Saturday, November 10, 2018

I found the poem that says what I want to say! (about writing)

Charles Bukowski starts this wonderful poem:
if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
He goes on . . . I felt everything was right about his poem.
I spent years of my life feeling guilty about not writing. How foolish! 
If it's not eating at you to get out, there's no reason to feel guilty! You're not ready. 
Right now I'm in a bit of a rut, blocked, and feeling guilty. No need.  

Fiction/Screenwriting Thoughts

Lately I've noticed a trend in writing where the characters go through horrendous tragic events and death defying adventures and at the end everything is nice and happy again.

Case in point:  last season of Stranger Things. I loved the first season. The second was good, but the young people were so normal and happy and untraumatized at the dance in the last episode. Hello! After what they'd been through? (And I just won't forgive them for treating Sean Astin that way! It was as if, "OK, we're going to use him, he's a good actor and people will watch because he's in it but we can't really have him end up with Joyce despite how kind and good and brave he is so we will have the little raptor whatever-they-are creatures eat his intestines."  I'm shuddering now.

They are not the only ones, though. Scarring happenings should leave scars. The characters should be different. There should be something at stake.  This was what I liked about the end of Lord of the Rings: Frodo is not a happy camper in the end. He is not well adjusted. The ring took so much of him, the journey to get rid of it so much more. 

We suffer and do not stay the same.

What, Where, Who, When, and Why is the Church?

Fascinating article on virtual reality church.

One source in the article says that church cannot be disembodied (yes) and that God chose the message of incarnation. I would take that further: God chose the method and content of incarnation. Because Jesus died bodily on the cross for salvation, He had to have a body for it, so everything for us hinges on embodiment.  Incarnation is not just a subpoint to our faith.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

The words of St. Clives

Was everything that came from the pen of C.S. Lewis true?

Now, I'm a huge fan of his. But I'm not a worshipper. And I've always been perplexed how evangelicals take his words as unassailable.

Case in point, this quote: "Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."

How is this true? Doesn't God also whisper to us in our pain? Perhaps I am misreading it: Pain seems to be like God is shouting to us, since pain is so hard to ignore, is perhaps what he is saying, not that God is actually shouting.

Does the megaphone work? No, not always.

Of course, it's a figurative analogy, so I can't line it up as purely logical. The question is, do we just take this and other quotes for granted because St. Clive said it, or because it's true?

After Midterm Thoughts

Any reader of this blog, if such people exist, knows that I am not a fan of President Trump. For that reason, I am always, well, surprised and maybe appalled by the depth of support for him. There are true believers out there.

I am also appalled by some of the things that come out of his mouth and am not inclined to justify them.

That said, I'm glad about the Senate, sanguine about the House, ambivalent about the governor's race in my state, mad about the firing of Jeff Sessions (a person of much integrity working for a person of little), and thinking about some other things.

Planned Parenthood did not get defunded. This was a no-brainer, and it didn't happen with the Republicans totally in charge. Conclusion: the party uses abortion to cudgel the pro-lifers into voting for them. Clearly, the Democrats will only fight for more and more abortion; the Republicans can at least say they are against it without doing anything about it.

Second, while white people worry about genetic testing so that they can have error-free children, we will have fewer and fewer children out of fear that we will have a child that is not perfect. The "brown" people will grow in number, and probably should, because they are not afraid to have children who aren't perfect. Being brown doesn't mean a person is ideologically wrong.

Third, I think Dems like to call us white folks racist as a type of shaming mechanism. If they say it enough, we'll believe we are and be embarrassed and vote D to absolve ourselves. That seems to be their reasoning. I don't think it's working.  Nobody likes being accused of immorality, and racism is a category of immorality. I know my heart, and as a Baptist I get enough guilt poured on me and don't need any more from a political party.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Hero of the Faith

This is a great article:

Incredibly inspiring.

This month I am trying to tweet a "pray for the persecuted church" every day. Those are the real heroes, too. 

Saturday, November 03, 2018


G.K. Chesterton is quoted as saying, "When people stop believing in God, they start believing in anything."  I provide as evidence this article.

I found the poem that says what I want to say! (about writing) Charles Bukowski starts this wonderful poem:   if it doesn’t come bursting out...