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Movieology: Toy Story Turns 20

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Welcome to Movieology, a new blog series in which we look at movies from a theological perspective. Our goal in this series is to find Gospel themes in cultural stories. By examining the stories we tell ourselves as a culture we can learn about what we desire, what we fear, and where we find...

App Feature of the Week: The Welcome Card

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Welcome to a new weekly blog post in which we will be explaining a different feature of our Parkside Church Lake County App every Thursday! If you haven't downloaded the app yet you can find it in the App Store here, and in Google Play here.  This week's feature in the app is the Welcome...

Tim Keller on The Resurrection

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In the decades before and after Jesus’ life and death, there were dozens of messianic movements in Israel. In almost every case the messianic leader was killed, in many cases by execution, and after the leader’s death each of these movements invariably collapsed. Everybody went home...

Tim Keller on The Gospel

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“The gospel of justifying faith means that while Christians are, in themselves still sinful and sinning, yet in Christ, in God’s sight, they are accepted and righteous. So we can say that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we...

Trash Talking the Gospel

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Andrew Luck might be the nicest guy in football. Recently a report came out that describes how the star quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts has a very unique approach to “trash talk”. In football players often use aggressive or insulting trash talk to get in their opponents head...

Carrying Darkness

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One of my favorite movies is The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. My favorite scene in the movie is at the end when Frodo and his friend Sam are climbing Mt. Doom in order to destroy the Ring of Power. Frodo, the person chosen to carry the evil ring to its destruction, is...

The Pixar Principle

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Just over the Bay Bridge from San Francisco is the 15-acre home of Pixar Animation Studios. Pixar is a company known for unprecedented excellence in the world of computer animation, so it is no surprise that its campus reflects this sense of imaginative wonder. Walk into Pixar Animation Studios...

The Reckless Love of Donald Dawson

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During the War in Vietnam there was an American pilot named Daniel Dawson who was shot down over enemy territory. Daniel had a brother named Donald Dawson who lived in the States with his family. When Donald heard about his brother getting shot down he sold everything he had, left his family...

When All Other Lights Go Out

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In J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece The Two Towers there is a classic scene in which the great elven queen Galadriel gives a gift to the hobbit Frodo Baggins. Galadriel knows that Frodo is going to encounter many dark and dangerous places on his journey and so she gives him a small...

I've Got Good News and Good News

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This past year I’ve become a fan of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Recently, Jimmy introduced a new sketch on his show in response to the many tragic and shocking stories in the news today. It’s called “I’ve Got Good News and Good News,” and consists...

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