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Consisting of relflections in a variety of categories, including:
<li>scripture (homiletic reflections)
<li>philosophy (metaphysics or epistemology)
<li>spiritual development
<li>science or mathematics
<li>Church documents

Nothing is what it seems...

So closes the following report from CNN: "War is hell, opportunity," an personal journal piece written by Anderson Cooper. Apart from the obvious meaning of "War is hell, opportunity," namely, "War is an opportunity for hell," I'm not so sure there's much depth to his report. Certainly, the game is not worth what it seems to be to most people. His complete final paragraph is as follows:

the voice of one crying out in the desert...[John 1:6-8,19-28]

The Jerusalem of Jesus' time was a commercial as well as a political and religious hub of activity. It had a problem with political terrorism, mostly from the extreme wing of the Zealot party, but this was largely under control. It had problems with soap-box preachers, but these were largely ignored. It had problems with disease and poverty and political corruption, but in this it was no different from every other major city in the world.

Anointed by God [Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11]

In the reading from Isaiah, chapter 61, we find a prophesy of salvation after a period of immense travail. Using language that hearkens to the jubilee year, declared in Leviticus, chapter 25, Isaiah tells us,
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God.

Lowry: Who is afraid of C.S. Lewis, and why?

Definitely worth a look, on how people in our post-modern culture feel threatened by C.S. Lewis' ideas: "Lowry: Who is afraid of C.S. Lewis, and why?"

Amy Welborn on the new Narnia film...

A very useful critique: "open book: All Hyped Out." I believe her main point is this: don't expect the movie to deliver the depth of meaning found in the books. Oh, and you might want to show up to the movie at least 10 minutes late, to give time for the previews of coming "distractions" to play out.


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