Tag: discernment


Little Miss Sunshine


They are the Hoovers because they all pretty much suck. At the dinner table--the symbol of familial unity--they eat chicken out of a bucket, off of paper plates and drink pop served in McDonald’s collectible glasses. The nutritive value of the meal is equal to the emotional and spiritual value...

A Negative Times a Negative Equals a Positive?


I never really understood math. Apparently I could do it, because I got Bs in my math classes, but doing it and understanding it was not the same thing.  My strategy was to look at the pattern in the sample question and repeat the pattern in the exercises.  The trick...

The Demonic and the Stupid


I went to see Looper on opening night. There’s plenty to talk about in this movie, but too many people haven’t seen it yet and I don’t want to spoil it for them.   But my experience in the theatre that night had me thinking that two more points should be...

Language, Sex, and Violence — Will We Watch?


“If it’s not appropriate for children, it’s not appropriate for anyone.” I’ve always had trouble with this idea, because if I took that approach, I’d no longer be able to read my Bible. I have been told by those who can read the original languages in which the Bible has...

“R” Rated Movies


It happened again today. I sometimes show clips from movies to illustrate the tools we use for literature can be pulled out of the tool box for engaging movies as well.  Today’s lesson was Allusion.  I had just hit play on the movie There Will Be Blood (2007) and the...

Dog Poop in the Brownies: How to read Philippians 4:8


I attended a youth event when I was in high school.  The speaker was a youngish, cool youth pastor and he challenged us to get rid of all our secular music.  He said it had to be destroyed; selling it or giving it away would just spread the evil.  He...