Sleep Paralysis: Demons or Neuroscience? Peeranormal Podcast

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I cohosted this podcast with Dr. Mike HeiserNatalinaDoug Van DornDoug Overmyer and Trey Stricklin.

Sleep paralysis can be defined in several ways. In terms of the experiencer, it can be described as “a visitation by a malevolent creature which attacked its victims as they slept” (Cox). More clinically, sleep paralysis is understood as “a transient,conscious state of involuntary immobility occurring when falling asleep or upon wakening” (Cheyne, 2002). Research into sleep paralysis has produced compelling evidence that the phenomenon can be explained by brain chemistry and physiology in conjunction with REM sleep. But is that all there is to it?

My New Favorite Bible Scholar: Michael Heiser

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Those familiar with my novel series Chronicles of the Nephilim should know that my latest favorite Bible scholar is Michael Heiser. His writing on the fantastic and the strange in the Bible will open your eyes to the supernatural like Elisha’s servant.

But he has a high view of Scripture and steers clear of Christian Crazy Land, that tends to dominate that discussion.

If you don’t know what “Divine Council” means then you must read this guy’s work. It will change your life as it did mine.

I highly recommend his work, and his blog and podcast, which I listen to faithfully.
(His Naked Bible Podcast series on the book of Leviticus turned the most boring book in the Bible for me into one of the most fascinating. Go to iTunes to find those past podcasts)

You can check out his blog and sign up for his newsletter here.

But also, he has a new online course out on Word Studies in the Bible that he did with Johnny Cisneros.
You guys, you need this to do responsible Word studies.

Sign up for the one-of-a-kind video course:
http://bible-word-nerd1.teachable.com/p/word-studies

Hollywood Worldviews Now on Audiobook!

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Have you ever watched a movie and loved it or hated it, but had trouble explaining why?

Are you frustrated with how entertainment influences your kids, but you don’t know how to communicate to them without turning them off?

Have you seen how movies and television influence the culture, but don’t feel confident in conversing about them with your family, friends or coworkers?

Are you a storyteller who wants to change the world with your stories?

Then Hollywood Worldviews is for you.

Brian Godawa, Hollywood screenwriter and best-selling novelist explores the power of storytelling in movies and in the Bible.

NOW Available on Audible!

You don’t have to have a subscription to get an Audible book. You can by an individual book and listen to it on Audio.

Here is a link to get the audiobook of Hollywood Worldviews for FREE on Audible!

Here it is at Amazon.

Cyber Monday Discounts on Godawa.com

This is the Last Chance for Godawa Deals, Cyber Monday Discounts End Tonight.

That’s right. It ends tonight!
All my digital video and audio teachings are available for 40% OFF until Cyber Monday.
This deal does not apply to any of my books, only to the digital teachings you can get at my Godawa.com Store. See below.
You only have until tonight, so get your Christmas gifts early so you can get back to your fun with a sigh of relief.


Get 40% off my new Hollywood Worldviews Online Course.
Click here to see what you get and to get the discount.
Or use the coupon code BFBG16 on checkout.


Get 40% OFF these video and audio teaching lectures.
Only at the Godawa.com store
Use the coupon code BFCM2016 before purchasing shopping cart.

Big Discounts on Godawa Video & Audio Lectures

 

Godawa.com Black Friday Starts Early, and Lasts Until Cyber Monday.

That’s right. It starts TODAY!

All my digital video and audio teachings are available for 40% OFF for Black Friday until Cyber Monday.

This deal does not apply to any of my books, only to the digital teachings you can get at my Godawa.com Store. See below.

You only have until Monday, so get your Christmas gifts early so you can get back to your fun with a sigh of relief.


Get 40% off my new Hollywood Worldviews Online Course.
Click here to see what you get and to get the discount.
Or use the coupon code BFBG16 on checkout.


Get 40% OFF these video and audio teaching lectures.
Only at the Godawa.com store
Use the coupon code BFCM2016 before purchasing shopping cart.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone: Quality Christian Movie That Entertains and Inspires

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I just saw an advance screener of The Resurrection of Gavin Stone.

I have to say, this was the first Christian movie I was actually interested in seeing since I can remember, based on the trailer.

