Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mangled: Stay at Home Daughters on the Silver Screen

Disney princesses, who doesn't love them? Since Snow White's debut in 1937, the 'Disney Princess' line has become a $4 billion franchise, who's merchandise includes everything from miniature ballgowns to designer handbags...for a mere $2.49 one can even purchase their child a personalized phone call from the princess of their choice.1 They've become an icon worldwide, representing the dreams of every little girl, the love of which is passed from generation to generation.2 The latest figure in this royal lineup is Rapunzel, Disney's first CG princess and the heroine of their 50th animated classic, Tangled.

Most of us are probably familiar with the old fairy tale by the brothers Grimm. While the original tale was a pretty poorly written story, Disney has rearranged it a bit, applied their expert craftsmanship and added a dose of modernity for good measure. The plot line is still similar- a beautiful girl is kidnapped by an old hag, locked away in a hidden tower, the hero finds and rescues her, and they all live happily ever after. This time, though, Rapunzel is a princess who's hair possesses magical healing powers- an impetus for our old hag, Mother Gothel, to keep her locked away. And, instead of wandering around in misery and despair, Rapunzel and our hero, Flynn Rider, go on a grand adventure. Sounds pretty innocuous, right? Well, not exactly. The film is filled with beautiful imagery, delightful characters, great humor, and a story that never drags, but as I walked out of the theater last week, my thoughts were on a different vein. It was, in fact, the film's perceived harmlessness that made it so disturbing. To be sure, there are a number of things to pick on- from thugs delivering sermons on the basic goodness of man, to magic droplets from the sun god, valley girl vernacular, and much more, but the most troubling parts of the film were the overarching themes.




As this new-fashioned fairy tale unfolds, we're treated to an interesting commentary on homemakers and why these captives to domesticity are setting themselves up for eventual disenchantment. In spite of the fact that Rapunzel has been locked away from the world and dominated by a sugary sweet despot, we find her a delightful, adorable girl, with a zest for learning and a creative flair. Eventually, though, she wearies of the monotony. Though it's a mockery and misrepresentation of homemaking, it holds an interesting element of truth. When life is divorced from a larger dominion purpose, the eventual result will be frustration and misery.3 Rapunzel was disheartened because even her more useful skills had no point beyond filling her time and whiling away the hours.4 The real problem here is that, within the world of the film, we're only given two options, two choices in life- both of which are unsuitable, but one of which is deemed acceptable by it's creators. The first, obviously, is for Rapunzel to stay in the tower trapped forever in a life of childish meaninglessness. The second is presented shortly as Rapunzel, in turmoil over her choice to run away, is advised by Flynn,

"Does your mother deserve it? No. Would this break her heart and crush her soul? Of course, but you just got to do it.....This is part of growing up—a little rebellion and a little adventure. This is healthy."

This is the first major sermon statement of the story, and from here things spring into action as we're shown, for the remainder of the film, that chronic rebellion is innocent, healthy fun, and disobedience in pursuit of our heart's wildest desires actually leads to enlightenment and maturity.5 Biblically speaking, maturity isn't defined by the childish assertion of our autonomous wills, but rather by a life lived in terms of God's Word.6 What Tangled doesn't tell little boys and girls, is that there is a third option of dealing with the situation in Biblical maturity and wisdom, or that the Bible paints an entirely different picture of the home and it's purposes. Instead, Tangled only teaches that behind door number two lies all the adventure we've been waiting for. Of course, we could overlook this because, after all, Mother Gothel is really just a wicked captor bent on using Rapunzel for her own ends. But, the fact is that Rapunzel's actions are carried out in the understanding that this is her mother and it's really not until the last few minutes of the film that she finds out otherwise. Theirs is the relationship which is modeled throughout the film as mother/daughter. Parents are sinners, just like their children, but one person's sin doesn't excuse the sin of another.7If we're prepared to say that Mother Gothel's sins are inexcusable, we must be prepared to say the same of Rapunzel's.



