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My Review of DARK WATERS

Dark Waters, rated PG-13
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Dark Waters is a film inspired by the real-life legal battle against DuPont over the release of a toxic chemical in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The film is directed by Oscar nominee Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven), written by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan (Lions for Lambs), and based on the New York Times Magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich.
Robert Bilott, played by three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight, Foxcatcher, The Kids Are Alright), is a Cincinnati, Ohio attorney on the environmental team, and new partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, a firm that represents major corporations. He is interrupted during an important meeting by Wilbur Tennant, played by Emmy nominee Bill Camp (The Night Of), who lives in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Bilott’s grandmother’s hometown. Robert’s grandmother had told Tennant to go see Bilott about the cattle on his farm that were dying. Tennant is convinced that DuPont, one of the world’s largest chemical companies, has poisoned a stream on his farm that the cattle drink from. Bilott tells Tennant that he is a corporate defense attorney who defends chemical companies, not individuals. But after visiting his grandmother, Bilott decides to look into Tennant’s situation. What he finds is that 190 of Tennant’s cattle have died. Robert makes the decision to take Tennant’s case. Continue reading


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THIS & THAT: A Weekly Roundup of Favorite Articles, Quotes & a Cartoon

  • 9 Things You Should Know About Cohabitation in America. Joe Carter writes “A new survey finds that cohabitation is pervasive in the United States, and is increasingly viewed as acceptable by Christians—even if it doesn’t lead to marriage.”
  • Should You Be Mad at Chick fil-A? Russell Moore writes “A corporation is always going to disappoint as a moral model, regardless of whether that morality is left or right, Christian or secular. For our models, we need no franchised, culturally-approved outposts of finance, though we should be thankful when we see such occasionally. We need outposts of the kingdom, following Jesus Christ by faith.”

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  • Cartoon of the Week
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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

Faith and Work News ~ Links to Interesting Articles

  • Thank God It’s Monday. On this episode of the Gospel Coalition podcast, Collin Hansen interviews Tom Nelson, president of Made to Flourish, and author of Work Matters and The Economics of Neighborly Love.
  • Finding God’s Purpose in a Job You Hate. David Goetsch writes “Your job, no matter what kind of work you do, is a gift from God, even if you hate your job.”
  • Christian Women on the Job: Excelling at Work without Compromising Your Faith. You may be interested in the new book by David Goetsch and Karen Moore Christian Women on the Job: Excelling at Work without Compromising Your Faith. I have previously benefitted from David’s book Christians on the Job: Winning at Work Without Compromising Your Faith.

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    • The Top 10 Faith and Work Quotes of the Week
    • My Review of Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People by S. Truett Cathy
    • Snippets from Os Guinness’ book “The Call: Finding and Fulfilling God’s Purpose For Your Life”

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My Review of KNIVES OUT

Knives Out, rated PG-13
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Knives Out is a well-written, acted and directed film about the death of a famous mystery writer, which is assumed to be a suicide. But is it?
The film was written and directed by Rian Johnson (Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi). The film had an estimated budget of $40 million.
Harlan Thrombey, played by Oscar winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners, All the Money in the World), is a successful and reclusive mystery writer. The film opens with his housekeeper Fran, played by Edi Patterson, finding him dead with his throat slit and a knife nearby. His death is assumed to be a suicide. Thrombey’s grown children gathered at his mansion to celebrate his 85th birthday the previous evening. Continue reading


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A Prayer for Advent


Note: Advent is what we call the season leading up to Christmas. It begins four Sundays before December 25, sometimes in the last weekend of November, sometimes on the first Sunday in December. This year it will be December 1.

Our Father in Heaven,
As we begin this Advent season, a time of celebrating the first coming of your Son – the incarnation, when Jesus came to earth, to be born of a virgin in a manger – and waiting and preparing with hope for His second coming, we take a moment to consider just what that means for us, and the world. Continue reading


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My Review of 21 BRIDGES

21 Bridges, rated R
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21 Bridges is an intense thriller about a police chase of two murderers of multiple police officers through the streets of Manhattan overnight. The film is well-made and exciting, but does include a significant amount of adult language and violence. The film is directed by Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Luther), and written by Adam Mervis and Michael Carnahan. The film had a budget of approximately $33 million.

The film begins with a young boy, Andre Davis, at the funeral of his policeman father who was killed in the line of duty. That young boy, played by Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther, 24, Marshall), would grow up to be a police detective in New York City, because it was “in his DNA”.  The film then moves forward nineteen years to the present day.

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A Prayer for Thanksgiving

Father in Heaven,

Again, we have come to that one day a year in our country which is set aside – in name at least – for being thankful. But as children of the King, we are always to be thankful. The Apostle Paul tells us to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). 1 Chronicles 16:34 tells us to give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

I love the holiday season, and Thanksgiving is really the kick-off for that season. Today, many will be gathering with family and friends, enjoying a turkey dinner and perhaps watching some football. Soon we might be joining many others searching for bargains as we begin our Christmas shopping and the decorating of our homes for Christmas. But before we get into the busyness of the season, let us take time to thank the Lord for all he has done for us this year. Paul tells us in Colossians 3:17 that whatever we do, in word or deed, we are do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Father, we pause to thank you for the many blessings that you have bestowed on us this year. Just a few of those for me are:

  • Salvation in Christ – the greatest gift – and the sustaining grace to persevere each day. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
  • A Christ-centered marriage which will reach 40 years next year.
  • The family you have blessed me with, both immediate and extended. Thank you for the good health you have provided so many of them, and the good medical care you have provided for those who have faced challenges this year.
  • A wonderful church, led by faithful pastors, and the incredible people that make up our small group.
  • Good friends to enjoy life with, and also to share their burdens (Galatians 6:2).
  • For your peace and comfort during times of loss.

Father, we know that life is a gift, and we are not guaranteed the next second. James reminds us that we do not know what tomorrow will bring (James 4:14). Therefore, we thank you for the blessings that you have already provided, and we trust you for the future.

In Jesus name,  Amen

NOTE:  As you gather with friends and family today, why not take a few minutes to share what you are thankful for this year.