30 December 2005

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SUBVERSIVE CHRISTIANITY Most recently I finished this short and packed-full work by Brian Walsh. For those of you familiar with Walter Brueggemann's THE PROPHETIC IMAGINATION, this work makes a great companion piece as it sets loose many of Brueggemann's concepts, based on the prophet Jeremiah, in modern Western history and is certainly easier to read though no less devestating. Even for those looking for an introduction to those topics, perhaps with less an eye for Brueggemann's sometimes thick style shoud give this and Walsh's more recent work with Sylvia Keesmaat, COLOSSIANS REMIXED: SUBVERTING THE EMPIRE.

All are available and recommended from my favorite book store Hearts and Minds. These are books for a New Year. These are books that truly call us to celebrate the coming of the Christ in what He enables if we only will grasp for it.

Every one of Brian Walsh's read books have changed my mind and slowly that is seeping through into my life.

08 December 2005

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Two weeks ago I finally rented this eye opening quality film on Robert McNamera's present and past perspectives on the Vietnam war, his time with the Ford Motor Company, and serving in WWII. This is was certainly the best spent time in front of a television screen in a long while. I strongly urge you to check it out the next time you are going to watch a movie even if you seldom like documentaries; this one is is brillantly put together. And for those of you wondering, it is NOT really an anti-war movie at least not in any obvious sense. That is all up to what the viewer does with the information. Oh! I almost forgot, Philip Glass did the score. Mmmmmmmmmm.

Check out the trailer and site:
www.sonyclassics.com/fogofwar


Other films I have viewed in the recent monthes:

THE LAST TEMPTATION OF JESUS CHRIST - Does not warrant the controversy if viewed the whole way through. Yet on the whole it is rather long and somewhat pointless seeming and there is plenty left unquestioned that still rub me wrong about it even though I know it isn't intended as anything but fiction.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - Tim Burton's reimagining of the Dahl classic. I felt that the look and majority of the film's feeling was spot on but the OMPA-LOMPAs really annoyed me and occassionally the framing of the picture in the factory was a little claustraphobic. Not a really great use of time.

BORN INTO BROTHELS - Not the dark and convicting film that I thought it would be. Others I know feared this as well which is why it has taken me so long to see it and why they still haven't. Really this movie was a joy to watch even as the film went on and the setting came to the fore. Recommended.
 
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