23 Mar
Calvin S. Metcalf     Walking with God is a beautiful way of describing our Christian pilgrimage.  “A Closer Walk With God” is the essence of our daily journey with Him.  Even though we struggle to make this a goal of our lives, we often fail to be where God desires.  We find ourselves in the awkward position of walking more by ourselves than walking with God.
     There are times in walking with the Lord that we tend to walk ahead of Him.  We become impatient with His slower pace and move on with what we assume is a better gait toward our goal.  It is more like a race with God than a walk.  We rush to conclusions.  We hurry up our prayers.  Rather than wait for clearer signals we compose our own agenda for the living of our days.  In our haste to get where we are going we want God to quickly bless our plans.  Walking ahead of God we tend to get exhausted.  Because we do not wait upon the Lord we do not “mount up on wings as eagles.”  We do not run without getting weary and we grow faint in our walk.  Like children who refuse to hold their parent’s hand at a busy intersection we expose ourselves to much danger when we get ahead of God.  Read the rest of this entry »

Movie Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still

21 Mar

The Day the Earth Stood Still is one of those movies that leaps immediately to mind when one thinks of great classic sci-fi.  Naturally, modern movie makers must try to better it with a remake.  Here I will compare the original and the remake of this particular sci-fi standard.

The Original

The Day the Earth Stood StillThe original, made in 1951 starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Lock Martin, and Frances Bavier, has become more than a classic: it has become an icon of classic Sci-fi.  This is a bit odd because the movie does not contain any of the usual hallmarks of early Sci-Fi: no massive explosions, no creepy monsters, no flying saucers whizzing around destroying things.  This film made its mark because of superior writing and some truly memorable performances by the cast.

To be clear, there is a flying saucer; but it lands on a park in Washington DC and stays there (in a very non-threatening manner) throughout the movie until its departure at the end.  There is a fairly fearsome robot that could be considered the “monster” of the film except it does not go on a rampage; its role is purely defensive.  And there is an alien, but he’s not some tentacled monster with eight eyes.  In fact, once he gets out of his space suit he is able to walk around the city unnoticed because he looks so human.  Read the rest of this entry »



16 Mar

Calvin S. Metcalf on MarthaThe dishes were rattling noisily in the kitchen.  Martha was getting frustrated.  At first she only talked to herself.  It was a joy to cook for Jesus.  He was complimentary of her meals.  Although He did not say much His frequent visits indicated something was to His liking.  Maybe she was a little too sensitive in thinking Mary was not doing her part of the work.  “She will surely come to the kitchen shortly to do her usual chores,” Martha thought.  But she did not come.  More mealtime preparation noise did not seem to produce the desired effects.  Finally, Martha blurted out, “Lord do you not care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?  Please tell her to help me.”

The Lord fixed His eyes on Martha.  He studied her mood to determine the depth of her anger.  He looked at Mary, who seemed a bit embarrassed by Martha’s outburst.  He did not want to sound unappreciative, but the situation was obviously a teaching opportunity.  He wanted to calm her frustration by giving her a lesson on priorities.

There must have been a bit of pain in His voice as He said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried about many things.  Your kitchen duties have possessed you.  Your meal is more important to you than my fellowship.  You have chosen to feed me.  Mary has chosen to let me feed her.  She has made the better choice because physical food is for the moment while spiritual food is forever.”

Like Martha, we sometimes get preoccupied with important things, but in the process neglect the most important thing.  There is nothing more essential to our earthly existence than a healthy hunger for God.  To crave conversation with the Master is the key to unlock our spiritual personality.  Unless we have fellowship with Him we may never survive the busyness of life. The Christian life is a matter of priorities.  The “less than best” is always sacrificed for the best.  Somewhere along life’s journey we want to hear Him say that we have chosen the good thing that cannot be taken away from us.  It is a matter of living close enough to Him to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”


Alien Trespass

14 Mar

alien trespass, movie reviewAs part of our Simple Life formula, Marie and I have a few standing traditions that help us appreciate one another and enjoy life.  One such is Schlocky Sci-Fi Friday.

