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Josh is the pastor of Christian Bible Church in Cissna Park, Illinois. He has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has an awesome wife named Kari and an awesome dog named Beasley.

Ohio State – Miami: 10 years later

It’s probably the best BCS bowl game ever played. It might be the best game of the last decade. For football fans, it should even rank among the best games of all time. For me, […]

Review: Les Miserables

When I was 11, I saw Les Miserables on Broadway. I was mesmerized by it. I thought that Les Miz was the most wonderful thing I had ever seen.

Over the years, I’ve always enjoyed the musical and have listened to a number of different recordings and seen multiple film adaptations of the book. Until this week, there still hadn’t been a film version of the musical itself. As one of the most popular musicals of all time, Les Miserables has a lot of fans from all over the world who have eagerly awaited this movie. While the reviews have been mixed, I thoroughly enjoyed the screen version of the musical. Many have commented that people who like the musical will like the movie. I think that makes sense. Both versions essentially have the same script. Because the story is so well established within the musical, I felt that the director had his hands tied with how to handle certain elements to the story. I think that is worth taking into consideration.

Jesus in Les Miserables

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Jean Valjean had stolen silver from the Bishop and the local authorities had caught him red handed. On his own merits, there was nothing Valjean could do to rectify the situation. He didn’t have the money to pay for it. He was guilty. But then something amazing happened. The Bishop tells the officers that the silver was a gift. He reminds Valjean that the ex-convict had even forgotten to take two silver candlesticks with him. The sacrifice for Valjean was not made by himself but by the Bishop .

He let him go.

Why gun restrictions are not the solution

How can we prevent more violence? How can we stop bad people from going on killing sprees?

We can’t.

That’s the stark reality.

We can blame society, we can blame guns, violent video games, how parents raise children, how the media sensationalizes these massacres, or a host of other factors. But there isn’t one reason why these things happen. There isn’t one thing that we can eliminate that will make these things impossible. For as long as there are people who have the volition to act as morally autonomous beings, these tragedies will be possible. And there is nothing that can stop that.