Monday, January 25, 2010
I am still Ice-T's Lord and Savior
Thoughts on 'The Passion of the Christ'
Way too much spit in this movie. And the J.K. Rowling-meets-Stephen-King-and-they-have-a-baby-together-and-he-goes-into-special-effects special effects are just annoying the hell out of me. Ugh. 96 minutes to go.
I don't mind a movie incuding stuff that ain't scriptural. This is a dramatic portrayal of events for which we only have the barest outlines. It's just that I KNOW that people came away from this flick thinking, Yep, that's exactly what happened, no more, no less. Sigh. Jesus as graphic novel. 66 minutes to go.
OK, OK, I've heard peeps complain about the violence in this movie, that it's gratuitous. I disagree. I don't like it, but whipping with cats-o-nine-tails and crucifixion weren't a picnic. No, it's the dang devilmonkey kids taunting Judas and this creature from "The Twilight Zone" lurking around. *That's* literally gratuitous.
Egad. I think every Christian should watch this once. And every Christian with a blood fetish, who goes on about being washed in the blood, fountains filled with blood from Immanuel's veins, blood of the Lamb, etc., should watch it more than that and think about what they're so blithely singing.
I'm glad I was required to watch it; I might very well have not gone all the way through it in the theater; I walked out of "Halloween 3" for less (only movie I've ever walked out on; although I dang near walked out of "Bachelor Party").
OK, so this is steeped in the highest christology, of course, and draws from the richest veins, pardon the pun, of the most mature Passion stories in Scripture. Fine. Now, I was to see a lower-christology account of Yeshua having died via capital punishment at the hands of the state. Let's have a half dozen or so criminals crucified, with short versions of their stories, then Jesus gets crucified, then a few more criminals -- to show the commonplace context of this capital punishment, not just the spiritual conext, or I should say this particular kind of Catholic context.
Anyway. Glad it's over.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Welcome, Rev. Scott Rennie
Monday, January 18, 2010
People Suck No. 1,000,006: Fights at Tulsa MLK Day Parade
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I KNEW my blog ears were burnin'!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Hot dog. My print of this, "Cowboy Revival," by Martin Grelle, a last-minute Christmassy present from Dr. ER, came! Signed by the arteeste, even. :-)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
This semester's book are ordered! Woohoolelujah!
"The Story of Christianity: Volume Two - The Reformation to the Present Day,"
Justo L. Gonzalez.
"Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture," by Jaroslav Pelikan.
"Her Story: Women in Christian Tradition (2nd Edition)," by Barbara J. MacHaffie.
"A History of Christian Missions," by Stephen Neill.
"The Missionary Movement in Christian History," by somebody.
For Native Americans and Christianity:
"Missionary Conquest: The Gospel and Native American Cultural Genocide," by George Tinker.
"American Indians and Christian Missions: Studies in Cultural Conflict," Henry Warner Bowden.
"Native Voices: American Indian Identity and Resistance," by Richard A. Grounds; Paperback.
"God is Red," by Vine Deloria.
For Theology in Film:
"Hollywood Dreams and Biblical Stories," by Bernard Scott.
Plus 30-something movies, and y'all can look 'em up if you want. :-)
About Schmidt 2002
Big Night 1996
Grand Torino 2008
Groundhog Day 1993
Jesus of Montreal 1989
Lars and the Real Girl 2007
Last Orders 2002
Pieces of April 2003
Prairie Home Companion 2006
Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002
Smoke Signals 1998
Straight Story 1999
Stranger than Fiction 2006
Sudden Impact 1983
Ten Canoes 2006
The Last Temptation of Christ 1988
The Lives of Others 2007
The Passion of the Christ 2004
The Soloist 2008
The Truman Show 1999
Unstrung Heroes 1995
Whale Rider 2003
As Good as it Gets 1997
Babettes’s Feast 1987
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman 1994
Frozen River 2008
Letters from Imo Jima 2007
Million Dollar Baby 2004
Mystic River 2003
Nobody's Fool 1994
Station Agent 2003
Super Size Me 2004
The Story of the Weeping Camel 2003
The Visitor 2007
Sunday, January 10, 2010
'How Firm a Foundation' -- and if it grates at first, good
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said --
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
“Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.
“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not harm thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
“The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”
'In My Soul,' offered by a lay person, a fellow deacon, as a 'Prayer of the People' today at church
IN MY SOUL
by Rabi'a al-Basri, saint, Sufi, Moslem
there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church
where I kneel.
Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist.
Is there not a region of love where the sovereignty is
where ecstasy gets poured into itself
where the wing is fully alive
but has no mind or
there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque,
that dissolve, that
Thursday, January 07, 2010
'Oklahoma' and 'biblical literacy' in the same phrase -- believe it or not!
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
'Unspoken requests' ...
For my brother, for his sisters and myself; and for a friend's dad and my friend. Health-related. Life-related.
Monday, January 04, 2010
2010 = 1937? Feels like it to me
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Bloggers: Grow a pair!
Friday, January 01, 2010
And then depression set in