I have decided to create a 2nd blog. This one (middletree.blogspot.com) will be the more spiritually-focused site. For cultural commentary, I now have http://highdefculture.wordpress.com/ Please visit and comment!
My sons Jacob and Zachary have baseball cards. Hundreds of them. They like to spend time with them, because the cards feed two of their passions: baseball and numbers. They organize and re-organize the cards. They play fictional baseball games, complete with playoffs, with them. Most important, they show the cards off to their friends. Even adults who come over to the house are likely to be introduced to the baseball cards collection by my sons.
I have a friend named Frank. He's retired, and is an expert woodworker. Visitors to his house will be treated to the tour: he loves to show you the gorgeous cherrywood rocking horse, the grandfather clock, and countless other items he has made out of wood. They're all quite beautiful; very impressive. It's Frank's passion, and he loves to share what he has done with others.
For the last 15 years, I have had a friend named Tim Wright. His title was Pastor of Small Groups and Assimilation. We all know what a small group is, but &…
If you know any Christians, or are one yourself, you may have seen Jefferson Bethke's 4-minute poem titled "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus". It's become quite popular in just a few days. Bethke is sincere, passionate, and mostly off-track.
The bulk of his message is that old standby "It's not about religion, it's about a relationship", which has been around at least since I came back to the Lord in 1987. It was refreshing and
eye-opening at the time, but here we are a quarter-century later, and
it's still being said as if it were a brand new concept.And that would be fine if it were in line with Scripture, but in fact, it's in opposition to what God's word says.
I have searched the Bible to see where it says anything negative
about Religion, and it isn't in there. It's fairly easy to find a passage where the writer denounces those following a false religion, or not following their
religion well. But the concept of …
I guess I am spoiled, but for a Pixar film, "Cars 2" falls a little short, if only because the bar has been set insanely high by the quality of recent masterpieces such as "Toy Story 3" and "Up". Any comparison of "Cars 2" with other recent Pixar output just isn't fair.
Quality aside, "Cars 2" hardly seemed like a sequel. The tone, the look, and the feel are very different from "Cars". Additionally, the plot was hard to follow and a little convoluted.
Despite the flaws, this film had one shining moment; one profound line in a decidedly non-profound movie, and it was delivered by Tow Mater.
Mater, you may recall, is a tow truck who's in dire need of mechanical attention. He has a missing hood, several dents, and rust issues. He's also a lovable doofus, lacking anything that resembles sophistication.
At one point in the movie, British secret agents decide to bring Mater into their plans to catch the bad guys and sa…