Friday, October 19, 2007
Also this weekend my home Diocese of California will be meeting in Convention at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.
Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in Albuquerque and San Francisco for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The thought of the laziest president in history chastising Congress and telling them all they must do (while ignoring his vetoes and threats of same, the obstructionist tactics of the congressional GOP that delay or defeat practically anything that comes to either floor, and the actual accomplishments of a Congress that has done more than the previous one)--well, it makes the gorge rise along with the blood pressure.
When one contemplates the disastrous policies of this presidency on every imaginable front, the damage done to this nation and the world, and the arrogance with which they flout the law at every turn, it really is amazing and pathetic that millions don't march in the streets every week demanding a return to constitutional government. By the time folks get around to marching they will have the new device that causes intolerable pain in place for crowd control.
Have we already kissed our democracy goodbye?
WTF is this man still doing in office? Will the dems in Congress never find their gonads?
It was painful to listen to the press conference this morning. He sounded drunk, as well as stupid, insulting, and inarticulate. Narcissists should never be given this much power. The man (and I use the term as an act of obedience to the Christian faith) is a blight on the office.
There. I've stewed all day and had my rant.
--the cranky BB
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
for the BIBLE tells me so, the movie
From the movie's website:
Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families -- including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson -- we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.
Bearsy Bob says check it out.
[Any old fans of Joe Bob Briggs and his movie reviews out there?]
The BB in Ploshchad Ostrovskovo, St Petersburg,
in front of the Statue of Katherine the Lawgiver
h/t to Pseudopiskie, who scored the same
Monday, October 15, 2007
One late afternoon as we were walking along we agreed that "we worship a goofy God."
Which Disney character am I?
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|You scored as Goofy|
Your alter ego is Goofy! You are fun and great to be around, and you are always willing to help others. You arn't worried about embarrassing yourself, so you are one who is more willing to try new things.
Relieved that I score so low for Augie and Edwards. Hmm, I took this a few hours ago and my Tillich was higher than Luther but as I was trying to post this my whole system crashed. Oh well. The main result remains the same: Moltmann. No surprise to me.
Which theologian are you?
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|You scored as Jürgen Moltmann|
The problem of evil is central to your thought, and only a crucified God can show that God is not indifferent to human suffering. Christian discipleship means identifying with suffering but also anticipating the new creation of all things that God will bring about.
Just for the record, I know that Augie said some really good things about God and love and grace and all. He was also one hella effed up chap--too much the Manichee and twisted on sex. Then again, the poor chap had Monica in the background screeching, "Augie! When you gonna dump that trollop and come home to live with your mother and be a good Christian boy?" Sheesh.
You may well guess that Monica is not on my calendar: chiseled from the diptychs permanently. I just don't need to celebrate the patron of nagging mothers, thanks.
I like Moltmann. He makes sense to me. What does not make sense is splitting the First and Second Persons of the Trinity and calling Patripassionism a heresy. How can you read the Bible and its tales of a passionate God and decide that God cannot suffer? That is just not a biblical idea. Give me the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which I believe is also one with the Heart of God (it's all metaphor folks, so chill). A God who feels what creation feels is a God I can, will, and do worship.
I have seen too much of the dark side of "traditional" theories of atonement not to consider most of what is claimed to be codswallop. Sin: real. Redemption: crucial. Vicarious sacrifice to placate an angry deity: horsefeathers, as my mother would say. Christ's obedience: very important, though less so than its ground, his union of love with God. The Cross: absolutely central. The devil's role in all this: irrelevant. When God is at work, everything else shrinks in significance.
Glory to God who has not abandoned us in our sin and folly, nor is untouched by our pain and sorrow, nor unmoved by our lostness and confusion, but who comes to us in grace and power and mercy to bring us back to Godself!