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Jesus Rifles?

Just when you think you've heard it all...

New Testament references embedded into the sites/scopes of the rifles that are being shipped to the Middle East for the Army and Marines to use.  How freaking appauling is that?   on a multitude of levels.  This makes me sick and outraged, utterly outraged!

It's probably going to be a big boost for Trijjicon, Inc--the morons who are manufactoring these scopes.  Is this a joke to them?  Or do they somehow beleive that this is evangelism?  How in the world does anyone read the New Testament and think that Jesus is all about war and killing? 

I'm not stupid.  I know this is nothing new, but it still churns my stomach. 

In addition to the theological issues there is the issue of these morons actually trying to start WWIII!  What about the US American men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan?  Are they trying to put their lives in even more danger?  How can they possibly be seen as anything other than enemies to Muslims when they are ca…

Avatar

This weekend we braved the cold winds and went to see Avatar.  It is a gorgeous movie!  I would love to know the people who created the creatures and plants--they have amazing imaginations.  I was  in awe much of the time by the sheer beauty of the effects and unusual creatures.  It was spectacular!

The storyline is very familiar.  White folks (mostly anyway)  find a new land that has a mineral, unobtainium (ok, couldn't they have gotten a bit more creative here?), and seek to destroy all the people, creatures, and land that could prevent them from getting to it.  Then one of the white men falls in love with the chief's daughter, becomes a better Navii than any of the actual Naviis and leads them in fighting off the other whites.  Can we ever move beyond this plotline?   Could the indigienous peoples ever save themselves?  Could the whites ever learn or incorporate the widsom of the indigienous peoples? 

One thing that was a bit unusual and nice to see, was that the Navii did n…

RevGal Friday 5: Dream Edition

1. Do you tend to daydream?
Yeah, I'm guilty. i'm a very visual person.

2. Do you usually remember your night dreams? Do you find them symbolic and meaningful or just quirky?
It's probably 50/50. When remember them I do consider what they might mean, what my sleeping brain is trying to process.

3. Have you ever had a life changing dream which you'll never forget?
I've had lots of dreams that I'll never forget...lots. Howver, I don't think I'd classify any of them as life changing.
4. Share a long term dream for one or more aspects of your life and work.
Writing a book, my first is a memoir and I already have the title. I've started writing it but I think I have more life to live before it's truly ready to be written.

5. Share a dream for 2010....How can we support you in prayer on both the short and long term dreams?
I long to find my voice in leading the churches I serve. I've been listening, thinking, and I've been discerning what we need t…

See you later, dear Mary Daly

Mary, I can't really say good-bye. It's hard to believe that you've passed into the great BEyond. It makes me sad to think that we no longer have you with us, but I'm sure you're shaking things up and having more fun than ever before.

Mary Daly is one of my favorite theologians and writers. She wrote with delight and joy, letting the pen loose. She was fearless and an inspiration for many, especially me.

A few years back, my friend Rick and I drove 2.5 hours to go see and hear her speak in Emporia, KS. It was strange to think of her in Emporia, KS but she was fabulous! She looked grandmotherly but let the F-bomb fly.

We met her afterwards and she was lovely. She signed my book, I shall take even more care of it now. She asked me if I was a writer, I naively said yes, and she told me to never give up and write with courage.

She changed our world. Even if you don't know her, she changed your world. Thank you Mary!

I'll always love you!

Monday MeMe from Homebrewed Christianity

If you're not aware of Homebrewed Christianity please check it out, it's pretty awesome.  Each week they host a podcast featuring a variety of theologians, writers, etc.  You can also listen to previous podcasts--right now I'm listening to the amazing and wonderful emile townes! 

The MeMe asks what other 3 religions besides Christianity are you interested in and why.  You should check out Deacon Hall's 3 religions of interest.; I found it very interesting and enlightening.

Taoism--Not all folks consider Taoism a religion, many consider it a philosophy.  Either way, I really "digg" it.  I would characterize it as looking to the rhythms of life and attempting to align one's self with it in a natural sort of way. Natural meaning non-coercively, not trying to make oneself bend and fit to it so much as finding one's place.  Tao is the life energy, or energy of life, it is the nameless boundless energy that IS.  Mind you that is a very poor definition or ch…

Revgals Friday 5: 2010 Edition

Sally writes:
As I prepare this post I am aware that it will be posted on New Years Day. We stand at the beginning of 2010 looking not only at a New Year, but at a new decade full of promise and possibilities. For some of us this will be exciting, but others will approach it with trepidation and probably most of us stand on this threshold with a mix of emotions and reactions.
It is at this time of year that many (British) Methodist Churches celebrate their Annual Covenant Service, a service that will include this prayer:

I am no longer my own but yours,
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full, let me be empty,
let me have all things, let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.
And now glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours.
May it be s…