6 comments on “LTBM Origins

  1. Great post, Gene! Believe it or not, I think I actually heard your breakout session (or at least one like it) in a downloadable lecture off the EPS website. Crazy. Anyway, I’d like to share my story if that’s okay.

    I started serving in my local church’s senior high youth group teaching them logic and apologetics approximately 18 months ago. The kids seemed pretty interested in the lessons and would approach me afterward with further questions and comments. So, one night, I created clearlens.org as a supplement to my Sunday night teachings. That is, I often felt like I was giving the material the short shrift in the 45 minutes I had to teach. Now, I’ve since stepped down from youth group as I’m currently trying to get through an intensive grad program at the university but I do hope and pray that I can return to them soon. In the meantime, I’ve kept up with the site trying to develop a robust picture of the Christian worldview (while also assessing other religious views).

    For those of you who don’t know: Last year I wrote a quasi movie review of “Zero Dark Thirty” (really more of a rant) that caught Gene’s eye here at Let There Be Movies. We started chit chatting and, long story short, I signed up with the team.

    It’s been a tremendous pleasure interacting with you guys — Gene, Derek, Elliott, Eric, Logan, and Tres (Hi Tyler!) — and I look forward to what the future has in store for this site.

  2. Hi, I really like what you’re doing with the blog here. Insightful, well-written and passionate. I hope to stop by a little more often. To share something of my story – Like you, I love movies and I became increasingly aware of the worldview aspect of entertainment accounting for how I connect with both music and movies – for better or for worse. Though there is much to disavow, to my surprise I found stuff I could affirm even in stuff years earlier I would have disregarded out of hand. This intrigued me. I listened to lectures/talks online and reviewed a few things for church and enjoying the engagement, began to blog somewhat irregularly at Eternitainment as a way of exploring and engaging hopefully in a light conversational style, as if I was talking with a workmate or friend. If you’re interested, my introductory post here: http://eternitainment.com/2012/01/17/and-now-please-welcome/ Thanks for the invitation to share.

    • Thanks Matthew! I did take a look at your site and it looks like you’re hitting a lot of the same notes we are here. I like your title too. It takes me a couple glances to pronounce it correctly 🙂 How did you come up with that name? You might also like Christianentertainmentreviews.com Logan, fellow writere here, runs that blog and hits more on general entertainment.

      • Haha thanks Gene! I like portmanteau (like Theollywood) and I wanted a name that captured the ‘transcendent’ aspect of movies and music. So I did some word association with the theme that, often, entertainment is not merely some passing distraction but might, either rightly or in a distorted way, point us towards the God in whose image we are made (the “eternal”). Very pleased to find the name wasn’t taken! Thanks for the link – I’ll check it out 😉

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