Les Fils de Shamgar

Swinging the Ox Goad in Birmingham, Southgate, Chessington, Sevenoaks, Boston and Brighton.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Poker Face

What is the verdict chaps? Is it worth seeing? Based on the reviews it sounds more like the gritty Jason Bourne than the smarmy chauvinist who needs a slap. Someone said to me yesterday that they thought it should have been an 18 rather than 12A which makes the comment on Kermode's podcast even more disturbing (someone took their 4 year old to see it). I must admit the central plot of a prolonged poker game doesn't inspire me but then again I can't imagine they are playing cards for 90 minutes. I am mulling over whether to go and see it soon or just wait for the DVD rental.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

School Newsletter Cartoon

There is quite a lot of background to this, but I won't bother here. I thought I should just upload it.

Friday, November 17, 2006

This is classic

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The New Proclaimer

The latest update to Bane's web is online. Its got a new address: http://members.lycos.co.uk/poyntzproc

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Banes ideal day out with the family spoiled.

Here is the bad news. Link

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Penguin Vicar...

"I am an Anglican" Unpainted Huffheims (circa 2002)
Anyways - this is part of the solution when you want to get kids to think about marriage vows in a sex, divorce, marriage unit. The ending is a little rough, but they love it.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Denver - CO

Here I am in a very sunny 20 degree Littleton, Denver. Hidden by the tree are the Rockies. While I am here I have been instructed by Mrs Frog:

  • Not to have any fun
  • Not to go skiing or snowboarding

I am trying.

UPDATE. In fact today I tried not to have fun snowboarding at Brekenridge. It was very difficult, even though only 10% of runs were open.

T Frog.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Films and the Bible

I've been thinking through Christian engagement with films and, before reading anything on the subject, had some ideas in the shower. Sorry if this is all obvious to those of you who eat, sleep and breath cinema but they were new ideas to me. In terms of where in the Bible we might find a precedent I thought of Acts 17 where Paul says "...as your own poets have said...". But then I realized that often (if I'm preaching) I would use films differently from the way Paul used a Greek poet. I usually bring films in to illustrate a point (and wake up the snorers): so I might say Gandalf is like Jesus, a leader who dies for his people then comes back to life more powerful. There I'm seeking to clarify a Biblical concept. But when Paul quotes the poet he isn't just illustrating, he's using the poem to convince his audience that what he is saying is true. I think I have done this sort of thing on the odd occasion. I brought "About Schmidt" into a talk once: Jack Nicholson plays a man who retires after devoting himself to his work, only to realise too late that he's lost the one thing that really matters. The point: don't loose sight of what really matters in life (with gospel application). As I used that illustration I could see people nodding. This film conveyed something that people recognised as truth, it had persuasive power. Now this came to me as a new idea (though I've kind of known it all along but its only now concious): That I could legitimately use non-Christian art to convince people. It struck me that when I think about persuasion I think I need hard evidence. But Paul quoted a poet, not a scientist or historian. There's a difference between laying down the evidence and convincing people. If evidence were enough then we wouldn't need evangelists, just people who knew the evidence for the resuurection and could lay it out plainly. But to convince people, we need to bring the whole person across the line of belief, not just their mental faculties. Have I ever actually preached?!! Those are my thoughts, any response or supplimentary ideas greatly recieved as I continue my education.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

eFils Auction

eFils Auction site Hello, While sorting through some stuff I had in storage I found the following items. They are up for auction to the most creative bid. The aution ends next Tuesday when I get back from Denver.

  1. A Donnie Darko DVD bought shortly before I found my original copy. This means that there is a special edition version and regular one. If you ask nicely - I might part with the whizzey one!
  2. A Memorex video cassette. Label states: 3rd Year Showreel1993. Includes "You are my song", "Revision", "Hunted Barbara, ate chilli cakes" and as bonus features "The day I found my mates bike in my shed" AND "SIAFPOWE"?
P&P free - will swap for a wooden light pull! Lazers. T Frog

The Adoption Process

Any thoughts welcomed. I am sending it in on Monday night.

Saturday, November 04, 2006


Haven't been yet (if at all). If you haven't done the Mayo/Kermode podcast yet then please listen asap - he has some interesting comments on this film which are well worth considering from a christian pov.