Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fall TV line-up

It's premiere week for the alphabet networks, and so far I'm not sure what to think.

I discovered Heroes at the end of last year, and the season premiere last night, while action-less, promised an interesting season to come. I was very disappointed to not get some hint of what happened after the Petrelli brothers went shooting off into the air to blow up, but I guess I was asking for too much. The addition of David Anders to the cast, while maybe only for a short time, made me quite happy. I've also heard rumors of Kristen Bell joining the cast as well. That also will ensure I keep watching. The show is not without it's flaws - the end of last season felt very repetitive, so I hope that won't happen again. We'll see.



Tonight I turned to House, another late discovery for me, and loved every second of what I watched. (I did miss a little, since I'm trying to pack for a short work trip I'm leaving for tomorrow). With all the cottages gone, it was interesting to see what happened. This is not a must-see show for me, if I miss it's no big deal. But if I'm around and in the mood for TV, I'll be watching FOX on Tuesday nights at 8.





The big squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee moment will come Thursday night for the season premiere of The Office. I am simply giddy with anticipation. Yippee!








I'm not sure if I will turn to ABC after The Office to catch Grey's Anatomy. I told myself I wouldn't, but I'm not so sure I won't at least try a glimpse. I have invested in three seasons, as irritating as part of them were. The main draw for me at this point is the music - they have excellent taste. (See video below. Mat Kearney's voice is like home to me.)






What's on your fall schedule?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Dry Land

I spend a lot of time during my day thinking about God.

In fact, most of the time that's all I do. Think. And I think I've managed to substitute thinking about God for communicating with God.

I read books about God, blog posts about God, sometimes I even write about God. I pray for my friends overseas, I work in ministry, I talk about God with people. But lately I've had no intimate connection with him, no conversation back and forth. I feel like I know a lot about God, but I don't know God. The green pastures I once relished and relaxed in have become desert lands, dry and hot on my bare feet and weary on my soul. It's as though I've walked past the watering hole numerous times but ignored it in favor of the mirage up ahead.

So I've trudged along, missing the watering hole of intimacy only to find that shiny promise in the distance disappear.

Years ago while in a similar place in my relationship with Christ, a good friend said to me "You know what to do. I can't tell you anything you don't already know. It's like our friendship, we'll go through grand canyons times, but we'll always find our way back to each other."

I find myself longing to fall in love with God again. The adventure, the joy, the questioning, the passions. In short, the mountains and valleys. I'm tired of this plateau. I'm tired of the cracked dry land of my heart. I want to play in the water, let it rush over my head and refresh my soul. It's selfish, I know. It's also scary, because I've grown to know what the dry land has to offer me. And I've survived a long time on it.

But the watering hole is full of passion, unpredictability, longing. It is where I am made whole. This intimacy relieves my parched throat, fills my heart with hope. In it, I find life as it's meant to be lived. So why is it so hard for me to stop and drink?


Listen to my heart, can you hear it sing
Telling me to give you everything
Seasons may change, winter to spring
But I love you until the end of time

Come what may, come what may
I will love you until my dying day

Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace
Suddenly my life doesn't seem such a waste
It all revolves around you

And there's no mountain too high, no river too wide
Sing out this song and I'll be there by your side
Storm clouds may gather and stars may collide
But I love you until the end of time

Oh, Ernie



Nebraska State Senator Sues God Over Natural Disasters

*Blink*

Did I read that right?


Friday, September 14, 2007

Elsewhere

Tony Myles over at don't call me veronica has a great post today.

He set aside the last 8 days in order to deepen his connection with God. And he had some surprising results.

It's rare for me to single out an individual blog post, especially from blogs I list on my sidebar, simply because almost all of them are great. But this one? Outstanding.

Go read it.

Reviewing Sabbath

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Hee. Hee. I Knew It.

Which theologian am I most like?

You scored as Karl Barth, The daddy of 20th Century theology. You perceive liberal theology to be a disaster and so you insist that the revelation of Christ, not human experience, should be the starting point for all theology.

Karl Barth

73%

Paul Tillich

67%

John Calvin

67%

Martin Luther

67%

Charles Finney

33%

Augustine

33%

Friedrich Schleiermacher

33%

J├╝rgen Moltmann

33%

Anselm

33%

Jonathan Edwards

13%

Which theologian are you?
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

My Enemies are People Like Me



In the words of Derek Webb, "Peace by way of war is like purity by way of fornication. It's like telling someone murder is wrong and then showing them by way of execution".

Today I am in a state of both righteous anger and devastating sadness.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

In the News: 40-Day Fast

Liberal religious leaders will begin a 40-day fast this week (Sept. 6) to advocate for legislation that would cancel the debts of the world's 67 poorest countries.

Church Groups Push for Debt Relief

Good for them. Notice the religious leaders taking part in this project aren't labeled as conservative. Somehow social activist = liberal Christian nowadays. I'm working on a post about this subject that I will post at a later date, so I won't elaborate just yet.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Something to Laugh About?

Hardly.






Here is their apology:



Note their lack of eye contact with the camera, the flippant attitude and the all-around dismissal of their behavior. It makes me sad.