But the story marches on, and we find that rebellion has it's rewards as romance fills the air. We also find out that children's movies are a great way to ensure a break down of morality in the future. We see this in a number of ways- running away from home with a complete scoundrel, camping out in the woods with said scoundrel, an unbiblical view of love, emotional enticements (e.g. smolder), and also, within the dialogue.8 In the beginning, Flynn steals the tiara of the missing princess(Rapunzel) in order to fulfill a utopian, childhood dream. The tiara bounces around until it comes into Mother Gothel's possession and as she confronts Rapunzel, the lines read like a teenage romance about losing one's purity. Mother Gothel tells Rapunzel that the only thing Flynn is after is the tiara and as soon as he gets it, he'll leave her. Then later, after they've 'fallen in love', Rapunzel tells Flynn that she has something to give him(the tiara)- she was scared to give it to him before, but she's not scared anymore. Though we're talking about a tiara now, we won't be in a few years as similar lines are heard in teenybopper films. To a great extent, the things that we watch and listen to as children are the most influential in forming our character and worldview, in defining who we'll become as adults. It's those who control the education of children that will control the future of nations.9 But, education isn't merely academics, all of culture is educating and it, in turn, flows from underlying religious beliefs. Tangled is schooling it's viewers in the acceptance of immorality.




It's no surprise then, when we find that our hero is really nothing of the sort. Even among his fellow thieves, he commands no respect. Then again, Rapunzel doesn't appear to be in much need of rescuing anyway. Their relationship is one of mutual, self-serving interest. He's a helpless, sensitive, emotional male- an accessory to the capable, brilliant, amazing Rapunzel. And, because she's an emancipated princess who knows how to get her man, in the spirit of Indiana Jones she wields her 70 foot hair, pulling off all kinds of daring feats and rescues. But, as the film climaxes, we're assured that this is all okay. As Rapunzel is offering to rescue Flynn one more time and give her life for his, he pulls a clever move- picking up a shard of broken glass, he cuts off her magical hair, sending the wicked Mother Gothel spiraling into old age and oblivion and assuring us that we modern women can have our feminism AND the heroism of men(of course, Rapunzel's magical tears do have the last word since they're required to bring the now deceased Flynn back to life.)

In the end, Rapunzel is finally reunited with the king and queen and as the film closes, we discover some final lessons- that good governments reward sin and indulgent parents are real parents. Flynn is embraced, his thievery ignored, and welcomed, as Rapunzel's new husband, a prince in their kingdom. His fellow thugs realize their dreams, too, and all of this was achieved, of course, without good character on anyone's part; by the end of the film, we're left without a single good role model in sight. The credits roll and that's The End.10 Or is it? While the intellect may recognize danger, a film that appears as innocent and adorable as this delights the emotions. We exit the theater and, as our bodies go back to the real world, our minds are still in false one. In this make believe world, freedom is equated to license and duty to bondage. But, this so called freedom is nothing more than bondage to sin. The reality is that we live in a world governed by a sovereign Creator and only a life lived on his terms leads to blessing and freedom.11 Tangled is aptly called a fairy tale, because in the real world sins have their rewards and a life of unmitigated bliss is not one of them. Packaging all of this in a humorous, expertly crafted children's film is ingenious, really. As such, it is heedlessly given the stamp of 'wholesome entertainment' and we, leaving our discernment at the door , imbibe the beliefs of a culture that is at war with God. Among children, though, one brilliant exhibition isn't enough. They'll consume it, again and again, until, through sheer repetition, their souls are imbued with depravity.

All photos copyright Disney.

Posted by~Andrea Reins


1 http://www.newsweek.com/2007/11/17/princess-power.html

2 http://family.go.com/video/becoming-cinderella-879200-v/

3 An interesting discussion on dominion can be found here.

4 It is interesting to note that the things Rapunzel does are considered by many as quintessential traits of stay at home daughterhood. (Not recommended for young readers) Here is an excellent article on the wise use of time.

