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Noah: a movie review

Noah movie, featuring Russell Crow, released in theaters on Friday, March 28th (Credit: Paramount Pictures) Pastor and author Erwin McManus calls Noah "deep and thoughtful."  Author Gabe Lyons calls it "a great, great film" and says it "does this epic story justice."  At the same time, the film is directed by a well-known atheist.  Will it help or hurt the cause of Christ?

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3 Days to Kill: a movie review

Kevin Costner, as Ethan Renner, holding a gun in a photo used for the 3 Days to Kill movie poster (Credit: Relativity Media) Kevin Costner was born to play scruffy roles.  The son of a welfare worker and an electrician, he grew up singing in the choir of his Baptist church.  After graduating from college with a degree in marketing and finance, he began working in movies.  His breakout role was in 1985's Silverado, where he played a fast-drawing cowboy.  Two years later he starred in The Untouchables and No Way Out.  These hits were followed by Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and Dances with Wolves (for which he won two Academy Awards).  He has won an Emmy and two Golden Globes as well.

His latest movie is the action thriller, 3 Days to Kill. 

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Robert Parker's Bull River and the plague of prostitution

Robert B Parker Bull River, written by Robert Knott, book cover (Credit: Penguin Group) I have been a Robert Parker fan for 40 years.  Long known as one of America's greatest crime fiction writers, he gave the world Spenser, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall, Virgil Cole, and a host of other crime-solving and crime-causing characters.  Parker was himself a fascinating figure—an English professor with a Ph.D. in literature, his fiction combined philosophy and psychology with street savvy and pugilism.  He died of a heart attack sitting at his desk in Cambridge, Massachusetts in January 2010.

In the years since, his characters have continued to live through a variety of authors.  Parker's Western characters, Territorial Marshal Virgil Cole and Deputy Marshal Everett Hitch, make their second post-Parker appearance in Robert Knott's new novel, Bull River.  Cole and Hitch find themselves chasing a wife-stealing bank robber to Mexico City and beyond, led by a killer they capture and then are forced to trust as a guide.  The dialogue is classic Parker—terse, often funny, and exactly what you'd expect Western lawmen to say 150 years ago.

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Janet's Blog

  • The gift of Easter

    The gift of Easter Last March, at the beginning of the Lenten season, I wrote a blog suggesting that my readers find ways to speak the name of Jesus to as many as possible, as a Lenten commitment.  Easter is about the great gift[…]

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