate a forbidden fruit (irony?) and screwed everything up for all vegetables descended from them. At least I’m pretty sure that’s the story. *

Multiracial vegetables I weep for this generation.

And from one cartoon show to another.

Yes that is Herbie the dentist elf and Rudolph the red nose reindeer. This show was first released on December 6, 1964 and never mind how old I was. Anyway this cartoon has been a staple of the Christmas season for many years. And yet in a recent Huffington Post video Rudolph triggered them.

Some of the complaints are that Donner is an abusive father by the way he treats Rudolph, and sexist because he forbids his wife from joining him to hunt for Rudolph.

Santa is abusive and no diversely or inclusivity training evident and so an HR nightmare.

And that is the mildest of the responses to a 54 year old movie.

I wonder how soon it will be until Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is put on a list of banned movies never to be broadcasted again, or if allowed shown with a disclaimer warning parents. Or even more radical fed into a computer and all the wrongness taken out or changed. They’ll probably make the Abominable Snowman a vegan.

Well now we are moving from animation to current buzzwords.
Intersectionality is:

the theory that the overlap of various social identities, such as race, gender, and sexuality, contributes to the systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual

I know that you may have been staying up late at night wondering what your possible intersectionality score possibly could be. Well wonder no longer from our friends on the internet the intersectionality calculator has been made. Now you can look up your score and ease your mind. The Intersectionality Calculator.

And in just your wondering I got a thirteen.

And last but certainly not least a myth of Christmas debunked.

Jesus wasn’t born in a stable.

According to Ian Paul at psephizo.com because of medieval misunderstanding and a general ignorance of first century Israel the idea that Jesus was alone in some sort of stable/barn like structure surrounded by nothing more than animals with Joseph and Mary is completely wrong. In fact it is more than likely that he was surrounded by not just his parents but by Joseph and Mary’s extended family that had also traveled Bethlehem to be registered.

One of the more interesting points the article makes is that the animals were normally kept inside the same structure as the living quarters. See the drawing below.

As you can see the animals are kept in the lower level while the family occupy the floor above. It would have been in this upper level that Mary would have given birth surrounded by family.

Read the article here: Once more Jesus was not birn in a stable.

Good night.

Frenetic Friday


Since my insomnia is going full bore and I am occupied with the coming season this will probably be finished by Saturday morning instead of Friday night. But be that as it may I have a selection of articles for your perusal.

From the Daily Mail (Nov. 24, 2018) comes a new scientific research that suggests after a huge catastrophe,

that we sprang from a single pair of adults after a catastrophic event almost wiped out the human race.

These bar codes, or snippets of DNA that reside outside the nuclei of living cells, suggest that it’s not just people who could have come from a single pair of beings, but nine out of every 10 animal species, too

Just a single pair of adults after a great catastrophe I’ll just leave this here.

And while we are talking about ancient history this just in from Israel they have found Pontius Pilate’s ring.

The ring itself was found fifty years ago but with expert cleaning and microscopic examination the archeologist determined that “of Pilate” was inscribed on the ring in greek.

Let’s turn from history to present day.

This is John Allen Chau the young missionary that was killed on the North Sentinel Island. Now recently there has been a rash of articles both praising and damning this young man for his actions. But I think that Tim Challes has written a well crafted article that is worth reading about this missionary and what we should think about what he had done. Go here: On the death of John Allen Chau by Tim Challes

Yes it is time once again to go down into the trenches and prepare for another skirmish in the culture wars.

Our first report comes from Florida in particular the Chasco Middle School where a transgender “boy” is in the habit of walking into the boys locker room literally as their pants are down with no warning. The school officials instructed a male P.E. teacher to supervise the potentially undressed female in the locker room. Using common sense he refused to put himself in a position to “observe a nude or potentially undressed minor female”.

I would like to point out that a few years ago that if a “school official” had suggested that a male teacher must observe a nude minor the parents of the school district would have run him out of town on a rail. However in this case and the times being what they are the teacher was disciplined and sent to another school ” for not doing his job in the locker room”. The teacher has appealed his discipline and sought council. But keep in mind that with the “alphabet soup” activists that are driving the changes and controlling the NEA this sort of idiocy will become common place. < Source>

Yes that flag is flying once again but in an unexpected place. What place is that? Why the Evangelical Theological Society that is where! In an article at CBMW Colin Smothers critiques a paper entitled “Walking across Gender in the Spirit? The Vocation of the Church and the Transgendered Christian“. Now in full disclosure the author of the paper, Dr. Andy Draycott has publicly retracted the paper and has offered a public statement where he unequivocally affirms that God has created humans as male ad female.

