MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

They Will Never Be Left Alone—How Even a Planned Missions Trip Raises Questions

July 7th, 2015 Viewed 765 times

Since 1916, Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) has been training men and women for gospel service by Sydney Missionary Bible College

Derek and Jill Dillard are headed on a missions trip.  This normally wouldn’t make national news, except that Jill Dillard’s maiden name happens to be Duggar.

“19 Kids and Counting” reality star Jill Dillard, who revealed to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that she was fondled by her older brother Josh Duggar when she was a child, has left for a long-term mission trip with her husband, Derick Dillard. The pair has not stated where they are going or how long they will be gone, but they revealed in a blog post they wanted to leave the U.S. “for longer than the typical short-term mission trip.” They added that they are “prepared for the possibility of it being years.”

The Dillards had reportedly been eyed for a possible “19 Kids” spin-off as a way to salvage the embattled show. So does the couple’s announcement mean that “19 Kids” is finally done for good? [Fox News]

To me, it’s great that they want to do a missions trip—and I’m glad the cameras are not following them.


Image: Since 1916, Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) has been training men and women for gospel service by Sydney Missionary Bible College

Cello Wars

July 2nd, 2014 Viewed 756 times

Was Cinderella Pregnant for 28 Years?

November 16th, 2011 Viewed 1514 times

I don’t know if you’re following ABC’s latest hit show, Once Upon a Time, but the plot revolves around the wicked queen of the story of Snow White casting an evil spell over all the fairy tales taking away their “happily ever after.”

They’re only hope is the daughter of Prince Charming (AKA James) and Snow White, who was placed inside of a tree that protected her against the spell.

Unfortunately, they were all transported to our world, and in our world they neither remember who they are/were, nor do they know how to thwart the witch’s curse.

Abdicating Responsibility?

November 10th, 2009 Viewed 1077 times

gossip-girl-acteurs

I have never seen a single episode of “Gossip Girl”, nor do I have any desire to see one.  But I have read that an episode that was scheduled to air November 9, 2009 was to have a tryst between teenagers as a feature, and that people from Parents Television Council were urging local networks to put something in its place for that episode.1

To me, this is the wrong move.


  1. Group Urges CW Stations Not to Air ‘Gossip Girl’ – CNS News []

Life Without the TV

January 4th, 2005 Viewed 1392 times

It’s interesting how much time you find you have when you live life without TV.  Yes, we do have movies, and collections of shows on DVD, but you find that you have much more time to talk, read, and get things
done around the house.  Our church is doing a read through the Bible program this year, and I find that I have more than enough time, and I am short on excuses why not to do it!

So, if I haven’t already encouraged you, try going without for a week– see if it that makes that big of a difference.  And if you haven’t already, try reading through the Bible in a year– It’ll give you a new
appreciation for the Scriptures.

The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited

May 12th, 2004 Viewed 1379 times
The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Dick Van Dyke Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Having recently received the Dick Van Dyke show season 1 DVD for a gift (which I affectionately call my DVD DVD), I have enjoyed two of the discs worth of tv goodness. Seeing these characters in innocence and clean comedy is incredibly refreshing and humorous in itself. The episode where Rob and Laura are having Ritchie, and Laura calls Rob to say that it’s time to have him and she looks like she just came out of a salon, not having contractions every
five minutes is great.

Then I watched last night’s revisited. Unlike what I hoped, they resorted to what has happened to every classic show they think needs some punching up to fit in with the times. They added Rob swearing, and made a joke out of it– how that he started that after getting cable TV. And they have a couple of mild sexual innuendo jokes.

Though most of the faces were the same, and the clips were great, it felt awkward because of this– like a loss of innocence. Writers try to recapture the magic of these shows, but fail to see what really attracts us to them– a time where we didn’t have to swear to find something funny, or joke about sex to keep people interested. Writing was creative and original, and the characters we found called us to be higher and more noble.

I think I’ll stick with my DVD DVDs.

The Passion Review

March 15th, 2004 Viewed 1843 times, 1 so far today

Well, I saw the passion this past Friday. Here are some random thoughts:

Is the Devil really a woman?
That was the first time I thought of Jesus being roughed up on the way to trial.
What was up with the kids that turned into evil beings chasing Judas?
and the evil looking child the Devil held while Jesus was being whipped.
Do you really think Jesus was corny enough to build a table for nowadays back then?
Where were Jesus other sibilings in the scene with Mary? Maybe they were out at the market.
Could you come away with a message other than– man, he was really beaten up?
Did Simon of Cyrene carry the cross the entire way behind Jesus (as the
Scripture says) or part of the way with Jesus (as in the movie).
Where was the Roman soldier who said “Truly, this man was the Son of God.”
Did the earthquake break the temple floor as well as rip the curtain?

So, what message did you get out of it?

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.