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Books and Movies

I have perused a new book called Visions and Appearances of Jesus by Phillip Wiebe. Phil is a Canadian Christian that I know well. We both studied in graduate school many years ago in Adelaide, Australia. In fact Phil and his wife Shirley helped me to make and arrange copies of my dissertation as I was finishing up. Phil and I have kept in touch over the years, and I can attest that he is a solid, responsible citizen with a careful mind that is enquiring and logical.… More

war-roomWar Room: The movie is about an affluent family who seem to have everything. But it is soon apparent that the parents are tense and argumentative, and disillusioned with each other. The daughter, aged about nine, is absolutely adorable, but of course pained about her parents bickering.

A wise senior citizen appears, who might be an angel in the way she challenges the wife about her choices, and provides Biblical wisdom.… More

First, I was surfing the TV channels when I came across a movie by this title. It was an engrossing high-drama movie, well-acted, and I felt like I was right there in the Middle East when all these things happened to Daniel. What came across strongly was the unmitigated faith that Daniel and his friends had in God. I went straight out and bought the movie, which was produced by an outfit called PureFlix.… More

So many people have cancer…..something like 1 in 3 in the USA……we all know someone close to us who has contracted it. Yet biomedical scientists have been searching for a cure for 50 years. A conventional treatment often consists of chemotherapy plus radiation, both of which are toxic (poisons) and kill good cells as well as bad cells. This can be a real dilemma to a cancer patient who faces sickness and hair loss and energy depletion while on this regimen, which can last for weeks.… More

Sword fight in the movie (click to enlarge or to source).

A little history about the mask of Zorro: • In 1847 California, which had been settled by the Spanish, was ceded by Mexico to the US. • Also, in 1848 gold was discovered in California and the gold rush began. • And in 1919 a man called Johnston McCulley wrote a story called The Curse of Capistrano.… More

To begin with, in a recent article, I mentioned possible signs of the end-times, when Jesus will return to earth as believed by most Christian faiths. Although two imminent movies were listed (Noah and Heaven is for Real), I omitted one more, Son of God, which opens Friday February 28. Let me explain, the movie was produced by the makers of the TV series “The Bible”.  … More

This week I heard a presentation by Dr Steven Collins, an Albuquerque archeologist, who has discovered the Sodom of the Bible. My Dad used to tell me that the city was by the Dead Sea, and I used to ask him what caused the destruction of Sodom. However, he didn’t know, but Dr Collins thinks he knows. Click on the pictures for a larger view.… More

When I was a young man, I kept recalling a story about a priest giving away expensive silver candlesticks to a felon, but for over 15 years could not recall where I read it. The silver candlesticks never left me, and I think now that God lodged the story in my soul to shape my future.

I came into a deeper relationship with Christ years later, at the age of 26.… More

Eben Alexander is a successful neuro-surgeon in the USA who has taught at universities such as Harvard Medical School. He used to refute with logic claims of out-of-body experiences…….that is until he had one himself. In 2008 he suddenly became ill with intense lower back pain, and quickly slipped into a coma that lasted for seven days.

It was a rare form of bacterial meningitis, and left him with an inactive cranial cortex…….not malfunctioning, but shut down.… More

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