Posts in February, 2008

“Mother of Mine,” Äideistä Parhain (2005) – Review of Award Winning Finnish Film

The faces of the actors gaze upward searching for God in the midst of their sufferings, offering in the middle of an expertly and artistically directed and produced film a credible presentation and answer to the problem of pain and suffering in the world. Director of “Mother of Mine,” Klaus Haro, along with the screenwriters open the film with first time actor, Topi Majamiemi, 10 years old, looking up at the stars. He portrays the life of Eero, one of 70,000 Finnish children who were evacuated from Helsinki during the Russian invasion during WWII. Swedish families opened their homes to the children. Eero’s father died in the war and so his mother consented to send her only child, Eero to Sweden. The story reveals tragic personal life upheavals caused by war that many of us who have lived during times of peace would never imagine. Eero’s gaze is drawn to the sky several times as bombers fly over his home. In these scenes, Eero looks skyward with the normal curiosity and fears of a child during wartime. Director Haro’s insightful contribution is to add strategically placed scenes in which Eero and others looks upward in hope. Continue reading »

Published in: Art | on February 11th, 2008 | No Comments »

Tim Keller in Portland, March 18, 2008

Tim Keller, Pastor of Redeemer PCA in Manhattan is on a book tour, including a stop in Portland at the downtown Borders in the Mohawk Building. His book is titled, “The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism.” He will lead a discussion from 7:00 – 10:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 18. Invite your friends who are skeptics to hear Tim and to purchase his book, then invite them to join you in a book reading and discussion group. Go to to get free access to Tim’s writing about the Gospel.

Published in: Apologetics | on February 9th, 2008 | 2 Comments »