Ten Underrated Movies from the 80’s Every One Should See

Nothing has ever been quite as enjoyable to me as going to the movies. From the smell of popcorn to the hush that falls over the crowd as the previews start, except for that one person that won’t shut up behind you. You know the one, she keeps talking on her phone about her life, her friends, what her dog did to her rug…whatever lady, no one wants to hear about your stupid dog when the previews are showing. The previews are awesome, they are like 12 (seriously, I counted 12 last time I went to a movie) mini-movies before the feature attraction and you are ruining the experience for me by your constant blathering. I’m pretty sure people like her are the reason duct tape was invented in the first place.

I went to my first movie when I was three years old, it was a double-feature The Fox and The Hound and Star Wars and I have loved going to the movies ever since.  Of course going to the movies and watching a movie at home are vastly different experiences; unless you have your own home theater…which I don’t, but I’d gladly let anyone buy me. Nevertheless there are a few movies I want my kids to see. Movies that I loved, that I want to pass on to the next generation, and movies that are so awesome I want my kids to love it as much as I do, movies that were so transcendent the defined a not just one generation, but several.  This was the inspiration behind my list, these are movies I want my kids to see…when they are old enough…so that they aren’t forgotten.

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Friends don’t let Friends Vote Democrat

Yes, it’s time for me to get political…again…I saw this online somewhere and I thought it worth passing along.

When your friends cannot explain why they voted for Democrats, give them this list. They can then pick their reasons….

1. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

2. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

3. I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

4. I voted Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

5. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius.

6. I voted Democrat because I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

7. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits.

8. I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.

9. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

10. I voted Democrat because I think that it’s better to pay billions to people who hate us for their oil, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle or gopher.

11. I voted Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I was promised “HOPE AND CHANGE”.

12. I voted Democrat because I wanted more government involvment in my everyday life not less.

This is too political for my other blog…but I’ll post it here…because I find it hilarious and true. And it’s “Treat-yoself” Friday.

Obvious Obfuscation

Why outreach doesn’t work

Have you ever spent so much time looking at something that, even though it was right in front you, you couldn’t see it? Or like last night I was watching Jeopardy! (I love Jeopardy!, but it’s not as much fun if there isn’t someone else watching who can hear you shout all the right answers) and a question was asked and I thought of the correct answer but I doubted I had it right because it was too obvious. The verse I am looking at today is kind of like that. We treat it like a gut check, like: “are you doing hard things for God?” but it’s really not like that at all…in fact it’s just the opposite. From the time I wrote my post called Pearls Before Swine, (which if you haven’t read you really should go back and read not only is it delightful and entertaining, it also is a primer for this post) I’ve really been thinking a lot about the sheep and goats verse I quoted, so this post is really a continuation of that post. Our pastor used the sheep and goats verse a few Sundays ago in a sermon and, alas he used it incorrectly, I have considered talking to him about it and I believe I will, but I haven’t yet. You see, we need to carefully look at this verse, because it really is a more effective model for outreach than most churches across the country follow.  Let’s look at the verses…

 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right,

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I know it’s about a week too early for this kind of post, but I’m going to do it anyway. I have been thinking a lot lately about what I am going to try to accomplish in 2012 and here is my list. I’m just trying to get the ideas out and written down before I forget, something I seem to be getting good at. So here they are my objectives for 2012:

Lose weight: since the last time I seriously dieted, back in 2009, I have gained back almost all the weight I lost then. I want to get back to the weight I was in high school-175. I’m thinking of doing a picture blog update and whatnot…just an idea, probably won’t follow through with that part of it though.

Write that book: I’ve been trying for years to write a book, I’m going to sit down and do it this year. I actually have several books in mind, a fiction, a non-fiction and a children’s book…I’m developing my characters for the fiction book now…I’ll keep you updated.

Work out more: This one sort of goes with number 10, but I want to gain back some of my muscles I had a couple of years ago, before I fell off the dieting wagon.

Enjoy my job more: I spend lots of time wishing I had a different job, something ministry related maybe, but I don’t…I work in the private sector…I don’t hate my job, it’s just that I don’t love it either, I just happen to be good at it. I’m going to take more time and enjoy it this year.

Have more fun with my kids: I spend lots of time with my kids bossing them around and not enough time enjoying them and having fun with them. I’m going to try to do that more in 2012.

