The Beckoning of God's Reality

Articles about "Reviews"

reviews

Scientific Insights from the Book of Job

Review of Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job

How can the oldest book of the Holy Bible provide us with scientific insights into the natural world that would be revealed thousands of years after it was written? Astonishingly it does so quite comprehensively. Most laymen and theologians alike have throughout the centuries drawn practical wisdom from the Book of Job, but as Dr. Hugh Ross demonstrates, far more treasures abound in this old treasure chest than people have generally mined. In his latest book, Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job (HTBJ), Dr. Hugh Ross unpacks the details of the scientific insights from the Book of Job.

The Book of Job has traditionally been seen to be one that elucidates the means by which to cultivate a biblical character during difficult times when faced with pain and suffering. It has been a source of clarification of God’s economy of righteousness that demonstrates to us through Job’s three friends, that we often have an incorrect understanding of the role of trials and tribulations in our lives. Job has stood for centuries as the prime example of patience and perseverance, and while Dr. Ross touches on these facets of Job, drawing from his own difficult circumstance during the writing of the book and as a form of theological lessons that are gleaned from the book, the core of the book deals with much of what the Book of Job reveals to us about the natural world that most have not given it much thought. (more…)

0 Comments
reviews

The Screwtape Letters on Stage

The C.S. Lewis classic work, The Screwtape Letters, comes to a stage near you (hopefully). The Screwtape Letters is a collection of letters written by a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, who happens to be in training. But what can you expect from a one man (speaking part) performance? Well, be prepared to be swept away, as I was. Audiences of all kinds, from the secular media and non-believers to Christians, are all raving about The Screwtape Letters. The brilliant adaptation of Lewis’s classic work brought to life by The Fellowship for the Performing Arts is one wild ride.

Screwtape’s letters are meant to train the young demon to move people away from realizing God, but they do more than that illuminating the incredible wretchedness that slowly creeps into the human experience to move us slowly into complacency and enchantment with the merely temporal realities. It is one diabolical insight into the nature of the human psyche. Max McLean is eerily good, perhaps a little too good, at bringing Screwtape to life. It is truly a performance you will not forget. But don’t take my word for it. Here are what the critics are saying: (more…)

1 Comment
reviews

Butterflies and Metamorphosis

It is not uncommon for a film about the natural world to fill us with a genuine sense of awe. We look at the majesty of the world around us and can’t help but find ourselves blessed to be able to witness that magnificence. And when it comes to the minute details of the animal kingdom, not only can we appreciate beauty, but we are left in awe when we consider the incredible complexity behind the spectacles. And it is no different when we consider the butterfly. The latest ¬†Illustra Media film titled Metamorphosis released in mid 2011 takes a deep look into the life of butterflies and metamorphosis with stunning high quality footage, inspiring music, and commentary from today’s leading scholars in the various disciplines within biology.

One of the most notable facets of the documentary is its background information on what butterflies have meant to people throughout the ages as it traces the butterfly from the ancient of days till today. Various ancient civilizations iconified butterflies in beauty, wonder, and astonishment. (more…)

2 Comments