Monday, March 1, 2010

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

63 min, 2005
Rating: 8 out of 10

I've loaned out my copy of this DVD to more than a dozen people, and every one of them loved it as much as I do. It is little more than a taped lecture, but still manages to be among Answers In Genesis’s top selling DVDs. Why? Well, there are a few cool PowerPoint slides to liven things up a bit, but the strength of this DVD is in its subject matter: the beginnings of human life.

A parent looking at their newborn might call the child a “little miracle” but as Dr. David Menton makes clear in his presentation, that is a completely insufficient description! There isn’t just one miracle involved in the conception and birth of a child – numerous miracles are involved at every stage, before conception even occurs.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made isn’t specifically a pro-life presentation but by outlining the miracle of life Dr. David Menton makes clear the waste and destruction involved in abortion. This is a truly awesome presentation.

And, amazingly, this video can now be seen for free online here. So check it out, and then order a copy for your church library!

Monday, February 1, 2010


103 min; 1943
Rating: 10 out of 10

Why not start off a movie blog with a short review of one of the acknowledged best films of all time?

When Ilsa Lund hears that the Nazis have killed her husband she is inconsolable…until she meets Rick Blaine. They meet in Paris, a city on the brink of an invasion by German forces, and in the midst of this ongoing chaos the two quickly fall in love. But then, mysteriously, Ilsa runs away. She disappears from Paris without a word of explanation, and leaves Rick an embittered man. Three years later they bump into each other again, this time in the free French North African town of Casablanca, but Rick is stunned to find out that Ilsa is there with her very undead husband!

I am a fan of many World War II films, particularly those that were made at that time. What sets Casablanca apart (and above) the many other very good WWII movies is that it is not a movie about heroes doing heroic things. Rather it is about lonely, broken, and even wretched people in difficult conditions doing the right thing in the end. That might sound rather depressing, but it isn't. These are the sort of folk we can empathize with, so when they pick principle over pragmatism we're right there with them, cheering them on, and hoping that we would do the same.

For a very different (but equally enthused) review, check out Harma Mae Smit's thoughts here.

You can find Casablanca at here and here.


And for a film professor's take on why Casablanca is great see below (but, warning, there are spoilers!).