August 08, 2004
movin' on up
The water is rising quickly here in Movable Type-land, so I think it's time to jump ship while I still can. I may be back, I may not. (Damn those cheap internet drug pushers and their cursed comment spam!)
My new home will be over here... at least until the free trial runs out! Be sure to update your links.
See ya on the flipside.
Should be good.
August 07, 2004
As the US sits between political conventions, Sister Joan has some thoughts on the media's role in all this.
Here's a couple of examples:
"In fact, discussion of issues is a dying art in the United States, if it ever existed here at all. For a country that prides itself on freedom of speech, we pay very little attention at all to the quality of the speeches we're free to make."
"We have turned American politics into another kind of athletic competition rather than into a pursuit of philosophical and political possibilities."
Read the whole piece here.
(Still working on fixing the comment problem. I miss your input!
UPDATE: OK, so every once in a while a comment slips through. I can't leave or edit any, though. Strange...)
August 05, 2004
The comments are still fried, and it's just as well... I can't seem to get anything to come out of the pen these days. No matter, others are saying it better anyway.
August 04, 2004
OK, so I was hammered with about 300 spam comments, and now it looks like my template is messed up and comments aren't working.
August 03, 2004
More good stuff from Ringma and Ellul this morning:
The vision of the kingdom of God is always subversive, for it envisages a change from the old order to the new.
Ellul confides that "the issue of revolution... has remained central to my life." This may initially strike us as strange. Revolution is more the province of social activists than theologians.
But radical change, the key factor in any revolution, lies at the very heart of the biblical message. We believe in the need for the radical change of individuals through faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe that our communities should be touched by the redemptive and transforming grace of Christ. Moreover, we believe that our societies and their social, economic and political structures should be tempered by the values of God's kingdom. No area of life should remain untouched by the changing power that flows from the cross of Christ. Therefore, radical language that has become the sole province of parties of the traditional Left should be reappropriated by the Christian community as it seeks to work out a practical expression of Christianity governed by law and justice.
I love the word "radical". Jesus was radical... there was nothing subtle about His message. We all too often seem to forget that.
July 31, 2004
God be praised
I'm sitting here on the balcony watching something... beautiful.
The sun is setting and the sky is an incredible colour that has yet to be properly identified. A few minutes ago a cab pulled up to our gate. I guess the fare got out and left - I really wasn't paying attention. But now something remarkable is happening. Instead of leaving the driver turned off the engine, popped the trunk and got out of the car. Apparently the mat in the trunk doubles as prayer rug, because he's laid it on the ground and has removed his shoes. He's now absorbed in his prayers, being careful to face both the mat and his body to the east.
Today started out innocently enough. But, with too much time on my hands tonight and some self-indulgent aggrandizing of the past, I ended up having one of those "What have I done, and what the hell are we doing here?" kind of nights.
Now I'm watching a devout man kneeling out in front of our condo, and I feel better. Take this anyway you will, but watching him pray reminds me that God is in charge.
There is nowhere I would rather be.