Archive for December 9th, 2005

Rediscovering a Gripping Gospel Through The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Friday, December 9th, 2005

Well, so far all the reviews have been positive about The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I look forward to hearing form anyone who sees it what they thought about it. Read this article from Agape Press:

(AgapePress) – The Church of the Cinema does at least one thing better than most evangelicals: it remembers how to bring to life a passionate drama. While disputes over doctrine are important, some churches have become so preoccupied with in-house debates that they have forgotten that Christianity begins with a story. Before we can care about the Deity of Christ, we must first come to believe the narrative of His incarnation, life, death, and resurrection. His story is true, and it should grip the soul. But sometimes, in our desire to get to the graduate-level theological detail, we rush over the story — and our tale of the Gospel has all the allure of a badly-written history text.
C.S. Lewis recognized this tendency within his own denomination, so he crafted a story designed to slip past the “watchful dragons” of church-enforced “sanctimony” and restore the Gospel’s innate passion, potency, and sense of adventure. Lewis wanted children (and adults with the eyes to see) to meet Jesus in fiction so that when they encountered Him in fact they would not merely acknowledge Him, but love Him.
The film version of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe sticks to the essentials of the book. It contains plenty of theology, but director Andrew Adamson has knocked the stuffiness out and presents Lewis’ ideas so clearly that they can be latched onto with a ferocity lacking in the average Sunday School lesson. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe is not some watered-down gospel-lite. It is a fantasy retelling of the Gospel and all of the elements are there — too many to deal with in a short essay. But some parts are particularly well developed: the slippery slope of sin, the roadblock of unbelief, the Suffering Servant, the power of the Resurrection, and the need for faithfulness. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe reminds us why the Bible calls Christians to be “witnesses.”

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Israeli Navy to get 2 more Dolphin subs from Germany

Friday, December 9th, 2005

This will teach to Iran’s president not to make comments about moving Israel to Germany. OK, maybe it won’t, but it could make his life a little harder if he decides to flip a nuke at Israel. Actually, a lot harder.

There was no surprise in the Israel Navy over the weekend report that German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s outgoing government has agreed to sell Israel two submarines for a deeply discounted price.
German news magazines Der Spiegel and Focus reported on Saturday that the submarines would be built in Kiel for a total of about €1 billion (NIS 5.4 billion) and the federal government would pick up one-third of the cost.
The navy has been seeking two more of the state-of-the-art diesel/electric subs to add to its fleet of three Dolphin-class subs which Germany practically donated after the 1990 Gulf War.
But the German government has repeatedly turned down the request, reportedly because of reports Israel had outfitted the submarines with Israeli-made, sea-launched cruise missiles. Sensitive armaments deliveries need approval from Berlin’s secretive security council.
According to German media reports, Schroeder’s Social Democrat-Greens government had long been hesitant about the deal, which would help its indigenous shipbuilding industry, because it feared that Dolphins armed with nuclear weapons would threaten Middle East stability.

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See more information on Dolphin Subs here.

Of course, I look for the Russians or the North Koreans to sell Iran some new destroyers soon too.