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What I Am Thinking About… If You Cared

November 3, 2010

1.  I am fascinated with the present debate sorrounding origin-of-life issues as it has risen to a fever pitch in the last few months.  Tim Keller here presented some good pastoral wisdom on the topic, but also offered a fascinating solution first proposed by Derek Kidner.  Al Mohler is a polarizing figure in this debate and his ongoing contentious relationship with the talking heads over at Biologos is nothing short of entertaining (though I am guessing they wouldn’t like it to be called entertainment).  Kevin DeYoung also interviewed Jay Richards of the Discovery Institute (of the Intelligent Design ilk) for some interesting clarification of terms about what ID is and is not.   This is a great and highly significant debate that probably will not be settled anytime soon, but affects how we understand the nature of evil, sin, humanity, and even God – so stay tuned on this one!

2.  So it turns out the seven castaways in Gilligan’s Island were all metaphors for the seven deadly sins!  Would this make the island hell?  Forget LOST, let’s go back to the original stranded on a desert island television extravaganza!

3.  I am reading Robert Alter’s translation of the Psalms (excellent), John Calvin’s Institutes of Christian Religion (again excellent), Kenda Creasy Dean’s Almost Christian (fascinating but a bit redundant), John Coe and Todd Hall’s Psychology in the Spirit (my former professor’s incredibly compelling account of what Psychology could actually be), Joe McIlhaney and Freda McKissic Bush’s Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children (read it! it is short and fascinating), and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (right now Frodo and Sam are looking into Galadriel’s mirror).

4. I have recently purchased and am listening to Sufjan Steven’s The Age of Adz (this album will take some time to digest), The Local Natives’ Gorilla Manor (instantly appealing, let’s see if it has the legs to be a long term listen), and Emmylou Harris’ All I Intended To Be (even she is convinced that Bakersfield ala Kern River is worth never visiting again! but in all seriousness a beautiful album)

5.  The election – is it wishful thinking that the Rebulican’s will be able to take their recent victory not as a mandate but rather as a helpful corrective?  Is it a fool’s hope that though the Democrats pushed the healthcare legislation through on an obscure loophole that no common American understands, and effectively tossing “bi-partisanship” out the window, that the Rebulicans and the country can set that aside and move forward toward a more united future in which we can agree at least on a common vision of America (it is ironic that it takes a loss of monumental proportions for both parties to realize that the country isn’t mandating anything, but in all seriousness wants both parties to play nice and get some stuff done for the country)?  On this note, it is funny to hear the leader of the free world use the word “shellacking” – not very elegant but apt if I do say so myself.

That’s what I’m thinking about, what about you?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. JRutt permalink
    November 10, 2010 4:50 pm

    I care.

    I don’t know where you heard about #2, but it would be worth casting away into the past to find out.

    Gorilla Manor has legs and will last a life time for me. If Age of Adz was put out by anyone other than Sufjan (who’s song “Devil’s Territory” made my #1 song of the last decade) than I would’ve thrown the albunm out the window of my car already. But then again, sometimes with a little patience you grow to love something you once frustrated you. So we’ll see what happens with Sufjan’s new one. (Sidebar – All Delighted People EP is fantastic!)

    It is not a fool’s hope. This is what I think we all want in our nation. Will it happen now? God, I hope so!

    • November 29, 2010 11:50 am

      I think Adz is growing on me, there is still “unconquered territory” in the album that seems wild and un-tamable, but he has sufficiently convinced me that entering the wild will be worth it.

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