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A little help?

hey, if you’ve read Face to Face and found typos, errors, misstatements, things left out, etc., I would appreciate you letting me know. Anything that is unclear and needs to be clarified? Anything? Lemme know. Canon Press is about to do a reprint and it is a good time to clean up anything that needs cleaning.

thanks for your help.

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Meet Mr. “Am I ugly or what?”

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If you haven’t yet started listening to the Nuclearity podcasts, start today. Hugh Duncan does a great job in producing an interesting, informative, and provocative (in the Hebrews 10 sense) 15 minutes. Especially good is his “You Love a Lucy” series on marriage. Very helpful. In part 2 of the series Duncan addresses the issue of how actors and actresses protect their marriages while on stage/on camera. Most movies involve love scenes with men/women who are not married. So what is an actor to do if he is concerned to protect his marriage or avoid temptation to immorality?

Hugh interviews Eduardo Verástegui (producer of and lead actor in the outstanding movie, Bella) and Kirk Cameron (star of the movie Fireproof) on how they seek to guard themselves and the actresses they work with, from the temptation to infidelity. Both men have determined to treat all women with the respect God has commanded they be given and so they have determined not to participate in scenes that involve kissing, inappropriate behavior with women, and, of course, nudity. Can this be done without turning every film into a stiff and weird “Billy Graham” movie? Sure it can and it can be done with beauty, grace, and romance — it just takes a little more creativity to make it work.

Hugh Duncan observes that we use stunt doubles to protect the lives of actors (since preserving life is more important than any movie), so why not use “kissing doubles” in an effort to protect the marriages (and purity) of the actors? Isn’t protecting marriages more important than a movie as well?

Nowadays we’re even being assured that no injuries were caused to any animals during the production of the film. Duncan notes that he looks forward to the day when movies include the assurance that “no marriages were harmed during the making of this movie.” Great point. Give Nuclearity a listen.

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Here’s why

Some wonder why there are others of us out here on the frontier who are in favor of common citizens (hunters AND non-hunters) being allowed to carry weapons of self-defense. Here’s a video which gives part of the rationale for why we think this is a grand idea.

The video is a portion of the testimony given by Suzanna Gratia-Hupp before a congressional committee. Suzanna was eating in a restaurant with her parents when a man drove his truck through the front window, got out and started shooting. She had a gun, but because of a law forbidding citizens from carrying weapons, she had left it in her car. Consequently, both her parents were killed by the gunman. Listen to what she says.

HT: Jeff Meyers

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Easy come, easy go

And John Piper used to have such a good reputation too.

not any more.

too bad.

[register here.]

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The Chorus is a movie that has been making the rounds among some of our members but I just got to watch it a couple of nights ago — and I’m glad I did. It’s the story of a failed musician turned school teacher (Clement Mathieu) who takes the position of prefect at a French boarding school for orphans and troubled (and in trouble) young men. The name of the school is Fond de l’Etang (“the bottom of the pond” or “rock bottom”) and it lives up to its name (indeed, you expect to see “Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here” engraved above the main gate under the school’s name).

The school’s headmaster (Rachin) has succeeded in producing a depressing and soul-killing environment in the school by his indifference and cruelty. Prefect Mathieu is at first overwhelmed by the hardness and bleakness of the school and he quickly becomes the target of the students’ pranks and mocking. Things deteriorate until one night he hears the boys singing a song ridiculing him. It’s then, at his lowest point (“rock bottom”), that Mathieu gets the idea of starting a chorus and teaching the boys to sing (and, in the process, to love) music — which he hopes will open up new doors for the young men who have themselves reached “rock bottom” at Fond de l’Etang.

This movie is all the more surprising given the fact that director Christophe Barratier, made the movie with a budget under $6 million, only one camera, and a cast made up largely of amateur child actors.

The film (like others of this same type) shows the power of music to restore and transform (and if you’re thinking Mr. Holland’s Opus or Music of the Heart, you know the story). But this time the story is better told. It’s worth watching, even if, as one reviewer said, it’s a bit filled with le fromage (French cheese).

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Harold Bloom is trying to talk me into liking Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.

I don’t think it’s going to work, though I’m willing to listen.

I think the book is better than my first impression, though.

Maybe I was so overwhelmed by the violence, I wasn’t able to think straight.

Maybe.

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