The Apostle Paul and the Earliest Churches (A Review)

The Apostle PaulI’ve never been to the places that the Apostle Paul traveled on his missionary journeys so I’m always interested in watching documentaries about his life. I’m especially interested in those that offer pictures, videos, and other key insight into the cities and regions that he visited. This weekend I had the opportunity to watch the Apostle Paul DVD. While it does have some pictures, video, and commentary about the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul it’s not really that entertaining. I did enjoy the the archeological insights.

Given the nature of the work the video would have functioned better with a host operating as a guide. The narration was slow, repetitive, and continued to drag on making a 45 minute film seem like it was even longer. The bright spots were the modern views of the historical cities. There wasn’t as much re-enactment as one might expect for this type of documentary.  I’m a huge fan of the scriptures and anything that makes them more clear, but this film will only help a select few deepen their knowledge or affection for the scriptures.

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October Baby: Coming to a Theater Near You!

So I had the chance to check out a new movie the other night with my wife. We went to go see the movie October Baby (due in Theaters on March 23rd). We were initially worried that we were in for a long night of b-rated christian acting but were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the production.

The theme of the movie centers on a young woman named Hannah, who finds out through a medical condition that her parents are not her birth parents and she suffers from her condition as a result of a failed abortion. That is to say that her birth mother attempted to get an abortion, but ended up delivering a live baby instead. Hannah then sets out on a journey to figure out who she is, where she came from, and who her real mother is.

I was impressed with the authenticity with which the abortion issue was discussed. The themes of grace and forgiveness continued to resurface.  I appreciate the fresh perspective on an otherwise tension filled issue. My wife and I will be back opening weekend to take it all in again. Check out some of the video’s below and the website to get more information and see if it’s worth your time.


The Newest Musician on My I-pod

Ok… So its not rap, but this is what I am listening to these days on my Ipod.  I got the chance to hear Mandi Mapes play at Student Life’s Refuge event for student pastors and was blown away by the transparency and depth of her lyrics… not to mention awesome vocal and musical tallent.  I’m definately a fan.  She has a few songs available for download on Itunes.  Unfortunately not the ones here.  But awesome none the less.