It’s been a long time since I’ve done a cross-country trip—a really long time—and I am having a terrible time adjusting back to East Coast time (three hours difference from West Coast). Part of it must be because my body is older—which I was reminded of yesterday when I went to my hair salon and spent the afternoon with girls at least 20 years (or more) younger than me. As we talked about movies, music and celebrities, I realized I could be their mother. Heh.
Anyway, since I can’t think like a real human being, I decided to post a collection of thoughts from those who can: here you go:
Interestingly, two bloggers I read just welcomed new additions to their families: congratulations to Ken at C-Orthodoxy (who has finally decided to read The Shack) and Matt at Bible Films (where you can also check out a list of the 10 Worst Movies About Jesus). Lauren has been a mom for several months already, but her daughter’s teaching her something new about trying new things. Dr. Vickrey blogs about what we should expect from our political leaders while Queen Spoo takes a more, urm, humorous approach about the upcoming presidential election in these parts, heh. Peter Chattaway has a great quote up from T.S. Elliot about literature that bears repeating:
It is our business, as readers of literature, to know what we like. It is our business, as Christians, as well as readers of literature, to know what we ought to like. It is our business as honest men not to assume that whatever we like is what we ought to like; and it is our business as honest Christians not to assume that we do like what we ought to like. And the last thing I would wish for would be the existence of two literatures, one for Christian consumption and the other for the pagan world.And all God’s people said, Amen. Elsewhere in the blogosphere, Jeff Berryman muses on richness. Tall Skinny Kiwi reposts some good advice to bloggers—worth reading again. By the way, Questing Parson may have moved, but his stuff is still right on target, heh.
the humanizing of Klaatu in the upcoming remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. And speaking yet again of remakes, did you know the 1984 Red Dawn is on its way back to the big screen?! Oiy. That film was one of the more memorable from my early college years (yes, I’m that old); there were those in my generation who were surprised when we graduated from high school (and then suspected we wouldn’t make our college graduations) because we took it pretty much for granted that the world would end in nuclear winter and Jesus would be back any day. (Since then, I’m just as sure Jesus is coming back but dispensational theology has become one of my least favorite things.) Anyway, that film fit right in with our worldview. I must admit, my seemingly built-in skepticism when it comes to remakes is kicking in full gear here. Okay, changing subjects: Barbara Nicolosi goes against the grain with Dark Knight and helped me decide what movie my husband and I will not see this afternoon, heh. Speaking of The Dark Knight, Ken and Joe reviewed the film on their blogs. Jeffrey Overstreet writes a piece countering the objections to the film—and puts up a clip from Pixar’s next project, Up (whom my friend in Hollywood says has great buzz surrounding it). Bringing The Shack to the big screen has Wayne Jacobsen waxing about being in over his head (“I haven’t touched the bottom of the lake in so long,” he writes, “I don’t remember what it feels like anymore”)—and how God’s love is keeping him relaxing on top of it all.
And now, I’m going to go drink more coffee. Ack.
(Image: jet photo is public domain via Wikipedia; Red Dawn, MGM/UA Entertainment)