Narnia- A Night To Remember


So last night the wife and I and a bunch of friends went to go see the movie. We were supposed to see it on Friday night, but she wasn’t feeling well and we were both really tired after the jr high christmas party and i had a large paper to write for class this week. So we went to the same place last night. We saw it at the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Blvd. This was Leah’s first time in Hollywood on foot (we had driven through a couple times). The theater is across the street from Graumann’s Chinese Theater (the one with the cement hand and footprints) and the Kodak Theater. Now this area has totally changed since I was there when Rick, Rachel, and I were viewing the college.

The El Cap is Disney owned, so pretty much any big Disney movie is showing there when its released. They had a ton of the props from the movie like Peter’s sword and shield, Susans bow, quiver, and arrows, Edmunds throne, Susan’s dress, the White Witch’s dress in her first scene along with a lot of other props and masks from a lot of the creatures. There was also this stone guy that was supposed to be like Tumnus, and it was only when you got up close to it, he’d move and you realize it was a person. And outside they had these foamy bubbles that look like snow falling.

Inside the theater they had stone statues on either side of the stage and a huge lions head that looked like it was ice above the stage. We weren’t able to get a seat on the first leve, but the balcony wasn’t bad. they had this little music and light show before the movie and then suddenly the snow stuff started shooting out of the walls and then the movie started. it was all very cool.

Ok, the movie. I loved it! I was on the corner of my seat the whole time. I was still kind of afraid that some of the graphics were going to be cheesy, but they weren’t. I was also afraid of some lines missing, but some were moved or tweaked a bit. Since the book isn’t that big, they had to expand it a lot, and it didn’t seem like they were abusive in what they added.

What I didn’t like. I thought they could have made Aslan a little more majestic and powerful. I kept waiting for him to roar and blow us out of the seats, but it never came. It might have been that the sound system in the old theater was as good as new theaters, but I dont’ think so. They moved my favorite line about Aslan where Lucy asks the beavers if he’s safe and they say, “Oh no! He’s not safe! But he’s good.” and put it at the end. I thought that could have been placed in the Beaver scene when they reveal the plot. And to replace the word ‘safe’ with ‘tame’ took something out. And at that point, Lucy already knew this so it wasn’t as significant.

So what were your favorite parts? Use the post below to write stuff about what you didn’t like or theological discussions about what was included and what C.S. Lewis wrote.

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Narnia

So i was reading the A-Team blog and ran across a post about how Disney is going about advertising the movie. They are after the Christian community’s money that they are offering Pastors a trip to London and $1000 if they win a contest for mentioning Narnia in a sermon. Philip Ryken said this:

Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Walt Disney Pictures is offering a free trip to London and a thousand dollars in cash to the winner of its promotional sermon contest. To qualify, a sermon has to mention Disney’s new Narnia film. So welcome to a new medium of marketing: the sermo-mercial. It would seem that something more than Aslan is on the move. I wonder: Would mentioning the film while decrying the absurdity of the promotion qualify one’s sermon for the contest?

The most interesting thing may be not that Disney is doing this, but that they recognized that the Church is for sale. They would never have attempted this if the Church in America was acting like they should be.

Only in L.A.

A couple quick things you all might interested in hearing…

Last Friday night I heard some interesting news. My old roommate, Brian, has been selected to be apart of the next ‘Real World’ on MTV. At first i thought, wow, that’s interesting, and then I thought again and am less excited. He was only at master’s for a year because the coach didn’t renew his scholarship. He played at Baylor, then moved to Master’s then on to another college in Washington. While in Washington he got to know a guy named Shawn Alexander, who happens to be one of the best two running backs in football. They ended up going to the same church and he got ‘discipled’ by Shawn. After graduation he worked for Alexander’s charity organization. And now he’s going to be on Real World. For those of you who don’t know, Real World is one of the original reality shows on MTV where they put a bunch of 20 somethings in a really nice house in some city. Pretty much every person has some personality quirk that would clash with someone else. For example, a southern boy made to live with a gay guy. or a person with a racist attitude thrown in with a loud black girl. They put people in the house with hazerdous habits, like drinking too much and excessive partying.

so basically, I’m going to tell him that I don’t want to see him in the hot tub with a bunch of topless girls. I don’t know what this means for him. He’ll be recognized everywhere he goes and if he ever tried to get a job at a church, this would affect that a lot. I’m just concerned for him.

another ‘only in L.A.’ thing. on the plane on the way home for Thanksgiving, we saw Earth, Wind, and Fire on the plane. We were going to Atlanta, and I recognized at least one of the guys. I’m not sure which one he was, or how many were there, but I know one of them was.

tonight we have our Christmas party. We’re having a Mexicali Christmas party where we’re having a burrito bar and having Santo Clause come. He’s the Clause from the south pole. My mexican friend dresses up in a costume and its really funny. His gifts are cheaper, but more prolific because he takes advantage of cheaper labor and cheaper working conditions. He requests Frijoles instead of cookies. then we got a Pinata and some games. Should be a good time. right now we got about 35 jr highers signed up. good times.

Time To Stand Up and Take It Back

Today in chapel MacArthur spoke and had a question and answer time. Before he got into the question and answer time he was talking to us about what was going on with him and what he’d been doing. He talked about this meeting of the minds that has been happening about once a month over a phone conference. This circle of about 10 men includes the following: R.C. Sproul, John Piper, C.J. Mahaney, Mark Dever, Philip Ryken, Al Mohler, John MacArthur, and a couple of others. Over the last few months they have talked about what has happened with Evangelicalism and how three different circles have run away with the image of Evangelicalism. The first is the Charasmatic circle that includes Benny Hinn and TBN. The second circle is the ‘Religious Right’ like Pat Robertson. And the third is this seeker thing with Rick Warren and the Emerging Church with Brian McClaren.

He said that these three circles have so distorted the view of Evangelicalism, that they now no longer wish to be known as Evangelicals. So they are trying to come up with a name to identify themselves as and are working together to figure out how to take back the core of Christianity. Right now they are thinking about something like “Classic Christianity”. They have decided to all meet from January 4-6 to mull over these issues and to present a united front at reclaiming the Christian identity within our world.

This got me excited that these men are so convicted like this that they are willing to make such a radical change. Even the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) has been going downhill just in the last few years. They have refused to speak out as a group (despite many men calling for it) of people who wish to say that God doesn’t know the future. They have surrendered doctrine for ‘success’ and have created a dangerous ambiguity. MacArthur said that Warren was on Larry King and someone called in and asked why Jesus wasn’t called a son of Moses since Moses is considered the greatest prophet in Judaism. Warren replied “Oh, that’s easy! Jesus didn’t come to be a prophet, but a king!” MacArthur said ‘So its basically just this “WHAT?!?”

This confusion and a new fear over theological debate and understanding are leading down a road that these men do not want to be associated with, and I just wish I could be a fly on the wall in that meeting. Just thought you guys might want to know about this. I’m sure we’ll all hear about the results of this in the time to come.