5 This is youtube, click at your own risk.(Tangled soundtrack,'I See The Light')

6 Jer. 1; Ex. 3-4; “Man was created a mature being, not a child. This is a fact of central importance. We thus cannot make child psychology basic to an understanding of man...Humanistic psychology looks backward to a primitive past in order to explain man, whereas Biblical psychology looks neither to the child nor a primitive past to explain man but to a mature creation, Adam, and to God's purpose in man's creation...Man's sins and shortcomings represent not a lingering primitism or a reversion to childhood but rather a deliberate revolt against maturity and the requirements of maturity. By ascribing to man, as humanistic psychologies do, a basic substratum of primitivism and racial childishness, this revolt against maturity is given an ideological justification; the studied and maturely developed immaturity of man is encouraged and justified. If man is reminded rather that he was created in Adam into maturity and responsibility, his self-justification is shattered. It has become commonplace for persons seeking counselling to discuss, not their problem, but their childhood, their parents, and their environment in order to “explain” their present “situation”, that is, their failure. The fact of mature creation is one of the basic and most important facts of a Biblical psychology. It is a fact of incalculable importance.” Revolt Against Maturity-pgs.6-7, R.J. Rushdoony

7 Eze. 18

8 Jn 14:21; “Love is a living active principle of obedience to the whole law.” Matthew Henry, Rom. 13:10; “Love works no ill to the neighbor, and love means the keeping or fulfilling of the law in relationship to other men. Love is thus the law-abiding thought, word, and act. Where there is no law, there is also no love.” Institutes of Biblical Law, vol.1, RJ Rushdoony

9 "He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future”-Adolf Hitler; “Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.”-Vladimir Lenin; Deuteronomy 11:18-25

10 This, fittingly, is what plays as the credits roll. Again, this is youtube, click at your own risk.(and watch the volume, it's a little raucous)

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Romans 6


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pocket Kodak No. 1 series II with autographic 120 film

Autographic film allows the photographer to enter his own notes onto the negative. Comments are scratched into paper on the back of the film with a stylus and then exposed to the sun and burned onto the negative. It was invented by H. J. Gaisman. Eastman Kodak purchased the rights in 1914 and produced Autographic film for 8 different negative sizes. They made a series of Autographic cameras and even replacement backs to adapt older cameras to use this feature.

Don't Glorify Depravity

Communism thrives on despair. Men without hope are easily ruled.

Don't present sympathetic studies of depravity. Go easy on stories about murderers, perverts and all the rest of that sordid stuff. If you use such stories, don't place yourself and the audience on the side of the criminal, don't create sympathy for him, don't give him excuses and justifications, don't imply that he 'couldn't help it'.

If you preach that a depraved person 'couldn't help it', you are destroying the basis of all morality. You are implying that men cannot he held responsible for their evil acts, because man has no power to choose between good and evil; if so, then all moral precepts are futile, and men must resign themselves to the idea that they are helpless, irresponsible animals. Don't help to spread such an idea.

When you pick these stories for the purely sensational value, you do not realize that you are dealing with one of the most crucial philosophical issues. These stories represent a profoundly insidious attack on all moral principles and all religious precepts. It is a basic tenet of Marxism that man has no freedom of moral or intellectual choice; that he is only a soulless, witless collection of meat and glands, open to any sort of 'conditioning' by anybody. The Communists intend to become the "conditioners."

There is too much horror and depravity in the world at present. If people see nothing but horror and depravity on the screen, you will merely add to their despair by driving in the impression that nothing better is possible to men or can be expected of life, which is what the Communists want people to think. Communism thrives on despair. Men without hope are easily ruled.

Don't excuse depravity. Don't drool over weaklings as conditioned "victims of circumstances" (or of "background" or of "society") who "couldn't help it". You are actually providing an excuse and an alibi for the worst instincts in the weakest members of your audiences.

Don't tell people that man is a helpless, twisted, drooling sniveling, neurotic weakling. Show the world an American kind of man for a change.

~Screen Guide for Americans, The Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, Beverly Hills, California.

Turmoil In The Toy Box


"In many instances, there really is no problem with the toy itself. the real danger lies in the occult and violent images connected with the toy which are conveyed to the child via cartoons, television and movies. As a child watches these shows, he sees the producer's idea of the toy's capabilities. He watches the toy as it displays certain "powers" and projects certain images through the cartoon or movie. Then, when the child plays with the toy, he visualizes the toy with the pre-programmed "powers" and characteristics; thus, if the toy displays certain occult characteristics, occult images are being programmed into his mind. It is far better for a child to use his God-given imagination to bring life to a toy, than to have the toy manufacturer determine that toy's characteristics. As we discuss some cute and innocent toys, I will be more specific about those which have been negatively influenced by television or films."

