Interesting news story about a pastor & his wife being told to cease their home Bible studies or else face prosecution for the county for using their home for gatherings that would normally require a major use permit.
Archive for May, 2009
I’m by nature averse to attention. Not that I don’t want it, it’s just that I’m not comfortable when I receive it. A hopefully-healthy understanding of my profoundly flawed and inadequate nature makes me quick to point out the contributions of others, and especially God, whenever anyone reaches out to give me a pat on the back. It’s sort of a psychological karate – imagine Ralph Macchio using the wax on, wax off routine with compliments instead of bullies.
An unexpected call from a local colleague precipitated me catching the latest installment of the X-Men franchise last night about 10pm. While I hadn’t intended to go and see the movie (I don’t intend to go and see *any* movies – they’re too freakin’ expensive!), it was one I had followed with some interest due to the publicity of the leaking of the film in advance of the release date. And since I like a good brutal sci-fi film as much as the next masochist, my arm didn’t have to be twisted very far out of place to opt in.
No authority can be trusted. Ever. In fact, nobody in general can be trusted. Not your parents, not your siblings, not the woman you love – nobody. Everybody has a hidden agenda. Everyone could be working against you. You can only rely on yourself. And yet you yourself are inadequate for this task. You *must* rely on others, and therefore your life is a cycle of tenuous trust, betrayal, revenge, and failure. Death is your only release.
To say that this movie is dark is accurate, but then, so ultimately is the post-modern conundrum of having to rely on others that you can never trust. As Sabertooth literally begs Wolverine in one scene, the only hope, the only glimmer of release, is death itself. “Finish it” Sabertooth pants. You’ll have to see the movie to decide whether or not his wish is granted.
I find it interesting that the only way some of the characters in this film can be killed is through decapitation. The removal of the head, the brain, the rational control center. For any of the *real* (meaning useful, resourceful, talented, strong, etc) mutants, this elimination of the seat of reason is the only way to kill them. Weaker mutants can be eliminated through other means, including a bullet wound to the gut, the classical location of the emotions. But for those who embrace the bleakness of postmodernism and survive in it, you gotta eliminate their ability to think.
The movie is a lot of visual eye candy. Jackman looks good throughout, with the ideal male physique displayed liberally. The back story is compelling in it’s bleakness. Having not seen the other two films in the franchise – or followed the comic book – I’m sure that there is a lot of subtle meaning infused into events that went completely unnoticed by me. Yet the plot is easy enough to follow without this detailed understanding of how the character has been built and portrayed up until this movie. It seems like a strong continuation of a franchise that is likely to keep playing out over the next 20 years or more – if viewers can be convinced that the lives of the weaker mutants can be equally interesting to the lives of the most glorious mutants.
I’m so excited.
A sharp wit and biting sarcasm are often effective covers for fundamental flaws in logic or holes in an argument. What can’t be demonstrated through logic or argument can sometimes be more convincing simply by mocking the opposing viewpoint. I appreciate this fact, and rely on it daily.
I have followed only sporadically the case of Colleen Hauser and her 13-year old son Daniel who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is a sad situation, and I pray for Daniel as well as his parents. May God grant Daniel healing, and quickly.
I find this to be not at all surprising, and also a means of explaining why the President of a Catholic University might feel so strongly about defending the decision to invite a commencement speaker so blatantly outspoken against some of the most fundamental beliefs of the Catholic Church. The president of Notre Dame University, Fr. John Jenkins, sits on a board for an organization that actively promotes contraceptives as a solution to problems in Africa.
The garden at my church is coming along great! We had our first workday this past Saturday to do some weeding. There are more weeds to be pulled, but we made a good start of it. I keep praying that we will begin to draw interest from folks in our community who want to participate. I just talked with one woman who saw a recent article that the local city paper ran based on a press release I sent them. Hopefully she’ll be able to join us for our next workday, and will share the information with friends as well!
Writing is difficult work. If nothing else, reading this blog should prove that it is very difficult to write well, and that more often than not, people (including myself) write poorly. Writing theologically is even more difficult. The need for clarity, the need to write precisely about things that are in some ways very imprecise, and the need to write accessibly are each cherry bombs that must be adequately juggled constantly so that one does not have one’s hands blown off.