Denzel Washington preaches

Denzel gave a homily (my interpretation) to young aspiring actors the other day. Another reason to love this man!

To wit:

  • The desire in our hearts for things that are good is God’s proof to us, sent beforehand, to indicate that it is ours already.
  • Dreams without goals remain dreams and ultimately fuel disappointment.
  • Goals on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency.
  • Put your shoes way under the bed at night so that you’ve got to get on your knees in the morning, and while you’re down there, thank God for grace and mercy and understanding.
  • If you just start thinking about all the things you’ve got to say thank you for, that’s plenty.
  • We each have a unique gift given so that we can touch and affect people.
  • You’ll never see a uHaul behind a hearse: it’s not how much you have; it’s what you do with what you have.

Preach, brother.

[Photo: BBC, 2010]

The Book of Eli and the Word of God

Yesterday, I went and watched the new Denzel Washington movie, The Book of Eli. Denzel–who remains one of my favorite actors–stars as a mysterious wanderer, Eli, who journeys across post-apocalyptic America bearing a sacred book.

I’m not gonna say much more than that about the plot–I’d rather you go see it yourself. I enjoyed the sterling performances from Denzel, as well as from the supporting cast of Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, and Jennifer Beals; and I thought the story was nuanced and well-adjusted enough to avoid heavy-handedness or preachiness.

When you’ve gone and seen it, then we can talk about what it says about humanity, what it says about God, etc., etc. For now … I’m just gonna tell you to go see it. Here’s the trailer to pique your interest:

And on a related note, the movie reminded me of the importance of Scripture: of reading, speaking and hearing the Word of God. Hearing Denzel Washington reciting Psalm 23 was pretty sweet.