Most Christian movies I can’t get past the first 10 minutes, because of the bad acting, writing, directing, and most of all, bad storytelling. The “Cringe Factor.” The Christian movie genre (and its audience) is hamstringed by its elevation of message over craft.

Not so, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone.

This movie delivers. It’s got decent acting, directing, and most of all, a good story.

Here is a tale about a Hollywood bad boy, who has to return to his hometown church to perform community service for his legal shenanigans, only to rediscover the integrity and values of character that he left behind.

Look, I admittedly do not care much for movies that are about church. Maybe I’m not a very “churchy” guy, or maybe Christian movies have ruined church stories for me with their sense of falseness. I don’t know which. Both?

But I do know that watching The Resurrection of Gavin Stone challenged me to reconsider my bias. It is a story about church culture that I truly enjoyed. It rang true, while having a sense of humor about itself. It made church life seem a part of real life experience, imperfect, yet forgiven. And it ultimately accomplished its goal of making that world of spiritual interest more desirable than the world of temptation around us.

And all without preachiness. (Thank you, Jesus!)

The movie has its flaws, but it has raised the bar of quality for the genre, and it deserves support. If you want better quality Christian movies, you need to see this in the theaters when it opens in January.

Well done. I have hope for Christian movies.

40% OFF Black Friday Week for the Hollywood Worldviews Online Course: Watching Movies With Christian Wisdom and Discernment: Use Coupon Code: BFBG16 until CyberMonday.
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Dragon King: 1st Place Winner Multicultural Fiction 2016 Best Book Awards

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I know, I know, it’s almost an insult to be in a “multicultural” category, since that is usually about identity politics.

But not in this case. Trust me.

The story is an East meets West historical fantasy about a Greek warrior meeting the first emperor of China.

The Greek’s secret reason is because he’s heard there are dragons in the mysterious East. But what he finds is even more dangerous.

It is a clash of kingdoms. But there is a higher kingdom that both East and West are inferior to.

Check out the novel here on Amazon.

And here for iBooks, Kobo, Nook and others.

 

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Hacksaw Ridge: Intense Podcast Discussion of Its Worldview

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This is one of my favorite podcast interviews I’ve done.

The guys at A Clear Lens talked with me about the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

We discussed everything: The themes, Christian faith, persecution, worldview, politics and acting and casting!

You will love this one. It’s deep.

Click here to listen.

I may start a podcast about movies with a friend of mine, Mark Tapson. What do you think?

Doctor Strange: Strangely Boring Magic

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The latest Marvel offering about a doctor of medicine who, because of a horrible accident, seeks to replace his lost fame and power as a successful surgeon, but discovers the power of eastern occultism to transcend himself and fight the dark forces of evil seeking to take over the world.

Special Effects as Boring

This is the least of all Marvel movies, or TV shows for that matter. I have grown so weary of these superheroes as substitute gods, and special effects obsession with big vast environments of CGI with tiny little people in them running around avoiding mass destruction. It’s all quite boring and lacks humanity. It’s shallow spectacle over dramatic depth.

Don’t get me wrong, in general I like some of the Marvel universe. Captain America deals with some pretty transcendent values. The TV shows, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones are intensely human and personal with powerful themes that resonate. So it can be done right sometimes.

But Dr. Strange is unfortunately not one of those times.

I know that movies are visual and so they are the place for some real visual feasting to occur. But if that visual exploration is not accompanied by deep human meaning, it is like junk food or entertainment masturbation; empty thrills without satisfaction. Christopher Nolan sometimes does it right. Dr. Strange tries to mimic some of Inception’s mind-bending visuals, but without much interest beyond derivative homage. Chases and fight scenes occur in an endless litany of ever-changing Escher-like environmental metamorphosis with little purpose.

To be fair, writer-director Scott Derrickson does try to make this story about something bigger, about the recognition of spiritual reality and the purpose of life found in something bigger than ones’ self. Dr. Strange begins a narcissistic individual but ends up giving himself to a cause greater than himself. He begins a selfish glory hound, and ends up a guard dog for the world.

The problem is that the story’s well-intended meaning becomes a shallow generic self-righteousness that ends up drowning in an irrational and unbiblical occultic worldview.

Here’s how… Continue reading