...thoughts expressed here are not necessarily final.
October 11, 2004 In case you missed the news...
Just when you thought that reality TV was running out of stupid ideas, Tommy Lee has proven us wrong. The Motley Crue drummer is filming a show for NBC in which he enrolls at the University of Nebraska and lives life as a Cornhusker. He'll even audition for the university's marching band. Talk about clash of cultures.
Superman star Christopher Reeve died Sunday. John Kerry promptly dedicated a speech to him today. Curious how liberals are always dropping names in defense of their policies. In his answer on stem cell research Friday night, Kerry made a pro hominem defense for his support, appealing to Michael Fox and Chris Reeve, not really touching on the issues.
People who become Christian before their teen years are more likely than those who are converted when older to remain "absolutely committed" to Christianity. However, they are also less likely to believe that a profession of faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to get to Heaven and they are less prone to watch Christian television. Get the full scoop at Barna.org.
Pastor Joel blogs on at the dive. This week he is blogging about another evangelical taboo subject- Biblical Submission.
Leonard Sweet's newest is out... The blurb from the site: "God's desire is to enjoy an honest, open-access relationship with you. In Out of the Question...Into the Mystery, you will be introduced to the mystery and adventure of this GodLife relationship." I'll be reading it soon...here is an early review.
A new musical production based on the Ten Commandments might exceed expectations.Val kilmer is in the starring role. I am all for a comeback of musicals- I think it is a forgotten film genre. Maybe this one will make it to celluloid.
JibJab's good to be in DC has gotten some notice from Jay Leno and now I don't see it as viewable. Maybe it's gotten too much traffic- I'll check back later. It was rated risque anyway.
Lewis Course Rides On
As posted last week, i am in the midst of a C. S. Lewis- a-thon. I am listening to Focus on the Family/Tyndale 's Radio Theater production of the Chonicles of Narnia on the advice of Larry. I am listening to Louis Markos audio lectures from the Teaching Company. and participating on a Barnes and Noble course site taught by Bruce Edwards. Last week I waded through the PBS site on Freud and Lewis hosted by Armand Nicholi called the Question of God. And of course theree the email discussion that is going on behind the scenes.
On the B& N course, I had an early flourish and I notice that is the way the class as a whole responded. Lesson 2 has half as many posts as lesson one. I printed out the instructor's lectures (very good, I think) and questions to read and ponder offline. Earnie and I are doing the Radio theater set together, so the pace will be slow. As for the FOF/Radio theater quality, I actually opted for the published order. The Magician's Nephew is fairly fresh in my mind however, since that was the last Chronicle I read a couple of years ago. I listened to the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from the Radio Theater set and I can't imagine them being done any better than this! I almost had to pull off the road once when touched by the artistic rendering. That is the power of art- to bring into heart-consciousness the evocations of reality that otherwise might not make out of the realm of the head.
I have listened to the first four lessons with Markos; he has good general insight but I think he tries to cover WAY too much territory in the short amount of time. I'm impressed with how he simplifies such a diverse corpus of work. Lots of good handles to grab onto.
Lausanne Rides Again!
Last week 1700 Christian leaders from 127 nations took part in the Lausanne Forum on World Evangelization in Pattaya, Thailand. This key strategy consultation on the challenges of world missions was held for the third time (first one was in Lausanne in 1974, second one in Manilla in 1989). The organisation asks prayer for the 31 Issue Groups who have to present their findings and action plans, and for effective follow-on and implementation as the participants return home and stay in contact with one another.
IRS Asked If Churches Can Pray
for Bush Re-Election
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a group that monitors politics from the pulpit, says churches, like all tax-exempt organizations, are "absolutely prohibited from supporting or opposing candidates for elected public office." Americans United says churches that support or oppose a candidate may face an IRS audit, fines and loss of tax-exempt status.
Ministry Watchdog Calls for
TBN to Submit to Investigation
Friday-We had a continental breakfast
before the information fair. I headed off to admissions to check to see
if our applications had made it through processing yet. I was told that
Earnie's was on the Director's desk and mine had not made it quite so
The town hall meeting with Drs.
Mohler and Moore was enlightening . They both were exactly what I expected
from their writings. I noted a real sense of repartee and camaraderie
through out the faculty and it seems to be a top down facet of the school.
of the conference attendees had left by then, but I got a chance to speak
with Bruce Ware- I really liked his sense of humor.
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