Aug 252008

I have seen the movie “The Dark Knight” and I thought it was awesome!  It was a great movie.  It was even better that I saw it on an IMAX screen!  Aside from being a great movie, I have been thinking about what SO CONNECTED with our culture to make it one of the biggest blockbusters in a long time and in history.  What is it about “The Dark Knight” that caused so many people to see and many to see it multiple times?  Here is Part 1 of 2 parts that offer some of my thoughts to these questions:

  • People are fascinated with “Life after Death”.  You might ask, “What does this movie have to do with life after death?”  With Heath Ledger’sdeath months before the movie came out, I believe that people became fascinated with the phenomena of Ledger’s “resurrection” so to speak.  In a surreal way, his life continued in and through the “Joker” character in “The Dark Knight”.  The excellence with which he played his role contributed to the sensationalism. 
  • Hero worship is significant in our post-modern culture.  People are fascinated with heroes and specifically with Super Heroes.  People love getting caught up in fantasy.  Do a google search on comic books and comic book culture.  People are fanatics about Super Heroes and fantasy.  People love following dynamic people and dynamic leaders. 

Part 2 coming in the next day or two……

 Posted by at 8:53 pm
Aug 252008

Yesterday morning was one of the best Sundays we have had in a while:

  • I love coming into the fall season!  Our attendance continues to bump back up!  It felt like fall this past weekend with the temperatures down.
  • I love it when people turn their lives over to Jesus.  We had several respond to Jesus yesterday!
  • Is it just my opinion or does it seem to you that Tonya Calhoun is the best thing that ever happened to Craig Calhoun?
  • We were slammed in our children’s areas!  WOW!  I love it. 
  • We are going BACK to two services on September 7 at 9:30am and 11am.  I hope we have seen the last time in one service!  Go out and invite your neighbors to join us for September!
  • The Olympics are OVER, I can now get some sleep! 
  • The DAWGS open their season this Saturday!  Woof!  Woof!
  • I am so thankful for all our volunteers that make things happen on Sundays!  THANK YOU!
  • I am so proud of Nathan and Katelyn and the ministry they have with our teenagers.  They will be doing Middle School Community Group 6pm – 7pm starting this Wednesday at our Church at the Grove office and then they will have the High School Community Group at 7:30-8:30pm.  That is awesome that we need to do that.  Be praying for them.
  • I am in Norman Park, GA right now for a Police Chaplain certification.  Yeah, I didn’t know where Norman Park was either.  There is not much to it.  It is right outside Tifton.  It is some good training that I am looking forward to applying to my Chaplain ministry with the Loganville Police officers.  Those guys have a tough job. 
  • Alright, I don’t have any TV here.  I am going to bed early. 
 Posted by at 8:41 pm