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The Gospel According to Doctor Strange

The Gospel According to Doctor Strange

Before kids, I used to watch a ton of movies. These days I have to be a bit more selective. Movies tend to be more of a way to relax than to ponder life deeply, but I was surprised to find myself reflecting on the recent movie Doctor Strange. This movie is part of the Marvel universe and I actually knew next to nothing about it before seeing it. However, this is a beautiful story in which the gospel emerges in numerous different ways.

Doctor Strange begins the movie as a narcissistic surgeon. While we may not have his talents or his money, most of us can relate with his natural desire to think first of himself. Early on he gets confronted with this in order for him to develop in new ways.

The Ancient One: Arrogance and fear still keep you from learning the simplest and most significant lesson of all.

Dr. Stephen Strange: Which is?

The Ancient One: It’s not about you.

Sounds like something Jesus said in Luke 9:23. “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Indeed, this might just be the simplest and most significant lesson for each of us to learn.

But hands down my favorite part was toward the end. *If you haven’t seen the movie, I’m about to give you a spoiler so keep this post in your browser and go watch the movie first if you want to be surprised.*


5 Reasons I Disliked Noah (And They’re Not What You Think)

5 Reasons I Disliked Noah (And They’re Not What You Think)

It doesn’t take long to feel overwhelmed by all of the talk about a semi-Christian movie like Noah. This one is especially ripe for controversy with an atheist director. Like my friend Jason argues, I have no issue with the film from a Christian point of view. Is it Biblically accurate? Mostly. But people watch this to be entertained, not to learn inspired theology. If you’re looking for theology read the Bible. I disliked the movie Noah because of the movie itself, not any connection or lack thereof to the Bible.

Here are five reasons why (without spoilers):



Abraham Lincoln - Daniel Day-Lewis

A still from Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg. (Photo: David James, SMPSP © 2012 DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved)

I finally had the chance to see the movie Lincoln (November and December get a bit crazy for me at church). It did not disappoint. After seeing Gangs of New York I became a Daniel Day-Lewis fan. My only disappointment with the movie was that I never noticed that it was Daniel Day-Lewis playing the role. He so absorbed himself into the part. (When he decided on the voice he would use he recorded it and sent a tape to Spielberg so that he would hear it first). While the voice caught myself and others off guard at first, it is most likely accurate according to what historians tell us. Day-Lewis described playing the role like this:

“I never, ever felt that depth of love for another human being that I never met. And that’s, I think, probably the effect that Lincoln has on most people that take the time to discover him… I wish he had stayed [with me] forever.”


What Happened to Veggie Tales?

I would guess that many of my readers are familiar with the cartoon show Veggie Tales. I’ve been aware of them for awhile now and have recently become much more acquainted with them as my kids have fallen in love with them. While most of the Veggie Tales cartoons are half an hour or so, they do have a few full movies. The Jonah movie in particular I was impressed with. I was later shocked to learn that this movie was one of the nail in the coffins that put Big Idea Productions into bankruptcy and ultimately new ownership.

My curiosity got the better of me and I Googled to find out the real story. I then read through page after page of the story straight from the president of the company, Phil Vischer. Click here to read it yourself. It is incredibly sad and moving. I appreciate the depth of honesty and vulnerability that Phil relates as he depicts his journey in trying to be faithful to the vision God gave him.

Its written in eleven parts so it will take you a bit of time to read through the whole story. But it is worth it. Here are some of Phil’s quotes that stuck with me (the first one cracks me up):


YouTube Documentaries

My friend Brian sent me a great link for an entire database of YouTube documentaries. If you thought Netflix gave you a lot of options, I may have just ruined your summer. I watched the video above on time travel after reading Stephen King’s latest book. I was quickly impressed (they even have Morgan Freeman narrating).

They have tons of different documentaries including all topics imaginable. For example, some of the titles include:

  • The Mythology of Star Wars
  • Tower of Babel
  • Steve Jobs – One Last Thing
  • CIA Secret Experiments
  • The Making of Stand By Me (for you ladies).

There’s something for everyone.


No One Will Remember

I got into a conversation this weekend about time management. I was asked whether productive people are born that way or if I thought it was more like a discipline that someone could intentionally choose. While I hadn’t necessarily thought through all of this before, I found it to be an interesting conversation.

My answer is that I think we’re all born with a default setting when it comes to our time management. Beyond that it depends on how we intentionally choose to spend our time. Personally, I budget my time each day in my mind. Like a financial budget, this allows me to tell my hours how to be spent before I get to them.

In our conversation, I also thought of a scene from the movie Troy that has always stuck with me. In the scene, a boy is summoned to get Achilles to fight one on one with the best fighter from a different army. I’ve only seen the movie once, but I’ve never forgotten the following dialogue: