84We are going back to 1987 for this movie review. Recently I was scrolling through the listing guide for television when I noticed a movie that top billed Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench. That list piqued my attention. When I saw that it was a movie was put out by Mel Brooks film company, I almost passed it by. I did not have any interest in an unknown cousin of Blazing Saddles.

I am so glad that the Anthony Hopkins appeal to me overruled the Mel Brooks disinterest. This movie was well worth the time and I highly recommend it.

The movie will not appeal to those who need explosions, chases, sex and violence in their flicks. It will certainly appeal to those who are Angliophiles and bibliophiles. In the opening scenes set in post World War II, Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) searches for out of print English Literature books in the bookstores of New York City. Hanff eventually writes to an antiquarian book shoppe in London manned by Frank Doel (Anthony Hopkins).

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Vance Havner

Vance Havner

I never had the privilege of hearing Vance Havner preach when he was living. I have heard countless stories from those who have heard him. He coupled the preaching of biblical truth with a unique wit. This combination made it difficult for his hearers to forget the truth he had taught.

Yesterday I was listening to part of a sermon from years ago (he passed in 1986) while driving north on I-95. His subject matter was from the popular verse in Romans:

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Milk & Honey

June 5, 2014

milkWhen Moses met with the LORD on the mountain at Horeb, God called out Moses to be the leader of his people out of the slavery in Egypt. As part of the promise, God told Moses that He would give the people a land. Here is the that promise.

I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

–Exodus 3:8, ESV (emphasis added)

In 1981 I spent part of the summer in Jerusalem studying a course on the geography of the Holy Land. The school rested just outside of the wall of the city. I spent my nights in a dorm room on the campus.

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sheep birdSeries: The Empty Nest Family Shepherd: A Fatherly Pastoral Letter to Adult Children

Article #1: Introduction of 1 Thessalonians and Series

Ok, I’m mixing metaphors in the title. Are we talking about birds or sheep? Actually we are talking about human adult children. My personal Bible reading journey currently has me in the book of 1 Thessalonians. This book is a letter from Paul, Silvanus and Timothy to the church in Thessalonica. These three men are in essence the spiritual fathers to the church. On a missionary journey, Paul visited the city and proclaimed the gospel. Those who comprised the church were those who were converted by the power of the gospel.

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The modern era lost a great poet this week with the passing of Maya Angelou. Like other artists in history, Angelou used a medium to communicate a message to her audience. Her medium was primarily in the forms of poetry and prose. For the most part, her message communicated hope to her audience.

But as Christians, we must be wise in considering the message. Does it reveal truth? We should consider the messenger, but don’t let the message pass untested because of our admiration for the messenger. The same is true of the medium. Just because we might love poetry, does not mean that we turn an uncritical eye to the poem.

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West Pam Beach VA Hospital

West Pam Beach VA Hospital

On this Memorial Day, I begin by expressing my sincerest gratitudes for those members of our armed forces who have paid for our liberties with their lives. From the beginning days of our nation’s history until today, we have asked men and women to lay down their lives. They deserve our highest honor.

Several days a week I am at the VA Medical Center in my area. I often see veterans who are without limbs and with other injuries with which they have lived. They also deserve honor.

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