Communicate with my wife better: I love my wife, I do…but I get this roadblock in my head when it comes to trying to talk with her about anything important, it fills me with anxiety to be honest…I’m going to work to overcome that this year.

To better express things that I think, but never say, to people in my life: I don’t know how many times I’ve thought something very complimentary or encouraging to say to or about someone but I never do. Maybe it will matter, maybe it won’t but I’m going to give this a try this year.

Spend more time in prayer: I’ve blogged about the importance of prayer before on my other blog…and this one too, I think…it really is the most under utilized weapon in the christians arsenal…and I’m going to be more intentional about it this year.

Learn to play the guitar: I won a guitar about a year ago and I’ve barely played it. I taught myself how to play Smoke on the Water and that was pretty much all I’ve done with it. I’m either going to learn to play the thing or sell it.

Join the worship team at church: I’ve been blessed with a pretty good singing voice. It’s nice and deep and I think I could really contribute to the worship team if they’d have me. I have this intense fear of signing in public that I’d have to get over first though.

Anyway, that’s about it for my list for this year. If you took the time to read this …thanks. What are some of your resolutions for 2012?

The Gospel = Crazy Talk

I’ve shared the gospel maybe a few hundred times, but this past Sunday night something occurred to me in the middle of sharing the gospel with our youth group. The gospel sounds crazy. I’ve been going to church since nine months before I was born, I’ve grown up knowing about church stuff. But for a brief second I put myself in the shoes of some of those junior and senior high students who were staring back it me (quite politely too I may add) who may not have grown up in church and may not have heard any of the gospel before. The gospel sounds crazy…God had a son, with a virgin and his name was Jesus and he died for my sins, which apparently I have because of some guy name Adam and after he died he came back to life but now he lives in heaven and all I have to do is to trust him…what? Really it’s nuts if you think about it think about. I’m no stranger to hearing about a groups religious beliefs and thinking, “that’s crazy.” “Mormons believe what? That’s crazy” But really I can see now why faith in Christ is totally monergistic. There is no way I could believe without the Holy Spirit…it really is just too much for me to believe on my own. The Bible says that Christ is the author and perfector of our faith and with good reason…faith in the gospel…in a story that crazy, has to come from God. I know with everything that is in me the gospel is true and I know because I believe the Bible and I believe the Bible because the Holy Spirit has enabled me to do so. Some people believe that they can come to true faith of there own free will, but if that’s true than, frankly, you don’t need Christ to be saved…you just need determination. Furthermore, if that is true then Jesus was wrong when he said “I am the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to the Father but through me.” Which is all the more reason I believe that saving faith comes from Christ alone, through faith alone, by grace alone, through scripture alone for the glory of God alone. I pray for those I know that don’t believe the gospel because while I know it’s part of my job as a christian to proclaim the gospel I can’t make anyone believe a story so crazy…and so true.

Mourning Christopher Hitchens

There was some sad news this morning with the reporting of the death of Christopher Hitchens. Even though Christopher was an atheist I still feel sorrow over his passing. While he was still alive there was hope, hope that our sovereign Lord would open Christopher’s eyes to the truth of the gospel. With his passing that hope has died, nevertheless God is sovereign. As far as we know Christopher died an enemy of God, but God does not rejoice at his passing

“God does not delight in the death of the wicked.”(Ez. 18:23).

In fact, the Bible tells us that God desires that all men be saved and come to know the truth of the gospel (1 Tim. 2:4.) even though we do not fully see the reason why God does not allow some to be saved the Bible makes it clear that there is no wrong doing on God’s part in all this.

“What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion,but on God, who has mercy.”(Rom. 9:14-16)

As I mentioned in my post “Pearls before Swine” we are wasting our time trying to convince the inconvincible, when we should be spending copious amounts of time in prayer, praying for those who are lost that the Holy Spirit would open their eyes to God’s saving grace. We should be praying that God would lead that person across our path so that we could somehow plant a seed or better still, help lead someone to Christ and his marvelous gift of grace.

Christopher Hitchens spent his life rejecting the gift of salvation and shaking his fist at God and all who believed in him, but it is altogether good and right that we mourn his passing and that we pray for his family and friends. And as Christians it should strengthen our resolve to be a witness everywhere we go and every chance we get, not because “it’s what a good Christian should do” but because of our heart that’s been changed so that we desire, as God does, that all be saved.