With the Southern California Children's Choir dedicated to Boston...
With the Southern California Children's Choir dedicated to Boston...
Note. I haven't seen the movie. I have read the book, but I got an email this morning from a prominent preacher about how this movie is dangerous. Really? Dangerous? Do Christians really believe that if we don't believe exactly right and follow THEIR version of the Bible, we're all going to hell?
How do you know YOUR interpretation of the Bible is correct. Maybe you've gotten some things wrong. Since you haven't been to Heaven, and you don't know for certain that your interpretation is correct, let's just go to the movies and enjoy ourselves.
Is it any wonder no Christian wants to make an account, fictional or otherwise, of anything? Because there are always Christians ready to attack and say you're full of garbage and leading people to hell. Maybe your cold-hearted, strict version of the Bible is leading people to hell? Maybe Jesus has a wee bit more grace than you have?
As far as "Heaven is For Real" is concerned. Personally, I didn't like the book. I thought it was simplistic and full of the father's interpretation of what happened. Do I believe it? I don't know. It just didn't really move me either way in my belief system.
Here's my question for Christians angry about the movie. If God said other people's version of Jesus was good enough for entry, would you be angry? Would you tell God how it's supposed to be? From the sounds of their angry rants, I have to wonder. They remind me of Jonah watching the destruction of Ninevah with glee, rubbing their hands together and stating, "I was right. I was right." You tell us you care about our salvation, but really, it seems like you care about being right.
I watched Philomena again last night, and when that nun goes on her self-righteous rant, I think to myself, that woman (the nun) lived her whole life for Christ and never ever learned Who He was. That is the saddest tale ever. He never pierced her heart. She always thought it was about HER and her righteousness.
It is said that King David had a whole heart for God. King David pretty much committed every sin in the Bible, but he learns. He comes to understand Who God is, and what Grace is. How really, it's undeserved and we are all unworthy.
So, there's a "Christian" movie out for Easter. It's doing well in the theaters. How about we just lighten up and if you don't believe the version, you think of it as Batman and just enjoy the tale? The truth is, YOU didn't go to heaven. You can't discount this kid's account. God is bigger than you allow Him to be. Why don't some Christians get that?
The truth is, you make heaven seem so undesirable that if you're all the people who are going to be there, no one else wants to go. Look inside. Worry about yourself and YOUR faith. And let us go enjoy a little movie and trust us that we're not going to lose our faith over a movie. You think?
How do I know? Here was my inbox this morning:
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Okay, so this would be great if any of these emails went to my children. But my mom has a ten year-old handbag. (I know, right?) And she travels to the grocery store. She does read a lot, so I suppose the Amazon gift is probably a good one, but my inbox just makes me sad. Because I just got a new handbag. Maybe my kids will pool their money and get me that Prada. Yeah, not holding my breath.
What will you buy Mum for Mother's Day? I just gave mine shoes for a late birthday gift because I haven't been up here. I'd buy her a handbag if she'd dump that crap slouchy bag she uses because she "knows where all the compartments are." Someone please tell her that is not a reason to carry a handbag!!! I must be adopted.
I was so excited for this movie, but this casting is ALL wrong. I'm not remotely looking forward to the movie now. I'm not a Ben Affleck fan anyway, but this casting. BOO!! Am I alone here?
The setting seems all wrong too.
I love Taylor Swift's style, but when it comes to men, I think she should get a puppy. Actually, she's a cat person, maybe that's the issue. When it comes to men she's like a Siamese cat rather than a Golden Retriever.
Picky is good. Standards are good. But her lists reeks of all kinds of shallow.
1) Be 'leading man' hot
2) Motivated when it comes to their career
3) Someone who can speak at least two languages
4) Has to have at least one sister
5) Has to have a good relationship with his parents
6) Not a mama's boy
Now, I'm going to pick it apart. Because someone needs to give her a virtual slap upside the head.
1. Leading man hot --really? That comes with a lot of upkeep. Do you want to fight your man for mirror time? Do you want him using your products? Seriously, settle for ruggedly handsome. Haven't you learned your lesson with Jake Gyllenhaal?
2. Motivated when it comes to their career -- Taylor, you have a big career. A relationship has a harder time supporting two major careers. Just know if he is motivated, you will be less of a priority, and I'm not sure you can handle that. You, my dear, are what men call "high maintenance" - own it.