Every Friday evening Marie fixes Chinese food and we curl up together on the sofa with our tray tables to eat the Chinese food and watch an old B grade (we prefer the term ‘Classic” ) science fiction movie.   Movies from the 1950’s and 1960’s and in black and white are preferred.  Among our all-time favorites are such classics as The Day the Earth Stood Still, Destination Moon and Rocketship XM but we have a large collection of movies on DVD and VHS, the majority of them Sci-Fi.  Another “classic” joined the file last night.  (No spoilers here)

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Social Media Mogul

12 Mar

Klout AwardA while back I received a notification from saying that according to their metrics, I am ranked in the top 10% as an influencer in social media.  That caused an eyebrow to jump up my forehead: “Who?  Me?  No way!”  But who am I to argue with social media metrics?

What is

For those who don’t know, is a utility that you can sign up with to track and measure your influence across all your social media accounts.  You tell it which media outlets you use and it tracks how much influence you have by watching how many of your posts generate how much interest.  Exactly how they do that is a closely guarded secret – and it seems to have changed several times over the past couple of years — but I suspect it has something to do with reading tea leaves.   Read the rest of this entry »



09 Mar
Calvin S. Metcalf     “Go ye therefore into all the world,”  He said.  “Does He really mean that”?  Is this a command or a request?  There is a difference, you know.   It is a big, cruel world out there.  Rome does not deal kindly with new movements.  Surely Judaism will not tolerate competition for her converts.  Our half-pagan world does not understand a religion of love, grace, and purity.  Is it possible for this good news to be absorbed by crude and cruel minds?
     “All the world” would mean telling Gentile folk about Jesus.  I think we should keep His gospel for our Jewish people.  After all, we are the chosen ones.  He was birthed and nurtured by our kind.  It was our scriptures that predicted His coming.  It was our prophets who anticipated a Messiah.  Why should we share this good news with anyone but our own?  There are a lot of Gentile pigs out there who would trample  the  pearls of His marvelous story.   Did not our fathers teach us that such people were unclean?

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

07 Mar

Sky Captain and the World of TomorrowThis American pulp adventure, dieselpunk film starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Givanni Ribisi, written and directed by Kerry Conran is his directorial debut.  The action is fast, the dialogue terse and witty, and the characters are larger than life.  The script is very well written and of course, with this cast, the acting is excellent.

Jude Law is the almost superhero, millionaire, mercenary aviator Joseph “Sky Captain” Sullivan who is called upon to save New York City when it comes under attack by giant robots.  Giovanni Ribishi is his brainy scientist/inventor side-kick, Dex.  Gwyneth Paltrow is the old-flame and spunky newspaper reporter, Polly Perkins, who gets pulled back into Joe’s life when she is contacted by a German scientist who is fleeing a mad genius named Totenkoph (Lawrence Olivier) who is bent on destroying the world.  He gives her information vital to Joe and Dex’s quest to find out where the robots came from and what they are after.

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A little humor: God Sends the Best

05 Mar
via Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club

via Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club

She hurried to the pharmacy to get medication, got back to her car and found that in her haste she had locked her keys inside.  The woman found a coat hanger left on the ground.  She looked at it and said, “I don’t know how to use this.”  She bowed her head and asked God to send her some help.

Within 5 minutes a noisy motorcycle pulled up, driven by a bearded man who was wearing leathers and a biker skull rag.  He got off of his cycle and asked if she needed help.

She said: “Yes, my daughter is sick.  I’ve locked my keys in my car.  I must get home.  Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?”

He said, “Sure.”

He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was open.

She hugged the man and through tears said, “Thank You SO Much!  You are a very nice man.”

The man replied, “Lady, I am NOT a nice man. I just got out of PRISON yesterday; I was in prison for car theft.”

The woman hugged the man again sobbing, “Oh, thank you, God!  You even sent me a Professional!”

(Note: the above story was sent to me via e-mail.  I edited it but cannot claim it as my own.  Original source is unknown.)

Humor in the Newspaper

04 Mar

Newsboy, newspaperThese days you have to appreciate humor anywhere you can find it.

While looking over the weekend edition of the local newspaper, Marie burst out laughing.  She brought page 13A over to show me.  There, all on one page, were the following headlines and display ads:

Re-elect Sheriff Armondo Fontes


Former county executive Charles Lewis Moore announces for mayor


Rob Mathis seeks second term as Cocke County Trustee



Piney Mountain Foster Care

04 Mar

Piney Mountain Foster Care

Call me crazy if you like, but I’ve started yet another on-line venture.  I cannot call it a business because it does not and never will make any money.  But, it does save lives.

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