May 30, 2020

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #16

Internet Monk Radio Podcast 16. More Minor league baseball. Chinese student. Chariots of Fire. Sabbath from Church.


  1. Michael,

    I’f you’re ever in Central NC, come visit the new Durham Bulls ballpark (not the one from the movie). It’s just down the street from First Baptist of Durham which, in my opinion, is one of the finest Reformed Baptist churches in the country.

  2. chrisstiles says

    Michael —

    Just listening to the last couple of podcasts and your references to Chinese students, I just wondered how it is that non-christian chinese students end up attending an educational institute that was openly religious.

    I will understand if there are reasons why you cannot answer that question.

  3. Chariots of Fire is probably my favorite movie of all-time for the reasons you site. It truly is a story of a clash of worldviews and the cost and reward of discipleship. Eric Liddell was a hero not because he won a race but because he ran a race and kept his integrity. You are certainly blessed to have the forum you do to present this to students on a recurring basis.

    Like you, the particular segment that has always resonated very strongly with me is the attempt of the British power brokers – including the heir to the British throne – to coerce Liddell into running on Sunday. The follow-up scene of Liddell in church reading the OT Lesson from Isaiah 40 is as mesmerizing as it is prophetic.

    But, this movie also makes me grieve. In the 25 years since Chariots of Fire, what other films have demonstrated this sort of fidelity to art and the gospel? Other than The Passion of The Christ, what else has there been?

    What is even more distressing is that one of the greatest “Christian” contributions to the larger culture over the past 25 years was produced by a Muslim – Dodi Fayed.

    Maybe the greater question that Chariots raises is “Where is the authentic Christian voice in the marketplace?”

  4. Histrion (Jay H) says

    u2wesley: the authentic Christian voices are kept out of the market by the Christian publishing/marketing industry. If you’re not spending your time in the studio saying to the world what they want you to say, they pull their support.

    I have a sneaking feeling that a comparison of the timelines of the CCM industry and Steve Taylor’s music/production career would be highly illuminating, but that’s just a hunch. (No, really, it is. I haven’t done the research myself. I’m just hoping someone else has and can comment. 🙂 )