Some Christians denounce nearly every move that Hollywood produces; others celebrate even the most morally and artistically questionable. While most Christians can agree on the cultural importance of films, very few are able to interpret movies with insight and understanding. Apologetics professor and film lover Doug Beaumont wants moviegoers to become more informed viewers, by better grasping the cinematic techniques and genre considerations that filmmakers use to communicate their central themes. He also wades into hot-button issues of nudity, violence, and language in movies, helping Christians to more carefully evaluate celluloid depictions of sin. Packed with quote and excerpts from many of Hollywood's most successful films-and from some of the indie favorites that have gained cult followings-TheMessage Behind the Movie is a fun and enlightening look at the art from that defines our age.
How to Engage with a Film Without Disengaging Your Faith
Author: Douglas M. Beaumont
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Our interpretations of the world we live in, and the people and institutions that comprise it, are acquired through complex interactions among what we believe to be true, what the world is, and/or what others think it is. Understanding those complex interactions is one of the most important goals of the social sciences. Of the many disciplines that have contributed to that understanding, two take center stage in this book -- psychology and communication. This volume's purpose is to reconnect the partially isolated environments of social psychology and communication. To do so, it utilizes four building blocks: * the cognitive foundations of interpersonal communication as it might be studied from a social psychological perspective * insiders' views of interpersonal communication from a cognitive psychological standpoint * insiders' approaches to interpersonal communication from an AI perspective * a critique of the cognitive enterprise that reflects the strong philosophical grounding of communication. Overall, the chapters typify some of the most interesting cognitive work done in the study of interpersonal communication. As such, the book should promote productive dialogue across disciplinary boundaries and stimulate further work within the field of interpersonal communication.
Author: Dean E. Hewes
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Storm a disturbance of the normal condition of the atmosphere, manifesting itself by winds of unusual force or direction, often accompanied by rain, snow, hail, thunder, and lightning, or flying dust or sand. Throughout the course of our lives, we will be confronted with various types of storms. These, however are not the natural storms you may be thinking of; but spiritual storms which come to test our character and faith in God. The things we sometimes have to endure can certainly be overwhelming, but when we put our faith, trust, and confidence in God we can stand against any storm.
Author: C. R. Spearmon
Publisher: Holy Fire Publishing
Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era, an international authority on artificial intelligence, and one of our greatest living visionaries. Now he offers a framework for envisioning the twenty-first century--an age in which the marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence fundamentally alters and improves the way we live. Kurzweil's prophetic blueprint for the future takes us through the advances that inexorably result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain by the year 2020 (with human-level capabilities not far behind); in relationships with automated personalities who will be our teachers, companions, and lovers; and in information fed straight into our brains along direct neural pathways. Optimistic and challenging, thought-provoking and engaging, The Age of Spiritual Machines is the ultimate guide on our road into the next century. From the Trade Paperback edition.
When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
Author: Ray Kurzweil
One of the most perplexing and misunderstood books of the Bible, Ezekiel has left many scholars and exegetes scratching their heads regarding its message, coherency, and interpretation. Brian Peterson's look at the book of Ezekiel as a unified whole set within an exilic context helps explain some of the more difficult symbolic aspects in the book and makes Ezekiel as a whole more intelligible. Drawing on ancient Near Eastern concepts and motifs such as covenant and treaty curses, the various gods that made up the Babylonian pantheon, and the position that Israel held as the people of Yahweh, Peterson enlightens readers by showing that Ezekiel can only be understood in its original context. By placing the book first in its historical context, Peterson demonstrates how the original hearers of its message would have understood it, and how this message can be appreciated and applied by people today as well.
Ezekiel's Message Understood in Its Historical Setting of Covenant Curses and Ancient Near Eastern Mythological Motifs
Author: Brian Neil Peterson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Rumors of a secret alliance between the Dominion and the Klingon Empire lure Captain Sisko and the crew of the Defiant on a desperate mission into the Gamma Quadrant, leaving Deep Space None vulnerable to a surprise sneak attack! Now an elite Klingon task force has seized control of the station, and only Chief O'Brient, Dr. Bashir, and Worf are left to defend Deep Space Nine. But Worf's loyalties are tested when he discovers that the invaders include his oldest friend -- and his own brother!
Author: Dafydd ab Hugh
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Cisco Unity Deployment and Solutions Guide shows you how to integrate Cisco Unity with Cisco IP-based communication solutions, including Cisco CallManager. Part I introduces you to the Cisco Unity architecture and teaches you about the Cisco Unity feature set. Part II helps you design and deploy a unified message solution with Cisco Unity, and Part III helps you manage and administer your solution by leveraging the tools within Cisco Unity. Cisco Unity Deployment and Solutions Guide teaches you all that you need to know about designing, deploying, and managing a sustainable, unified messaging solution.
Author: Todd Stone,Jeff Lindborg,Steve Olivier,Dustin Grant
Publisher: Cisco Press
A fresh and dynamic journey through one of Australia’s most-loved institutions, this intoxicating history explores the pub from its colonial origins along the waterfronts and roadways used by travelers to the boutique bars of contemporary cosmopolitanism. This account traces the essential role of the pub as an enduring provider of drink, food, entertainment, accommodation, and illegal betting, as well as its relationship to sport and its battles with licensing laws. Topics also include patrons’ loyalty to the local, the friendship of the lounge, the work of kitchen staff and barmaids, and classic pub architecture and heritage. This beautiful book not only celebrates pubs, but proves that they are—and always have been—more than just a place to drink.
