In Ep.54 we continue to examine the Olivet Discourse, specifically:
Matthew 24:32-33: Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near-at the doors!
I also answer listener questions and have a brief discussion about The Hunger Games.
Pertinent Links and Resources
Other Episode Credits and Information
- Soundtrack from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- The Final Countdown by Europe (not the whole continent, the band)
- The Arena by The Tributes (buy the song at iTunes, the band very coolly allows it be distributed freely, with the hope that you will buy the song if you like it)
- Shield About Me by Mary Bartlett
- Shield About Me by Nitro Praise
- Line of Fire Radio hosted by Dr. Michael Brown
Now, for articles that I think are much more faithful to our responsibilities as Christians to engage with culture (though I do not agree with all of the conclusions: I am favour of the discussion that leads to conclusions and talking points)
- A review by Doug Wilson. I note that Doug gets something factually significant wrong. I say factually significant because we all miss things in books, particularly if we are not a rabid fan of the book, so I expect that I have noticed way more minutae in my multiple readings of the book that Doug did not see. But he makes the statement:
If you hate spoilers, you can stop reading here. Katniss does survive, and she does so without doing anything perfectly appalling. But this only happens because of luck, not because she learned anything about how the world is actually governed. There is a functional omniscience that the Capitol has in the arena—everything is filmed—and she has real distaste for that functional omniscience, but without any sense that there is any other kind of omniscience. And she does kill one of the bad guy tributes right at the end, but as this is arranged in the book, it is a mercy killing.
But that simply is not true. Katniss’ killing of Cato is not the first time she kills, nor is it the significant time, i.e. the time that is the true loss of her innocence. That comes when she kills Marvel in retaliation for killing Rue. It surprises me that Doug missed that, and it causes me to give his review less weight than otherwise.
- An excellent rebuttal to Doug Wilson: Worldview Writing
- Focus on the Family’s Book Review
- The Hunger Games Movie: A Christian Perspective
- Christianity Today’s Movie Review
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