Communists & Non-Political Films

“The purpose of the Communists in Hollywood is not the production of political movies openly advocating Communism. Their purpose is to corrupt our moral premises by corrupting non-political movies — by introducing small, casual bits of propaganda into innocent stories — thus making people absorb the basic principles of Collectivism by indirection and implication.”

Ayn Rand, Screen Guide for Americans, 1947.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Airport Security, Nakedness, and Authority: Part I

With the installation of body scanners at many airports across the nation, people are being forced to confront the issue of nakedness at a very personal level. When John Doe is standing in line at the security checkpoint, he must decide whether or not he will go through a machine that produces an image of his naked body and sends it to airport security personnel for viewing, should he be randomly selected. Is it prudish for us to be uncomfortable with this kind of a procedure? Are the body scanners really a big deal? Even if I don’t like the idea of going through a body scanner, is it worth it to do so for public security?

In the biblically-based Jewish and Christian traditions, nakedness (outside of the private, intimate marriage relationship) is a shameful thing. This belief goes back to the book of Genesis. When Adam and Eve sinned, they were ashamed of their nakedness and tried to cover themselves with fig leaves. God clothed them with a more adequate covering of animal skins. This established the principle that human beings should be clothed.

In addition to the account of the Fall, there are other Biblical passages that illustrate the shamefulness of nakedness. Many of the Mosaic laws speak to this issue. Over and over again, the Bible stresses the importance of modesty and purity in dress and behavior.

Read the rest here.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Privatizing Air Security

By the same token, these new procedures will not actually keep us safe if terrorists are so inclined. Just as the government's security protocols did not stop the underwear bomber, so too will these new procedures fail in their ostensible purpose. And when the next incident occurs, I am confident that Thiessen and others will applaud the next invasive step on the slippery slope toward a police and surveillance state.
In reaction to the growing public anger at the TSA and its "freedom fondles," some pundits are rushing to the bureaucracy's defense. An illustrative example is Marc Thiessen's call for Americans to give thanks to the "men and women of the TSA who give up time with their families during the holidays to keep us safe from terror."

As we'll see, Thiessen's defense of the TSA is internally contradictory. Moreover, his endorsement of a government monopoly (on the design of air security) ignores all of the economic arguments against such an arrangement. As I pointed out in an earlier column, the only way to strike a proper balance between the (possibly competing) goals of customer privacy and safety is to allow competition among airlines in a truly free market.

Read the rest here.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Contact Your Governor

Americans’ right “to be secure in their persons . . . against unreasonable searches and seizure”—a principle of liberty guaranteed by the US Constitution’s 4th Amendment—is being violated by the Transportation Security Administration, a branch of Homeland Security, through the nude full body scans they are conducting and their invasive pat-downs of the private parts of innocent citizens.

It is important that Americans contact their respective governors, senators, representatives and local officials and urge them to take prompt and resolute action to check the federal government’s abuse of power and to bring a speedy end to the TSA’s violations of our liberties and usurpation of our nation’s Bill of Rights.

Sample Letter & Governor Contact Information

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

8 Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself Against TSA Tyranny!

Knowing your options and your rights can go a long way in helping you to avoid a tyrannical overstep by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an arm of the Department of Homeland Security. Further, determining a wise and clear plan ahead of time in light of the new TSA policies will better prepare you to protect the sanctity of you and your family as you travel. Finally, avoiding a conflict, whenever you can do so without conceding your constitutional right to privacy or violating your conscience, is usually the most prudent course to pursue, though you must determine what your plan will be should you reach an impasse with the TSA.

Click here for 8 practical considerations to help you accomplish these goals.

