Personal Reflections on the Film “Calvary”

calvary-movie-2014There are films that catch you off guard, that overwhelm you with unexpected beauty or agony or power or some combination thereof.  “Calvary” is one such film.  In a day in which our cinematic choices are increasingly formulaic and uncreative, it is rare to encounter a film that you might call truly unique and, indeed, a work of art.

Raw Audio of our 2014 Rooted Pastor-Student Retreat Worship Times

rootedOn Friday through Sunday, September 19-21, about 50 students and chaperones traveled to Shepherd of the Ozarks camp in Harriet, Arkansas, for our third annual Rooted pastor-student conference.  I began this three years ago as an effort to have a yearly time to spend with our youth and discuss issues, often of an apologetic nature.  The original idea was to help our kids think through issues they were likely to be challenged on in college and beyond, as well as in their current contexts.  This year’s them was “Resurrection.”  Below are audio links for the Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday evening worship times.

Acts 8:1-8

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1 And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. 3 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. 4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. 5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ. 6 And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was much joy in that city.

“Francis of Assisi” Class in The Great Courses

Saint_Francis_of_assisi_in_his_tombI recently completed the 12 lectures on Francis of Assisi made available through The Great Courses series.  I specifically listened to the lectures through Audible via Kindle, where I believe you will be able to purchase them more cheaply than if you get them through The Great Courses directly.  The lectures are engaging and are delivered in a tag-team and largely conversational manner by William R. Cook and Ronald B. Herzman, both of the State University of New York in Geneseo.

Here are the twelve lecture topics: