I have another great sermon today from Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Seminary at African Christian University in Zambia. Like yesterday’s post, it was recorded last year at a Founders Ministries conference in Cape Coral, Florida. And like yesterday’s post, it’e extremely prescient to the current cultural climate.
In the video below, using the scriptural basis of Ephesians 2:10-11, Dr. Baucham explores the true source of racial reconciliation. It’s not in laws, government, public prostrations of guilt, reparations, or any other worldly source.
We are reconciled to each other through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, period. We are unified in our brokenness and our need for redemption through Christ. And in the end, that is all that matters.
Last year, Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of the Seminary at African Christian University in Zambia, was a keynote speaker at a Founders Ministries conference in Cape Coral, Florida. One of his talks was about a subject he calls “ethnic gnosticism.” Dr. Baucham coined the term and defines it as the phenomenon of people believing that somehow, because of one’s ethnicity, that one is able to know when something or someone is racist. And his contention is that this phenomenon is sinful.
In light of current events in the United States and around the world, this sermon is very prescient. Modern race relations have been corrupted by identity politics and other worldly concerns. This doesn’t mean that ethnicity isn’t important; it is a beautiful component of human life that God has created. One can love one’s background and the richness of culture, but it shouldn’t take precedent over the truth of the gospel: that all have sinned and need the redemption found in Jesus Christ. Our connection to Christ is something that binds us all together as creations of God.
Take a look at the video below. Dr. Baucham speaks the truth in love, exposing how the sin of ethnic gnosticism is destroying genuine relationships and creating idols of worldly identity. A great and informative talk.
I have been a big fan of documentarian Ken Burns for most of my life, and I credit some of his seminal works likeThe Civil War for getting me deeply interested in history. When Burns recounts straight history, without any kind of personal slant or agenda, he’s the best in the genre. His documentaries are long endeavors to be sure, but one feels closer to history after viewing them.
I’m happy to report that Country Music, Burns’ latest multi-hour documentary film, was indeed Burns at his best and was, therefore, one of his best works in recent years – and became one of my favorite films of 2019.
Like the music that it celebrated, Country Music was a simple story told in the most sincere way possible – highlighting the origins, highs, and lows of the industry and its artists and impresarios. There was laughter, tears, and lots of great stories about how this truly American art form has evolved over the course of a century. But the film’s greatest strength was highlighting country music’s greatest asset: its humanity.
After conquering the box office with a one-two punch of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Anthony and Joe Russo have been branching out beyond the superhero genre – bringing their brand of moviemaking to relatively smaller films.
One of these new films was just released on Netflix and stars MCU alum Chris Hemsworth in the lead. Extraction, which is produced by the Russos, is a pretty good action film in a genre that is too often in danger of growing stale with unrealistic violence and destruction porn. First-time director Sam Hargrave, who was a stunt coordinator on several MCU films, infused the film with excitement and urgency few films in the genre achieve.
What was particularly exciting to me was how much the film subtly embraces a key sub-genre of the action film and its more spiritual allusions.
World War II is one of my favorite historic eras and film genres. Perhaps it has been idealized too much in the recent past, but I believe it was a time when we saw humanity at its best and worst simultaneously. The worst represented by the German war machine that gave birth to the Holocaust. And the best with the sight of the brave men landing at Normandy under heavy gunfire – on their way to freeing on continent.
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk brought to light an event of the Second World War which few Americans know about (it took place in 1940, before Pearl Harbor and America’s involvement) and did so in Nolan’s atypical auteur style. It combined one of my favorite directors with one of my favorite genres – making for exceptional storytelling.
This was not your dad’s World War II movie; it was something different: an arthouse blockbuster in the purest sense of the phrase. But an art-house that wasn’t self-important or self-indulgent. It was easy to understand, which was great considering the subject matter.
Dunkirk was the harrowing story of what was essentially a miracle – almost 400,000 men evacuated from France as enemy forces closed in on all sides. It captured what the British call the “Dunkirk spirit” that the British people developed after the evacuation and maintained for the duration of the war. So many things came together perfectly that I have no doubt in my mind that this was one of the Lord’s divine interventions that have been chronicled throughout history.