An Introduction to the Bible's Apocalyptic Literature
Author: William C. Nicholas
Publisher: Paulist Press
The Guidebook to Sociolinguistics presents a comprehensive introduction to the main concepts and terms of sociolinguistics, and of the goals, methods, and findings of sociolinguistic research. Introduces readers to the methodology and skills of doing hands-on research in this field Features chapter-by-chapter classic and contemporary case studies, exercises, and examples to enhance comprehension Offers wide-ranging coverage of topics across sociolinguistics. It begins with multilingualism, and moves on through language choice and variation to style and identity Takes students through the challenges involved in conducting their own research project Written by one of the leading figures in sociolinguistics
Author: Allan Bell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Each passage is treated in three sections: Original Meaning, Bridging Contexts, and Contemporary Significance.
Author: Scot McKnight
Publisher: Harper Collins
The Message//REMIX is a reading Bible for youth that comes loaded with expanded book introductions, written for young people, that set the scene for the book. Verse-numbered paragraphs help readers track where they are in the chapter. Maps and charts help for easy reference. A topical index of issues students face help readers locate the appropriate Scripture reference.
The Bible in Contemporary Language
Publisher: Tyndale House
The Message is a reading Bible translated from the original Greek and Hebrew Scriptures by scholar, pastor, author, and poet Eugene Peterson. Thoroughly reviewed and approved by twenty biblical scholars, The Message combines the authority of God’s Word with the cadence and energy of conversational English. What makes The Message the best reading Bible? Discover for yourself. Feel the impact of a Bible translated into conversational English. Find passages with The Message’s unique verse-numbered paragraphs. See the big picture with “The Story of the Bible in Five Acts,” alongside handcrafted timelines and charts. Come and delight in the unexpected passion and personality that fill God’s Word.
The Bible in Contemporary Language
Publisher: Tyndale House
The current trend in church leadership involves looking for a highly gifted leader who will take over, direct the future, cast a vision, and attract the faithful to a new mission or purpose. This desire for a leader to come to the rescue is eerily reminiscenet of the desire of the Israelites for a king, so they could "be like every other nation." In spite of Samuel's warnings, the people insisted, so God reluctantly gave them King Saul. That didn't go so well. While we always need good, new, and talented leaders, we also need leaders who know how and when to be good followers. Particularly in a culture of distrust, leadership must be granted, earned, and supported by those who are willing to follow. Leading begins with the counter-intuitive command: "Come, follow me." This imperative is far from easy. Many turned away from Jesus, unable to follow. However, one excellent model of "followership" stood out from the rest - the little-known disciple Andrew. In fact, Andrew is the model and paradigm for being a Lead Follower. Excellent Christian leadership is more about following Jesus than it is about learning the latest fads or tricks from business, the marketplace, or the academy. Being an excellent Christian leader involves first and foremost being an excellent and faithful follower of Jesus Christ.
How to Be a Lead Follower of Jesus
Author: Michael J. Coyner
Publisher: Abingdon Press
1973. Professor Periklis Harvatis, working alone and late into the night on an important archaeological dig, unearths a magnificent golden vase upon which the enigmatic images of a long-lost second Odyssey are engraved, showing the mystery of Ulysses' final voyage. But in the very same chamber, the Professor sees something so frightening that less than seven hours later he dies . . . but not before he has ensured the safety of the vase. Ten years later, a series of gruesome deaths connected to the rape and murder during the student protests in Athens of a Greek woman, on the same night as Professor Harvatis's discovery, is perplexing the authorities. Each atrocity is accompanied by a dire quotation from the ancient sources, exposing an ingeniously cruel mind. Who is behind these murders? How are these two events connected? And what is the significance of the age-old prophecy of the Odyssey?
Author: Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
As a good communicator, James addressed his readers directly and pointedly with vivid images from ordinary life and attention-gripping statements. This rich exposition brings James's letter to life for today's reader. Alec Motyer is himself gripped by James's energy and concern for practical Christianity.The letter shows how a genuine faith is a tested faith, how encounter with difficulties is an essential part of the growth to Christian maturity this book powerfully brings out James's memorable themes--the link between enduring trials and maturity; the question of perfection; the good gifts of God; faith, works and Christian concern in a world of human need; the implications of careless and evil words; the meaning of war; the church and healing; confession of sin; and the need for active purity in life.
Author: J. Alec Motyer
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
The Message is a short story with philosophical intrigue and a few surprising twists and turns. When Michael and Susan meet, at the local bar, for the first time it is supposed to be for a job. He is just supposed to write her biography. When she begins to tell him her life story he begins to think that she is nuts until he is stopped by the police on trumped up charges. Then he begins to wonder who she really may be. As he mulls over there previous conversation it becomes too clear to him. This story will leave you wondering what will happen. Enjoy!
Author: Mitchel U. Conalay
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
MESSAGES for Today and Tomorrow, including Samuels Story of Jesus, was received from spirit guides, starting in 1999 and continues even today. The messages were provided as learning guides, applicable in numerous situations one may encounter on lifes pathway of acquiring spiritual knowledge. Instructions were stressed repeatedly to share with others the purpose of life, the thought process of decision-making, the effects one persons thoughts have upon another and the universe, the inter-relationship of souls, the acquiring of knowledge through experiences with other souls, soul growth, and the possible decisions of individuals and nations of today will influence what will be tomorrow.
Author: William F. Snyder
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Everyday more than half of American adult internet users read or write email messages at least once. The prevalence of email has significantly impacted the working world, functioning as a great asset on many levels, yet at times, a costly liability. In an effort to improve various aspects of work-related communication, this work applies sophisticated machine learning techniques to a large body of email data. Several effective models are proposed that can aid with the prioritization of incoming messages, help with coordination of shared tasks, improve tracking of deadlines, and prevent disastrous information leaks. Carvalho presents many data-driven techniques that can positively impact work-related email communication and offers robust models that may be successfully applied to future machine learning tasks.
Speech Acts, Information Leaks and Recommendation Models
Author: Vitor R. Carvalho