Friday, May 19, 2006

May’s Winner for Most Inane Comment of the Month - Ian McKellen

I know, its only May 19th, but the winner for this month’s most inane comment is clear without having to wait for another couple of weeks.  I usually give this award to a conservative, because, being one (of a sort) I expect much better from conservatives. But this time, Ian said something so inane, so out to lunch, that he was just begging for the award.

No, it was not his comment that the Bible should have a warning label that it is fiction. That is a fair comment, for someonen who finds no truth in the Bible.  Sir Ian is gay, and in his mind, Christianity is an oppressor of gays.  Okay, while I strongly disagree, that is not all that stupid of a comment.  But this one…

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A Review - Da Vinci Code the movie

Well, I went today to the 11:20 showing.  My thoughts??? Well, I think Sony is going to be sorely disappointed in their financial return.

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Onion: This Story Hits Too Close to Home

Like many people, I love the Onion. It does take a special sense of humour though. Likewise with the once a month Christian version, www.larknews.com.  But sometimes both places his too close to home, like this one…

There are more than a few times in the course of my doctoral thesis (yes, in the U.K, its a dissertation for a Master’s degree, a thesis for a PhD, kind of like driving on the wrong side of the road) that I have wondered if I am not simply adding to the boredom coefficient in the universe, moving us ever closer to the point where boredom will reach equal weight with excitement, causing the end of the universe in a rather less than dramatic giant pause.  So the Onion’s breathless coverage of this thesis from Miss Samoskevich is a bit too close to reality for this would-be PhD.

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The World is Flat - Should Government be Behind Broadband?

As I have already said, I love the book The World is Flat.  I do not agree with all of Friedman’s suggestions or conclusions, but I do think it is a must read.  However

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Passing of a Little Known Legend - RIP Jaroslav Pelikan

I hate death.  It’s not natural (that is my theological position). Death is of course the price of sin, so it is a penalty we all bring on ourselves. Death means that we lose the presence in this life of so many great men and women.  I just learned that one such great man, one you may not know, passed away Saturday from lung cancer in Hamden.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Timing is Everything – A Few Thoughts on President’s Bush’s 5-15-06 Speech

Comments are flying from all quarters about the President’s speech last night.  Some polling data shows the speech was well received, but the anecdotal evidence, especially on the Right, is not so positive.  What did I think?

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Is it all about making money?

I am thoroughly enjoying The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman.  But his chapter on America’s great crisis raises some interesting questions, questions I think I need to process over the next few days....

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

On the Nightstand…What the Roving Theologian is Reading

I love it when people ask me what I am reading. It happens more and more these days (remember to send emails to ).  I think most people think I spend all my time reading dark and dingy German theology (well, I do, but only
til this thesis is done). So...here is what is currently on the nightstand.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Army Medic and the Story of Specialist Robbie Williams

CNN has a great little article on their on-line site about Army medics (http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/05/10/iraq.medics/index.html)

What kind of person does it take to be a medic in a combat situation?

My interest in medics first began a few years back when I got hooked on the great (fantastic, wonderful…) miniseries Band of Brothers. One of the episodes, during Easy Companies time in Bastogne, focuses on medic Eugene Rowe and the challenges and struggles he had as a medic in that famous battle and in his time with Easy Company. 

Death is one of the ever-present realities of combat, along with fear, and has been with armies since the earliest days.  Whether its swords, pikes, bullets or mortars, death and injury are the great Pink Elephant in every combat situation.  But always there is the medic, offering comfort and hope.

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Posted by Christopher on 05/10 at 01:15 PM
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Andrew Sullivan - Time for a War on Christianists?

I find it best to let so many attacks against Christians go right out the window.  People have obviously had bad experiences with particular Christians or churches, and thus have pain that motivates their comments.  But sometimes there needs to be a response.

Andrew Sullivan, who as I understand him is a Christian, gay, and a liberal, has decided to attack millions of American Christians (and at least on the issue of gay marriage, billions worldwide), because their faith motivates their voting patterns. 
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1191826,00.html

Now, I have many concerns regarding the Christian Right, even though I am both an Evangelical Christian and a political conservative.  When Evangelicals merely accept any politician’s words and actions because of his label, that is danger (this is what has made African-American politics the sad joke it is today…the Democrats throw them a bone with words and then enact policies or defeat policies that would actually help them).

