Posts from — July 2005
Another person, linking to the response by Beisner, et al, says, “Here is a helpful response regarding clarification of the Louisiana Presbytery’s apparent, quasi exoneration of Wilkins, here.”
I have to laugh at this, too. Apparent, quasi exoneration?
“That Rev. Steve Wilkins be publicly exonerated by Louisiana Presbytery, and declared to be faithful to the Confessional standards of the PCA.“
Yeah… I can see that. apparent. quasi.
When you’ve already been judge and jury yourself, of course you aren’t going to respect authoritative church judgements. So fuzzy modifiers have to be inserted to settle the soul.
July 31, 2005 4 Comments
This is just a bit more evidence that I have the privilege and honor to attend, quite possibly, the best church ever…
During the brief Eucharistc meditation today, Pastor Hurt said,
Death is not really a ‘thing’ in itself. We cannot get rid of death and have life, for death is the absence of life. Death is what is left over when life departs. It is true that we can have parts of death living with us. There is a big difference between ‘all dead’ and ‘mostly dead’.
July 31, 2005 3 Comments
July 30, 2005 No Comments
Bumper Sticker: Midwives help people out
July 28, 2005 1 Comment
I’m going to have to work on a post about fate and providence in Harry Potter. That discussion between Harry and Dumbledore really, really put things in a right perspective, I think. I want to develop it some more. So look for that post some time soonish.
July 27, 2005 No Comments
I love Adam
July 27, 2005 No Comments
When, in response to the Louisiana Presbytery (PCA) report on Federal Vision Theology), someone comments, “IMO Louisiana Presby exoneration means nothing but enforces the fact that perhaps the Presby isn’t orthodox”, the only appropriate response I can come up with is to laugh and shake my head.
July 26, 2005 10 Comments
We watched The Reckoning recently. I saw a trailer for it on another small film dvd, and thought it looked worth watching. It stars Willem Dafoe and Paul Bettany. Paul Bettany you may recognize as Dr. Maturin in Master and Commander.
Bettany plays a priest that is on the run for past sin. He comes across an acting troupe, led by Dafoe’s character. They come to a town, and end up putting on a play quite different from their normal, bible story acts. They instead tell the story of the murder of a young boy in the town, opening up what really happened to the boy, which turns out to be all rather involved and mysterious.
There is one scene that is a bit risque. Nothing explicit, really, but definitely more than suggestive. This is the second movie we’ve watched recently that has weird homosexual things going on in the story. This part is well done if you’re going to do it, but it does leave you a bit disturbed.
The title comes from a line of narration in the play,
may seem full sweet
but the reckoning comes
be you ever so fleet
That, I think, is the theme of the movie. Your sin will find you out.
I’m not satisfied with the ‘redemption’ of Bettany’s character (but I would say that he is redeemed in the end). It seems to be too self-reliant. But, I may be missing something on that, too. Also, I’m uncertain about his faith in the end.
There is one scene, at the climax of the story, which reminds me a lot of Collateral. Human desires, when left unrestrained, will lead to moral chaos. When God is not acknowledged as Law-Giver, then there will be only autonomy.
I guess after thinking a bit more purposefully about it, I think it probably is worth watching. It is profitable to work through the story and its themes.
July 26, 2005 No Comments
They’re as different as night and day.
Don’t you think that night and day are different?
What’s wrong with you?
July 25, 2005 1 Comment
Those of you familiar with Kemper Crabb’s album, The Vigil, what genre would you classify it under?
The only one that I can come up with that’s accurate is ‘medieval’, but I don’t want an album to be alone it in it’s genre.
July 23, 2005 No Comments
I read a few spoiler posts, but decided I should go ahead and put mine down before being influenced by what others have said (too late, but now I can limit it, at least).
July 22, 2005 No Comments
We finished the book last night. After we got to a certain point, at 11:00, we couldn’t stop. We threw caution (and good sense) to the wind, and finished the book around 1:15.
Since I don’t know how to post with a ‘Continue Reading’ link, to hide spoilers, I’m making a new password protected post after this. Password is ‘spoilers’.
July 22, 2005 5 Comments