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This is an excellent article by Jake at Mere-O. As he says, “The lesson: If you would destroy our world’s versions of Sauron and Saruman, then you must love strawberries and cream.” Read it an get the good stuff for today!


via Tolkien’s Holy Fools | Mere Orthodoxy.


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Scary stories

What Happens When You Deprive Children of Scary Stories – Justin Taylor.

This is an excellent post. It seems today that there is a tendency to either let children take in all that culture has to offer or to minimize and cut off all access to the outside world. Yet I think this has been the struggle of parents throughout history, though living in 21st century, modernized America with its politically correct atmosphere does engender stranger attitudes.

Children are more apt to be sheltered from death and talk of religion and the supernatural, because they frankly might never have to face it. However, in life even into the early 1900’s, life was a precarious issue and walking out your door, as Bilbo once put it, was a very dangerous business.

But this link offers more than just a commentary on cultural issues, for it seems that scary stories are good for your soul. Just think of The Brother’s Grimm and what those stories have done for a veritable cultural renaissance (pretty sure almost all Disney fairy-tale’s take their cue from here). And what about Harry Potter for the last generation. Lord Voldemort, errr, he-who-must-not-be-named, was capturing the minds of children around the world as they were subconsciously dealing with learning to be a hero as they identified with the three protagonists and felt every bit of pain and struggle as they read and watched the story unfold.

So, are scary stories a way to build the imagination and moral formation of the next upcoming generation? Read the story and tell me what you think!?

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The Hobbit: Peter Jackson Films Final Gandalf Scenes With Sir Ian McKellen – Yahoo! omg!.

As the article begins: “It was a sad day in The Shire on Friday, as Sir Ian McKellen completed filming his final scene in “The Hobbit” trilogy. Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf,” director Peter Jackson posted….”

Man, a lot of emotions run through me as I read this, but I must admit that among the many characters that have stood out to me in my time from late teenager through my twenties, especially in  film and media over the last 10 years have been Dumbledore from Harry Potter and Gandalf. Notably, two wizards with a quasi-omniscience that drove the narrative but not at the expense of character development, their’s and those they influenced.

Here’s to you Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen). Thanks for the memories, along with the power of your performance in bringing a character to life for the film but living that character out before your community of fans.

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The Last of the MohicansLast of the Mohicans Series in the Works from FX – IGN.

This is going to be fantastic!!!

I have loved the film ever since I saw it in theaters, though I was only 8 years old at the time.

I fondly remember my aunts and cousin talking the movie up to me, trying to persuade me that it was filmed in North Carolina and it would be a real treat to go see. I just remember thinking that it was about Indians, the English, and some great fight scenes in the woods. For a kid who pretended being a warrior fighter decimating the fake ranks of enemies as they stormed my barn-fort at the time, I was all like “sure, let’s go see it.”

 A really neat part is that a majority of it was filmed in my home state of North Carolina, with many scenes filmed at a lake not 30-45 minutes from the Home Place where I grew up.

Here’s to hoping that the Series in the works is good. Notably, this seems to be a new trend among Hollywood, in which historical stories are getting dramatic makeovers and documentary-esque shows are becoming full fledged movies. I am thinking specifically of “The Vikings” from the History channel, as well as other shows like Spartacus, John Adams, and some others listed in the link above.

Good television is hard to come by sometimes, but these shows are quality works. I’m looking forward to seeing how this will turn out!

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Blue Like Orthodoxy: When Donald Miller met G.K. Chesterton | Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture.

I read this article this morning. Great Post by Matt over at Mere O!

I especially like his comments which simultaneously defend his internet commentary while also debating Miller’s hipster-laced barbs.

It’s a good link to look at a wonderful comparison and contrasts between, really, three authors and their points of view, even if one just is commentary. So, if you have some time over a cup of coffee this morning or a glass of tea in the afternoon, check out the link above and give treat yourself to this article!

 So let me be as clear as possible and take an aggressive stand:  I have read G.K. Chesterton, I have even written an introduction for a book by G.K. Chesterton, and Donald Miller is no G.K. Chesterton. – See more at: http://mereorthodoxy.com/blue-like-orthodoxy-when-donald-miller-met-g-k-chesterton/#more-125265
So let me be as clear as possible and take an aggressive stand:  I have read G.K. Chesterton, I have even written an introduction for a book by G.K. Chesterton, and Donald Miller is no G.K. Chesterton. – See more at: http://mereorthodoxy.com/#sthash.xl4iNXY7.dpuf
So let me be as clear as possible and take an aggressive stand:  I have read G.K. Chesterton, I have even written an introduction for a book by G.K. Chesterton, and Donald Miller is no G.K. Chesterton. – See more at: http://mereorthodoxy.com/#sthash.xl4iNXY7.dpuf

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In browsing my favorite video game websites (here’s to you ign.com), I came across an article discussing the upcoming launch of a series on CBS based on Stephen King’s book Under the Dome.

Admittedly, I have read about 10 pages of it, as I bought it for my wife and I to read last summer. We never got around to it!

At any rate, it’s not that the book wasn’t captivating got begin with. On the contrary, I was pretty enthralled within the first 2-3 pages, but as some things go, other opportunities for entertainment presented themselves and I put the book down (thanks a lot WoW).

And yet the novel resurfaced, not only on my bookshelf where I place all my, err, come-back-to-later books, but also in the media and I found myself, lo and behold, excited that a television series would soon be made.

Now, I hope this doesn’t go the way of Jericho, if you remember that show, and having Spielberg and King working on the project does not merit its continuation by their names alone. The people who watch will do that.

But I found myself disheartened as I read of a similar motif that keeps popping up: let’s put human beings in extreme, possibly apocalyptic, situations and see how human nature responds. Now, the Nuclear appeal of Jericho was enticing and I wish the show was not cancelled. And The Walking Dead is by far apocalyptic, but its in a whole other category. Well that’s my opinion, at least. So, how do I anticipate Under the Dome and its June 24 release date? Will it be dark drama a la The Walking Dead or will it inevitably fade into oblivion (pun intended) like Jericho!?

I don’t know. But I am excited! Why? Because of the last paragraph of the article, which I leave you with:

“Steven Spielberg sees the best in humanity and Stephen King is always seeing the worst. But there are similarities: they’re both really aggressive humanists who love people so much; and [love] throwing them in extraordinary situations and seeing what happens.”

The motif of human beings surviving apocalyptic happenings may be aging, but if it’s a good story and I care about the characters involved, then it never gets old. Here’s to you Under the Dome. May you succeed where others have failed

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This is a great post over at The Resurgence. He tackles the issues of how to handle those who claim others are hypocrites for judging them and offers clarity about what is at heart in the concept of judgment from Jesus perspective.

A fascinating post, and the book that Sam Storms has written is a great apologetic work for the hard questions of the Christian faith and the sense to discern them accurately.

Check out Sam’s post here:

What did Jesus mean when he said, ‘Judge not’? | The Resurgence.

And check out his newest book:

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