The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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Is it ever acceptable to say “I want to die?" How much loss to our physical capabilities could we absorb before the loss also absorbs our humanity? Can there be hope and purpose without a functioning body? These are questions haunting every frame of the current French film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Run and Not Be Weary

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The Two Oceans Ultra Marathon is called “ the world’s most beautiful marathon”, and it’s doubtful anyone would disagree. Runners race along the perimeter of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula, a long finger of land at the tip of Africa pointing down into the Atlantic Ocean. They pass long white sand beaches, waves breaking in the blue sea, and houses perched on oceanside cliffs as they wind along 56 kilometres (34.8 miles) of road.

Once: A Film About Hope


Editor's Note: I just turned off the 2008 Academy Awards and realized that the only award category I cared about this year was Best Song. That's because it's the only category that Once, the small, simple Irish film made for just 100K, was nominated in (for the gorgeous, haunting, and hopeful "Falling Slowly"). It won (in a rare moment of a truly indie film getting recognized by Hollywood), and I wanted to take the opportunity to remind our readers of this spectacular film and Pastor Ryan Bell's review

CSI Goes to the Library

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With the title People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks' latest novel was a must read for me. When it turned out to be one detective story after another involving the Sarajevo Haggadah, I was hooked.

A Platform of Compassion


Marianne Thieme is a Dutch politician, animal activist and publicist. She is the chair and political leader of the first animal rights party in history that is represented in a national parliament. She is also a Seventh-day Adventist.

Deconstructing My Bucket List


The currently popular movie The Bucket List stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as improbable ‘buddies’ who meet while in cancer treatment, then learn their conditions are likely terminal. Freeman has been constructing a ‘bucket list’ – things he wants to do before ‘kicking the bucket’. His character is a blue collar, God-believing family man, while Nicholson is typecast as a wealthy, unbelieving, multi-divorced playboy and workaholic.

A Family Reviews Secret of the Cave

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Uncle Arthur has gone to Hollywood. And, Southern Adventist University took him there. At least, that’s what we discovered on a recent trip to Hollywood Video. While searching for a good Saturday night movie, I stumbled across Secret of the Cave – not knowing that it was based on the book by “Uncle” Arthur S. Maxwell.

Behind the movie camera

Last year, Southern Adventist University students and faculty released a feature film based on an Arthur S. Maxwell book. The Secret of the Cave follows the story of Roy, a young American boy spending the summer in a tiny fishing village in the west of Ireland. While there, unexplainable events happen and the locals mention ghosts. But Roy, together with his new friends, looks for clues to solve the mystery and discover the secret of the cave.

Mudhouse Sabbath: A Book About Those Things I Miss


What do you do when you’ve walked away from one form of religion only to discover you miss, at least some aspects, of it? Seven years after converting from Orthodox Judaism to Christianity, Lauren Winner admits that, while she is in love with Jesus and his teachings, she misses the practices and rituals of Judaism.

Religion and Politics in the Public Square


Do you ever feel like a battlefield casualty of the culture wars? In American Gospel, a highly readable bestseller, author Jon Meacham suggests another understanding of America’s past that, he hopes, will lower the level of hostility and presumably leave fewer victims.

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