The Place Between

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“You know that place between sleep and awake? That place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”

I love these words from that incredible 90’s movie Hook. (Be honest: There was a time when you could quote it and at least one time in your life when you’ve yelled out “Bang-a-rang!”) The line above was spoken by Tinker Bell to Peter Pan. It’s enchanting, isn’t it? I’ve often wondered if Jesus says something similar to us–reminding us of what it means to live life in between.

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Les Miserables–the dance of grace and truth

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Turns out I like musicals. Who woulda thunk? Over the years my wife has shared her passion for theater with me and I am hooked. Musicals, like movies, teach me about the world. Les Miserables did just that. I watched the movie and felt as if God was shouting through the screen. It was beautiful.

Les Miserables taught me a profound lesson about grace and truth. It’s interesting, really. I think Jesus’ entire ministry can be summed up in those two words. In John 1:17 we read that “the law came through Moses, but grace and truth through Jesus Christ.” Grace says “you are forgiven, even though you don’t deserve it”; truth says “you need this forgiveness.” Les Miserables makes a similar connection. Grace and truth are two themes we see throughout the film.

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Thoughts on the Oscars and award shows and Hollywood Hacks

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I thought about the condition of my soul while watching the Oscars.  Because award shows are a weird thing we do in our culture. We celebrate men and women who entertain us.  The same thing happens with professional athletes and musicians. We pay them ridiculous amounts of money because they are good at making a ball go through a hoop, or great at playing an instrument, or as is the case with the Oscars, making a movie. It’s like we say “You are one of the best things in this world because…because…I watch you on TV!’

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Silver Linings Playbook

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Silver Linings Playbook is a movie you need to see. I guess I could say that about any movie I choose to write a post on, but this one in particular is a must see. The film will touch you in a profound way. It’s an emotional journey of laughter and sadness, joy and pain. And I imagine for many people, the themes in the movie will hit very close to home. I fell in love with the awkward, raw, and volatile characters portrayed by a brilliant cast. If there is a film this year that truly deserves the title of  best picture, this is it.

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