Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Magnificent +

    Few songs capture the entrancing, humbling, overwhelming awe I experience in the presence of God. Magnificent, a song by U2 Read More
  • I'll Go Crazy +

    I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight Every generation gets a chance to change the world - U2 Read More
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DearFrankieDear Frankie is a British film released in 2005. It is about a deaf 9-year-old boy named Frankie (Jack McElhone), his mother, Lizzie (Emily Mortimer), and her chain-smoking mother, Nell, who have all just moved to Glasgow, England. The father Frankie never knew, we soon learn, is away at sea on a ship called the Accra. Frankie writes frequently to his father and plots his Dad’s travels on a map in his room. But we soon learn that all of Frankie's letters are received and answered not by his father, but by his mother from a post-office box set up by Lizzie.

She has been moving frequently to avoid an abusive father. But her scheme begins to unravel when Frankie learns the Accra will soon dock in Glasgow. She decides the only way out of this predicament is to find a man to pretend to be Frankie's dad, just for one day. After difficulty and with trepidation she finally hires a rugged looking stranger (Gerald Butler) who is in town for a few days and agrees to play the role. How does Frankie react to his “father”? Does Lizzie extricate herself from this dilemma? What happens when the stranger leaves on the Accra? What surprises await us as we watch this hoax unfold?

This is a moving and well-acted film. Emily Mortimer is a strong single mother who has gone through hurt in her marriage, and is trying to protect her son. Gerald Butler portrays a tough charisma and integrity as the stranger. Jack McElhone is lovable and innocent. This is a movie about overcoming hurt, protecting family, and dealing with tough situations we create for ourselves.

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

  • River of Love

    There's a river of love that runs through all timeBut there's a river of grief that floods through our livesIt Read More
  • I Am Nothing

    I stutter when I tryTo speak the language of lifeI want to shout out loudBut I just cry insideSometimes it Read More
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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Transforming this World: The Hope of Glory by NT Wright +

    Wright confronts the perspective that this world doesn’t matter, and that we live only to be in heaven. He shows Read More
  • What is Good in a World that Defies Hope: a talk by NT Wright +

    This is the second part of three talks by NT Wright at Harvard University in November, 2008 on the topic Read More
  • The Stream, the Lake and the River: NT Wright +

      Acts 2.1-21; John 7.37-39; a sermon at the Eucharist on the Feast of Pentecost, 11 May 2008, by the Read More
  • Jesus in the Perfect Storm by NT Wright +

    Zechariah 9.9-17; Luke 19.28-48; A sermon for Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, In the University Chapel of St Salvator, St Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Christ is a Great Savior: a review of the movie Amazing Grace +

    Amazing Grace is a historical drama about William Wilberforce who was elected to British Parliament at the age of 21 Read More
  • Wilberforce, Hollywood's Amazing Grace, Charlotte Allen +

    William Wilberforce's relentless campaign eventually led the British Parliament to ban the slave trade, in 1807, and to pass a Read More
  • Making Beauty out of Ugly Things: Grace by U2 +

    Grace, she takes the blame She covers the shame Removes the stain It could be her name Grace, she carries Read More
  • The True Nature of Grace and Love: a movie review of the Soloist +

    The 2009 movie The Soloist is based on a book by the same name, written by Los Angeles Times columnist Read More
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