“The Help” Bears Witness to the Truth

Posted by on 8.25.11 in Books, Current Events, Movies

I am not surprised that “The Help” has turned out to be a huge hit at the box office. As of August 23, the movie has earned $77 million, making it the sleeper hit of the summer.A friend called several days ago to ask how the movie is being received in Mississippi. I can tell you this much. When Marlene and I saw it last Friday nigh…

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Posted by on 12.2.09 in Current Events, Evangelism, Movies

Scattershooting hither and yon . . . *If you haven’t been to see “The Blind Side,” do it this week. The movie has been the surprise hit of the Christmas season and may end up at #1 in box office receipts after this weekend. *Sandra Bullock plays the strong-minded Leigh Anne Tuohy who along with her husband Sean took Michael O…

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Saturday Sundries

Posted by on 5.30.09 in Current Events, Keep Believing Ministries, Movies

It happened entirely by accident, but yesterday I watched Amazing Grace, the story of William Wilburforce, the man who led the fight to end slavery in the British Empire. Somehow I missed seeing it when the movie came out in 2007, but yesterday Marlene found it on TV and we watched it together. If you need some encouragement to believe in the power…

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Taking Chance

Posted by on 2.22.09 in Current Events, Movies

Tonight Marlene and I watched Taking Chance, a brand-new HBO movie starring Kevin Bacon. Based on real-life events, “Taking Chance” tells how Lt. Col. Michael Strobl (Bacon), a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming….

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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Posted by on 4.18.08 in Current Events, Movies

Ben Stein’s new movie called Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed opens today in theaters across America. Because the movie dares to challenges the prevailing Darwinian orthodoxy that has a stranglehold on American education, it has already generated a great deal of discussion in the blogosphere. Predictably, the major …

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A Restaurant, A Movie and a Very Decent Man

Posted by on 12.28.06 in Current Events, Movies, Travel

1) If you ever come to Gulf Shores, be sure to eat at Doc’s Seafood Shack in nearby Orange Beach. The sign out front says they have have the World’s Best Gumbo. With that kind of confidence, how could you resist? The place doesn’t exactly look like a shack; it’s more of a rundown, retro-50s kind of l …

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World Trade Center

Posted by on 8.12.06 in Israel, Movies

Last night Marlene and I saw World Trade Center, the new movie from Oliver Stone about the rescue of two New York Port Authority policemen from the rubble of the Twin Towers on 9/11. Both of us were choked up by the end. I imagine that everyone who sees the movie will relive that awful day and will think about where they we …

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Sunday, August 15, 2004

Posted by on 8.15.04 in Current Events, Movies, Travel

12:15 AM I’m supposed to be in bed by now, but I’m not, so I think I’ll do my weblog entry right now. This is a big day for our family. Fifteen years ago today I became the pastor of Calvary Memorial Church. August 15, 1989, was a Tuesday morning. I remember walking into my office—the largest pastor’s office I had eve…

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Monday, November 17, 2003

Posted by on 11.17.03 in Israel, Movies

9:50 AM Would you like to pray more but don’t know how? John Hughes suggests a simple technique called glancing prayer. 9:45 AM John Derbyshire thinks that America is the last Christian nation. 8:52 AM Nice note from someone who watched yesterday’s service over the Internet: Pastor Ray, I just wanted to write to you today t…

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Friday, Feburary 28, 2003

Posted by on 2.28.03 in Churches, Civil War, Movies, Prayer, Word of Life

Friday, February 28 We arrived back in Oak Park late this evening, a little weary from the travel but glad for the time spent at Word of Life Florida. I ended up riding 102 miles on the bike I bought, then I turned it over to the conference center today. Last night I spoke at 10:30 PM to the students at the Bible Institute …

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