Alissa Wilkinson has a great post up at her blog at Christianity Today, celebrating the good ministers of film and TV -- ministers who show true godliness and integrity. (And I had the honor of contributing one to the collection!) Go here to see who made the list, and to make suggestions of your own.
I mentioned recently that Meriam Ibrahim and her family have been taking refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum for about a month now. NBC News and others are now reporting that Meriam Ibrahim and her family have arrived safely in Italy, mere hours after her release from Sudan.
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Congressman Paul Ryan will deliver a speech to the American Enterprise Institute tomorrow in which he will unveil his anti-poverty plan. In the past the House Budget Committee Chairman has hammered federal budget cuts; however, in this new proposal Ryan says, “It is important to note that this is not a budget-cutting exercise — this is a reform proposal."
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RELEVANT magazine is asking who should play C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien in the upcoming movie about their friendship. The authors have some suggestions of their own, ranging from Cumberbatch and Freeman (hmm, maybe) to Statler and Waldorf (yes please!!). What do you think?
Meriam Ibrahim and her family remain in a "makeshift home" at the U.S. Embassy in Sudan; while Meriam and her husband have expressed nothing but gratitude for her release from prison, the family is still being prevented from leaving Sudan. Wednesday there will be a Congressional hearing (titled “The Troubling Case of Meriam Ibrahim”) before the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on global human rights to discuss Meriam's case.
In the comfort of my life, it’s painfully easy to get caught up in the microcosm of my experience, and to stay there. However, in consideration of two escalating international crises, I find myself called outside of myself. As of recently, many around the world are facing incredible grief.
Thursday, Malaysian airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over war-torn eastern Ukraine. There has been finger pointing in every direction, but we don’t really know who shot down the Boeing 777. What we do know is that the crash of the plane resulted in a tragic loss of life -- 298 people were on board the flight, and all 298 were killed. This description of the wreckage from the New York Times is haunting. Read More >
I’ve noticed recently that I’m a stingy person when it comes to money. I don’t like to spend it, because I always feel broke afterwards. Irrational? Yes. But it still feels that way. So of course, this makes tithing and giving a fierce battle between the heart and the mind.
A group of us interns at Prison Fellowship attended a Nationals game a few weeks ago as a social event. Those of of you who know anything about live sports will guess that it wasn’t the cheapest outing I’ve ever attended. As I hit “accept” to the e-mail invitation, I had no idea the amount of money I’d be throwing at this. From the ticket, to the parking, plus the Metro fare, and last but not least the $18 for food, that’s the better part of a hundred dollars down the drain. Yet before I knew it, the money was spent. Now, although I found myself upset at how much I invested in the outing, I also thought of the great time I was having as I sat and cheered with my good friends. Then, slowly but surely, the subject of money slowly floated out of my thinking, until I was totally at peace.
Yet when was the last time we lost ourselves like this in giving to the Lord?
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Lifetime's "The Lottery," premiering Sunday, depicts a world where children have ceased to be born, and only 100 viable embryos are available to ensure the future of humanity. Given current demographic trends, it could be prophetic. (At the very least, if it's good, it might be something like what the film version of "The Children of Men" should have been.)
Imagine for just a moment that you are sitting in a bunker with a team of soldiers, planning out a strategic movement against your enemy. Your general has finished formulating his plan, and even though you haven’t been told the specifics, you know it will work. It always does.
Yet, just as you all are preparing to load up and move out, some fool activates an EMP in close proximity to your base. What happens? All electronics are down. The plan is ruined, or at least, severely impaired. Read More >
In the frenzy of this digital age -- an age seemingly characterized by ad-hominem attacks and needless mud-slinging -- it's refreshing to come across a piece about the importance of civility, especially in the context of social media.