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Children of Uganda

Following up with my previous post about the TV--or technology in the 20th century for that matter--and how we in turn respond to the needs we see around us in the "global village", I bring you something quite sobering.

Have you seen Invisible Children? I have yet to get my hands on a copy of the film, and I'm not actually sure how to go about doing so. I called both video stores in Sparta and neither one is carrying it. Over the past couple months I have heard it mentioned, but I have yet to engage with anyone about the film. While doing some reading on JR's blog, I wound up stumbling across the website for the movie/mission/movement surrounding the Invisible Children of northern Uganda (For fun, this is the path that I went down to find this site: A>B>C>D>E. "Funny" sometimes how we come across things.)

Sadly, I knew very little about this long standing humanitarian crisis before doing more reading on it tonight. Very brief summary of the …

"This Instrument"

As of late, the power and influence of the television and the internet has been on my mind.

One of the more recent movies that I have seen was Good Night and Good Luck, a film based on the "Red Scare" of the 50s and the influence that Edward R. Murrow, a CBS television personality, had on bringing it to light in America. The film was just another billboard along the highway that's made me think about the power of media, or access to global information more precisely.

Towards the end of the flick, Murrow had this to say about the power of the television (while he not so subtly derided the increasing lean towards the tv's entertainment appeal rather than its other capabilities) :

"This instrument can teach, it can illuminate, and yes, it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it towards those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights and a box."

I think he was on to something. Of course nowadays we have a m…

Winged Horses

C.S. Lewis often causes me to stop, place the book down and ponder his writings more often than nearly any other writer I enjoy. In the second to last chapter of Mere Christianity, Lewis discusses the process of sanctification in the Christian life. Those who have decided to give their lives over to the lordship of Christ are being changed into new beings. Our character is being redeemed. But Lewis offers this question, "If Christianity is true why are not all Christians obviously 'nicer' than all non-Christians?" The reality is that we don't change over night, although some of us would like to and some of us would like others to :) God became a man (Jesus) to give his life so that we could be turned into his sons and daughters, "not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature. Of course...there may be a period,…

Bonjour de Paris

I was a little suprised when I got my results, but I've been to Paris and it was fascinating. Although, I think that there are other cities in Europe that I would enjoy more.

You Belong in Paris

You enjoy all that life has to offer, and you can appreciate the fine tastes and sites of Paris.
You're the perfect person to wander the streets of Paris aimlessly, enjoying architecture and a crepe.What European City Do You Belong In?

Did they eat sushi at the Last Supper?

Who knew that all those times you've sunk your teeth into some sushi you've likely been supporting a self-proclaimed Messiah's dream (i.e. Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church). Lately, I've been noticing stories such as this on an increasing basis. Not about sushi lords, but just about people with a Messiah-complex. Jesus warned us about those who would come after him and claim to be a savior. Author, James Tabor, is now questioning much of what we hold true about Jesus Christ. In Jesus Dynasty, he says that in fact Jesus never claimed to be a Messiah and was a twin-messiah, with intentions of building an earthly kingdom. What will they think of next?

Time and Newseek and CNN cover stories about the historicity of Jesus Christ. Mass culture is exposed to movies and books that illuminate the life of this man we know as Jesus Christ and bring to the forefront of American culture's mind many questions about this man. And of course there is the battle b…

(after)Life.

My last post addressed a small portion of my thoughts on this life, in which we feel a beating heart, or feel the pain of a headache, or see the beauty of a sunset, or taste freshly baked cookies or smell the odor or manure. It's also the life in which the media and entertainment industry tells us, "Live for now and make yourself happy with lots of stuff." There's a song out (yes, it's a country song, one of the few times you'll hear me quoting one) that says, "I've never seen a hearse with a luggage rack." I'm not discounting this life or suggesting that it has no bearing on anything, but the complete opposite is true. It means more than we could ever imagine. Here are a few thoughts from a few men on this subject:

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that I was made for another world." C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

"It is since Christians have largel…

Life.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well." -Psalm 139
"Your natural life is derived from your parents; that does not mean it will stay there if you do nothing about it...You have to feed it and look after it: but always remember you are not making it, you are only keeping up a life you got from someone else." -C.S. Lewis, Mere ChristianityIn my own power, I did absolutely nothing to start me. My life is not my own. It follows then that life is not a story about me. So what exactly is life a story about? Why do we care? Should we care? Do we really want to know?

I think that the answer that echoes throughout the halls of millenia past is a resounding, "YES!" We have tirelessly discussed, argued, philosophized, theorized, pondered and lost sleep over these questions. Everyone thinks about it; whether he o…

The Pain that is Chuck Norris

I really enjoy a good laugh. Who doesn't? It just so happens that the recent craze over Chuck Norris had had me rolling. In part, because I actually watched Walker Texas Ranger with my dad on Saturday nights in its heyday...for real. The best part is that it isn't coming at the expense of Chuck, he even has his own favorite "facts" about himself. I have compiled some of my favorite Chuck Norris "facts" from a slew of different sources and listed them below. If you want to check the source, just Google it and you'll find all of these. So, without further adieu...laugh away:


Chuck Norris can unscramble an egg.Chuck Norris counted to infinity - twice.Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that's why there are no signs of life there.Chuck Norris can touch MC HammerChuck Norris ordered a Big Mac at Burger King, and got one.Someone once tried to tell Chuck Norris that roundhouse kicks aren't the best way to ki…