Monday, December 06, 2010

TSA Tyranny: Starting and Ending with Money

"When a government has a right to invade the bodies of its citizens, security has trumped freedom"

Are you enraged by an agency that thinks it can play god by unconstitutionally subjecting citizens to appear naked before its bureaucrats? There is great cause for hope if we will understand and leverage the power of economics to fight TSA tyranny. Economics has long borne the ignoble moniker, the science, but economic principles lend insight into the source, effects, and solutions to the TSA’s overreach.

The Source of TSA Tyranny: Follow the Money

Read the rest here

True Loyalty vs. TSA Treason

"We must not equate lawless policies with liberty"

Face reality, good citizens. It’s not wise to question the tyranny behind the TSA’s groping of innocent travelers or gawking at your loved ones’ naked bodies. Never mind the Constitution; we must abridge your liberties in order to protect you from harm. Show loyalty to America—these new measures are for your good.

We live in a world turned upside down. Our rights are being violated in the name of keeping us safe. And in this new Orwellian reality where civil liberties are being trampled on in the name of the Patriot Act, and loyalty to our country is being measured in terms of willing compliance with tyrants, we must wake from our confused stupor and look to the past.

What Americans need to know is this: Our Founding Fathers decried these specious arguments and warned the citizenry not to fall prey to them.

Read the rest here.

Friday, December 03, 2010

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If you haven't already heard, the Navigating History: Egypt project has just recently launched! It's a 6 episode adventure history series designed to teach not only history, but culture, current affairs and the ideas that shape them, all from a solidly Biblical perspective. This has been a really fun and fascinating series so far...something that would be a great springboard into a larger study of history and culture. Each video episode is followed by live Q&A session with new articles, videos and/or updates posted to the site for subscribers each day. All of the content will be archived for subscribers, so if you're just signing up you can still go back and review what you've missed. Episode 2 is about to begin, so hurry on over and sign up!


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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Ah, the Life Recommends...


Think No Evil

Love, Paul tells us, thinks no evil. We on the other hand love evil, and so think it all too often. We think ourselves wise, that we can peer into the souls of our family, friends and neighbors. We discern evil motives, then pass judgment. And relationships are destroyed. In this conversation we are encouraged to practice a judgment of charity toward others, and a judgment of skepticism not only of our own motives, but of our ability to read the motives of others. In this conversation we get to the heart of what causes tongues to wag, and remember that we will be known as His disciples by our love for each other.

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Free Message - Christian Response to TSA Outrage


Revelations of the TSA’s new invasive security procedures have shocked Americans as stories have circulated of the most demeaning violations of personal privacy. TSA agents are now requiring a growing percentage of air travelers to subject themselves to full-body scanners that render an essentially naked image of them for the TSA to see, or to opt-out and be touched in their private parts by a bureaucrat. Innocent men, women, and children are being groped, exposed, and humiliated by government agents. The TSA’s actions are simply outrageous.

But how should the Church respond? What steps should Christians take to protect their families from these egregious new policies?

In this timely message, Doug Phillips and Wesley Strackbein outline the theological, moral, and constitutional issues involved and give practical counsel on how Christians can navigate through the difficult questions of air travel in light of the intrusive TSA procedures.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Unleashed



The record of history is absolutely crystal clear that there is no alternative way so far discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Calling All Liberty Minded Texans!


What Texas Can Do to Stand Against the TSA Offense to the Family, Constitutional Liberties and Basic Decency

On November 2, Governor Rick Perry was elected to an unprecedented third term to serve as governor of Texas. His campaign platform this election cycle could be summarized by this sentence: “Washington, don’t tread on the liberties of Texans.” Perry invoked the Tenth Amendment numerous times throughout his campaign, pledging to defend Texans against unlawful encroachments from Washington.

Since the election, Perry has released a new book entitled, Fed Up! in which he states: “Our fight is clear. We must step up and retake the reins of our government from a Washington establishment that has abused our trust. We must empower states to fight for our beliefs ... [and] set out to remind our fellow Americans why liberty is guaranteed in the Constitution, and take concrete steps to take back our country.”

If Gov. Perry is serious about taking “concrete steps” to “retake the reins of our government from a Washington establishment that has abused our trust,” then as the Chief Magistrate of Texas, he should defend Texans against unlawful encroachments of the TSA who are conducting unconstitutional full-body scans and invasive pat-downs, and declare that these actions will not be tolerated in Texas.

