Category Archives: Arts and Culture

The Unexpected Pastor’s Best Picture Countdown 2014, Part One

With the Academy Awards scheduled for Sunday evening, today we interrupt the series of posts about my Israel trip  for Part One of my annual Best Picture Countdown. Part Two will be posted tomorrow. (The Israel posts so far are HERE, HERE, and HERE and will … Continue reading

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Christmas: Bill O’Reilly and Sara Palin vs. Jon Stewart . . . and Pope Francis?

“I thought Christians used to complain their holiday was getting too commercialized.  Are those days gone?” Good question, Jon Stewart. On the December 3 edition of The Daily Show, Stewart engaged in what he acknowledges is a yearly “dance” with … Continue reading

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Coming to Peace with the World (Disney World, that is)

The relationship began with infatuation.  Our first, brief encounter lasted only a few days but I was totally smitten.  She was exciting and wonderful and new.  As I got older, it was only the excitement I craved, but what she … Continue reading

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The War on Christmas: The Yule Logs in Our Own Eyes

I guess I’m supposed to be outraged.  A charity just called asking for a donation,  and after I declined, the charity lady wished me a “happy holiday season.” The nerve!  Doesn’t she know there’s a war going on?  Is she … Continue reading

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Fishing for Salmon . . . and Faith . . . In the Yemen

“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” is the new movie from director Lasse Hallstrom.  He’s made some excellent movies – “Chocolat,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” and “The Cider House Rules” are some of my favorites.  He also made “Dear John.”  Nobody’s … Continue reading

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“The Hunger Games” at Midnight

All I asked of “The Hunger Games” was that it keep me awake.  I’ve not read any of the books and probably would have waited for the DVD if my daughter hadn’t so wanted to be among the first to … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Pastor’s Oscar Countdown

I’m usually only posting Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but today I saw the last of the 9 films nominated for Best Picture this year and I wanted to get this up before the Oscars Sunday night.   These are not … Continue reading

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“The Tree of Life,” Lutheran Theology, The Meaning of Art, and Even Dinosaurs, All in One Blog Post

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth.  When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? — Job 38:47,  shown at the opening of “The Tree of Life” Mother, brother – … Continue reading

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