...thoughts expressed here are not necessarily final.
July 1, 2004 Happy New (Fiscal) Year!
June 30, 2004 Reality is weirder than it used to be.
June 30, 2004 Thou-Shalt-See-TV
A bit of righteous humor from the op ed pages of the New York Times.
This Just In
June 30, 2004 The Ups and Downs of Worship
From Dave Rogers blog:
"In his commentary on I Peter, Wayne Grudem writes of 4.18, "The fire of God's holiness is so intense that even the righteous feel pain in its discipline."
"In short, worship must be a balance between the reality of what is (sin in the world, sin in ourselves, God's extreme holiness) and the reality of what God is doing (in the world, in Jesus Christ, in our lives by the Holy Spirit)."
June 30, 2004 Lest We Forget- The situation in Sudan.
With all the focus on our role in Iraq, I haven't seen much if anything in the news about Sudan, which makes the Baghdads of the world look like a Sunday School picnic. Here's the summary on Human Rights watch site.
June 30, 2004 -Other newsy news.
Saddam will be executed says ThisIsLondon
June 30, 2004 Movie reviews
OK guys, this is your opportunity to score some sweeetie points with your lady- take her to see this summer's ultimate chick flick - The Notebook. Be sure to take along a couple of boxes of Kleenex. This one is about a sufferer of dementia (Gena Rowlands) and her husband (James Garner) that reads a love story to her daily from a notebook. No surprises here, but the music is evocative and the photography is beautiful (if inconsistent) in places. Directed by Rowlands' son Nick Cassavetes. See here for HollywoodJesus review.
And how could i have forgotten to review X2? Well, after reading this one, i was too entertained to care.
Forgot to review a fun flick after i saw it- and time and distance and several sub par movies have made me appreciate it all the more. I recommend the fantasy/graphic novel adaptation Hellboy starring Ron Perlman. Perfect casting, a bevy of nefarious villains, and big slimy monsters combine to maker this tounge-in-cheek flick about the Dark Horse Comics quasi-hero shine. Here's the Flash enabled site and the official movie site.It's still in theaters locally but you can get the DVD here now.
The dialogue is snappy and wry, and the angst ridden, lovesick antihero is played to perfection by Perlman. Strangely, this is a story about redemption and choosing righteousness (the comic book variety) over evil. May be more of a morality play than anything I have seen recently.
There's plenty of nature versus nurture philosophizing here too. If you don't look too deeply, you'll definitely get the impression that Hellboy enbraces the cross at the end.
Here is a no brainer... from the "dated but still interesting news I hadn't seen department."
'HELLBOY'-'PASSION' CROSS-PROMOTION FLOPS Few viewers enticed by offer to see 'Hellboy' for free after paying for Passion of the Christ.
What a maroon. And I'm not referring to Hellboy's patina. So that's what happened to Gilligan.
June 28, 2004- May your steps be bathed in butter. (Job 29:6)
Finally! German science has produced a boon to mankind in the new millenium- an antidote for sheep burps.
Continuing our theme of dairy products and body parts...strange things I ran across last night.
ABRACADABRA -Watch me pull a gnostic rabbit out of this hat.
According to Schott's Original Miscellany Abracadabra, the word employed by conjurers was first written in a poem Praecepta de Medicina by Q. Severus Sammonicus in the second century. Another site says it was one of the most famous of all talismans, and used as a magical formula by the Gnostics in Rome for invoking the aid of beneficent spirits against disease, misfortune and death.
Barna sez in a recent poll that faith is the big player in this election.
Watersedge came up with this set of Kingdom ideas:
Quotes to ponder:"The restoration of the church will surely come from a new kind of monasticism, which will have nothing in common with the old but a life of uncompromising adherence to the Sermon on the Mount in imitation of Christ. I believe the time has come to rally people together for this." -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
For some reason after every trip back home, upon my return, I run across another Merton note. Wonder if it is subliminal since I grew up within a few miles of Gethsemani?
MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. - Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude"
God is good. Unfortunately man is not. God's kindness has not been respected and coveted. America seeks God's blessing without any notion of blessing the Lord. That is the definition of an abusive relationship. But God is not codependent nor an enabler of evil.
The history of man indicates that it takes trouble to bring us running to God. Rather than entering into trouble voluntarily by intercession on behalf of the least of these, Americans have too often retained an atitude of most favored nation status.
From a response to Larry's Motley Fool postings
Things do not look good for America-
AF:I think that this has ever been so. When we look at the history of America, a case can be made that at every critical juncture, it has been the common man in pursuit of God that has made the difference in the course of American events. Government by the people is a good thing only so long as that people have a sense of humility and service and a fear of the Lord. Maybe I am wrong, but the corruption of success and affluence took America around the corner some time ago. I would place that point at the time when GI's came back from World War 2 and raised a generation that sought to make a name for itself while singing God bless America- a country claimed divine approval and the word "derserve" entered the mass voacabulary. After all, it was obvious that the successes of World War 2 had been in the pursuit of righteousness and justice. Bootstrap theology ascended to the throne. Oversimplification, to be sure, but there's some merit to the notion.
Trust God but keep your powder dry was the old adage that came out of
the Revolution. It still attains today. I think the greatest help in
time of our need would be a rediscovery of the fear of the Lord. I just
watched an expose on American businessmen buying children for sex in
third world countries the other night. Maybe we should round THEM up
and send them to Iraq if we are not going to stone them ourselves. If
we are becoming a nation of baby killers and sex maniacs who look to
homosexuals for our entertainment, we have seen the enemy and it is
a blog entry that you might find interesting:
Bib Arch review now online
Ben Witherington III of Asbury College is becoming a regularly features expert on a variety of religious news programs. I just read his reveiw of the DaVinci code in Biblical Archaeology review. He concisely refutes the claimed histroicity of Dan Brown's runaway best seller by pointing out seven major historical errors in the book.
I found that the review is offered online at http://www.bib-arch.org/bswbOOdavincicode.html
He exposes the seven errors in the book pretty decisively. His final verdict is:
Witherington's book The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci is now out- get it at Amazon.com
From the personal weblog of Anthony Foster @http://anthonyfoster.com/blog/