Precious and Rare

Precious 2009 • Rated R Directed by Lee Daniels Review by Craig Detweiler Precious is the most basic, extraordinary and humane film of 2009. After a summer of silliness, Precious arrives as a bracing alternative, powered by jolting performances from Mo’Nique and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe. It takes viewers inside the tragic life of a teen mother. It puts a face on poverty, abuse, and perseverance. Precious offers hard-earned hope amidst overwhelming odds. I had the privilege of seeing Precious on the night it won the Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Director Lee ...
Posted on: 15th February 2010
in: Feature, Film

Creation: Grace Needed

Creation 2009 • Rated PG-13 Directed by John Amiel Coming soon to America: widespread fear, angry debate and frequent name-calling all because of a new movie about the life of Charles Darwin and his writing of On the Origin of Species. This film has been in release around the world for some time now but because of controversy and fears of a public relations battle with the "religious right" the film struggled to find a US distributor (interestingly enough it will be distributed by New Market films which also handled Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ). Based on a book by the ...
Posted on: 3rd January 2010
in: Film

Engaging Culture with the Gospel

The Barna group recently conducted a survey of Non-Christians between the ages of 16-29 on how they viewed evangelical Christians1. The results reflected much of what was seen in this video. Among other things we are seen as: Judgmental - 87% Hypocritical - 85% Old-Fashioned - 78% Out of touch with reality - 72% Insensitive to others - 70% Boring - 68% Confusing - 61% From a business perspective this is a public relations nightmare. From the perspective of ...
Posted on: 11th December 2009
in: Feature
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Are we even talking about the same guy?

In recent decades, the word “Christian” has taken quite a beating in our culture. Though I have some older relatives who do not follow Jesus, I am certain they’d be offended if I said they weren’t Christians. This is because “Christian” has become synonymous with “nice, decent, respectable American.” Were I to suggest that these nice, decent, respectable Americans—who were raised attending Sunday school, no less—weren’t “Christians,” I have ...
Posted on: 29th November 2009
in: Feature, General
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