What will be wrong with the upcoming Noah movie?

Just watched the trailer, as I was very curious to know how such a film might look. I’ll be honest, it looked terrific. But I knew I’d have to take that with a pinch of salt, due to the fact that — as far as I know — Darren Aronofsky (the writer and director) is not a believer.

Turns out my fears may be right, as the Wikipedia page tells us not only that it is the people’s ‘mistreatment of the Earth’ that has damned them, but also that Noah ends up ‘approaching a race of giant six-armed angels known as the “Watchers” to rally them to his cause’. Hmmm…

There is nothing in God’s word about any of this. Do you think that perhaps the film’s spin on the account may be an attempt at preaching to us that we are mistreating the earth and that our earth will be flooded? No, surely not!

As for these giant six-armed angels, it looks like these are based on accounts from the apocryphal book of Enoch.

Genesis chapter six tells us that the flood came because ‘the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence’ as well as the fact ‘they married whoever they chose’. God’s judgement was more to do with their mistreatment of each other, and ignorance of how God saw things. No mention of their treatment of the earth.

But we’ll see.

Anything is better than people thinking of Noah’s Ark as this:

* Note the Unicorn on board.

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What word does everyone (needlessly) begin their sentences with these days?

Have you noticed it?

It’s not grown out of a new problem, the problem — as always — is a fear of silence.
It used to be “like” or “you know” or “yeah” or even just “um”.

And now a new unnecessary word has crept into the modern vernacular.

But this one is different! It does not lurk in the middle of sentences, in-between sentences or even at the end of sentences, this one parks itself at the beginning.

What word am I thinking of?

What short word has every young twenty-something middle-class anglo-saxon post-arts-degree job-seeker started to punctuate their phrases with?

“So…” 

SO…

Have you noticed it too?

It usually comes in reply to a question…

“How have you found the quality of pumpkins to be this autumn?”

“So… I think they’ve been bang on this year.”

“What did you do when you realised you weren’t wearing the right colour balaclava?

“So… at the time I didn’t really realise that heliotrope was the required colour this season.”

“Could you explain to me what everyone’s fascination with baking and ballroom dancing is?”

 “So… what it is, is that people want it to be the 1950s again.”

This is something that resonates with you isn’t it? You’ve heard it before?

So… what’s that all about?

How well did I know ‘Grace’ growing up?

Over the course of my life I’ve come to realise how central grace is to God’s plan for the whole of humanity, I’ve started to think about how much a part of my earlier life it was.

I went to a Grace Baptist church, where we sung from the hymn book Grace Hymns, where every morning service began with the word grace (literally), these were led by my Father who was editor of Grace Magazine and wrote a monthly tract for the locals called Grace and Truth.

I’m sure there are many more examples too.

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
    “return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
     and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
    and he relents over disaster.
                                                                    Joel 2:12-13