Stranger Than Fiction

I know this should go under a long list of theMT recommendations, but I had to pull this movie out by itself.  This is easily my favorite movie of the year and I am probably going to end up making it one i own.  it's the type of movie that requires multiple watchings to refine what it is you like about it (not like the matrix, which was just flat confusing...). 

The concept in this movie is brilliant, the cast is fantastic, and the acting was smashing.  This movie opens doors for conversation on the discussion of free will.  I don't want to spoil anything for you, because I think this movie should just be enjoyed.  But, speaking in vague terms, who is in control of your life?  Is it you or do you have someone else authoring your life?  Is there a supreme author in all of our lives?  Do you have a role in deciding each and every page of the book and how the chapter turns and twists, or are you written in and out of scenes at the will of the writer?

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Quietly making noise,
Fletch

Letters to the editor - "What do you mean Reformed Theology?"

I often throw around terms without definitions, mostly because I make assumptions of my friends, my patients or my family - thinking they will know what I mean.  Recently, I've been asked several theological questions, so I'll do my best to answer what I mean when I use certain theological terms like this one below.

Reader: "What do you mean by Reformed Theology?"
Editor's Response: "Words that we use are funny, and they often change meaning.  Think about the terms "fundamentalist" or "evangelical"...these words no longer mean what they once did.  So let me explain what it means when I say that our family is theologically reformed. Basically, this system of theology comes from a specific period in church history called: the Protestant Reformation.  Those "protesters" wanted to reform the Roman Catholic church on several different theological fronts, their cry for reform can be summed up as follows : Faith Alone, Christ Alone, Grace Alone, Scripture Alone, and Glory to God Alone.  Simply put, sinners are justified before God by imputed faith alone, not by works or infused faith (which remains the defining point between the protestant and RCC to this day!).  That imputed faith is in Christ alone, not the church, the pope, baptism, or any program and is given to us not because we merit any of God's kindness by our own deeds. It is all God's doing as He draws (drags!) us to Him by His grace. our faith and belief system is based on Scripture alone, not on the words of men, modern day prophecies, or the doctrines of the church, but solely on the inspired Word of God.  Lastly, all that we have and all that we do is ultimately to bring Glory to God. Like the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: What is the chief end of man?  To bring glory to God and to enjoy Him forever.

Quietly making noise,
Fletch