Feb 29 2004

Misdirected Passion? (updated)

Just saw The Passion.

Still processing, but here are some initial (very raw) thoughts:

I was not really ‘blown away’ by anything but the violence. I felt the movie centered too much on what happened, rather than why it happened. Perhaps I’m missing the point, but in my mind, without the ‘why’ the ‘what’ loses a lot of it’s impact. Sure they had flashbacks, but IMHO too much of the movie was endless beating. I never had to turn away (I did gasp a few times) but after awhile I became numb to it… and I ‘unplugged’ from the movie.

Update: I did not dislike the movie, but I did not love the movie. It is not the greatest movie ever made by a long shot. Before you flame me for that, consider that we probably have different criteria for what makes a great movie.

I was fraught with questions as I watched it — what is biblical and what is Mel? My memory of the ‘story’ was tested and I feel very convicted that I didn’t always know where fact and fiction met.

Update: I worked on a freelance gig instead of digging into my Bible… freelance must go (very soon now).

I don’t know if I’d take a non-christian to it as a witnessing tool.

Update: This comes from my fear that it is ‘too much’ too soon for many people. The danger of them not ‘getting’ the point, but being wracked by feelings of guilt, remorse, or condemnation is very real. I’m not saying it will happen — but it could. I would think very hard before bringing a friend to this movie… Although Gos is soverreign, we need to be gentle when heloing others to come to faith in him. Is is right to throw someone in a deep pool and and tell them to swim?

Jesus seemed… too human… I felt Mel’s Jesus was not fully God and fully man. He seemed mostly man and at times God.

Update: I am still troubled by this- it was all about the eyes. I kept looking at his eyes and wondering…

I don’t know if I ever want to see it again…

Update: I will not consider seeing it for quite a while. I think I will see it again, at some point, but feel zero need to see it again, or multiple times in the theater. I cannot at this time fathom the motives of those that do 9but to each his own ;-).

More thoughts to come as I continue to process… and re-read the Gospels…

Feb 28 2004


Last night I dreamed about Doritos the size of your head. They were nacho cheesier flavor, and were only 89 cents each.


Feb 22 2004

Article again

The Pioneer press reprinted the emerging church article. No registration required 😉

Pioneer Press | 02/21/2004 | Mega changes

Feb 22 2004

Please pray

Received from a friend last night. If you have a moment, please lift Stan up in prayer!


this is Cj. I am writing in hopes that this message will get sent to many people. My dad is need of many prayers and strength from our Lord.

My dad feel from the roof of our house last friday, the 13th. He is still very critical and has suffered a VERY severe brain injury. He has made it a long ways since the accident, and I know it is because of God’s hand and his desire to make it back to us. Please pray that we begin to see him respond to us this weekend, and week. Please pray from my mother , who found my father in his bed about 9 hours after the accident, close to death, and her strength tjrough this all, and ability to stay strong for my father. I appreciate as many prayers as possible and thank you for your support.

we have set up a web page for my father and it contains updates on how he is doing and journal enteries which we have loved receiving, it has helped us through this week of trials.


Feb 20 2004

Unclaimed Cash!?

CashUnclaimed.com says they will find unclaimed cash that could be yours. My name is so rare that I got nothing… but John Smith… well he has $245,332.51 coming to him — which John Smith is a whole ‘nother deal ;-).

Despite not finding any cash, it was fun to type in common names and see their amounts… it’s like a game!

Who can beat John Smith?

John Smith – $245,332.51
Jen Smith – $98,550.88
Dave Johnson – $89,576.42
Joe Bradley – $5,355.39

Feb 19 2004

Gospel Spam

Second one in 2 days… does anyone actually think this is building the Kingdom?
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