A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma...
I lead a Thursday morning Bible study. Recently, we have been working our way through the parables (often using the backdrop of Robert Capon’s amazing Kingdom, Grace, Judgment), and this morning, it was time for The Parable of the Sower. You can imagine how happy I was when fellow Mbirder, Ethan Magness posted this clip on Facebook last night, understating, “it’s a nice portrait of imputation.”
The Secret Santa is a perfect analogy for the Sower, who scatters seed willy-nilly across all types of ground. As a group this morning, we were struck by just how strange it is that the…
Have you ever heard of Italo? The name refers to a genre of music that was made primarily in Italy (though not exclusively), and is basically a catch-all term for the pop music of 1980s Italy. What could be more intriguing?
Like any genre of music, Italo carries with it degrees of sophistication, polish, and genuine artistry. A lot of Italo was made by youngsters in make-shift home studios. But some of it was created in the big flashy studios of Rome and Bologna. There are a few cross-over Italo hits that made it to the radio in the States too….
A beautiful passage about mercy and marital strife from the first chapter of Francis Spufford’s Unapologetic:
I remember a morning about 15 years ago. It was a particularly bad morning, after a particularly bad night. We had been caught in one of those cyclical rows that reignite every time you think they come to an exhausted close, because the thing that’s wrong won’t be left alone, won’t stay out of sight if you try to turn away from it. Over and over, between midnight and six, when we finally gave up and got up, we’d helplessly looped from tears, and the…
IX. Of Original or Birth-sin.
Original Sin standeth not in the following of Adam, (as the Pelagians do vainly talk;) but it is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the spirit…
A beautiful passage about what it means to have a spiritual “awakening,” taken from Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions:
“Still more wonderful is the feeling that we do not have to be specially distinguished among our fellows in order to be useful and profoundly happy. Not many of us can be leaders of prominence, nor do we wish to be. Service, gladly rendered, obligations squarely met, troubles well accepted or solved with God’s help, the knowledge that at home or in the world outside we are partners in a common effort, the well-understood fact that in God’s sight all…
Here is a list of my favorite movies from 2011. Overall, it was a surprisingly good year for film.
Of Interest For Theological Reasons
Super 8 –> And a child shall lead them. Great baptism at the end, like something out of the book of Acts, where “3,000 were added to their numbers”.
50/50 –> Tons of grace in practice in this movie, though pretty crass and not for the easily offended. “My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Bill Cunningham New York –> “Money is cheap. Freedom is the most expensive thing.” A fantastic documentary about a man who knows the wisdom of…
Christmas is almost here, just like Kurtis Blow’s switch to full-time ministry was “almost here” in 1980, when this clip was filmed:
But what do you have to say about the Bible, Rev. Blow? “While reading the Bible one day, I got so into it that I couldn’t put it down…” Nice, right?
You can read more about his Hip Hop Church, his new group Kurtis Blow & The Trinity, and their sophomore album Father, Son, & The Holy Ghost, thanks to these two NPR articles: Rapper Turned Minister Kurtis Blow and Worshipping Through Hip-Hop