Will Animals Be in Heaven?

This is a broad question that is easier to answer than you might think. The Bible talks about a “new heaven” and a “new earth” (Revelation 21:1). Heaven is not just a place “out there,” but also a place “down here.” Heaven will not only be a spectacular Holy City, but also an incredible “earthly” place of astounding variety and beauty.

The book of Genesis tells us God created the heavens and the earth with an extravagance of flora and fauna (plants and animals) necessary for our survival and enjoyment. The prophet Isaiah declares, “the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3). Even after the fall, God’s glory is evident, though clouded somewhat by sin. But in heaven God’s glory will once again be on full display in everything he created (Habakkuk 2:14), including animals.

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War Horse Film Review

Equine therapy is a form of therapy where those suffering from emotional trauma and other mental health disorders conduct therapy with the assistance of a horse.  I’m not making this up. There is a powerful psychological projection onto the animal the individuals with trauma express, and there is a belief that an exchange of some kind occurs, promoting documented growth and change.  The horse is a sort of blank slate that can’t talk back as a person deals with intense feelings of pain and grief.

How many of us can relate to an attachment to an animal that we knew loved us, even though we could never hear it speak?  In “War Horse,” Steven Spielberg’s newest film, the story of a boy and his horse is brought to life through a horse’s journey.  We see the horse in battle as soldiers ride it, in sadness as death occurs around it, and we see it become an emotional catalyst for many different characters.

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Interview with Drew Fellman, Producer of "Born to Be Wild"

I had the privilege of spending some time with Drew Fellman, producer of “Born To Be Wild,” an IMAX 3D film that is an immersive journey into a world where orangutans and elephants habitats and families are being destroyed by humans. 

Two scientists – Dr. Birute Mary Gildakis (from Borneo, studies orangutans) and Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick (Kenya, works with elephants) share about their unique experiences caring for these beautiful creatures and some of the peculiarities of their research and passions in their fields throughout the educational, family film. 

Drew Fellman was kind enough to share about the film, the challenge of shooting in IMAX, and some of his inspirations as a filmmaker.

Christopher: How does someone direct or write a documentary?

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Michael Vick, Animal Rights, and Killing People

Michael Vick tortured dogs and watched them fight for pleasure and money. This is not only against the law, but morally disturbing. Michael Vick has served jail time for his bad behavior and now is coming out.

Some people feel Vick has not been punished enough and perhaps they are correct, but the reasoning behind the anti-Vick arguments is sometimes quite disturbing. In a league where dead beat dads, drunk drivers, drug abusers, and wife beaters still play, it would be odd to deny him the right to practice his profession for his particular crimes.

Saying this does not justify what he did, but does try to put it into perspective.

What Vick did was wrong, but it is not so obviously wrong that his practices have been universally condemned in all places at all times. Fathering many children and failing to support them has been (nearly) universally condemned, because of the vast societal implications, but animal cruelty was harder to see. It would be odd for the NFL to consider the first transgression against being a “role model” forgivable, but the second meriting banishment for life.

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The Loneliest Animals

"Imagine it's morning. You wake up and you are totally alone. You're 90 years old, and you're the last of your kind on earth."

This is the opening line of F. Abraham Murray's naration PBS's "The Loneliest Animals." The video footage of "Lonely George," the last known tortoise in the Galapagos Islands, is quite stirring, craning his 90-year-old neck in search of his next meal.

George is but one of many nearly-extinct animals on the planet, several of which are featured in this moving documentary. You can watch the entire episode here.

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