Saturday, March 11, 2017

Experimental Theology: The Accidental Empire: Christian Resistance in the...

This is good stuff for thought:

Experimental Theology: The Accidental Empire: Christian Resistance in the...: What does Christian political resistance look like in the age of Trump? Mark Lilla in his book The Stillborn God describes Christendom ...

Catching Up at the Movies

Weird collection of movie:  An aging superhero, a monster from my youth and a Shack.

"Logan" is of course the "Wolverine" of the X-Men series. And as any animal, he is getting long in the tooth.  This is one of those stories of passing the torch to a younger version of him although a girl.  It is a fitting end for Logan. I had to see it through but lets face it Logan needs to rest.

2017 Movie #10   I give it ***stars.

"The Shack" is a movie that I dreaded like i dreaded the book. Having dealt with the death of a daughter (actually never finishing), it is not entertainment.  The movie in many ways is better than the book because it condenses without missing the point.  The gist of the story is the importance of our connection with God and our friends and family.  People debate the theology that is implied in the book, but the message is much simpler. Sometimes we have to get out of our way and our mind and open up to God and open up to see those who love us and need our love.  Hate and guilt and grudges keep us bottled up.  I loved this version of the story.

2017 Movie #11  I give it ****1/2 stars

Ok, "Kong, Skull Island" is a pleasure of my youth.  I loved King Kong as a kid. It was the first story of greed and men who just want to make money if it it risk people and things. King Kong was one of those Things.  This retelling is filled with Hollywood A-list actors and is great action fun.  not was what I needed to end the week.  AND I liked it in 3D.

2017 Movie #12  I give it **** stars

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


I had seen seven of the eight movies nominated for Best Picture this year. I  only lacked: "Moonlight".  I thought I knew enough about the story But I DID NOT!

"Moonlight" is one of the best movies of the year.  Great acting and directing. Great Camera work.

The story introduces us to a small black boy (Little) in Florida and follows his life in three acts. child, high school and adult.  He is a frail son of a mother on drugs who is forced to figure out life on his own.
He is neglected at home, bullied at school and at play. The Big kids torment him and call him "Faggot", chase him and beat him.

In one opening scene he takes refuge in an  empty apartment and is found by the local drug dealer.
The dealer is very sensitive to the boy and he and his wife becomes the safety net for Little. He even teaches him to swim and offers protection.  The dealer is not the typical stereotype and they become friends.  The dealer even lectures his Mother.  All is well until Little realizes that the dealer sells to his mother.

He does have an encounter with a boy from school but the boy later is told by the Bullies to beat him up.

We watch him grow into a man without love or direction.

FYI: He becomes a dealer and a Big guy.  Great but sad story about misconceptions of people and their hearts.

It is *****star.  2017 movie #9

Lego Batman

Not much to say. Good Popcorn movie and very witty. I challenge you to watch it without thinking a Trump.  Can't be done.

Fun movie: 2017 movie #8   I give it ***  stars.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


"Gold" the movie is true tale of searching for Gold.  Matthew McConaughey stars and literally transforms himself into a totally different guy. He adds 50 pounds and a bald head to play a third generation prostector.  It is also a movie about greed, fraud, and being blinded bt GOLD.  It is like the Wall Street debacle and wall street even has a role in this.

Great story, action and ending.   It doesn't get good reviews but it is a movie goer's movie.

2017 movie #7    I give it ***1/2 stars

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Experimental Theology: Liturgies of Affection

Experimental Theology: Liturgies of Affection: In yesterday's post I talked about how we need liturgies of affection, habits and practices that help us to love others in the expansive...

Saturday, January 21, 2017

These Days

I haven't commented about the president 0r the state of civility in this country- or more to the point the state of my Republican friends that support the changes at hand on FACEBOOK.

To start at the beginning of the change: I suffered through George W Bush. He was our President during a difficult time after 911 and I tried to be a good citizen. I did make fun of him at times for some of the crazy things he said without thought.  But he was my President and the leader of the USA.

When Obama won and took office, I was pleased. He was the best available person for the job. But from the beginning the Republican  party openly said that they would fight against all of his ideas. And  they did!  I watched an 8 year ugly attack.  My friends said that he was not THEIR President because he was after their guns and their freedom.  It was stated freely that he was going to try to become an emperor and end democracy.  Many said that he was not legit since he was not born in the USA and they had Donald Trump to quote.  They said that he was not Christian and was Muslim.
The last 8 years of attacks were not based on facts.

Facts have become irrelevant in our new society. True is what I believe. Don't muddy it with facts.

I have 8 years of this.

Now to my great surprise Donald Trump is the President.  Funny thing is: Those that NEVER accepted Obama as President say well now we should all come together and support him. Anyone who does not is unpatriotic.  I am confused. I was taught by these people that facts don't matter and never mind that they did not support the president for eight years , its my job to do it.

Trump can joke about molesting women and I'm told "Boys will be boys" but my Facebook is filled today with photos that people are deriding President Clinton because they think he was gawking at Mrs. Trump?  Bad Guy!

Trump is my President. He Stole it fair and Square in the current "Facts". He didn't need help but if the Russians, the FBI director , and Wikileaks want to show themselves , OK.

He is my President but he has NOT earned my respect for him as a man or as a Christian.
I am frankly appalled at my Religious friends who believe that he was place their by GOD.

I know the scripture that says that God allows any ruler to govern.  He allowed Saul to be Kind even though David was his choice.  He told Samuel that the people wanting a King was there rejection of HIM- GOD.  He gave them what the wanted. The rest is History.

My point is that GOD doesn't see the world like you and I.  Donald Trump has proven his ignorance of scripture and shows no relationship with GOD.

Christians like him because he is against abortion and NOT supporting people on welfare. In their minds these items out weigh  Humble, Kind, Compassion, etc.

I enter this time with NO exceptions of a Government for the people. I hope that I am wrong, but so far I am not.

Yes, I would love to talk.