Hollywood losing streak
Every Sunday for the last several 10 weeks, the media bemoans the now 15 week losing streak at the box office. For the last 15 weeks people spent less money on movies than they did this time last year.
The reason for this is pretty simple. Last year, "The Passion of the Christ" was out, and brought in a ton of money from people who likely do not frequent the theaters.
I don't think the media gets it. Obviously there is a sizable market that was tapped last year. If Hollywood would produce some movies that exhibited some traditional values, perhaps they could tap that market.
As it is, culture tends to follow the movies. Our culture is arriving at the violent, sexually motivated, drug using, God ignoring self centered destination that has been portrayed in so many movies. Why go to the theater, when you already have all of that drama your own home?
I suspect this is why some of the seeker-sensitive growing so quickly in some areas. They offer simular entertainment value, but offer a new destination. I pray that they are as effective at adjusting the culture's course as Holywood has been in the past. I also pray that they stand first for Christ. Entertainment is fine in church so long as it brings glory to Him.