Friday, June 13, 2008

10 Most Male Insulting Commericals - Thank you to Askmen.com

One of the greatest challenges facing our culture today is the destruction of the positive male role model.  Dennis Prager on his weekly radio program this week mentioned that when he was growing up he had male figures aside from his dad all day long.  His teachers included many men, his principal, his rabbi, etc.

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Posted by Christopher on 06/13 at 11:07 PM
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Ken Griffey Jr. - A True Legend in our Time

As a theologian, I have come to appreciate artistry. This past weekend I was at a conference where the theme was art, beauty, and the Gospel. But you know when we think of art and beauty, I think we tend to forget how important sports is at providing us with the canvas of beauty.  And in my lifetime few athletes have provided a greater body of “art” than Ken Griffey Jr. 

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Posted by Christopher on 06/10 at 10:03 PM
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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Bush Hatred is NOT Helpful

So Scott McClellan has published his book on “What Happened to make me angry.” The book has been welcomed by many who suffer from Bush hatred.  But what does this book add to history or to the whole “coming together” that McClellen says he believes in and which he feels most betrayed by. But is it helpful!

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Posted by Christopher on 06/04 at 01:20 AM
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Physical Cost of Disease - Personal and Global

After two months of being too ill to post, I am back. After pneumonia, bronchitis, and massive amounts of kidney stones (which as a friend said recently, any more than zero is massive amounts) I am back blogging and wondering, what is the impact of illness…

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Posted by Christopher on 05/13 at 02:38 AM
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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tibet, Kosovo, and the Olympics - Living up to Our Values

Lost in the news of election coverage, Spitzergate, and Barak’s pastoral issues there has been a major protest in Tibet, led again apparently by some very brave Buddhist monks.  Of course, it will be crushed or short-circuted.  Chinese Communist rulers have not survived all these years, including the days after Tinemman Square in 1989 (one of the saddest of my life - as a college student watching coverage, hoping that the people of China would be free, only to see those young people - my age - trounced by tanks and the army). 

So what are we to do, those who say we value human rights?

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Posted by Christopher on 03/15 at 01:27 PM
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Friday, March 14, 2008

A Primer on Black Theology and Question for Senator Obama

I just got connected to the news nets today and Drudge and discovered that there is a big blowup about Jeremiah Wright, PhD the pastor of Barak Obama.  I knew the Trinity United Church of Christ was an Afro-Centric church, focused on black theology.  But I was very surprised to hear the actual comments of Dr. Wright on the Hugh Hewitt Show today (best show on radio ever).

Well, what do I think, especially as a theologian?

[Author’s Note:  Throughout this I will be using Black when I talk about identity, as Black Theology does, and African American when speaking about the larger community of Americans of African descent]

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Posted by Christopher on 03/14 at 01:20 PM
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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Giving to The Navigators - The Roving Theologian is not speaking as Navigator Staff when he writes

The Roving Theologian in his work life works for The Navigators.  Let me state right now: THE VIEWS OF THE ROVINGTHEOLOGIAN DO NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE NAVIGATORS.

There said that.  But if you would like to support Christopher’s work with The Navigators (staff are supported through the generosity of donors), you can do so at http://www.navigators.org/us/support/staff?_piref1261_22816092_1261_22816085_22816085.__ora_navig=pageFlow%3DviewStaff%26staffSearch%3DChristopher%2BMorton Thanks!

Posted by Christopher on 03/13 at 03:06 PM
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What About Homosexuality - An Addendum

I made a rather lengthy post yesterday about Hugh Hewitt and his ongoing discussion with E.J. Dionne.  One reader (thank Tom!) pointed out that I may be incorrect about Jesus saying “nothing” about homosexuality.  Not only was his point interesting, but it illustrates how the discussion is framed in the West these days.

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Posted by Christopher on 03/13 at 02:15 PM
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Why “Experts” Never Agree with Normal People - Calling my Friend Brandon Fibbs a Film Snob

I have a friend who used to live in Colorado Springs, moved to New York for film school and now is living in D.C.  Brandon is a very smart fellow, and a great movie reviewer (hint: visit his website, http://www.brandonfibbs.com/). 