Of course the question must be asked why would a society dedicated to Evangelical Theology even allow such a presentation?  And yet it appeared there.    Well I think that Colin  Smothers answers that question in his critique which you can read here

And this last bit of news I am unsure whether to put it under Robotic Over Lords or Culture Wars but since it is technology based and not real robotics lets keep it under culture.

No this isn’t a japanese version of “Tiny Dancer” this is a hologram of Hatsune Miku a virtual teenage girl who was “married”, yes I said  “married” to Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old middle school teacher in Tokyo.  Gatebox the company who provides the device also provided this demo video.

Now Gatebox issued a marriage license but it isn’t legal as Akihiko found out but he still went through with the ceremony which cost about $18,000  and was attended by his disproving family about forty guests in all.  I suppose he promised to love honor and keep her power supply charged.

Technology, we can make the girl of your dreams either virtually or in warm silicon.

Well that is it for Frenetic Friday good night.

Insomnia Saturday Night


Well I promised a post and since the voices in my head won’t let me sleep let’s get on with the show.

From a reader of the blog comes a story from Great Britain where in a dispensational horror story a British company wants to insert RIF chips into their employees.

Biohax a swedish firm specializing in this microchip implantation promotes this as an security measure for firms. The British trade union says it is an imposition on the employees right to privacy and is just another way to micromanage the employees by the companies. Note: this technology has already been put to use in the United States. (Source)

Yes we have another Robotic Over Lords story for you tonight.

Meet Habitat by Honestbee:

This Singapore store is completely cashless and is run by robots. Using the honestbee app will allow you access to the store, where you can scan the items that you want into your shopping cart using their app and pay for them there. But wait, there is more this store started out as a grocery delivery store where you shipped via the app and robots packaged your groceries into a recyclable bag. Now the store has expanded to laundromat and eatery. Here is a video of the robots packing up the ordered food.

The robots can process 300 customers an hour! Coming soon to a Walmart near you? Maybe. (Source)

Feminism ruins everything

Does math perpetuate “Unearned White Male Privilege” well according to an Illinois professor it does. Rochelle Gutierrez, from the University of Illinois wrote:

On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White (Source)

And here is the bonus point Rochelle Gutierrez is a math teacher. Think about that as you send your children to university.

And lastly tonight we have an article about a renegade Episcopal Bishop. Ho hum, what’s new you might think. But wait this is different his rebellion is against the Episcopal Church’s new rules.
The Episcopal Church and Western Society have been hijacked by the ‘Gay Rights Agenda,’ which is very well organized, very strategic, very well financed, and very powerful,”The Rev. William Love wrote in the eight-page letter.

The Episcopal Church is just three weeks, at the time of this article, from finalizing the rules for same sex marriage which would take place on December 2. Love has ordered his diocese not to perform any same sex marriage ceremony.

According to The Rev. Susan Russell, an activist for an inclusive church based in the Los Angeles diocese, Love is the only U.S. bishop refusing to comply with the new resolution.

Certain parishioners gathered outside of St. Andrew’s church in Albany to ceremonially burn Bishop Love’s letter. One lesbian, who said she felt very comfortable at St Andrew’s church said:

You come to a church looking for comfort and love and you’re told that you’re acting in concert with Satan? Anybody who doesn’t fit in with his vision of how things should be is unsafe because of his letter and his actions.

(Source)

William Love Contra Mundum

Good Night.

Frenetic Friday


Once again the sound of Liberty Bell peals out and the tatterdemalion stumbles towards you saying:

Ladies and Gentlemen it is a distinct pleasure to once again post a Frenetic Friday.  And we have a good one for you.

So those of you who are living in Portland have probably seen this:  (warning language)

It is nice to see these thugs get a little comeuppance now if Portland’s mayor would just get a backbone and do the same.

Ligioner Ministries has once again gifted us with The State of Theology

I seriously urge you to go to the website and examine what Evangelicals believe about theology and the Bible.

 

 

 

Yes you know what that means the Robotic Over Lords has stepped u[ their world domination case in point:

And with that terrifying video I bid you good night until the next Frenetic Friday.

Frenetic Friday


Well it has been a while, and heat, wildfires, and an online class that I have been taking has consumed most of my time. However, it’s time once again for that favorite rant against culture Frenetic Friday! (void where prohibited by law)

Yes it is time once again for a feminist update. Point of fact here is Andrew Klavan with the leftese dictionary F is for feminism.

Oh that guy kills me. And now a word about masculinity from Allie Stucky:

And in a totally unrelated story CNN reports on the hiring of male dancers.

Well if that doesn’t increase viewership I don’t know what will.

And last but certainly not least is this article from the Art of Manliness:

Using principles similar to Angelo Siciliano, after he got sand kicked in his face at the beach, the prisoner, I mean the individual uses his own body weight and the available furniture to aid him to develop the form that is the envy of everyone in cell block B.