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Radical Egalitarianism – Is this a good thing???

I am user of Wikipedia and the internet.  But, I am beginning to wonder if all this access to data is a good thing or not…

I am currently listening (again, kudos to http://www.audible.com, the greatest thing since the wheel) to the book, The World is Flat.  It’s a fascinating thesis, but his flatteners make me wonder. Specifically, Friedman’s writing on Google and Wikipedia.  Now, let me put my biases up front – I am a near PhD in the theology and have become used to the idea of using experts instead of any Jane, Dick, or Hamid.  Friedman quotes the founders of both companies, and how excited they are about going direct to users for information, and how now information has been leveled so everyone has access to the same information and can make their own decisions.

In general this is a good thing. More information allows for people to make good decisions. But, having read Wikipedia, at times I have been a bit concerned about the statements found there.  Further, should one Google say, Jesus, and the first link that came up (after the adds) was, http://www.jesusdressup.com/ Yep, you read that right.  Number six was http://patriotboy.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Crunchy Cons – “I am one” – Great New Book and New Blog

If you read this website in any depth you will discover that I am a conservative, but not a conservative in the traditional manner.  For one thing, I think Hillary Clinton was right, it does take a village (but I am not sure that village should be led by Big Uncle Sam).  Also, like Jedadiah Purdy points out in his book, For Common Things, the value of things is not simply their economic value.  When conservative get greedy, I always walk out of the room. 

For a long time, I had noticed that more and more people I talked to thought the way Tanya and I did.  They were essentially conservative people who because they saw the conservative movement as individualistic, consumerist, and aesthetically handicapped, had rejected conservatism.  Many of them ended up in the Democratic Party, even though there was not one thing the Democrats stood for they could agree with in the hearts. 

Hey, I am a deeply evangelical Christian, be it of a Catholic/Mainline variety (though I have my seven years in a non-denominational megachurch to validate my standing).  But, that helped lead me and my wife to vegetarianism and a preference for the tastiness of organic.  While we love our house and our privacy, we have an open door policy and invite as many people in the world into it as we can.  While we live in a sort of mini-suburb (an older one), we chose the area because there is local grocery store, library, running trail, sidewalks and the like to help create community.

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Posted by Christopher on 05/03 at 10:50 PM
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The Book of Galatians

Well, just finished up my last handout for my class on Galatians.  I have fallen in love with the book, which happens everytime I teach on one of the books of the Bible. 

Now I know why Martin Luther called Galatians “my own book.” This little (it takes less than 15 minutes to read) book tucked in after the New Testament behemoths Acts, Romans and 1&2 Corinthians has a lot tucked into it.  There is more on the meaning of the cross, the balance between law and Cross, and the role of the Spirit in this little Epistle than you shake the proverbial stick at.  Hope you find my handout useful!

Week 1 - Galatians 1 to 2:10 Galatians_Week_1.doc Week 2 - Galatians 2:11 to 3:29 Galatians_Week_2.doc
Week 3 - Galatians 4:1 to 5:15 Galatians_Week_3.doc
Week 4 - Galatians 5:16 to 6:18 Galatians_Week_4.doc

Posted by Christopher on 05/03 at 05:48 PM
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Some Thoughts on Immigration Rally – Denver, CO May 1, 2006

Sorry that this took a few days to post, but sometimes our priorities are not set by us.  I continue to think a lot about this immigration issue. There are people I deeply like and respect who are on opposite sides of this, and not because they are racists (Laura Ingraham is funny and smart, and not a racist) or greedy (one friend is a recent immigrant and thinks the current policies just stink).  Did Monday’s marches make any difference to my thinking?

I happened to get to witness some of the Denver March for Immigrants on May 1.  This was one of the larger and more successful of the marches around the country.  So much of this discussion is oriented towards the politics, but before I get there, I want to mention a few observations:

1) Calling it a “Day without Immigrants” is not a good idea.  In lower downtown Denver (LoDo to those in the know), I saw a large number of immigrants working – Italians, Hispanics, Asian. It was clear from the looks on their faces, they didn’t like the fact that their contributions don’t matter to anyone, and yet there they are, first or 2nd generation immigrants working their tails off. 

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