Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Journey to LA



Tuesday morning, 7:13 am, Tampa airport, gate A 16. Got up at five a.m. to be here, but the eyelids are still heavy (of course that might be because I stuck myself in the eye with a mascara wand at 5:15 a.m.)

HT to Jeanne Wynn for sending me this link: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20061128/D8LLRK9O0.html

Seems there's a town in Illionis (CHICAGO!) that isn't allowing The Nativity Story to play at its annual Christmas festival . . . even though the festival also includes a manger scene. (Shaking of the head here.) Behold the power of film! They don't want to offend anyone.

Ted Baehr, whom I interviewed a LONG time ago, has written an encouraging review of THE NATIVITY STORY that you can read here: http://www.movieguide.org/nativitystory/. He has also written an essay about the importance of this movie--must reading, and it's here:

http://www.movieguide.org/nativitystory/sfimages/TrueMeaningofChristmas.pdf.

I can't wait to see the movie tonight. If you haven't blocked out a time to see the film this weekend, do so. Or reserve a time for later in the month when you can take the entire family.

As Ted said: "THE NATIVITY STORY is a nearly perfect movie. It should be a movie that every Christian would want to see. It is certainly a movie that every Non-Christian should see. It testifies in every way to Jesus the Messiah and is clearly and consciously evangelistic. Such statements that this baby is the “greatest King” and “God made flesh,” that the gold is for the King of the world, that the frankincense is for the greatest priest of all, and that the myrrh is to honor the sacrifice, and many, many more pointedly proclaim the story of the Christ and the great news that there is salvation in none other."

I'm going with a tiny purse filled with tissues. Even the few snippets I've seen have opened the floodgates of tears. So invite a friend or two and see the movie!

~~Angie

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

We will be there Angie! We probably will end up taking the whole church. Hope the event is wonderful! Jeane W.

Susanne said...

I hope it comes to Canada! End of the Spear didn't. We had to wait for the DVD. Sigh.

Kristine said...

Check your local theater Susanne. I live in BC and we are getting it at our theater here. Your local Christian store might know for sure if it is playing where you are.

Mary said...

Hi, Angela. It always makes me laugh (or cry!) to think they don't want to 'offend' anyone with a Nativity set or mention of God. When I think of how contantly I'm offended by crudity, violence, graphic 'other' stuff. No one seems to worry overly about that.
I'm a big fan Angela.
Mary Connealy
(I'm including my name because I can't get the blogger thing to call me anything but mary. :)

Pam Meyers said...

I live in the Chicago area, and when I heard they banned the Navity clips from playing I wanted to scream. I never go downtown to the event so boycotting won't do any good. Guess I need to use my writing skills and let them know what many of us think of their so-called p.c. decision. It makes no sense.

Kristin Billerbeck said...

Sounds like fun, Angie! You have to see "For Your Consideration" now, after your Hollywood experience. Home for Purim, the name of the movie within the movie, is a tale about a 1940's Esther that becomes something completely different after Hollywood homogenizes it. So glad to hear that didn't happen here!!

Ane Mulligan said...

Can't wait to see it, Angie! Wonderful review from Ted.

Diann Hunt said...

This is all so exciting, Angie!! I can't wait to see the film! The clips I've seen look wonderful!! Hope you have a great time and share on your blog about your experience when you get back.