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Star Wars: Episode VI–The Return of the Jedi (1983) – 2

Star Wars: Episode VI–The Return of the Jedi (1983).  Written by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas.  Directed by Richard Marquand.  Starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and James Earl Jones.  PG.  131 mins.  Rotten Tomatoes: 80%. Nobody guessed it, and I mean nobody: exactly who was the Jedi that was to return?  Princess Leia…


Reading for Preaching

“Miracle on the Beach,” in her Home by Another Way

“What we have lost . . . is a full sense of the power of God—to recruit people who have made terrible choices; to invade the most hopeless lives and fill them with light; to sneak up on people who are thinking about lunch, not God, and smack them upside the head with glory.”

“’Titanic’—The ‘60s as Sacraments”

James Cameron, the director of Titanic, has been holding court in cyberspace with stricken fans. Young people weep through the film. They sigh over the love match, and wonder whether the now-elderly Rose dreams of reunion in heaven with Jack, or whether she just dreams. Cameron: one lesson in Titanic: “all you have is today.”...

Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith

“To me the most intriguing thing about John Calvin’s doctrine of predestination . . . is not his belief that some are gratuitously predestined by God to eternal salvation and some to damnation but that no one but God knows who is who. There, among the heroin addicts, is one destined for eternal joy. There,...

Religious Affections

p. 315: “Christ is not in the heart of a saint as in a sepulcher, or as a dead Savior that does nothing;” but as a living presence moving within its own temple. The person who rises with Christ will change, since the resurrection power of Christ “has omnipotence on its side.” p. 347: “Godliness...