Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Faith and Pop Culture

In this new study series from the magazine Christianity Today, Faith and Pop Culture challenges our beliefs. Whether or not we like it, movies, TV, the internet is all here to stay. As believers, we need to know how to live in this culture and still be relevant. We also need to have discernment in what we watch.

The study looks at the following areas and how they fit into our belief system:
1. Movies
2. Books
3. Sports
4. TV
5. Entertainment

I err on the side of avoiding media that might be questionable, but I have learned not be judgemental if others. Everyone has their own struggles, and it's not up to me to decide what people should or shouldn't do. This study is a good springboard toward a discussion on the influence of media and how to deal with it. This is definitely best for a small group study.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Word of Promis Next Generation New Testament Audio Bible

The MP3 CDs were not compatible to some of my not so high tech gadgets. I was unable to play the CDs on my CD player at home or in my minivan. I was finally able to play them on my computer. I was hoping to have them in the van for long trips so I was disappointed that it didn’t work. I could download the CDs to an IPOD, if I had one.

As far as the actual audio Bible, I was not impressed. But I am 35 years old. For a younger generation, this is an interesting way to read/hear the Bible. The all-star cast is impressive, but their voices were so young which would be way more relevant to a tweenager. My 10 year old son was interested in getting these CDs but lost interest after listening to them for 5 minutes. That is why I was hoping it would work in the van because then he would be stuck listening to them. Oh well.

The DVD was a nice addition. I was most impressed with Alyson Stoner and Corbin Bleu. They seem to have the most authentic faith of the actors. It was nice to see so many actors of this generation who are open to the truths of the Bible. It gives me hope for the future.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Great Eight by Scott Hamilton

He may have been fired by Donald Trump on The Apprentice last night, but that will not stop Scott Hamilton. After surviving an undiagnosed childhood illness, cancer twice, and depression, Scott has learned how to get back up after a fall. Using his experiences from his own life in the skating arena, Scott tells us how he has learned how to be happy even when you have every reason to be miserable. Being fired by the Donald won't stop Scott from entertaining and encouraging others.