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Quotes for the Day

“If I have observed anything by experience, it is this: a man may take the measure of his growth and decay in grace according to his thoughts and meditations upon the person of Christ, and the glory of Christ’s Kingdom, and of His love.”

- John Owen


“We have turned to a God that we can use rather than to a God we must obey; we have turned to a God who will fulfill our needs rather than to a God before whom we must surrender our rights to ourselves. He is God for us, for our satisfaction—not because we have learned to think of him this way through Christ but because we have learned to think of him this way through the marketplace. In the marketplace, everything is for us, for our pleasure, for our satisfaction, and we have come to assume that it must be so in the church as well. And so we transform the God of mercy into a God who is at our mercy.”

- David Wells

(See Preach the Gospel to Yourself)

An Ineffable Union

Fighting for a Biblical view of marriage is no picnic. How quick I am to look at the world through sin-stained eyes. Too often I have treated the image as the shadow and the shadow as the image.

Blogger Ched Spellman writes the following:

Could there be something more intimate than this [marriage between a man and a woman]? As it turns out, there is. Paul exhorts his readers in 1 Cor 6:16 not to indulge in sexual immorality, because the one who dabbles in prostitution become “one body” with the prostitute, referencing the Gen 2:24 text. One of Paul’s reasons for fleeing from immorality then is because “the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Cor 6:17). When you are joined to another human being (i.e. through marriage), you become “one flesh.” However, when you are joined to Christ (i.e. through salvation), incomprehensible as it may seem, you become “one spirit” with him!
The entire post is excellent! Read it here.

Friday Randomness

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys jump-starting your day with a heavy dose of despair, I recommend a trip to your local Weigel’s. On my way to work this morning I stopped to get some gas, and through the loudspeakers I was serenaded with a country song entitled, “I Let Her Die.” (At least, I’m assuming that was the title of the song; the singer repeated that phrase over and over again.) The song was stuck in my head all the way to work.

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Everyone at the Christian Media Center is updating his/her biography. My submission was short and sweet:

I came. I saw. I was. Oh, and I ate. (Not that I’m dead yet or anything.)

My boss didn’t find it acceptable. I’m not sure why.

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One of my coworkers came across an unopened Passion of the Christ promotional package today. It contained, among other things, a sheet of music from the original score (composed by John Debney), autographed by Mr. Debney himself! And I get to keep it (probably)! This definitely makes up for having “I Le…

Lyrical Meditation, Yo!

I have found a unique way to meditate on gospel truths. It’s engaging, affecting, and—dare I say it?—even entertaining. What I am referring to is Scripturally-informed rap music. Yes, you heard me right. Ol’ Capper is now a hip-hopper. Just call me Capdog.

Granted, I’m no rap connoisseur. I’ve never really liked rap music, except maybe one or two songs from one particular artist whose name I will not divulge (although it sounds like a kind of candy.) Things started changing when I was exposed to Christian rap artist Curtis Allen, a.k.a. Voice. His music piqued my interest in “Reformed rap.”

Well, a couple weeks ago a friend from church introduced me to an album by rapper Timothy Brindle, entitled Killing Sin. What John Owen did for literature, Brindle has done for hip-hop. The CD is absolutely amazing. In fact, it may be my favorite Christian album EVER! No, I am not exaggerating. With all due respect to Voice, Brindle’s work is far superior. Killing Sin is marked by slick production va…

Justin and Jack

Justin Taylor is an accomplished theologian. I mean, check out his résumé:

An M.A.R. from Reformed Theological Seminary
Director of Theology/Executive Editor, Desiring God Ministries
ESV Bible Project Manager at Crossway Books

And that’s just a partial list. JT has been affected by God’s grace in ways that have greatly benefited the body of Christ. He is a godly man, worthy of honor and respect.

That is why I recommend his work, including this especially important post on his blog.


(On a somewhat related note: check this out.)

The Christian Hedonist’s Playbook (Part 5)

“Whoever would be wise should read the Proverbs; whoever would be holy should read the Psalms.” (Richard Steele)

Psalm 86:8-13 (which I am currently trying to memorize) basks in how the glory of God trumps the superficial glory of all lesser things. Verses 8-10 explain it like this:

Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord;
Nor are there any works like Your works.
All nations whom You have made
Shall come and worship before You, O Lord,
And shall glorify Your name.
For You are great, and do wondrous things;
You alone are God.
Imagine a soldier who treats his enemies better than his allies. He continually seeks to build relationships with those who are out to destroy the army to which he belongs. You would think the enemy would appreciate his traitorous acts and treat him like a prince as further incentive for his allegiance. You would also think this traitor’s commanding officer would have him executed the moment he finds out what is going on. That’s not how it works in the spiritual real…

Not Exactly the MPAA

I’ve been told that my movie rating system needs an explanation. So, here it is…

My number rating system is pretty straightforward. A rating of 1 (or sometimes 0) means “horrible” and 10 means “a masterpiece.” What’s not as clear is that there are usually two areas in which I give a number rating. First is the Artistic Merit rating. This number represents a consideration of the film as a work of art. It reflects the cumulative effect of all aspects of a film: scriptwriting, acting, production design, cinematography, musical score, and so on. If I believe it is a well made film, it will receive a high Artistic Merit rating.

The second rating is the Personal Marks score. (Yes, my two ratings are initialed AM and PM. Ain’t I clever?) This represents how much I liked the film, regardless of its artistic merit. Sometimes I may enjoy a movie that isn’t the greatest piece of filmmaking (or vice versa) and I like to make a distinction between the two. “Fun to watch” doesn’t always equal “good a…

THR3E (2007) – Film Review

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Hi, this is Cap the Filmmaker. I’ve been following the progress of the movie Thr3e ever since the project was greenlighted by Namesake Entertainment. The film is based on the Ted Dekker novel of the same name. You can check out the trailer here.

The following is the official plot synopsis: “When a young seminary student is targeted by a psychopathic killer, he joins forces with a criminal psychologist whose brother was murdered by the same madman. Together they must unravel the killer's riddles and catch him before he strikes again, but the closer they get, the more twisted the path becomes. This heart-pounding thriller will keep you guessing up until the final shocking scene!”

Though the film doesn’t open until Friday, I was privileged enough to receive an advanced-copy DVD (yes, legally). The first thing that stood out to me was the exceptional cinematography and desaturated colors. This looks like a slick Hollywood product, not a cheap, cutesy Christian film. Furthermore, the p…