The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

Joel Osteen's New Book Helps Readers 'Break Out' of Comfort Zones


Joel Osteen’s latest book, Break Out: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life, isn’t for those who don’t like to be challenged in their faith beyond their boundaries.

A casual observer of Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church, might think that Osteen was always the bold orator that he is today. He speaks so effortlessly and with such strong authority, it would be easy to think that he has always been that way, but that isn’t the case.

Osteen is the son of the late John Osteen, the founder of Lakewood Church. He attended Oral Roberts University where he studied radio and television communication. When he returned home, he started up the television ministry of Lakewood Church. 

While John tried to get Joel to speak a sermon every once and while, Joel refused, saying that he’d work behind the scenes, which he did for 17 years. In 1999, John was able to convince Joel that he ought to speak. Joel did his first sermon on January 17 of that year. Ironically, John passed away of a heart attack that next week. Two weeks later, Joel was thrust into the senior pastor’s role at Lakewood Church, where the congregation grew and grew.


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