Archive for December, 2013

‘Duck Dynasty’: A&E resuming show with Phil Robertson

Posted: December 28, 2013 by floydcryer2013 in Uncategorized

See on Scoop.itFaith In Jesus Christ or Religion?

By Tim Molloy TheWrap ‘Duck Dynasty’ supporters have won their standoff with A&E: The network has reversed its suspension of star Phil Robertson for making anti-gay comments, and he will not …

Floyd Cryer‘s insight:

The Lord Has Spoken, "Keep My Word Alive" & "The Truth Shall Set You Free!!!"

See on tv.msn.com

Advertisements

This is a repost from an article I read this morning and thought that you, My Readers, would like to read. The original post is at the link below and the full article is below that. Enjoy the Read.

Generation X-Mas (2013) – Dr. James Emery White, Christianity.com Blogs.

Several years ago a film crew from our church hit the streets of Charlotte to produce a “man on the street” video asking people “What comes to your mind when you think of the Christmas story?”

Number one answer?

“The movie.”

Yep, the 1983 “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid” tale from 1940’s Indiana of a nine-year-old boy’s desire for a Red-Ryder Carbon-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle BB-Gun (and, lest we forget, with a compass in the stock).

An intriguing editorial in Time magazine at around the same time chronicled how A Christmas Storyhas become the quintessential American film for Christmas, replacing It’s a Wonderful Life.  Titled “Generation X-Mas,” it chronicled how an “upstart film became a holiday icon for the post-boomer set.”

As for George Bailey?

“Not so into him anymore.”

In a 2006 Harris poll (and I haven’t found one more recent), those from older generations picked Bedford Falls, along with Macy’s (Miracle on 34th Street) as their favorite film destinations.

But respondents a bit younger, from 18 to 41 years old, granted the “major award” to Scott Fargas, Flick and the Bumpus’ dogs – hence this season marking the 14th year (with steadily rising ratings) of the 24-hour marathon on TBS come December 24-25.

This is one of the “pop-cultural shifts,” suggested Time – such  as football overtaking baseball, salsa defeating ketchup – that “signal bigger changes.”  Perhaps because it’s everything It’s a Wonderful Life is not – “satiric and myth-deflating, down to the cranky store Santa kicking Ralphie down a slide.”

Or, as Time noted, perhaps it is because of the changing relationship between the community and the individual.  Whereas the older films position Christmas as that which “uplifts the suicidal, raises every voice in Whoville, [and] renders peace between Macy and Gimbel,” A Christmas Story “inverts the moral.”

Now it’s the individual Christmas experience that matters.  Getting the BB-gun, instead of protecting the local Savings and Loan for the poor, is the point.  Or as Time put it, “It’s the individual Christmas that matters.  Bedford Falls can take a hike…[it’s not about] angels’ getting their wings.  Christmas is about the kids’ getting their due.”

But perhaps we can go where Time could not.

The great divide between It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story is more than just the radical individualism that marks our day, but what has spawned such individualism.

The real divide between the two films is that one retains the idea that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, and one does not.  Unless I have missed it, A Christmas Story does not have a single reference, symbol, picture or event that would suggest Christmas is about the birth of Christ, or has religious significance of any kind.

It’s a Wonderful Life, on the other hand, was rich in Christian idea and ethos, from traditional Christmas songs celebrating the birth of Christ (the climax of the movie is marked by the spontaneous outburst of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”) to the central character of an angel.

A Christmas Story is marked by the complete and total absence of anything religious at all, much less Christian.  No nativity scenes, no church services, no Christian music – even the department store, Higbees, honors the season not with shepherds or wise men, but with characters from The Wizard of Oz.

Yet this reflects more than the choice of one movie over another.  An analysis of 48,000 hours of programming by the NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) in December of 2002 (again, a study I have not found repeated) found that 90 percent of programming did not have a significant spiritual theme.  7 percent had a religious or spiritual theme, but did not refer to Jesus or the biblical story of His birth.

Jesus was the focus of only 3 percent of all Christmas programming.

Yet I confess that A Christmas Story has become one of my favorite movies.  The nostalgia of the time, and the way it reveals how Christmas often “works,” runs deep and familiar.  But when I watch it this season, along with millions of others, I will remind myself that while it is Christmas story, it is not the Christmas story.

For that I would need to return to Bedford Falls.

Or better yet, the little town of Bethlehem.

James Emery White

Sources

“Generation X-Mas: How an upstart film became a holiday icon for the post-boomer set,” James Poniewozik, Time, December 10, 2007, p. 90, read online.

National Religious Broadcasters analysis can be found in the Winter 2004 edition of Enrichment, and also on the website of Preaching Today (a service of Christianity Today magazine).  The website for the NRB is www.nrb.org.

Editor’s Note

James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which he also served as their fourth president. His newly released book isThe Church in an Age of Crisis: 25 New Realities Facing Christianity (Baker Press). To enjoy a free subscription to the Church and Culture blog, log-on to www.churchandculture.org, where you can post your comments on this blog, view past blogs in our archive and read the latest church and culture news from around the world. Follow Dr. White on twitter @JamesEmeryWhite.

This is one of the funniest videos I have seen on ObamaCare and I love it!!!!!!! This is a Must Share Video!!!!!!!

Persecution Will Come

You Will Be Persicuted

You Will Be Persecuted

16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19 When they deliveryou over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.

C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S.

Posted: December 10, 2013 by floydcryer2013 in Uncategorized
Tags: ,

C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S.

What Christmas Means