From The Trailer Park - The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

A hard-partying Hollywood celebrity (Brett Dalton, Agents of SHIELD) is forced to do community service at a church, an experience that gives his life a new purpose. Also stars D.B. Sweeney, Neil Flynn, and Shawn Michaels. Directed by Dallas Jenkins (Midnight Clear, What If).

R.I.P. Bill Nunn

Bill Nunn

Character actor Bill Nunn passed away yesterday at 62. The cause of death was not released.

Nunn was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; his father was a longtime scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He got his acting start appearing in the films of his friend Spike Lee, most famously as Radio Raheem in Do The Right Thing.

He had a prolific career, working steadily in film, TV and on the stage throughout the late ’80s, ’90s and 2000s, usually playing police officers or other authority figures. His screen presence, amiable but authoritative, brought a natural likeability and rock-solid dependability to these roles. His most well-known roles included: Wesley Snipes’ lieutenant in New Jack City, Harrison Ford’s physical therapist in Regarding Henry, the police detective who hides Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act, Easy Wind in Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead, and reporter “Robbie” Robertson in the Spider-Man Trilogy. Most recently, he played a Vietnam veteran-turned-EMT on the TV drama Sirens.

He is survived by his wife Donna and two daughters.

Sunday Open Thread 

Reverse Missionary – No, Not That Kind

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As Christianity fights to remain relevant in an ever more secular Western Europe, the UK is experiencing a Christian revitalization from an unlikely source: its former colonies. Throughout the 19th century, missionaries from the British Isles traveled around the world, spreading Christianity all over places like Africa, India, Asia and Latin America. The churches grew and thrived there, and to this day Christianity is the fastest growing religion in all of these regions. Over centuries of history marked by poverty, suffering and oppression, Christian worship has been a source of light and hope up to this very day. Check out this powerful footage of secret underground churches in communist China:

But as the West has become more complacent and embraced secular leftism, church attendance has dropped off sharply, particularly in the UK. So now, “Reverse Missionaries” are being imported from third world countries to spark a back-to-basics, evangelism-focused Christian resurgence. The results have been quite dramatic.

Did you know, for instance, that the fastest-growing church in the UK is The Redeemed Christian Church of God, an African Pentecostal church that was brought there by missionaries from Nigeria? As of 2014, they had built 670 churches in the United Kingdom – 296 in the past five years alone – and are expected to have 156,000 members in the UK by 2020. Likewise, in Scotland, where church attendance is also flagging, the Catholic Church has followed the Pentecostal church’s lead and started importing priests from India with the specific purpose of evangelization.

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The BBC has even made a new documentary show on the subject that follows missionaries from India, Malawi (Central Africa) and Jamaica as they go about preaching and recruiting followers in the UK, Ireland and Scotland.

How ironic that 200 years after Great Britain brought the light of Christ to the rest of the world, their former colonies would bring it back home when it was needed most. Somehow the light always finds the darkness.

Saturday Open Thread 

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Pink Floyd.

Friday Open Thread

Pinch-hitting for Floyd this morning. And guess what? Our favorite artist is back!

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Starbuck.

From The Trailer Park - The Red Turtle

Tells the story of a castaway on a deserted island entirely without dialogue. A collaboration between Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit and Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli, early reviews from film festivals are calling it a masterpiece, and even if it doesn’t reach a wide audience, I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up with the Best Animated Film Oscar next spring.

Silence!

Jeff Dunham(‘s puppets) on why comedians won’t make fun of Hillary.