‘Passion’ poised for heavenly B.O.

An interesting article on Yahoo News which you can read in full here. Though not a single television ad has aired for “The Passion of the Christ” two weeks before its release, Mel Gibson (news)’s depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus is eclipsing mainstream Hollywood fare in audience interest…Total awareness for “Passion” is 60%, but much higher among men and women over 25, where it tops 80%. First-choice ratings for men and women over 25 is 23%, while it is …

The Passion of the Christ Article

The New Yorker ran a fascinating article on The Passion of the Christ in their September 15 issue. It gives a lot of the background to the movie, focusing on Mel Gibson’s background and beliefs as well as the controversy the movement generated based on its perceived racism. The full text of the article can be read here. Here are some interesting snippets: I told Gibson that I am a Protestant, and asked whether his pre-Vatican II world view disqualified …

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The Living Word

I believe every Christian has had an experience like I had a few days ago where a passage of the Bible I had read many times and even memorized suddenly took on a whole new level of meaning to me. If you are a regular reader of this site you will know that I have been pouring over the five solas of the Reformation, trying to understand what it was that triggered so great an explosion in the understanding of …

The Passion Of Jesus Christ (By John Piper)

John Piper has just released a new book titled The Passion of Jesus Christ. Sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it? The book is obviously intended to coincide with the release of the movie. He is offering cases of 108 of the books for a suggested donation of $130 provided you promise to give the books away (rather than sell them). I have not read the book (though I intend to read the chapters posted on the site) but I imagine it …

The Passion of the Christ & The Second Commandment

I found the following article posted over at He Lives. I had intended to go searching for just such an article today, so thanks David for saving me the Google time. It was not until I had finished reading that I noticed it was written by a close friend of my parents who is also a former pastor of mine. The article looks at the second commandment and then draws examples of violations of it from Old Testament times. He …

The Passion of the Christ – A Different Perspective

The L.A. Times published a fascinating article in yesterday’s edition about The Passion of the Christ. Written from a skeptical point-of-view, it provides some interesting food for thought. Below are some excerpts: Just what kind of box office “The Passion” will do when it opens Feb. 25 is impossible to predict. But it is clear that Gibson has tapped into a network of Christian church-based marketing that has been maturing for decades and that has been waiting, with almost biblical …

Pragmatism Part Two

After posting about pragmatism yesterday I spent some time “corresponding” with various people about it, mostly by email and MSN Messenger, though at times I do step back in time and carry on old-fashioned verbal communication. I found that there is a misunderstanding about what pragmatism is. So let me explain by way of two examples. Example 1 A church of 250 people has been offered the opportunity to have a popular female minister preach in their church in a …

An Introduction to Pragmatism

Pragmatism has become a dominant force in the Christian world. I want to take a brief look at the history of pragmatism and then show how it has influenced the church. In following days I am going to write about areas in the Christian world where it has had a significant impact. Pragmatism is rooted in the philosophy of men like John Stuart Mill who had a great formative influence in philosophers like John Dewey who applied pragmatism to education …

The Passion & Pragmatism

I have indicated several times that I have concerns with the upcoming movie The Passion of the Christ. I would like to provide some information about why I have those concerns. Primarily, the concerns stem from the fact that my church is going to be heavily invested in this movie. Until I discovered my church’s plans in regard to the film I had little interest in it. But then my pastors have announced that they intend to buy and give …

The Bible’s Sufficiency

I do not often use terms like “God showed me” or “God has been teaching me.” Perhaps it stems from my upbringing in churches where people simply did not speak like that, or perhaps I generally do not stop long enough to consider where God is working in my life. It could be that I grow tired of it being used so flippantly by so many Christians (ie “God told me to leave the established church”). But I digress. God …