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a story of community

DISCLAIMER: recommending movies is not my thing. However.

I watched a movie last night…the first of my summer vacation. My expectations were low but it was recommended by a friend so I figured – why not?  Lars And The Real Girl surprised me. I liked it a lot. Call me crazy but it is a film about community in the truest biblical sense. 

There is no way to explain the plot and have it not sound goofy, weird or mildly perverted but this film is anything but foul or foolish. I watched it twice simply to experience the humor and humanity of the story of an entire town that rallies around a friend in need.

If you’ve seen the trailers – don’t let them fool you. The film has depth both artistically and morally. An early scene shows Lars sitting in a Sunday worship service at his church while the pastor’s words are heard in the background, “In this world there is only one true law. The Lord told us what to do – to love one another.” Apparently Lars’ community understood what the Lord meant.

Not a lot of movies make me think about Scripture. This one did.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.


Ben Stein has his say

Ben Stein is a lot of things, lawyer, writer, comedian, movie star, suit and tie and tennis shoe wearer, and now documentary film maker. His recently released film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed investigates the clash of worldviews…one that accepts the existence of God and one that does not.

Stein believes he’s involved in one of the leading cultural and political battles of his life: the fight for academic freedom against an establishment that teaches Darwinian evolution as fact. Intelligent Design (ID) -– the belief that certain aspects of the world are so complex that they must have been created by an intelligent being, instead of by a random process –- deserves a place at the academic table, Stein asserts.

I’ve read some who say the film exposes the hypocrisy of an academic and cultural elite who pretend they value freedom of inquiry and expression but in fact suppress it when it clashes with their deeply held materialistic convictions. Could this actually be true?

Whatever the case, it is quite possible this movie will generate much needed discussion in the public square concerning the idea of Creation. It can certainly be used as an opportunity to dialogue with those who hold to the worldview of evolution.

Watching movies isn’t my favorite pastime but I plan on watching this one. Have you seen it? If so, what did you think? If not, do you plan of seeing it? Check out the trailer…

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