I enjoy Ridley Scott's movies. He often produces real "guy" movies—heavy on testosterone, heroics, swordplay, courage, and big finishes that resolve classic conflicts between good and evil. I admire his subtle attacks on systemic injustice and his celebration of strong, heroic women. I appreciate his portrayal of deeply flawed heroes, who ultimately succeed not because of their leadership skills but rather their integrity, self-sacrifice for the common good, and commitment to truth. Gods and Kings follows in much the same vein.
In short, it's a very good movie. It's a well-filmed, visual treat (the 3D version is worth the extra expense) with strong performances by the actors. The subject should be an "epic" picture and gives a valiant effort to be.
Here's the big miss: When will a moviemaker demonstrate the confidence or courage to tell the actual stories these biblical movies are titled after? more >>
This column was originally published at Live Action News.
With today's modern technology and medical information, we have a real-time window into the womb. What happens to babies before birth – all the ways they move, grow, and change – is nothing short of amazing.
Here are just 10 things that happen to babies before birth. These 10 things demonstrate their uniqueness, value, and of course, their humanity. more >>
The story is told that when Tennessee frontiersman Davy Crockett served in the US Congress (between 1827 and 1835) he voted for a bill appropriating $20,000 for relief for victims of a fire that broke out in Georgetown.
When he returned home, a constituent farmer chastised him for supporting the bill and for "giving what is not yours to give."
The farmer told Crockett the constitution does not grant Congress the power to give charity and if it did, "You will very easily perceive what a wide door this would open for fraud and favoritism and corruption, on the one hand, and robbing the people on the other." more >>
An atheist whose recent invocation at a Florida city's meeting prompted a walkout of some of the commissioners is fighting to give an invocation at another city meeting elsewhere in the state.
Preston Smith of Miami, who saw four members of the Lake Worth County Board of Commissioners walk out on his previous invocation, was denied a request to give a secular invocation at a Palm Beach County Commissioners meeting.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Smith explained that "my next invocation was aimed at the Palm Beach County Commissioners Meeting. However, they have denied my request, opting instead to strictly allow the Commissioner's themselves to give (overtly Christian-themed) invocations. I consider this a monopoly of a certain religious viewpoint, the very opposite of the Supreme Court's intention." more >>
Remember New Year's Eve almost 12 months ago? Were you holding high hopes it would be your best year yet?
Amidst the jubilant celebration were you lifting praise to God for anticipated success and breakthrough in your life?
Looking back over the year do you have to admit things just didn't turn out the way you had hoped? Unexpected setbacks…financial reversals… disappointments… failures... mistakes... betrayals... need we go on? more >>
The North Korea Freedom Federation hosted a press conference earlier this week calling for world governments to take action against North Korea's human rights abuses, after reports emerged that the nine orphans who had attempted to flee in 2013 with the help of a Christian missionary might've been killed.
Republican Congressman Ed Royce of California, who participated at the press conference in Washington, D.C., said in a statement: "The findings of the Commission of Inquiry give us good reason to be deeply concerned about their fate, not just today, but for years to come.
He added: "If these children have met the horrible fate of so many other North Korean refugees, that is a crime against humanity. But if the nine are alive, it is evidence that international pressure can help save North Korean lives. Beijing, in cooperation with UNHCR, must help us find the truth about these nine children." more >>