Read the rest of Doug Phillips' summary of Gov. Rick Perry's responsibility with regard to the TSA scandal here.

Also, you can contact the Governor’s office by e-mail or by phone by following this link: http://www.governor.state.tx.us/contact/.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Loving the Law

...the lordship of Christ our savior is a central concept for the Christian...this is the confession that all of God's people have...And if He is the Lord, it naturally follows that he gives us something to follow...we must submit to His commands...His commands call for a distinctive and comprehensive style of living from His people. We must oppose the trend to rid Christian ethics of external rules. We must oppose that trend that says, “Rules are out of place in the Christian life.” ...Most people in the Christian church today say, “We don’t want external rules, we want internal promptings. We want the subjective bumps of the spirit, if you will, to get us going this way or that way to do what God would have us to do." Yet that simply will not square with the teaching of the Bible…What does the spirit lead all people to do in the new covenant? Romans 8:4 To fulfill the ordinance of the Law...We are to follow the Lord Jesus with a distinctive lifestyle, but that lifestyle doesn't come from inner promptings and it doesn't come from the external reading of nature. Where do we find that lifestyle? It's right here in this book. It's the commands of the Lord; Christian living. Anybody can see if you just read your bible and think about this and don't let voices all around you mislead you. Christian living calls for devotion to the Lord, devotion by observing God's will as it's found in the commandments of scripture.
If you love the law click here.

"A Virtual State of Undress"

The Emperor Wants You to Have No Clothes

By Doug Phillips

In our latest installment of the “let us throw aside all principles of freedom, constitutional liberties and moral proprieties for the perception of state certified security” chronicles, we find Uncle Sam introducing full-body scanners and “nothing-is-sacred” physical body exams for Americans who travel by plane.

Those who decline to have the government take a highly intrusive and revealing image of themselves in a virtual state of undress, will be subjected to an even more intrusive search which smacks of improper groping. John Tyner learned this lesson the hard way.

My home town of San Antonio is the latest target of the new measures. Today, four full-body scanners (AIT—Advanced Imaging technology) rolled out at the San Antonio International Airport.

If this is the future, it is time for us to rethink our travel options.

Read the rest here.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We must have our seed time

"Grow up into Him in all things." — Ephesians 4:15

Many Christians remain stunted and dwarfed in spiritual things, so as to present the same appearance year after year. No up-springing of advanced and refined feeling is manifest in them. They exist but do not "grow up into Him in all things." But should we rest content with being in the "green blade," when we might advance to "the ear," and eventually ripen into the "full corn in the ear?" Should we be satisfied to believe in Christ, and to say, "I am safe," without wishing to know in our own experience more of the fulness which is to be found in Him. It should not be so; we should, as good traders in heaven's market, covet to be enriched in the knowledge of Jesus. It is all very well to keep other men's vineyards, but we must not neglect our own spiritual growth and ripening. Why should it always be winter time in our hearts? We must have our seed time, it is true, but O for a spring time—yea, a summer season, which shall give promise of an early harvest. If we would ripen in grace, we must live near to Jesus—in His presence—ripened by the sunshine of His smiles. We must hold sweet communion with Him. We must leave the distant view of His face and come near, as John did, and pillow our head on His breast; then shall we find ourselves advancing in holiness, in love, in faith, in hope—yea, in every precious gift. As the sun rises first on mountain-tops and gilds them with his light, and presents one of the most charming sights to the eye of the traveller; so is it one of the most delightful contemplations in the world to mark the glow of the Spirit's light on the head of some saint, who has risen up in spiritual stature, like Saul, above his fellows, till, like a mighty Alp, snow-capped, he reflects first among the chosen, the beams of the Sun of Righteousness, and bears the sheen of His effulgence high aloft for all to see, and seeing it, to glorify His Father which is in heaven.

Charles H Spurgeon devotion "Morning & Evening" October 20th

Monday, October 18, 2010

Scions of Danger Teaser Trailer Released!

Scions of Danger Teaser from NDFilmmaker on Vimeo.


