The DaVinci Code

DaVinci starts off really good. The pacing is good and it looks like it is going to build up into a good thriller. Most of the acting is great, I especially liked Jean Reno’s character. Unfortunately they start going more and more into Dan Brown’s conspiracy theories and atrocious theology, and as this happens the movie slows down considerably, until by the end you are just trying to will it to be over. The aforementioned theology is delivered with all of the smugness and patronization you would expect, but the blow is made worse as it is delivered again and again by Gandalf himself. The music seemed kind of flat the first time I saw this in theaters, but now that I have listened to it a few times it has really grown on me. God’s providence makes a cameo appearance in a couple of places, giving a little more heavenly endorsement to the central theme.

Is there anyone in this world that would take DaVinci‘s claims against the divinity of Jesus seriously? How about that a painting made fourteen centuries after the death of Jesus could possibly be used as evidence to support the movie’s wild claims? Either way, the bottom line is that this is a movie that misses its full potential, preaches almost every possible fact of history incorrectly, and is a little annoying in its smug attitude.

Integrating Faith

So… How does one integrate faith and life? E.g., I don’t want to just have Bible-time in the morning and carry on with the rest of the day without a further thought about God. But what if there are little ways to make sure that you are always living what you believe? I examine movies for moral content and Christian symbolism… I occasionally listen to Christian music… I read blogs dealing with Christianity… I give thanks for food and say quick prayers for things as the occasion arises… What else can I do?

An Internet Ministry

Someday after I get my church affiliation and everything else nailed down, I feel a slight sort of stirring to start an internet ministry with people in a church. Here’s some ideas for it:

  • A weekly meeting in which we do a short devotional and answer questions that may arise while witnessing on the web or on newsgroups
  • Instant prayer requests/updates via instant messenger
  • Help to get people’s testimonies on the web onto blogs
  • Online accountability required
  • Music, picture sharing
  • Emphasis on social networking
  • And probably more to come.

Too Busy For Beauty

There is a thought provoking article at http://jeffberryman.wordpress.com/2007/07/08/too-busy-for-beauty/#comment-46 (you can see I posted a comment). It really has something to do with my current struggles… One of the things I am trying to work on is that I am not a passionate person. I really frustrate my wife because I just don’t get excited about things—like shopping for our forthcoming baby, things of God, music, etc.. I don’t want to be that way, that’s just how it is, for whatever reason. Maybe it has something to do with how miserable I always was made to feel in school. Maybe I just switched something off, and now I don’t know how to turn it back on.

But back to the article—it struck me that since beauty and passion are part of God’s character, maybe my inability to appreciate these things are really hindering me in getting closer to him. I pray every day now that this part of me will grow. I have confidence that it will. I thank you, God, for bringing it to my attention.

Bruce Almighty [6/10]

This is a light-hearted comedy that tries to answer the question, "What would a man do if he were given God’s powers, and would he be able to do any better?" Although you have to not take the movie too seriously, there are some parts that are crude and blasphemous. It’s chock-full of Jim Carey’s sometimes annoying physical comedy. It presents God as just a guy with a lot of power, a big heart, and quick wit. But then there are some parts that are just funny… Like Bruce parting the bowl of tomato soup like the red sea! Most of the parts with Steve Carrell are hilarious, too.