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Mother India

This week, I was blessed to be able to watch Mother India, a brief documentary that follows twenty-five orphans living along the railway in southern India. The film is directed by Noah Lamberth and David Trotter, and narrated by Grammy Award winner Rebecca St. James. 

Concerned about the thirty-one million orphans in India, Trotter and Shawn Scheinoha head to India in search of some orphans who would trust them enough to show them what life was like through their eyes. What they find is a veritable family of orphans who live, play, and survive together.

Trotter and Scheinoha do not simply report about the children, however. They actually seek to help them. A previous connection with a man named Suresh Kumar of Harvest India proves helpful. Harvest India is a Christ-centered mission and orphanage whose mission is to “carry Christ’s compassion to every village in India.” Convinced of the orphans’ need, Suresh and Harvest India opened their arms to help these children and bring them a sense of worth, value, and dignity.

The film is powerfully moving and, if it does its job, will make you uncomfortable. That is a good thing. We, particularly in the West, need to be confronted with the poverty, need, and injustices around the world. Yet, this is more than a “movie,” and the point is not to make Westerners feel guilty, as so many documentaries about orphans may do. The film is simply a catalyst for a movement that’s on the verge of rescuing thirty-one million children from being abandoned and forsaken. The filmmakers challenge you to get involved and, they opportunity for action, particularly with child sponsorship (similar to Compassion or WorldVision).

I commend the film to you. But even more than watching that, visit Mother India and Harvest India online and see what God stirs in your heart.

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Life

GIVEAWAY: Win a Free Copy of The Mysterious Islands

I’m giving away a copy of the DVD documentary The Mysterious Islands. In my previous post, I reviewed film, so if you haven’t had a chance to read the review, please do so!

Here are ten ways you can enter into the drawing (you only have to do ONE):

1.  Re-Tweet this (or post on Facebook and tag my name if you aren’t on Twitter).
2.  Follow me on Twitter.

For the rest, leave a comment on this post telling me what you did:

3.  Subscribe to Beneath the Cross via RSS or Email.
4.  Give your husband or wife a kiss.
5.  Buy someone a meal.
6.  Sit next to someone at church without leaving five seats in between.
7.  Don’t yell at anyone in another vehicle today while you are driving.
8.  Memorize a Bible verse.
9.  Do something nice for someone.
10.  Get that “thing” done you’ve been saying you’ll get done.

On Friday, October 8, I will draw from the combined pool of those who re-Tweeted this giveaway, posted it to Facebook, followed me on Twitter, and commented here.

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The Mysterious Islands Review

September was a horrific month of blogging for me. My apologies. Let’s start off October with a film review. Last night, Carly and I watched The Mysterious Islands, a documentary about a team of researchers who explore the Galapagos Islands — the “ground zero” of Darwinism — off the west coast of South America.

Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands nearly 180 years ago.  He wanted to observe the animals on the islands in order to better understand how life began and how species evolve and adapt.  It wasn’t until 1859 that Darwin would consolidate his observations into his famous Origin of the Species and change the way the Western world looked at life and nature.

In this film, Doug Philips, his son Joshua Philips, Dr. John Morris, and their team witness the majesty of the wild that Darwin saw: giant tortoises that can live to be 200 years old (and nearly 6 feet long!), white-tip sharks in the cold Atlantic waters, ferocious birds dive bomb the coast to find breakfast, and much more.

Their main goal, however, is to show that these islands are a showcase of God’s creation, not a laboratory of evolution. Philips and Morris attempt to answer this question by examining three things on the island: the volcanic rock beneath their feet, the cormorant bird with wings too small to fly, and the salt-sneezing marine iguanas.

Perhaps their most compelling argument against evolution came when the director asked Philips, “What would it mean for the world if Darwin’s theory of evolution was true?”  Philips responded by saying that human life would have no inherent value. He proceeded to talk about the connection between evolution, racism, and genocide.  Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood) and Adolf Hitler are two examples Philips mentioned who held to evolutionary theory. They took it to its logical level: bringing about the survival of the fittest by their own power.

Philips and Morris have clear answers, and their arguments are convincing and faithful to God’s creative design and objective research.  The evolutionist will no doubt find their answers to be biased and tainted with Christian lenses, but Philips addresses this. The team uses good science, but perhaps most importantly, they do not litter the film with Bible lingo and Christian clichés.

As for artistic value, this documentary is solid film making.  The cinematography is masterful.  The music is stirring. The dialogue is engaging, and the story is entertaining, intellectual, and compelling. My wife and I both agreed that it was the best Christian film we have ever seen. You could say that doesn’t mean much. But this documentary would stack up against any other for its beauty, creativity, and controversial nature.

I recommend The Mysterious Islands to anyone who wants a scientific, holistic, intelligent, fresh approach to Creationism. Christian or not, I promise, you will not be disappointed.

I will be giving away a FREE copy of The Mysterious Islands.  Make sure to read my next post to find out how to enter to win.

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