Saturday, November 25, 2006

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Friday, November 24, 2006


Dejavu , directed by Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Denzel Washington (unusually smiley), Val Kilmer (a bit hefty), and Jim Caviezel (not so Jesus), is one of the best films I have seen that blends solid acting, intelligent plot development, creative and gripping special effects, entertaining action, and theological dialogue.

Without introducing a spoiler, suffice it to say that the action is classic Bruckheimer, the narrative christocentric, the dialogue at once deterministic and voltarian, and the conclusion pleasing. Colored by speculation on parallel universe theory and the dejavu phenomenon, the film delivers and eclectic yet cohesive action film filled with philosophy.

Lines such as, "What if you had to tell somebody the most important thing in the world, but you knew they would never believe you? I would tell them anyway. You never know what people will believe." invite dialogue and reflection.

Check it out, with a friend, and explore these finely filmed themes.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

A Few Thoughts on Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday, though originally and legislatively is a God-centered celebration, has become a heavily politicized, commercialized and humanized tradition. From the political demonstrations of indians in D.C. to the food and football focus in the American home, the origin and orientation of Thanksgiving is easily forgotten.

It is forgotten that the first thanksgiving was the fruit of pilgrims' praise, in fellowship with Indians, to a God who had led them through adversity. In our land of plenty God's provision is not recognized as the product of divine mercy, but as the well-earned product of human work. No doubt, our participation in the creation mandate is essential in harvesting our plenty, but that mandate is also a blessing secured by the mercy of God. There are many people whose work in the ruling and subduing of the earth is equal, but thier produce unequal. Nevertheless, our Thanksgiving roots are not economical, as many would have us believe of the opportunist pilgrims.

It is forgotten that Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the holiday "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens." Started by the pligrims and sanctioned by a president, this day commemorates the faithfulness of God, not the fortitude of man. Perhaps our land of plenty dulls our sensitivities to the infinite mercies of God? Perhaps the presence of adversity would foster greater recognition of the endless reasons to thank our beneficent Father?

I am reminded of God's faithfulness in providing for us, leading us to Austin, and giving my wife a fruitful womb. In turn, I consider not only his mercy, but also his creativity and propencity to produce life.
I think of the assasination of the Prime Minister of Lebanon in the context of the killing of Jesus--for both there is the hope of the resurrection. I consider the hundreds killed or injured by blasts in Iraq today in the context of His promise to restore all things...and long for that day. I thank God for God, for being an essentially creative, life-giving, world-renewing Creator who in Christ has set the creation project back on track, destined for an eternal state of fructification and glorification.

Thank God for God.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Place of Sin in Biblical Theology

In reading Neal Plantinga's Engaging God's World I came across this striking quote:

“The Bible’s big double message is creation and redemption. Sin intervenes but never as an independent theme. Thus St. Paul, the Bible’s chief theologian of sin and grace, speaks of sin in terms of what it is against.” ~ Engaging Gods World, 87

What are your thoughts? Has Plantinga correctly framed sin within redemptive history, biblical theology?

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