• Movie Reviews 8 hours ago

    Film in review – “John Wick”

    Film in review – “John Wick”

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    This premise has been done before and very recently. In “The Equalizer,” Denzel Washington played a former assassin who decides to come out of retirement to protect an innocent victim from the cruel and remorseless Russian mob. In “John Wick,” Keanu Reeves plays a former assassin who decides to come out of retirement to take on the Russian mob in order to avenge an innocent victim: his dog…? Given to him, posthumously, by his terminally-ill wife…? At least in Denzel Washington’s case, the character he played was complex and interesting,… continue reading...
    ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail to someone
  • Movie Reviews 8 hours ago

    Film in review – “St. Vincent”

    Film in review – “St. Vincent”

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    Bill Murray has played this role before: the grouchy, irascible selfish hedonist, the heir apparent to Walter Matthau as the prototypical “Grumpy Old Man.” And there’s just something compelling about Murray’s screen presence, so much so that even after watching him for the entire movie, we still want to see him overwater plants from his porch during the closing credits, cigarette dangling from his mouth, singing along badly to his old-school cassette player strapped around his unenhanced frame. Somehow, he looks frumpy and ruffled even when he’s relatively dressed up.… continue reading...
    ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail to someone
  • Book Reviews 1 day ago

    God and the Gay Christian

    God and the Gay Christian

    by Jonathan Saur
    by Matthew Vines Convergent Books, New York, N.Y. 224 pages REVIEWED BY JONATHAN SAUR When I was 20 years old, I asked a professor at the community college I was attending to recommend a book on the history of AIDS. Like many young evangelicals at the time, I had become interested in the AIDS crisis in Africa and wanted to learn more. Knowing my religious commitments and wanting to broaden my perspective, my professor slyly referred me to “ … And the Band Played On” by Randy Shilts. Trusting the… continue reading...
    ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail to someone

Film in review – “John Wick”

John_Wick_TeaserPoster

This premise has been done before and very recently. In “The Equalizer,” Denzel Washington played a former assassin who decides to come out of retirement to protect an innocent victim from the cruel and remorseless Russian mob. In “John Wick,” Keanu Reeves plays a former assassin who decides to come out of retirement to take on the Russian mob in order to avenge an innocent victim: his dog…? Given to him, posthumously, by his terminally-ill wife…? At least in Denzel Washington’s case, the character he played was complex and interesting, even compelling, with at least a hint of charm and no small amount of ordinary humanity. In the role of John Wick, however, the non-enigmatic Keanu Reeves comes across as a one-dimensional no-brainer, humorless and monochromatic. John Wick is quicker than everyone else to the draw – and it’s a good thing because he mows down a lot of anonymous gangsters and some he even dispatches with close-quarter in-fighting. The supposed bad guy, Tarasov (but … [Read more...]

Film in review – “St. Vincent”

St_Vincent_poster

Bill Murray has played this role before: the grouchy, irascible selfish hedonist, the heir apparent to Walter Matthau as the prototypical “Grumpy Old Man.” And there's just something compelling about Murray's screen presence, so much so that even after watching him for the entire movie, we still want to see him overwater plants from his porch during the closing credits, cigarette dangling from his mouth, singing along badly to his old-school cassette player strapped around his unenhanced frame. Somehow, he looks frumpy and ruffled even when he's relatively dressed up. His living room is a disaster area. His old frame house is beaten down, unkempt, and unimproved, kind of like he is. He barks at the neighbors and seems to enjoy sitting by himself and scowling at the world going by. The exceptions are his kind-of girlfriend, the old hooker-with-the-heart-of-gold, Daka (Naomi Watts), complete with bad hair and a bad Slavic accent, unafraid to show off her burgeoning belly – even as a … [Read more...]

Vice President for Business Affairs

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary seeks candidates for Vice President for Business Affairs with diverse financial backgrounds, experience in legal issues, a grasp of evolving issues and concerns in theological education, and experience with, and dedication to, the team work required of senior institutional officers. For complete description of the position and requirements see AustinSeminary.edu/business. Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary 100 East 27th St. Austin TX 78705 austinseminary.edu Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Pastor

R U Ready? To embody the grace of God among a family of faith that is committed to build followers of Jesus Christ who meet human needs. If yes, send your PIF or résumé to Orange Park Presbyterian Church, 1905 Park Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073 ATTN: Steve Halter or e-mail it to [email protected] Website: orangeparkpres.org. MIF #20153. Orange Park Presbyterian Church 1905 Park Ave. Orange Park FL 32073 orangeparkpres.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Pastor

R U Ready? To embody the grace of God among a family of faith that is committed to build followers of Jesus Christ who meet human needs. If yes, send your PIF or résumé to Orange Park Presbyterian Church, 1905 Park Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073 ATTN: Steve Halter or e-mail it to [email protected] Website: orangeparkpres.org. MIF #20153. Orange Park Presbyterian Church 1905 Park Ave Orange Park FL 32073 orangeparkpres.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Associate Pastor For Young Adults, Mission and Congregational Care

First Presbyterian Church of Burlington, North Carolina is seeking a compassionate and engaged leader. Our church has a long and rich tradition of more than 135 years. We are blessed with a faithful congregation, sound financial resources and excellent facilities. The candidate should demonstrate the ability to guide and direct others, plan and organize mission activities both locally and internationally, engage and nurture young adults and the wherewithal to enlist and connect to new members. fpcburlington.org. MIF #21296.AGO. Send PIF to Patti Bates at [email protected] First Presbyterian Church 508 W. Davis St. Burlington NC 27215 fpcburlington.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]