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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…

Book Review: The Audacity of Prayer


In The Audacity of Prayer, Houston pastor Don Nordin shares stories from more than a dozen people who dared to ask God for the impossible. Each chapter pairs a Bible story with a medically documented story of a modern miracle.

As Nordin puts it, “These are ordinary people with extraordinary needs.”

The encouraging stories drive home the importance of prayer, as many of us tend to approach prayer as a last resort instead of a daily habit. They’re true stories told by everyday people who are flawed, have doubts and get angry with God.

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