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Avatar (I see you)

November 10, 2010

I just got back from a Spiritual Life showing of James Cameron's Avatar, the highest grossing movie (not adjusted for inflation) of all time. The movie was one of a few movies shown here at George Fox as a part of the "Faith and Film" series. It may or may not strike the reader as odd that a Christian university would host a public viewing of this movie. Admittedly, the film has garnered some controversy in some conservative Christian circles for its... alternative values. Seattle shock preacher Mark Driscoll even called the movie the most "pagan" "satanic" and "demonic" movie he has ever seen. Don't get me wrong, I've heard some convicting and righteous messages by Mark Driscoll, but at a certain point such hyperbole tends to de-value the authenticity of the message; furthermore, all this hype about Avatar is absolute hogwash.

If you take Avatar as a movie with a theological point to make, then it is certainly inco…

My hero

November 4, 2010

What is a hero? I think God's got me searching out the answer to this question in the most recent phase of my life. It's been an interesting fact-finding mission, and to be frank I don't think I have an answer yet. I'm going to try to put together a working definition for this occasion so I can apply it to the incredible man I mean to talk about in this post.

Hero: Someone who can be strong and take action when the need calls for it. Someone who sacrifices their own comfort for the sake of those who need help. Someone who can heed the calling of God and be true to His plan.

The topic for this week is one that brings me, and many other Springfieldians much pride and joy. I would like to dedicate this week's post to one of the most incredible people I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend: Cam Nguyen.

Cam has been my friend for years. In fact, Cam's friendship marked the entrance into a new stage of my life. Before I followed Cam to his…