Written by cycleguy on April 25th, 2016

It has been silent here in Cycleguy’s Spin Land lately. Sort of on purpose. But sort of not.

Ryan, our youth pastor, was gone for almost 17 days to Liberia on a mission trip. I found myself (for some strange reason) busier than normal. Maybe self-imposed…I don’t know. I went to a musical our high school choir did (Beauty and the Beast…a marvelous job). I attended a number of group functions where my presence was requested. I had a memorial service as a favor to a friend. I visited in the nursing home and hospital (part of what I do anyway). I rode my bike and went to the Y.

I also attended a couple movies. Our local theater, the Tivoli, has a throwback Thursday once a month. The movie this month was one of my favorites, Gladiator. I had never seen it on the big screen and Jo had never cared to watch it with me at home. She went with me and liked it! She was also bummed. Her first words to Tami when we got home were (spoiler alert: he died!).  I chuckled.

We also attended two faith-based movies. Two weekends ago we saw “Miracles from Heaven.” I honestly did not know what to expect. I thought it was well-acted. I’m glad “easy answers” weren’t given. Except for the annoying people in the church who said, “You don’t have enough faith” that is. Gr-r-r-r-r-r. I am also shaky on the whole “I went to heaven and met Someone idea” so that would be my only real rub. I thought the movie was excellent and would be a good conversation starter. Oh…bring tissues with you.

This past weekend we saw “God is Not Dead 2.” We both enjoyed this movie. I thought it was better than the first. Why? Because I understood it a whole lot more. The other was more “braniac-ish” (I fall short in that area) as he tried to prove there was a God. #2 was closer to home in that it was like reading the daily media frenzy of someone who speaks up/stands up for their faith. You know…the whole “we want tolerance unless you disagree with us then we will become intolerant” issue. It was well-acted and brought out some good discussion points.

There you have it. Ramblings from a mind that is always spinning. Slow mo sometimes but still spinning. 🙂


8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Betty Draper says:

    Hoping to go see God is Not Dead 2 while we are on a break. I loved the first one, for me it was the best Christian movie I have seen. There was very little drama but a solid giving of the gospel. I like the Gladiator, love it when good wins over evil. I had a great encounter with a man on my flight to St. Louis recently. He was so respectful of what I had to say about Jesus even though he is waiting for Science to tell him what is out there. It’s a blessing to talk to a mature person about Christ that is no offended and slamming Christianity. I think he and I both learned a few things. I wrote about it this week. Good post.

    • cycleguy says:

      #1 was a good movie also Betty. Please don’t misunderstand me. I just related to the second one better. Glad you took the time to talk to your “plane partner.”

  2. Thanks for the movie recommendations, Bill! Danny and I don’t watch movies much unless we’re on vacation, but I keep a running list of movies others have enjoyed so we have a place to start. Blessings!

  3. Lisa notes says:

    You’ve had a lot going on! Lots of people interactions; lots of faith pondering events too. I haven’t seen any of those movies, but would love to, especially after hearing your take on them.

    • cycleguy says:

      Jo told me just today at lunch after someone suggested I had a little ADD that “you don’t have ADD. You have a desire to meet and be with people.” So people interactions are normal for me. 🙂 I hope you get a chance to see the movies Lisa. Would love to hear your take on them.

  4. Pam says:

    Haven’t seen any of those movies yet. Odd as it sounds, I often steer away from the ones that seem to be overtly Christian because in the past either the acting has been less than stellar or the story line has stepped way outside the parameters of Scripture. May have to give these a try. Thanks for the reviews, Bill.

    • cycleguy says:

      I’m with you there Pam. Some of the worst acting jobs are in “Christian” movies. These are professional actors who have carried their professionalism to these movies. Check out the links and you will see the actors/actresses involved.