3. Someone who speaks at least two languages. Why? So he can talk about you to his family without you having to hear it? So he can order your food in a foreign restaurant? So he's smart? Because no offense Taylor, but you're not exactly Oxford-educated. Rethink this. He might make you feel stupid.
4. He has to have at least one sister. No, he has to treat a sister well. It's more important his Dad treats his sister well, and his mother well. Or he's learned to look down on women. Jake G treats his sister well. That didn't work out so awesome.
5. He has to have a good relationship with his parents. Really, he has to be able to handle his parents if they overstep boundaries. If he can't man-up, it doesn't matter how well he treats his parents. He may treat them better than you and that is the kiss of death. Where are his loyalties? You handle your people. He handle his. Sad, but true. Otherwise, you look like a monster.
6. Can't be a Mama's boy. Rethink this. Mama's boys are fantastic. I only have one, and he'll be the best husband of the three. Because he knows how to treat women. He will shop for a set period of time, and he ALWAYS opens the door for me and is a gentleman. All my boys know THEY pay for a date. A mama's boy has been taught well. As long as he's not living with her at 35, you're fine here.
Any other advice for Taylor? She picks great handbags. Maybe she should stick to that for awhile.
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I am totally shocked. First of all, that they kept this under wraps. But mostly because they as a couple grew on me, and they were the only reason I kept watching the show. Originally, I liked Shep, but quickly grew tired of him when I realized he didn't DO anything.
I liked how Ravenel (51) and Kathryn (22) connected though everything said to both of them, RUN! Maybe that's why they stayed together. I don't know, but admittedly, I liked them together because they were the only two people on the show willing to admit, they're screw-ups. Everyone else seems to drink all day and think they are fine catches for marital material.
The show tried to paint her as a scarlet woman, but in all honesty, the whole cast seems equally guilty on that count.
What can I say? I'm a romantic. I think it's sweet that they both come from old families with money and found love. Now, we'll see if he makes an honest woman of her. As a failed politician, let's hope he gets that much right. Their baby girl is named Kensington. Many marriages are built on less. They have heritage and money on their side, and they do seem genuinely connected. I'm gobsmacked. But it makes the season worthwhile.
And BTW, Bravo, make her a full cast member. Without Kathryn, you have no show.
You know, a girl can get hungry at prom. And what better way to win her heart than to bring chicken?
Sure, you can rent a limo, or take her to a fancy dining spot, but real men bring chicken.
KFC is onto something here. I think they speak romance.
Personally, anything that holds fried chicken or bacon is fine by me.
So someone asked on Facebook about movies you've seen more than three times, but that number doesn't work for a writer because we tend to be obsessive. But I figure any true fan can be obsessive. So, is there a movie you've seen more than ten times?
Here's the ones I'm admitting to:
It's research, right? I don't want to admit to this one, but...it does go back to high school, and I've read the book more times than I've watched the movie.
The Thorn Birds
I am right-brined, so I love to watch business shows with business minds that work at a rate of speed I can barely fathom.
This week, we were watching, and my son has a brilliant physics' mind. Marcus Lemonis comes in looks at the business, asks like three questions, then does the math in head and knows how to fix the business. I'm like, what just happened?
I watched that scene three times to try and figure it out. My son was like, "Duh Mom." And proceeds to explain to me in layman's terms. I'm trying to tell my son that is NOT NORMAL. You realize you have a gift, right?
He says, "It's just math."
It's not just math. It's knowing how the math adds up, that you need to factor in your costs, your overhead, your margins. That business head is not in everyone. My son just blew me off, but I'm so glad there are people like Marcus Lemonis and my son to do these jobs. I wish more of them understood how to make a profit without taking advantage of others, that if you truly factor in your people, you'll make more money.
My favorite episode this year was the "Sweet Pete's" candy store because Sweet Pete was like me. He just wanted to create. He didn't want to think about numbers and profit, and I love that someone decent came in and made things right.
Anyway, my fandom paid off because CNBC and "The Profit" sent me a care package today and it had a key lime pie (my very favorite!) and a T-shirt. I'm going to be rocking it and looking very business-like, don't you think? Maybe it will give me more use of my left brain. Hmm.