Movie Review: Noah

The big Hollywood movie has been highly anticipated, so we went on a team outing to watch it and see how they portrayed this powerful story.

Movie Review: Noah

First, some team bonding over yummy Indian food Movie Review: Noah

Movie Review: Noah

Team Outing Indian Food before Noah Movie

Now, where were we, oh yes, the movie.

NOTE: SPOILER ALERTS!!!

As story tellers ourselves, we appreciate the difficulties of imagining and filling in the real-life interactions that are left unsaid, or only hinted at, by the Bible. If the director only used the details provided by the Bible, the movie would have a 15 minute run-time!

Some of the imaginative parts: like the watchman rocks who helped Noah build a lot of the ark, felt a bit “action movie” ish, almost like they recycled transformers

We liked how it explored the concept of sin and wickedness of men, and was not so black and white about “good” vs “bad” people.  Noah recognized that even within himself and his family, there are wicked intents, it is within mankind itself because of the fall and the seed of Adam. We saw that even in Noah’s family, with the strife between father and both sons over their children and future.  Ham would betray his father over a girl he barely met for a few hours, but the desire to procreate and have his own family is strong I guess.

The descendants of Cain wanted to control their own destinies, not let God.  While I see how it really helped with the human elements of the plot to have Noah be that decider of the future of mankind with his own family, this is fundamentally where the movie missed the “point” of the Bible as a whole – that God had a plan to redeem mankind from the beginning.  The choice was not Noah’s, the sacrifice was made by God by sending Jesus, his own Son, down to earth to redeem mankind and take on the punishment for our sins.  God didn’t make it up as he went along, he had this plan even in Genesis, though he was heartbroken at the rebellion of man.  God loved us so much that He would give up His only son to be killed at the cross by man, for man.  THIS is the gospel, and THIS is why 4Soils exists, not to re-tell an old story, but to tell an on-going story, that applies to you and me today.

What did you think of the movie?  And are you taking your children to see it?

A new chapter, hello Durham, NC!

The 4Soils team is writing to you from Durham, NC!  Part of the team just moved here today and have gotten settled into our new home.  God has really led and provided for us in this journey, including a fully furnished home that we were able to rent from a family who loves the Lord, a free upgrade from the car rental company (otherwise I’m not sure the compact car reserved would have gotten all of us and our luggage back in one trip), and generous parents of a friend who dropped off some additional linen and a bucket of South Carolina peaches.  Not to mention the many friends who have reached out to their contacts for welcoming faces that I look forwarding to seeing and meeting while we’re out here.

It’s a day of many firsts for several members of the team:

First trip to Cracker Barrel (a personal favorite of mine) and finding the challenges of the peg game (best we got was 2 pegs left, moving up from “eg-nor-ra-moose” to “pretty smart” over the course of waiting for brunch) A new chapter, hello Durham, NC!

Stocking up with Costco and Li Ming Chinese supermarket (thank God again for the upgraded car!)

A new chapter, hello Durham, NC!Finding out that cost of living in indeed cheaper here all around, not only greatly with our house but even the Costco rotisserie chicken is $1 cheaper

A new chapter, hello Durham, NC!Lastly breaking in the kitchen with our first home cooked dinner – Taiwanese beef noodle soup and baby bok choi, with some fresh watermelon & raspberries for dessert (the team all loves fruit and veggies, so I think we’ll be eating pretty healthy)

A new chapter, hello Durham, NC!We’re looking forward to our time here, connecting with customers, partners, investors, and future teammates.  May God continue to lead us in this new journey!