With all the articles, blogs, tweets, e-mails and news reports about the recent deaths of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon, one more would probably make little difference. So, here’s another one.
If there is one thing that the American (and world) media is good for, it’s desensitizing us to things that should shock and appall us. For years, we’ve seen recording artists push the envelope of what is or is not acceptable in our society. We’ve seen the same thing on television and in the movies. We’ve even seen it on the radio with the “shock jocks.”
The popular and much-loved Berenstain Bears series are becoming quite hit within the Christian community following the release of the first four faith-based Berenstain Bears books. The new series of children’s books have together sold more than 100,000 copies since releasing on September 30, and have appeared on The Association for Christian Retail (CBA) Top 25 Kids Books list every week since their release date, with rankings increasing weekly.
GodTube, a faith-based YouTube of sorts, has raised $30 million at a $150 million valuation. The funding comes from GLG Partners, a hedge fund. It is not GodTube’s technology that sets it apart but rather that the service caters to a very specific yet huge audience.
Scenes from the Bible have been imagined by countless artists over the centuries, but never quite like this. With some photo editing, God’s Eye View by The Glue Society portrays four key Biblical events as if captured by Google Earth. The Crucifixion Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (circled what I think is supposed to be them) Noah’s Ark Resting on Mount Ararat Moses Parting the Red Sea “We like to disorientate audiences a little with all our work. And with this piece we felt technology now allows events which may or may not have happened to be visualized and made to appear dramatically real,” say The Glue Society’s James Dive. “As a method of representation satellite photography is so trusted, it has been interesting to mess with that trust.” The Glue Society is aiming to produce further works using the same satellite imagery next year but this time relating to mythological occurrences and major historical events. Hat tip to Creative Review...
GodTube, a Christian version of YouTube where you can watch and upload your own videos, has launched two new services – The Prayer Wall and the Virtual Bible. Rather than say anything more about the services, check out the video below which describes both.
New Line Cinema’s “The Golden Compass” hasn’t even hit theaters yet and it already has some Christians and atheists upset up in arms, reports USA Today. Apparently the movie, based on the first book of British author Philip Pullman’s trilogy, “His Dark Materials,” has many atheist themes throughout. One concern is that unsuspecting Christian parents will take their kids to the film, buy the trilogy, and unknowingly introduce their children to the wonders of atheism and the damnation of Catholicism. On the atheist side, many are concerned that the film has been “watered down” and is not anti-God, anti-Church enough. I’ll reserve my opinion until after I have seen the film. Yes I do plan to see it. I figure if my faith as well as many other Christians is strong enough to tolerate living in this ungodly world, then I think many can handle seeing this movie. It may even create opportunities for conversation regarding the truth with those who are seeking. Some might argue that it is another tool to promote the world’s anti-God agenda. Well, isn’t most entertainment today geared that way? Besides, in the same manner that we as Christians have th right to celebrate films such as “The Passion of the Christ, “C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” and other films with Christian truths and themes, so do people who don’t believe in God have the right to celebrate films that may promote ant-God agendas. We who are Christians know the truth. And besides that, God’s own agenda for saving the elect is not going to be thwarted by a Hollywood movie. He is much bigger than that. What people should really do is to wait till the movie comes out and either go see it, or read other’s reviews of it and then form their own opinions of it. That’s what I’m going to...