Showing posts from June, 2006

Sin, Sorrow, and the Savior

God hates idolatry. This should be no surprise, since serving anything but God is to show a hatred for God Himself. When I pursue other things in place of Him—when I, in essence, spit in the face of holiness—it is an insult of the grossest kind.

In Scripture, God doesn’t mince any words about idolatry. For example…

“They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods; with abominations they provoked Him to anger.” (Deuteronomy 32:16)

“They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; they have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols.” (Deuteronomy 32:21a)

“You shall not bow down to [idols] nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.” (Exodus 20:5)

“(for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God).” (Exodus 34:14)

“I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images.” (I…


I just hurt my ankle playing Nerf basketball.

Before my injury, I was on fire. Actually, so was Angela. In fact, she’s still on fire. Shaun, on the other hand, can’t sink a shot to save his life.

Anyway, I’m going to see about workman’s comp…


The statement I am about to make isn’t grounded on objective observation (I can’t see into the future), but I’m going to throw caution into the winds of personal feeling and say it anyway: The Lake House is the best movie of 2006. I know, we’re not even halfway through the year yet. I have no right making such a claim. But make it I will. Romances like this simply don’t come along every day…or year…or decade.

I’m not a big fan of chick flicks, for two main reasons: (1) typically, they center around immorality, and (2) they are extremely unrealistic. As such, most modern romances could be appropriately filed under the category of “fantasy.” For me, fantasy and romance aren’t usually the best combination. (I have a hard enough time as it is viewing romance from a Biblical perspective without subjecting myself to Dr. Worldly Love’s advice.) The Lake House, interestingly enough, is a fantasy—and yet it reaches heights of relational realism that other films only dream about.

Though it isn’t …

Euphonious Everwood

As is true with all television shows, Everwood couldn’t last forever. After four seasons, it has ended. Not only did the show involve splendid writing (in particular, the banter between Doctors Abbot and Brown was priceless) and superb acting (especially by Emily VanCamp), it included a wonderful musical score by Blake Neely. You can listen to the Season 1 main theme here. Great music. (In fact, we used the score from episode 306, “Shoot The Moon,” as a temp track for the documentary A Weakness Worth Boasting.)

At the end of the season—and show—finale, we got to see Ephram and Amy together…again…forever…finally. It took them long enough—like, foreverwood. (You might think that’s just a bad pun, but it is actually the title of the final episode. So, it’s a bad pun with thematic significance.)

CARS (2006)

Cars is the longest Pixar film to date (beating The Incredibles by a scant sixty seconds), with a sometimes-sluggish and less-than-original storyline, a small amount of surprisingly racy humor (pun intended), a mediocre musical score, and less funny/witty moments than are found in typical Pixar fare…and it is still better than anything else recently released by Hollywood.

Through a series of unfortunate events, a self-centered racecar, Lightning McQueen, is stranded in a tiny mid-western town on his way to California to compete in a race for the Piston Cup. Through his interaction with the local inhabitants, Lightning learns important lessons about life’s priorities. True to Pixar originality, the climactic sequence ends in a decidedly anti-Hollywood way, giving the film’s somewhat clichéd message a large does of moral potency.

There aren’t enough effective adjectives to describe Pixar filmmaking. Compare the “cow tipping” jokes in Cars to those in the Open Season trailer. One makes you…

Movies with the Muppets

Do you ever get tired of movie critics taking themselves so seriously? Well, I don’t—but that’s beside the point. Check out “From the Balcony,” a hilarious Muppet version of Ebert and Roeper. Here, film critics Statler and Waldorf review spoofs and parodies of the latest movies. There’s nothing quite like Muppet humor, and these shows are consistently funny. In a recent episode, “Mutants Professor X Rejected,” they deal with the third X-Men, including scenes from “mutant auditions”—where we get to see mutants like “The Blimp” who didn’t make the cut. Priceless!

Check This Out—It Really Works!

The prophetic power of chocolate

It takes less than a minute. Work this out as you read ...

Be sure you don’t read the bottom until you’ve worked it out!
This is not one of those “waste of time” things, it’s fun.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than once but less than 10)

2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)

3. Add 5

4. Multiply it by 50

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1756 .... If you haven’t, add 1755.

6. Now subtract the four-digit year that you were born.

You should have a three-digit number

The first digit of this was your original number (i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).

The next two numbers are

YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!)

Morning Meditation

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
Lamentations 3:22-24

I’ve been meditating on Lamentations 3:23 today. In the context of the passage, we see that God’s mercies are new every morning—but not because there’s an automatic “reset” button at the beginning of each day, by which all our previous sins are somehow overlooked. We don’t deserve to start the day with a clean slate simply because it’s a new day. No, “we are not consumed” only because “Great is [the LORD’s] faithfulness.” And what is the cornerstone of God’s faithfulness to sinners who deserve to be consumed by His displeasure? That cornerstone is the cross, where Christ was consumed in our place. Therefore, we are free to say, “The LORD is my portion…Therefore I hope in Him!”

Mel Gibson Needs Grammar Lessons


Random and Peripheral Thoughts on New Attitude

See me near the front right? (I can’t either.)

The ride up to Louisville involved two fifteen-passenger vans and one car. Each vehicle had a name that corresponded with something in The Wizard of Oz. The car was Toto. The van I rode in was Dorothy. We dubbed the other van The Wicked Witch, but for some reason they didn’t like that name. Instead, they decided to be called White Tornado. (I liked our choice better.)

As we unpacked in our Galt House hotel room (which was a rather large and sweet suite), Zach Willis and I talked about sleep—I wanted to get some sleep during the weekend and he didn’t. In fact, he called me a pansy for desiring some good rest while in Louisville. Well, strangely enough, every night I returned to the hotel room, the lights were off and everyone was fast asleep. Pansy my foot.

This looks like a superhero pose.

Michael Claytor and I went to dinner at Hard Rock Café Sunday night. They had a live band playing really loud music. I mean really loud. We couldn’t even t…

Na ’06

This Memorial Day weekend, several singles from our church attended the national Na (New Attitude) conference in Louisville, KY. The tongue-in-cheek slogan for this year: “Save the Wheel.” The theme for this year: “Humble Orthodoxy”—i.e., committing to live humbly according to unchanging truth. My experience can be summed up with two phrases: “completely amazing” and “completely horrible.” Let me explain.

The messages were amazing, although a lot of material was crammed into a few days. It was indeed like taking a drink from a fire hydrant. By the end of the conference, we were soaked to the bone with sound doctrine (a good “problem” to have). Two messages in particular stood out to me. First, Dr. Mike Bullmore explained the functional centrality of the gospel. He was extremely clear and gave several specific examples on exactly how to apply the foundational truth of the gospel to every area of life. Second, Eric Simmons taught on the importance of evangelism. I would go so far as to s…