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patterns of ink

How fruitless to be ever thinking yet never embrace a thought... to have the power to believe and believe it's all for naught. I, too, have reckoned time and truth (content to wonder if not think) in metaphors and meaning and endless patterns of ink. Perhaps a few may find their way to the world where others live, sharing not just thoughts I've gathered but those I wish to give. Tom Kapanka

Saturday, December 02, 2006

See The Nativity Story

In the middle of these nostalgic glimpses of “Christmas past,” I want to take a moment to recommend The Nativity Story. It opened this weekend to mixed reviews, but what else would we expect from movie critics? I am sometimes a casual movie critic myself, but I’m going to suspend criticism on minor points [and other ironic post-production controversy] and boil my observation down to one comment that all evangelical Christians will understand: This movie is not cheesy. You will not be embarrassed to recommend it to a friend. (You know what I mean by cheesy Christian attempts at major motion pictures—I won’t name titles, but we’ve seen them through the years.)

Mel Gibson's The Passion raised the bar, and while this film is being criticized for being less “riveting” than Gibson’s drama, I would suggest that it comes close in many artistic elements. This will be a seasonal treat for believers—not a blockbuster, but I commend its understated portrayal of a time and place that is bleak, barbaric, and beautiful and for telling the story of a miraculous event that, by any standards, requires some delicacy. [Click here for a fair review.]

This film also did something not yet achieved in my 40+ years of contemplating the story of Christ’s birth… it introduced me to Joseph. I could relate to this man. I liked his strength and child-like faith, and for the first time in my life I saw that he was not an “extra” in the cast. While their roles are clearly delineated in Scripture, Joseph was as much a part of the divine selection for the Holy family as Mary. The human part of Mary’s post-conception motherhood could not have happened without God’s appointed man to be the caring husband of Mary and the earthly boyhood father of the Messiah. This film fleshes out that reality without imposing fiction on the untold years of young Jesus’ life.

After hearing case after case of the ACLU demanding the removal of nativity scenes from public land, and after fifty years of “feel good” holiday movies that miss the point (including many of those I’ve mentioned fondly from my childhood), this movie a wonderful Christmas card to those who wish to watch in awe the scene Linus told us about as children in 1965 when he quieted that frolicking stageful of kids and said the following....


Blogger Nancy said...

Thanks for the movie "plug", I really do want to see it.. especially after your review. Thanks for sharing.

5/12/06 6:51 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

I found your blog today. I am not much of a blog surfer, but apparently it was next to my blog, and I fortunately found it! I love the layout... made me want to read...
Your two most recent posts about Christmas are beautiful. I would like to figure out how to link the Linus video to my blog. If you don't mind a few hints ... I'd sure appreciate it. I teach h.s. English, and I love sneaking this video in after a test or at the end of a unit when we have a little down time. Charles Schulz did us all a favor when he left the real story in the show. :) Thanks! Missy

9/12/06 11:39 AM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

Glad you happened by. I also taught HS English for many years. I loved it. You might get a kick out of the English-related post at the top of the May 2006 archive and another one at the bottom of the November 2005 archive.

As to the Linus link. Just go to youtube.com and do a search like "Charlie Brown Christmas." I think the address for that clip is
I'm not very familiar with youtube, but as you can see, I've been using it lately to find vintage clips.

9/12/06 2:41 PM  

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