Friday, November 28, 2008

Light of the World -- The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight
by Timothy Moranville

WARNING- SPOILER ALERTS- THIS POST CONTAINS INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLOT OF THE DARK KNIGHT THAT REVEALS INFORMATION ABOUT SCENES VITAL TO THE STORY. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE FILM YET, BE WARNED THAT FURTHER READING WILL GIVE AWAY DETAILS ABOUT THE STORY AND MAY HINDER YOUR ABILITY TO FULLY ENJOY THE FILM.

"Acceptance" Speech

"Acceptance" Speech
by Timothy Moranville

Sunday night, I, like most cinephiles and aspiring filmmakers tuned into the Academy Awards show on ABC. As usual, the members of the Academy didn't disappoint in making a political statement with awarding "Milk" several key Oscars. Having not seen the film (and barely having heard anything of it prior to its nomination), I cannot make any statement regarding the content or thesis of the film. The only information I have to make a judgment on the film's socio-political statements are the comments made by the writer of the film, Dustin Lance Black, in his "Best Original Screenplay" win; and the lead actor, Sean Penn, in his "Best Actor in a Leading Role" win. Both speeches were more than just traditional acceptance speeches- both were meant to be "acceptance" speeches. What I mean is this: both men used their allotted 45 seconds in the global spotlight to preach acceptance of homosexuality and "gay rights."

Light of the World -- Lighten up Already!

Lighten up Already!
by Timothy Moranville

Over the last couple of weeks, I've had some enlightening moments, and I'd like to share them.

The first came when I was watching a re-run of South Park (yes, I watch it!). It was the "Christian Rock Hard" episode.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cultural Diplomacy - Purple State of Mind

We'll be joining Craig Detweiler and John Marks to discuss their award-winning documentary, A Purple State of Mind. Craig, who is a Christian, and John, who describes himself as a "pilgrim of doubt", will discuss what it means to live harmoniously within a polarized society.


Cultural Diplomacy - Church, State, & Stem Cells

Brian Godawa joins us, to discuss his three most recent documentaries, Wall of Separation, Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate, and School's Out: Political Correctness Vs. Academic Freedom. Being so close to the November elections, this show is sure to be timely and relevant to those hotly debating the role of Religion in Politics.

Cultural Diplomacy - Lord, Save Us From Your Followers

Eric Bumpus and Tim Moranville talk with Dan Merchant, who has made a documentary that perfectly fits with the mission of CeaseFireStrategies. Lord, Save Us From Your Followers chronicles the cross country trek of 'Bumpersticker Man' (Dan Merchant), who is trying to answer the question, 'Why is the Gospel of love dividing America?'. From the 'apathetic Protestant' to the 'concerned Atheist'; Dan sorts through America's view of Christians and Christianity.

Light of the World -- Warming Up the Lamp

Warming Up the Lamp
by Timothy Moranville

The primary focus of this blog will be to discuss Sacred Scripture, Faith, culture, media, and the way those four things fit together. For those of you who don't think they fit together, keep reading every week (and buy a copy of Cease Fire: The War is Over!). For those of you who have read Cease Fire and agree with the premise, this blog will allow you a chance to gain more insight and perhaps even some help integrating your faith with your everyday life as a person and/or media professional.