Well it’s been a while since I have come across a robot being used in such a unique manner, but to combat ophiods this town is turning to a robot that tests poop.

So have you read about that New Mexico Compound where eleven abused children were being trained to be school shooters?

According to an ABC News report:

The documents allege that 39-year-old Siraj Wahhaj was conducting weapons training at the property in Amalia, near the Colorado border. A foster parent of one of the 11 children allegedly stated to law enforcement that Wahhaj had “trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings,” according to a criminal complain

The most important thing to remember about this report is the fact that not once is the man identified as a follower of Islam even though he is, and the question needs to be asked would this be true if the man in question has been a Christian?

And last a new comic by Adam Ford on hate speech:

Robert Gagnon and the Revoice Conference


Doug Wilson kindly posted this by Robert Gagnon regarding the Revoice Conference. This is a fair and balanced read and frankly more people should read it so with that in mind…

While I am glad for the fact that persons at the upcoming Revoice Conference (July 26-28, St. Louis, in a PCA venue) and those who align with the “Spiritual Friendship” program want to refrain from engaging in same-sex intercourse and thereby uphold this part of the orthodox witness, I have seven consequential concerns about their views.
1. Inadequate engagement with the need for “renewal of the mind” as regards homosexual desires. Is there any asking of: “What is the false narrative that gives these impulses particular strength? Why am I viewing a person of the same sex as a sexual complement or counterpart to my own sex? Why am I aroused by the distinctive sexual features of my own sex, by what I already have? Am I thinking of myself as only half of my own sex? What kind of strategies for renewing my mind can I use to counter this false narrative beyond ‘washed and waiting’?” Instead, the benefits of a generalized “gay” perspective (minus the sex) are celebrated or lifted up. Even if one’s attractions may not change with such an evaluation, they can be disempowered by exposing the lie that lies behind attempts to gratify same-sex desire or (for “transgenders,” so-called) to deny one’s biological sex altogether. There is more to be addressed here than refraining from homosexual sex.

Read the rest of it here: Concerns with the upcoming Revoice Conference and Spiritual Friendship Folk

Frenetic Friday


Well, well, well its Friday once again and I do believe we have a really big show for you tonight. So away we go!


Our first item of the night is this new study that has found that women are hard wired to find well meaning SEXIST men more attractive. (emphasis mine)  And why is this so?  Well according to the scientists who did the study women think that such men are more likely protect them, provide for them and commit to a relationship.  So what is considered sexist according to the study?  if they are chivalrous or think women need a man to protect them.  So think about this.  If you’ve been taught to say open the door for a lady, stand when a woman enters a room, remove your hat when speaking to a lady., in times of danger protect the women before yourself.    All this is a form of benevolent sexism.  Or manners as taught by your grandfather and grandmother, or in my case father and mother if you were fortunate to have this happen to you.  (if you were raised in the south  manners are part of the culture and this is the norm.)  But wait there is more it seems that even women who consider themselves strong feminists showed the same preferences in the study by British and US researchers.   That must really grind their gears. <source>

 

 

 

 

So have you ever seen this skit:

If you have you’ll recognize it as one of the classic Monty Python sketches.  Many is the time that I laughed myself silly over such skits.  Well according the head of comedy at the BBC, Shane Allen, Monty Python  wouldn’t get on the BBC because:

If you’re going to assemble a team now it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes,” Allen said in June. “It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.”

Terry Gilliam a member of the troupe and an American said in response to the claim that Monty Python was too white said:

I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian. … My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”
“[Allen’s] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry,” he said. “Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.”<source>

Now let’s go to the Pacific Northwest


Ah Seattle really you can’t find a more liberal city unless you’re on the east coast or in California.  Well seems that Seattle to protect the environment has placed a ban on plastic straws.  That means all the fast food restaurants and other restaurants have to go to either a paper of a paper/plastic composite straw.  Or you have a note from a doctor that  states you must use a plastic drinking straw.  And if you don’t have that note, well that is a $250 fine.  <source>

And last but not least this:

The blurb below says this:

No one is born white. But while there is no biological basis for a white race, whiteness is real. What’s more, whiteness as a way of being in the world has been parasitically joined to Christianity, and this is the ground of many of our problems today. It is time to redouble the efforts of the church and its institutions to muster well-informed, gospel-based initiatives to fight racialized injustice and overcome the heresy of whiteness.

Written by a world-class roster of scholars, Can “White” People Be Saved? develops language to describe the current realities of race and racism. It challenges evangelical Christianity in particular to think more critically and constructively about race, ethnicity, migration, and mission in relation to white supremacy.

