God’s Word: Hollywood Style

Last week the Wall Street Journal featured  an article, Hollywood’s New Bible Stories, about big name filmmakers’ increasing interest in Scripture as source material for a new wave of genre films.  Here is the central point:

There are compelling economic reasons for Hollywood to embrace the Good Book. The studios are increasingly reliant on source material with a built-in audience, something the Bible—the best-selling book in history—certainly has. And like the comic-book superheroes that movie companies have relied on for the past decade, biblical stories are easily recognizable to both domestic and the all-important foreign audiences. What’s more, they’re free: Studios don’t need to pay expensive licensing fees to adapt stories and characters already in the public domain.  With floods, plagues, burning bushes and parting seas, Bible movies make great vehicles for big-budget special effects, a key selling point for a wide swath of audience members. Continue reading God’s Word: Hollywood Style

A Few Thoughts on Noah

I went to visit my cousin and his wife this last weekend, which meant I got to visit their church. I always enjoy visiting a different local community of believers, if only to experience a different portion of the body of Christ. The sermon was on the Genesis account of Noah and the flood, and the preacher (he was not their normal pastor) brought up a few points I had never considered. I thought they deserved some more thought. Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Noah