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Best Interpretation of ‘Silence’

Spoiler Warning: this is the best commentary I’ve heard on the movie.

Actors in Silence, the Movie

Inside the Mind of Martin Scorsese for Silence

Scorsese on Silence, the Movie & Faith

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Silence, the movie trailer

Silence, Martin Scorsese Director

Unbroken, the movie, is coming!

Unbroken-Faith-and-Prayer

Here is story of an intimate part of Jolie’s life.

Zamperini’s daughter, Cynthia Garris, recalled a particularly stormy day in New South Wales, Australia when sunlight was desperately needed to shoot an important scene.

“[Angelina] said, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do, so I’ll do what Louie would do,’” Garris said at a recent press conference. “She got on her knees, and she prayed for a miracle. . . everybody saw it. It stopped raining. The sun came out, a rainbow came out. She said, ‘Let’s get this take,’ [and] they shot the take. When she said ‘cut,’ it started to rain again.”

Jolie, said Garris, was moved by Zamperini’s faith. Garris believes it was part of God’s plan for Jolie “to find Louie and make this movie to find her way to a life that would encompass the Almighty.”

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Gladwell on the Norden bombsight

Much to learn here about human nature and how we deal with one another!   God forgive us for what we did to the helpless Japanese!

Reaching out and Blessing

I am very fond of the Japanese especially the Christ followers there who are a tiny minority. Here is a beautiful display of love for others as they reach out to and greet their brothers and sisters in Kampala, Uganda.

Who can you reach out to and bless today?

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Hikikomori (Locked Up)

This is such a sad topic to cover.  I believe it has value, however, to understand how dark a culture and people become without spiritual light.  The Japanese, like all cultures and peoples, need to Light that Jesus brings to life.

We had missionaries in to share with us last week from  Japan.  They are a really committed couple to their work in Nagoya, Japan–building the Kingdom through church planting and music ministry.

They first mentioned that some of their choir members only come out of their homes for choir practice.  “What?” I thought to myself.  Then they went on to explain that many people in Japan lock themselves in their home, room or closet because they have a hard time building relationships with people or because the perceive they are failures in some way.  I learned through further reading that the problem of relating actually gets worse the longer a person is  locked in.  The Japanese are developed some sophisticated techniques in attempts to bring relatives out of this state.  I read that providing “rental sisters” and “rental brothers” are thriving businesses in the larger cities.

Can you imagine living in this state?

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