1. In Mark Galli’s recent column over at Christianity Today, “The God Who Became Blood”, he uses his dysfunctional prostate as a jumping off point to talk about the Incarnation:

“Whenever we see clear signs of our humanity—our vulnerability and mortality—we are apt to become frightened and flush the red liquid down the toilet, and then clean up any signs splattered about. We like our religion clean and sanitary, a religion that enables us to transcend our humanity, a religion that makes us feel powerful, one that can transform us. But the religion of Jesus is a religion of blood. It’s about weakness and death. It’s not about blood as an interesting metaphor, but about taking in deep drafts of humanity, relishing Jesus’ blood as we would a fine glass of wine.
This thing we call our humanity is, after all, the flesh and blood God created and called “very good,” the flesh and blood assumed by God’s Son, the flesh and blood that died on the cross, the flesh and blood that renews us in our humanity week in and week out.”

2. It may be a rotten summer at the box office, TS3 notwithstanding, but with M. Night’s latest catastrophe, The Last Airbender, and Sex and The City 2 before it, it’s been a banner season for movie critics. I’ve never read such horrendous or hilarious reviews. A.O. Scott writes, “the idea that this is just the first Last Airbender seems either delusionally optimistic or downright cruel.” Roger Ebert writes,  “The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. The laws of chance suggest that something should have gone right. Not here.” Keith Phipps on The A/V Club goes as far as saying, “If any movie ever warranted a class-action lawsuit against the filmmakers, it’s The Last Airbender.” !!

We may have to commission a “grace for M. Night” post… Any takers? In the meantime, check out Margaret Evans’ “Life In The Shallows” column, which covers a lot of related ground.

3. A great little post on CNN.com by Jonathan Acuff, author of Stuff Christians Like, entitled “Why Christians Are Jerks Online,” where he makes the bold claim that Jesus even came to save sanctimonious bloggers… (ht BS).

4. Interesting article about online marriage counseling at The NY Times, “Seeking To Pre-mpt Marital Strife”:

“It seems like we’re even more resistant to thinking about getting help for our relationship than we are for depression or anxiety,” said Brian D. Doss, an assistant psychology professor at the University of Miami. “There’s a strong disincentive to think about your relationship as being in trouble — that’s almost admitting failure by admitting that something isn’t right.”

Newsweek weighs in on the same topic with the depressing, sign-o-the-times-heavy I Don’t (ht BM).

5. In video games, check out the trailer for El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, based on the apocryphal book of Enoch(!), ht SZ:

Then, as an antidote, read, mark and inwardly digest programmer Andy Geers’ Old Testament Adventures Creed, which represents about as Mockingbird-friendly approach to video game programming as we’re likely to find.