FEATURED POST

‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

MOVIE REVIEW
While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

Tim Timmons Releases New ‘I Belong’ with Amy Grant

Tim Timmons
(Merge)
MUSIC
As he prepares to hit the road with MercyMe on their Imagine Nation tour happening this fall, Tim Timmons has released the new single “I Belong” which is available on a variety digital formats. Timmons wrote the song during a church retreat and the song features Amy Grant. Besides sharing her voice, Amy Grant had a poignant part in the development of the song as well.

“Her music literally shaped me as a musician and as an honest songwriter,” says Timmons. “She is the exact person you’d hope she’d be - kind, generous, thoughtful, and truly gifted. Amy has become a good friend, so when I thought about who should sing with me on the song, I just thought why not ask her? We ended up writing the bridge together. I’m so honored by her and her friendship.”

"I Belong" is a portrait of Timmons’ own awakening and an invitation for every listener to discover the abundant life beyond religion. “What could happen if we grasped how much we’re all loved and accepted by Jesus no matter what, and then lived like it was actually true?" Timmons proclaims. "What if we were found singing from the mountain tops ‘Hallelujah, I belong’ even on our worst day? That would be a game changer.”

The single is the first song out of the gate for Timmons’ next season and written in a difficult time for his community when shame, loneliness, doubt, division and fear were the overarching narratives.

“The eight of us got together to write a song that would help our church community sing bold prayers,” he recounts. “This prayer has been life-giving for all of us. And the more that we live like this is true, we are finding freedom, rest and joy where there once was none. This is the kind of prayer that I want my kids and their kids to remember and shout out: Hallelujah, I belong here. In Your presence safe and secure. I see hope coming on the horizon, there’s no need for hiding, because I belong.”

Comments



promote my blog BrandBacker Member