Beautifully done! We're looking forward to seeing it released.
Follow along with us at www.jimmyvaliantthemovie.com to learn more about the film.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

The story behind the Chilean miners' Jesus T-Shirts

As miners were being pulled from Chile's San Jose mine Wednesday, most were wearing tan T-shirts over their coveralls. The Chilean government told reporters the green coveralls were designed to help absorb the sweat as they ascended to the top.

But Wes Little, a CNN editor/producer in Atlanta, wondered why the miners were wearing the T-shirt over their coveralls. He noticed a logo on the T-shirt's left sleeve for the Jesus Film Project.

Here's what we found:

The Jesus Film Project is a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International, the massive Orlando, Florida-based evangelical ministry.

The Jesus Film Project tells us they have translated the film into 1,105 languages and that it has been seen in every country. You can watch or listen to over a 1,000 of the translations here.

The main goal of TJFP's ministry is to create and distribute effective media in every language, says Berry Fiess, the group's director of field information services.

Seventeen days into the mine accident, CCCI country director for Chile, Christian Maureira, started contacting public officials to see if they could send the miners a copy of the film. Fiess said Maureira was able to reach a daughter and a brother of miner Jose Henriquez.

Through that family contact, the group was able to send an MP3 audio version of the Jesus film and an MP3 audio version of the New Testament in Spanish to Henriquez down in the mine.

The Jesus film explains that the New Testament tells how Jesus is laid in a tomb-like cave after his crucifixion. Three days later, Jesus is said to have risen from the dead. In the Jesus film, women come to the tomb and find the stone that blocked the entrance has been rolled away, the cave empty.

It is unclear if the miners saw the resurrection story as a parallel for their hoped-for rescue, but Jose Henriquez passed along a letter to CCCI's Maureira from inside the mine. Fiess shared the English translation with CNN:

Thank you for this tremendous blessing for me and my coworkers. It will be good for our spiritual edification. I am fine because Christ lives in me.

We have prayer services at 12 noon and 6 pm.

"At the end of the letter," Fiess said, "(Henriquez) said goodbye with Psalm 95:4, which says, 'In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him.'"

A few days later, Henriquez asked Maureira to get them special T-shirts.

"The T-shirts were a gift from Campus Crusade for Christ Chile," Fiess said. "In the front you can read, 'Gracias Senor' – 'Thank you Lord.'"

And on the back, Psalm 95:4.

"Apparently, all the miners liked them," Fiess said. "It kind of solidified them."

See original story here on CNN's Belief Blog

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Truly Great Clearance Sale Poem

"Come one, come all, buy it all, buy it all!"
said the stay-at-home daughters to the crowd.
You'll find things that you like, A pink dress, a red trike,
a great book for the family read-a-loud.

They'll be excited but if they are not,
they can run, they can't hide, you'll need this at your side,
and persuasion for the chores they forgot.

But when chores are all done, it is then time for fun,
plan adventures for indoors or out.

There is only one day, so do not delay,
You can still fill your cart to the brim.
the savings are grand, they have plenty on hand,
click on over, let the shopping begin!

P.S. Did you know that Jeroboam rhymes with Vision Forum?
"Godly sorrow worketh repentance." — 2 Corinthians 7:10

Genuine, spiritual mourning for sin is the work of the Spirit of God. Repentance is too choice a flower to grow in nature's garden. Pearls grow naturally in oysters, but penitence never shows itself in sinners except divine grace works it in them. If thou hast one particle of real hatred for sin, God must have given it thee, for human nature's thorns never produced a single fig. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh."

Read the rest of Charles Spurgeon's Daily Devotion here.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Ah, the Life Spotting!

Single, homeschooling, Stay-at-home mom starts home business!

Visit Ladies Against Feminism to join in the Grand opening of Stitches-N-Hems! An online store specializing in nursing cover-ups, burp cloths, and crib sets.

Or visit Mrs. L Rose's blog and read her story of trials and faith here.

Wondering About Film? Grab This While You Can!


Here is the bad news: We live in the most media-saturated culture in history. Hollywood is poisoning our youth with images and worldviews which are at war with the Gospel and toxic to our children.

