The just-released Noah movie sails through some murky waters, just as the ark does. Parts of the newly released film are Biblical. For example, Noah is directed by God to build an ark and to bring two of every animal into it because God is going to destroy the Earth. Noah has a vision of the world submerged in water. But as Noah puts it, it is a “beginning” and not an ending because God intends to start over with Noah and his family but first the remaining people of Earth must perish in the impending flood. Noah and his family are to reproduce and so are the animals. Yet the movie also goes off in some unusual directions, including certain events with the Nephilim (the offspring of the sons of God (angels) cohabitating with women, the daughters of men, according to what certain scholars teach from the Bible). The giant rock-like creatures that dwelt in the land of Canaan help Noah build the ark! And at least one of them gets a second chance with God and rises up to heaven. The creatures are called “Watchers” in the film.
How are your Mondays? Do you press the snooze button a time or two, snuggle beneath the covers, grasping for those last zzz’s? Do you dread the drive to work, knowing that a mound of paperwork awaits you? And your Fridays? Do they taunt you mid-week, making you crave for a little carefree time away from the office? Like right now? Perhaps you have work-related stress. You are not alone, for it’s a condition most Americans suffer from at some point or another. If you’d like more joy and peace at work, as well as increase your productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness, try these 5 strategies.
West Michigan Christian web writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for area arts and entertainment events of special interest to the West Michigan faith community. Here are three highlights for April.
If someone asked Paul one more time if he had found work, he was going to clobber him or her. It’s not that he hadn’t been looking. It’s not that he didn’t try. There was just no work to be found! He didn’t mean to be ornery and uptight. He didn’t mean to lash out at his wife’s inquiries. He felt stuck, not sure which way to turn, embarrassed he couldn’t keep up appearances, ashamed his manhood was being attacked. He was good and stuck. Like a helpless baby.
Rob Guerin is stoked about the upcoming “Battle of the Bands” at Kent City Baptist Church set for Fri. March 28.
“I think we’ve got the details nailed down – and we’re getting response to this from places where we haven’t even promoted it,” said Guerin, who is heading up the effort.
It’s an event with a one-two punch: a Battle of the Bands competition on Friday will yield a winner who will be the opening act at the Tricia Brock concert the following night.
“No! That’s not how you do it!” yelled one of my children. “You’re not the boss of me. I can do it however I want!” responded another. I could tell that their rising pitches were going to quickly lead to meltdown and hair pulling. Not a great place for a knockdown, drag-out fight in the confines of our pop-up trailer. I’d like to say that they were arguing over how best to structure a game of pirates and booty, using the campground as the landscape for their imaginations, when in reality they were fighting over how to play a video game.
“You can’t be serious. Are you crazy?” my husband asked. I don’t know. Was I? I couldn’t help that my maternal instincts kicked in. Sure, we already have five, four still home—rambunctious and noisy as ever. But I was having a mommy moment. Those beautiful dark eyes beckoned me. The way she grunted. Her squirmy self. My husband waited. Surely, I couldn’t be serious. Don’t we have enough going on in our chaotic household? With kids, two cats, and two degus, do we also need a raccoon?
Over the last several years singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman has traveled a number of new pathways.
“There are several newer chapters in our lives and I think this new music was a chance to share part of our journey,” said Chapman, 51, from his home office in Franklin, Tenn.
Grand Rapids-based Baker Publishing Group is celebrating its 75th anniversary in April, a major milestone for the family-owned business that began with a small bookstore on Wealthy Street and is now one of the best-known Christian book publishers.
Suzanne Burden is ready to engage in conversations that may be difficult, dead end, or humbling. She’s ready to face them because she knows where she stands in Christ and his kingdom.
Recently WMCN had the privilege of attending an advance screening of the movie, “God’s Not Dead”. The film asks the question “How far would you go…to defend your belief in God?
The movie’s website describes it best: