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  1. Love the signs: "The Chosen Restaurant," "Holla for Challa" and "Gaza Prices." Love the "fiddler on the roof." Love the last scene in the trailer in which the conflict is represented by one party accusing the other of encroaching on the other's side of the screen.
  2. I thought about that too nardis. And I agree. However, aside from that, God is wanting to tell us something and he peeps through people such as this i.e. the Mozarts and Beethoven's, etc. It's like my bud says, "Its as if this is too much for planet earth, too far beyond who and what we are, and that we're being reminded that love and life are not only far more than what most of us realize they are, but that we can't even come close to what they can be in our lives...until someone like this little girl paints. You know, here God steps in to our game for just a moment (this little girl's life), leaving just traces of His beauty, and I'm unable to comprehend what's really going on here. All I know is that something way beyond my understanding--way beyond this earth's understanding--is soaking this planet wet with His presence and grace--all the way down. This girl doesn't have just a gift, she has a fragrance of the living God speaking to this world. A fragrance stronger in tone, color and light than many of the beautiful things on this planet. It's as if God has sneaked in and said, 'When you think you've seen it all, just look at this little girl's paintings and poetry.'"
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    Pan's Labyrinth

    In part what made that scene so vivid to me was that this past year in the 120 years of police service in our city a police officer, husband and father of two small children was killed in almost the exact same manner. Indeed, the thirst for blood and revenge did rear it's ugly head as I watched that part, but then upon later reflection, I wondered if I could justify the almost stoic way in which this was portrayed i.e. Mercedes and others were not exactly rejoicing but neither were they merciful/sympathic in any sense of the word (or so it seemed)--an almost, "you get your just reward"--click, bang, your dead.
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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Having computer problems...settings? I dunno, but I'm about to pull my hair out! Soooo... **Spoilers** Haven't read through this thread, but I'm wondering what you guys thought about the part when Mercedes shoots Captain Vidal in the face. Vidal makes a last request for his child to know who his father was and she denies him this and instantaneously shoots him. I found that part pretty disturbing for some reason or another.
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    An Inconvenient Truth