Here is the good news: Home Educators are leading the charge to build a replacement industry to Hollywood built on biblical principles and dedicated to “taking every [frame] captive to the obedience of Christ.” Now Doug Phillips, the founder of the Christian Filmmakers Academy and the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, gives parents and students the foundation for a distinctively biblical worldview for film and media. He answers questions like ”What is a Christ honoring film?,“ and he helps Christian families to escape from the status of media victim, and become cultural visionaries for Christ.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Rushdoony Devotional Released!

Introducing the first volume in a series of books with daily messages by R. J. Rushdoony on the uncompromising faith.

These daily messages on the faith for all of life are unlike any compilation of Christian "devotional" ever published. In these pages, you won't find the overly introspective musings of a Christian pietist; what you'll discover are the hard-hitting convictions of a man whose sole commitment was faithfulness to God's law-word and representing that binding Word to his readers.

A Word in Season reveals the intense, but simple, approach to applying one's faith to every area of life and thought. This is all done in a format of bite-sized readings on the uncompromising faith.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Grammar Rock Adjective - "Feministic"



We grew up watching School House Rock on Saturday mornings with our cartoons. David McCall, ABC, & General Mills brought us a weekly helping of our American culture in the animated, musical, and far too educational series. We learned quite easily the catchy rock tunes which later, when listened to with original lyrics, would continue to inform us, only perpetuating the ungodly cultural influences. How ingenious. As informed children we made Mom's grocery shopping unpleasant because WE knew what sort of cereal goes with rocking adverbs.

Rock music, cereal and...

We also learned a feministic worldview along with our adjectives. How many feministic assertions can you identify in the video above? It's a simple example but it worked.

Looking for worldview friendly education? We always will be. We make it a practice to continually study this topic and it makes for plenty of great daily discussion as we are out and about. Just a few days ago we were explaining to a friend the worldview implications after shopping at local department store. We find important to be informed so we are able to disciple.

There are plenty of tools available and in the right hands they can be very powerful. Consider joining us at the up and coming San Antonio Independent Christian Film Academy and Festival. Visit www.saicff.org to register.

Here are a few more tools for your toolbox which you can use to create a biblical culture and worldview for your self and those you influence. We've been enriched, we hope you are too.

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His Mercies Have Been More Than the Hairs of Our Head

"Pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved." — Song 7:13

The spouse desires to give to Jesus all that she produces. Our heart has "all manner of pleasant fruits," both "old and new," and they are laid up for our Beloved. At this rich autumnal season of fruit, let us survey our stores. We have new fruits. We desire to feel new life, new joy, new gratitude; we wish to make new resolves and carry them out by new labours; our heart blossoms with new prayers, and our soul is pledging herself to new efforts. But we have some old fruits too. There is our first love: a choice fruit that! and Jesus delights in it. There is our first faith: that simple faith by which, having nothing, we became possessors of all things. There is our joy when first we knew the Lord: let us revive it. We have our old remembrances of the promises. How faithful has God been! In sickness, how softly did He make our bed! In deep waters, how placidly did He buoy us up! In the flaming furnace, how graciously did He deliver us. Old fruits, indeed! We have many of them, for His mercies have been more than the hairs of our head. Old sins we must regret, but then we have had repentances which He has given us, by which we have wept our way to the cross, and learned the merit of His blood. We have fruits, this morning, both new and old; but here is the point—they are all laid up for Jesus. Truly, those are the best and most acceptable services in which Jesus is the solitary aim of the soul, and His glory, without any admixture whatever, the end of all our efforts. Let our many fruits be laid up only for our Beloved; let us display them when He is with us, and not hold them up before the gaze of men. Jesus, we will turn the key in our garden door, and none shall enter to rob Thee of one good fruit from the soil which Thou hast watered with Thy bloody sweat. Our all shall be Thine, Thine only, O Jesus, our Beloved!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Christian Use Of Fiction



Chalcedon vice-president, and Christian novelist, Martin G. Selbrede, presents the reasons for the Chalcedon Foundation's publishing of fiction. If all areas are to be taken captive for Christ, then story-telling is a powerful arena for godly service.