Charles Scriven has offered his vision for what it means to be an Adventist, and I am feeling rather uncertain about it. In the opening chapter of his book, The Promise of Peace,1 Scriven acknowledges that the place from which he writes is not a neutral one, but that his writing reflects his life story.
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism is a rich work that reflects author Timothy Keller’s erudite teaching style as a pastor; tackling some heady issues, the book is full of references to contemporary historians, sociologists, philosophers, literature, theologians, etc. Yet, like his teaching, the book is surprisingly accessible to a general audience (considering the issues being addressed), rewarding those put in the effort to grapple with it.
It is dicey business suggesting potentially great films from any age or genre as tastes vary so much. And to move back toward cinematic beginnings also means that many younger readers will have no idea what is being discussed – it is ancient history.
I make this attempt in hopes of enticing some to discover new and wonderful cinematic experiences--enjoyment and value that you might not otherwise have encountered.
Disney’s new animated film, The Princess and the Frog, has proved a modest success at the box office and a lightning rod in the blogosphere. The film, which portrays Disney’s first African-American heroine in the company’s eighty five-year history, has received heavy criticism for what many perceive as denigrating ethnic stereotypes. The Disney film is not alone in raising issues of race. Several of 2009’s top films deal with the topic directly or indirectly.
Taking this top-of-the-decade moment to pause and look back, what does the bookshelf-of-the-past-ten-years look like? For the Adventist community in particular (and, perhaps we should add, the English-speaking portion of that community), which titles leap off the shelves in multi-colored fireworks or have become so ubiquitous in our discussions as to acquire nicknames?
It's that time of year when two things happen: First, as one Facebook friend quipped, "We sit and look at a dead tree and eat snacks out of our socks." Second, this is the time of year for a total onslaught of many of the year's most anticipated films, hitting the big screen all at once.
With so many holiday-time films to choose from, and in the spirit of year-end, top-ten lists everywhere, we offer a list of the top ten holiday films to be sure to see before the clock strikes 2010. Most are in theaters now; a couple are available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Just what lies beyond Ellen White for Australian Adventism and Avondale College Michael Chamberlain is not entirely sure. He is quite certain, however, that Desmond Ford and the Reformation Gospel Ford has long advocated are the crucial catalysts for taking the church and its college beyond a sociocultural identity that lasted more than 70 years (283) and then fell apart decisively in the years surrounding the annus horribilus of 1980.