    Being that it is a "public school" then all points should be represented on a controversial subject. Private schools are a different question. Of course, this may not be the easiest thing to do however, it is better to let all voices be heard then to exclude some. Yes?
  6. Sorry, ain't working though it does sometimes.
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  8. Hey, kebbie! Nice to see you! Was wonder'n what happened to ya! So much so, that I had to go to your profile and then finally to your flickr to see your pics! You sure look different than one of the pics you had posted here some time ago. As for Jamie's stuff, I've been meaning to get this conversation going but I think I have a little bit of writer's block (for personal reasons) which kinda overloads me. But this book is an easy read and he dispels many of the popular (though not solely Christian, as much of the criticism toward postmodernity comes even from the "secular" academia) myths surrounding postmodernism which as he calls them deals with "something of the unholy trinity of postmodern thinkers"--Derrida, Lyotard and Foucault. He specifically deals with Derrida's--"There is nothign outside of the text," "Postmodernity is "incredulity toward metanarratives" (Lyotard) and "Power is knowledge" (Foucault). One of the points of interest to me was when Jamie deals with Carson's notion of "objectivity" given Carson's tome, "The Gagging of God" which "Becoming Conversant" was based on (written for the lay person). It is specifically this point where a lot of the conversation is being held and why some Christians are sooo up in arms about postmodernity undermining the Gospel (as Carson thinks). Basically, he (Carson) says that if you have given up "absolute" or "objective" truth then you are giving up on truth altogether. In other words, "truth" and "objectivity" are synonymous. You can only know something is true when you know it objectively. We may not have ominscient knowledge, but nonetheless the finite knowledge that we do have is "real." So if truth is "objective" it is to say that it is not a matter of interpretation. Now Derrida comes along and he says that everything is interpretation, for Derrida is not a "linguistic idealist" (he would not agree with Plato's "Forms" which is this ideal reality that exists outside of interpretation). Well in that case, according to Carson this could not be more antithetical to his claim that what is true is objective because if the Gospel is only an interpretation and is not "objective" then it appears that it can't be true. For Smith, the gospel IS AN INTERPRETATION of reality and if we are going to submit this knowledge to the modernist criteria of objectivity, that is, knowing something "as the way things are" pure and unmediated? Then of course we can't know the truth of the Gospel IN THIS SENSE. Personally, I think this is one of the hardest things for people to comprehend and of course Jamie does the Christian community a service by clarifying matters (though already, there is talk on the web about how clear this really is. Personally, I'm not in agreement with the criticism of the book). Presently, I'm reading his "Jacques Derrida: Live Theory" and "Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-secular Theology." I definitely recommend reading "Who's Afraid" first and then "The Fall of Interpretation" and then the other two in whatever order. By the time you get to those books, you should have a good grasp of his thought. Also, now that you mention it? In "The Fall of Interpretation" Jamie mentions having a bible study in his home and I'm thinking you must've been a part of that. Hopefully I will get up there to Calvin and sit in on one of his classes as well as Kelly James Clark's. Nice to hear from you!
  9. Cornerstone 2007 Who's going? I'm going. I'm taking some young punks with me. We're going to have a good time and we're going to volunteer. Registration for that doesn't start till Febuary. I'll probably be first in line for that. So move to the back of the line.
  10. Story here. Question is, why did it take this long to report? I don't get it.
  11. They were discussing this over at "the church and postmodern culture:conversation" in August, but since then the conversation has moved on. See MLeary has posted some stuff over there with regard to art. Any of you read this yet? It's an easy read and should be on your shelf next to the other pomo book we discussed sometime ago...D.A. Carson's Newest, Emergent Church
  12. Rapture Index The Purpose For This Index The Rapture Index has two functions: one is to factor together a number of related end time components into a cohesive indicator, and the other is to standardize those components to eliminate the wide variance that currently exists with prophecy reporting. The Rapture Index is by no means meant to predict the rapture, however, the index is designed to measure the type of activity that could act as a precursor to the rapture. You could say the Rapture index is a Dow Jones Industrial Average of end time activity, but I think it would be better if you viewed it as prophetic speedometer. The higher the number, the faster we're moving towards the occurrence of pre-tribulation rapture.
  13. :spoilers: See, I thought about that? But then I thought about the "fireside chat" and how eloquent that was. But here's the thing. Would you really be exoticizing these folk if that language isn't in there? I can see your point? But I don't know if it would happen in this film. It more or less generally did not fit it seemed to me. To me it seems more like one is not simply "translating" (and good points on this reflecting the original screenplay) a language but rather is a TRANSPOSING of a time and social ways of thinking as well. To say, "He's f******" seems to translate more of our time on to THAT culture. I think I'd understand that even if it was waxed a little more poetically from their time. Also, there was a part where I believe it was "Blunted" who was suppose to make love to his wife and the mother-in-law, Mar
  14. Saw it last night. Some things that bothered me were: I felt like I was looking at cinematographic patch work--a combination of natural beauty i.e. forestation, to an artificial set of a civilization to running scenes in which the texture of the film changes to a documentary type of texture. Even the jaguar itself looked mechanical at times while in other shots, like those in the trailer one gets this sense of natural grandeur. The translation. I guess I expected much more "poetic" language that would go with the "naturalness" of the film--for example, the translation of the story by the old village chief seemed to fit. However, at other times, I wondered if I would have translated something the way it was in the film, i.e. using the word "gonads" or "balls" or the use of the word, "twins." I know you might think, "How else would they translate that?" But it seemed to me that the translation would have been a little more reserved to "spell it out" i.e. "two children at the same birth" or something like that. Did any of you think the same thing?
  15. These are showing in Canada. There are three of them. But I think no. 3 is the best one.
  16. Didn't see this anywhere...but the story is here
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    Oh Yeah!

    This brought back memories for me watching cartoons on Saturday mornings or after school in the 70's. I laugh everytime I watch this. Oh Yeaaah!!!
  18. That was good. Love the Michael Jackson remix.
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