During my teenage years, my favorite band without a doubt was the Christian ska-core-turned-rock outfit Five Iron Frenzy. After they broke up, I put them aside for a few years, venturing instead down the rabbit trails of blues rock, blues and psychedelic rock which ultimately and naturally led me to Jimi Hendrix who is now my favorite musician.
I’m on a mission to find a good Denzel Washington movie, and I have thirty-three opportunities to succeed. There has to be one good one . . . right?
Qualifications for a “good” movie
But what constitutes a good movie? Everyone has different taste in movies; everyone differs on what is good. So I am going to try to lay down some straightforward items for analysis in order to be as objective as possible in my endeavor.
Some albums grow on you. You listen to them and at first might be repulsed, bored or otherwise unimpressed. Then, after listening to them a few times, you begin to unravel the complexity—the unique tones and melodies—and you start to appreciate and eventually grow to love them.
Paper Airplane is not one of those albums.
Quite a few obscure characters line the pages of the Bible. There's Gomer, Ahithophel, and Orpah. And who could forget Dorcas or Methuselah?
But of all the obscure people in the scriptures, one rises to the top as an important figure. He's mentioned in Genesis, referenced by King David, and even the author of Hebrews writes about him.
But there's a good chance you've never heard of him. Or, you read those passages and moved on, not knowing what he was about or why he mattered. You probably thought he was just another Dorcas or Nimrod. I did the same thing.
A Christian of nineteen years and raised in the church, I too did not know who this man was until a few years ago when I read through the entire Bible. He is mentioned only in five chapters spread across three books, but we shouldn't be so quick to overlook this man. Who am I talking about?
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church.” “Love never fails.”
It is almost impossible to attend a wedding without hearing portions of Ephesians 5 or 1 Corinthians 13 read during the ceremony. And for good reason; these are both beautiful passages that describe the boundlessness of love and wonderment of marriage. Yet, I wonder how many sitting in the congregation, watching two lovers commit their lives to each other, are aware of the irony of those passages in that setting.
As I was writing the post entitled “The Pursuit of Wisdom” I cut out a great deal of material that I thought was tangential to the topic and therefore only slightly relevant. However, because the subject of that tangent had merit, I decided to save the text and see if it materialized into something of use. When studying the wisdom of Solomon and his subsequent “fall,” I was amazed at how someone so wise could follow a path that led to his downfall. Where did he go wrong? Was he corrupted by wealth? By power? What happened?
Read Part 1: Does God Test His People?
Part 1 examined God’s testing of the Israelites in the wilderness. He used their hunger and His provision of manna as tests of obedience and faith. Some passed. Some failed. But the test came from The LORD, and God’s people had to choose whether to obey.
Fast-forward about 1500 years to the time of Christ. Just like the Israelites, Jesus was also tested in the wilderness. It is no coincidence that the story of Jesus’ temptation parallels the story of the Manna and Quail in many ways. And Jesus was obviously aware of these similarities, because He quotes a passage straight from that story when resisting the devil.
Deuteronomy 6:16 tells us that we are not to test God. But what about the other way around? Have you ever wondered if something you are going through is a test from the LORD? Does God test his people?
The answer, unequivocally, is yes.