POST PUBLISHED INJanuary, 2011
January 31st, 201104:31 PM ETWhen I started my website (www.randalrauser.com) I vowed to myself not to put any advertising on it (save one little link to Kiva, and non-profits don't qualify. Okay, I also included widgets for my books at Amazon but that's it). I made this decision on principle. You see advertising everywhere these days. It is estimated that the average Nor...
January 29th, 201110:41 AM ETFor the last 8 years I've lived in Edmonton, Alberta on the Canadian prairies. There is a lot to be said for the region, particularly since it is a three hour drive to the Canadian Rockies. There is also a lot of sun, which is much appreciated after many years living in rainy Vancouver. But man, does it get cold in the winter. And the last two mont...
January 24th, 201111:32 AM ETIt came as a shock to many last August when Michael Douglas, in an appearance on David Letterman, announced that he had been diagnosed with stage four throat cancer. And the Letterman public appearance would be the last one before disappearing down the black hole of seven weeks of intense radiation therapy. Douglas has since reemerged cancer free ...
January 19th, 201109:51 AM ETI am a Ricky Gervais fan. His work on the BBC series' "The Office" and "Extras" in particular was sharp, witty, and edgy. (Not that I recommend you show either series to your church youth group. They are also at times rather vulgar.) "Extras" in particular was an incisive critique of celebrity culture and the wider culture of droids that live vicar...
January 17th, 201111:42 PM ETThe recent cinematic retelling of E.B. White's classic Charlotte's Web has a nice scene for anybody interested in pondering the intelligent design debates.For those who need a brief refresher, Fern is the owner of Wilbur the pig. Charlotte the spider has befriended Wilbur and is trying to save him from becoming a Christmas ham by writing suggestive...
January 15th, 201112:38 PM ETThis past summer my daughter and I visited what must surely be the lamest tourist trap in Alberta. I won't say what it was, but I will say that snapping this picture was the high-point. After I had gotten over the irony it actually made a disturbing amount of sense. Why not supply toilets with pungent yellow water? The fact that most toilets in the...
January 14th, 201112:17 AM ETIn advance of the release of yet another sensational, Hollywood demon possession film at the end of January ("The Rite") I offer you a review of a possession film that really is worth the couple bucks for a Netflix rental: "Requiem." Anneliese Michel was a young German Catholic who reported being tormented by demons. Initially ...
January 11th, 201110:57 PM ETThe other day I watched the 2008 documentary "At the Death House Door." The film tells the story of Carroll Pickett, a chaplain at the notorious "Walls" prison in Huntsville Texas who, in the early 1980s, was recruited for being the chaplain for those condemned to death. His job was to stay with the prisoners from 6 AM to their execution shortly af...
January 09th, 201106:15 PM ETWarning: this review contains spoilers. Now that the holiday rush has dissipated I finally went to see "True Grit", a remake of the 1969 classic western by the great Coen Brothers (Joel and Ethan). For the most part the film plays like a straight western, though there are a couple quirky Coen moments thrown in which appear like the blackened brand...
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An exploration of faith, knowledge, reason and doubt (with the occasional trite pop culture reference thrown in for good measure).
- Worldviews: A Conversation with Barry
- The problem of irrelevant comments explained
- Commenting on The Tentative Apologist
- Why Christians shouldn’t seek a “biblical worldview”
- Does God punish people through natural disasters?
- Quote others the way you would have them quote you
- What was in Jesus’ hand? Lessons on why you can’t take the Bible literally word for word
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