I dare you to find a more perfectly balanced, paced and structured film than 1990’s Home Alone.
I was only three years old when it came out, and as we learn on Netflix’s The Movies That Made Us, it almost didn’t!
We’re lucky that it did.
Home Alone is filmmaking perfection in almost every way.
The music is amazing. The acting is legendary. The one-liners are memorable. The hijinks are so cringingly awful and hilarious that my daughter—literally—cannot watch them; she runs out of the room screaming.
Not only that, but this is the same producer/director team that brought us…
“You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life?” — Marcus Aurelius.
2020 has been so… 2020.
First, there was COVID. Then lockdowns (ongoing). Then George Floyd’s murder. Then unrest over racial injustice. Then, President Trump got COVID. Then Dune got delayed to 2021?!? How could this year get any worse…
One way it got better is that I deleted my Instagram and Twitter accounts.
My grandma Betty would often take us to do “educational things.” Sometimes they were fun, but often these activities were just so boring.
One week, grandma Betty took us to see a movie—what ended up being the longest and most boring movie of my life. And I never understood what I was supposed to learn watching it.
Until two weeks ago…
On January 6th, the nation watched as a crowd of people rushed into the Capitol Building in D.C. as they were certifying electoral votes for the president. The crowd got violent, many carried weapons. There were altercations with police…
Remember that scene in Home Alone (one of the best movies ever made) where Kevin is staging a Christmas party filled with inflatables and Michael Jordan cardboard cutouts?
Watching that scene as a kid was my first introduction to the song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” That song ends with a line that I never really thought about until this year:
Everyone dancing merrily
In the new old fashioned way
— Brenda Lee, “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”
Whaddya suppose that means, “the new old-fashioned way”?
Brenda Lee sang that famous line in 1958 at just 13 years old, in…
There is a strange paradox that spans the story of Scripture.
On the one hand, God is said to be distant from us sinful creatures — completely “other,” and holy. Jesus, Paul says, “dwells in unapproachable light.” We can’t get close to him.
But on the other hand, the Bible claims that we can get close to him. In fact, we should—we must! Jesus’ consistent invitation to his followers is to nearness, and his promise is to remain ever close.
How do we make sense of this polarity? How is it that God, who is light without any darkness, is…
We live in a time when it seems everyone gets offended. Offended for what another person says, wears—heck, even how they vote.
When we are offended, we lash out in frustration, air our grievances online, gossip behind the person’s back, or worse: bottle the offense up inside, soon to erupt in a volcano of anger. This “Outrage Culture,” as it has been named, is tearing apart friendships and families.
As followers of Jesus, we ought to see difficult people differently.
We have the tools to turn our offense into joy.
The Apostle Paul was no stranger to difficult people.