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However, I offended Brandon with my response to his Top 10 Films of 2007.  To put if frankly, I had not seen any of the films on his list and gave him my top ten.  Well, Brandon called me on it and said, “Well duh, if you have not seen them, how do you know they are not better than what you saw?” (paraphrase, Brandon is far kinder than that).

However, there was a deeper issue at work than film taste.  In essence, I had marked Brandon out as an elitist.  And, lets be honest, on films he is (I say that with generosity and love). [It should be noted that I have also teased Brandon because it is clear that he and his wife are yet childless, because, as the father of three kids 6 and under, I don’t get to see many films and those I do, usually are animated.]

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Posted by Christopher on 03/13 at 11:13 AM
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Greetings to Hugh Hewitt Readers

Many thanks to Hugh Hewitt for linking to me from his website after my post on his discussion with E.J. Dionne.  Being a theologian and cultural researcher means I lousy at changing my oil, but I am glad that it meant that Hugh thought my comments reading and having his readers do likewise.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

EJ. Dionne, Hugh Hewitt and What Seperates conservative Christians andLiberal Christians on politics

Hugh Hewitt, America’s smartest and best talk show host, is doing a mutipart interview with E.J. Dionne, a man of the Left who is also a committed Roman Catholic, about his new book.  Tonight was part 3 of the interviews (I think it is always Wednesday the 2nd hour, 5pm here in Colorado on 1460 KTLK). 

E.J. is a man I would love to have coffee with, but he is treading into my area of expertise - theology, culture and their interrelationship.  So, here is what I have to say about his idea that if we could just get past abortion and talk theologically rather than politically that we could see more unity between the sides.  Improbable?  Cataclysmic?  In the adapted words of Bill Murrey in Ghostbusters “Pat Robertson and Jim Wallis living together - mass hysteria!

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Posted by Christopher on 03/12 at 11:29 PM
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An Interesting Read - David Mamet on the Conversion to Clear Thinking

I regularly read lots of article each day, but some are more interesting than others.  Thanks to Drudge I came across this little piece from David Mamet, reknowned playwrite, and now former liberal.

His assumptions about life, about people, about government are all ones that at some point everyone holds.  We want to think that government is there to help us, we want to think people are good.  But the fact is, people are endowed with selfishness and pride, and do not always act for the good, no matter how much schooling they get (hello Elliott Spitzer). And government is made up of people. He makes about as convincing an argument as I have heard for the free market view of life in one article.  Read and enjoy (warning, he does swear, this is the Village Voice afterall).

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0811,374064,374064,1.html/full

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Why the Supreme Court Matters – Not Just for the Right, but for Democracy

As we head down the backstretch of our primary campaigns the issue of the Supreme Court is becoming, at least for Republicans, a bigger and bigger issue.  With at least 2 and maybe more justice set to retire or pass away in the next 4 years, you will appoint them matters a lot.

The traditional narrative is that Democrats will nominate activist judges while Republicans constitutional traditionalists.  This has not always worked out this way (Kennedy put Byron Wizzer White on the bench, Bush the Elder, Justice Souter), but the general narrative works.

But after forty plus years of judicial “politics” I would hope both sides are ready to step back from the brink. And yes, here I am doing an Obama by suggesting stepping back from the brink is to move towards the constitionalist position.  But here is my rationale.

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Posted by Christopher on 02/07 at 03:06 PM
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Friday, February 01, 2008

A Look at the Candidates as of January 31 - The Republicans

Yesterday I wrote on the Democrats, today my view on the Republicans.  Lets be honest, this is a campaign season without any great choices.  Of for the days of men like Reagan, Truman, F.D.R. or even Calvin Coolidge.

Okay, lets begin at the top:

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Posted by Christopher on 02/01 at 03:03 PM
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Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Class - The Big Idea: The Suprising Kingdom of God

Just finished up teaching four weeks at 1st Presbyterian Church on the topic of The Big Idea, about how the Kingdom of God is a suprise to many of us but that it is at the core of all the Bible talks about.

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Posted by Christopher on 01/31 at 06:19 PM
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