Archive for the ‘Film/TV’ Category

No silence to be had

Posted: February 10, 2016 in Film/TV


I like reading and watching detective stories. Some of my favorite TV shows include Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, CSI, and NCIS. What I don’t like are wild inaccuracies. The longer I watch a show, the more I find.

Recently I was watching a show (from a few seasons back) wherein a person was murdered in a busy hotel. The killer used a .50 caliber Desert Eagle pistol and employed a stuffed animal as a makeshift silencer so none of the hotel patrons heard the shot.

Um…nope. Not a chance. (more…)


An Open Letter of Encouragement to Shia LaBeouf

Dear Mr. LaBeouf,

I read recently that you have become a follower of Christ. Allow me to say, “Welcome to the family!” I also read a bit more recently that some in the family have questioned or even scoffed at your declaration of faith. Please allow me to share an insight gleaned from sixteen plus years of ministry and mission work; some of our brothers and sisters can be a real pain in the ass. Don’t allow our grumpier family members to harsh on your mellow, my brother. (Or, to use more religious terminology, don’t let them kill your joy.)

I could quote you verse after verse about not worrying what people think about you, particularly as it concerns your relationship with and faith in Jesus Christ. I could, but I wont. Rather I will share a single verse which has recently taken on a deeper application to me personally: “But God demonstrated his own great love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Bank on this one thing; Jesus loves you.

Forget the haters, mockers, nay sayers, scoffers, and those with sticks so far up their backsides its poking their brains. Jesus loves you. Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise.


Jason P. Franklin (a brother in Christ)

A friend asked me the other day if I thought Christians should ignore the Noah movie. Both of us are avid role-players and were remembering how much grief we got from church people for playing that demon worshipping game known as Dungeons & Dragons (major eye rolling).

Personally I think hollywood is handing us a great missional opportunity. It can be rather hard to get a conversation about the Bible going in a natural way. Here we have hollywood giving us the cue card! Okay, I’m not thinking linearly. Let me start over.

I think Missional Christians (notice the qualifier). Your average American Christian Country Club Member should ignore it.

If you’re easily offended at how the unchurched see and portray the Bible, then don’t go see it. It will be inaccurate. You will be offended. You’ll rant, rave, and just prove to the world how backwards and close-minded Christians are.

If, however, you seek to understand the unchurched world better in order that you can speak grace and gospel into their lives, then please go see the film.

As I said above, Hollywood is handing us a great opportunity, a natural way to not just have a spiritual conversation, but have a conversation on the Bible. How often does the secular world spend $125 million dollars to give us the opportunity to share our faith?

I don’t dare pass up this opportunity.

Thank the Maker!

Posted: December 28, 2013 in Family, Film/TV

In follow-up to my previous post about Team Franklin’s Star Wars mini-marathon:

M: “Why do Bantha’s make that funny noise?”

A2: “‘Cause God made ’em that way?”

Me: <laughing> “‘Cause George Lucas made them that way.”

Reintroducing Star Wars to my Kids

Posted: December 28, 2013 in Family, Film/TV

My children and I have been playing the Lego Star Wars game on the Wii.  It’s been a while since we’ve watched the movies and they don’t remember much. Today we’re having a Star Wars marathon, watching the original episodes (IV, V and VI). It’s fun to watch them react to the movie, since all they know of Star Wars has been gleaned from the Lego Wii games.

Evasive Maneuvers

Posted: July 2, 2013 in Film/TV

I spent about two minutes browsing Facebook then thought to myself, “What the hell am I doing? I could be watching Inspector Morse.”

A Series of Inspectors

Posted: June 24, 2013 in Film/TV

I really enjoy watching the Inspector Morse series. What I can watch online I have and the rest I get on DVD via Netflix. The Inspector Lewis spinoff is even more enjoyable and I’m finally up to the current series. I got to wondering today though if some day I’ll be watching a series titled Inspector Hathaway.