Historical and contemporary perspectives from Africa and the African diaspora prompt fresh theological and missiological questions about place and identity. Native American and Latinx experiences of colonialism, migration, and hybridity inspire theologies and practices of shalom. And Asian and Asian American experiences of ethnicity and class generate transnational resources for responding to the challenge of systemic injustice. With their call for practical resistance to the Western whiteness project, the perspectives in this volume can revitalize a vision of racial justice and peace in the body of Christ.<source>

And let me remind you of this:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  Romans 1:16 (emphasis mine)

 

Frenetic Friday


So have you ever seen the WWUTT videos? These ninty second or so videos take a variety of subjects and apply the word of God to them. Mrs. Keachfan likes them because they take deep subjects and explain them clearly. Take a look at the latest one and then go check out their youtube channel.

Speaking of culture wars.

Prager U has come out with a great new video about intersectionality.

Intersectionality is the new buzz word amongst “woke” Christians and SJWs. I didn’t know what it was and I appreciate Prager U’s contribution to my education.

What would your evolutionist friends say if you said that nine out of ten species, including humans, came into existence only 100,000 to 200,000 years ago? Well according to this article from Phys.org a new genetic test proves just that. David Thaler one of the two authors of the study said: “This conclusion is very surprising, and I fought against it as hard as I could.” This means that ninty percent of the current species is basically the same age. But not only that but another unexpected finding from the study—species have very clear genetic boundaries, and there’s nothing much in between.

“If individuals are stars, then species are galaxies,” said Thaler. “They are compact clusters in the vastness of empty sequence space.”

The absence of “in-between” species is something that also perplexed Darwin, he said.

Speaking of Robots.

So do you want to know when you are going to die? According to this article Google’s A.I. can predict your death up to 95% accuracy. As reported by IFL Science, the new ability to use AI to predict death is outlined in a study recently published in npj Digital Medicine. The study involves new Artificial Intelligence (AI) that Google’s Medical Brain team have been working on. It has been trained to predict how likely it is that patients entering a hospital will make it out alive.

Now the obvious issue is what happens when the A. I. predictions are used to determine whether or not the patient should even be treated if there is only 5 percent chance of recovery?

Here is an example of the A. I. In action:

In one instance reported in the study, a patient with late-stage breast cancer was admitted to hospital. Her lungs were filled with fluid, she was seen by several doctors and then underwent a scan. According to the hospital’s assessment, she had a 9.3 percent chance of dying during her stay, based on her vital signs such as respiratory rate, blood pressure, and pulse. Google’s AI also ran its own assessment on the same patient, assessing 175,639 data points on her record, the researchers wrote in their study. These included data points that aren’t normally considered during patient evaluations. The AI was able to access previously out of reach data, such as PDFs of notes made by doctors and nurses that indicated evidence of malignant pleural effusions (fluid build-up around the lungs) and potential risk of pressure ulcers. Looking at this data, the AI put the patient’s risk of death during her stay at 19.9 percent. She died 10 days after admission.

Again what isn’t discussed in this is whether using this data the late-stage breast cancer patient would have been denied treatment.

I think that the ultimate question is should any decision rest in intelligence that isn’t human.

And that is it for Frenetic Friday.

Saturday Night Special


Well it is June and someone has designated this month for one of the seven deadly sins. And with that in mind here we go.

So it seems that Jack Dorsey CEO of Twitter enjoyed a chicken sandwich made by Chick-fil-A and tweeted about it which caused the SJW on Twitter to have a conniption fit. And even Soledad O’Brien tweeting: “This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, Jack,” This of course caused Jack Dorsey to quickly backpeddle and apologize for eating a sandwich.

But wait there is more! Noah Michelson in a Huff-Post article wrote that if you really love and support LGBQT people you must stop eating at Chick-fil-A. In the article Michelson does point out that Chick-fil-A has done some good things, such as provide free meals to the blood donor volunteers at the Pulse Club shooting, still nothing can make up for Dan Cathy’s defense of traditional marriage being between one man and one woman.

I would like to point out that the last time someone suggested this course of action Chick-fil-A had over flowing restaurants full of customers.

From here let’s travel to a track meet in Connecticut. Where two transgender “girls” won the 100 & 200 meter. The two “girls” had previously been on the boys track team until they decided to switch to the girls team.

Of course by switching to the girls team these two biological boys knocked out two young girls who had been compeating for those same positions but couldn’t compete against the basic biological difference of male muscularity versus female muscularity.

By doing this the level playing field that once existed no longer exists. But of course a level playing field’s meaning has been changed by the idea that transgender rights supercede anything that might be biologically based.

In Canada their equivalent of PBS produced this:

Francis Schaeffer years ago pointed out that there is nothing neutral, everything reflects a certain worldview. And what is being taught to the children will shape their worldview. It is obvious what worldview is being taught to the children in Canada the question is what worldview is being taught to your children.

Good night.