Her Morning Elegance… and Dreaming about Dreams

This video by Oren Lavie has been watched almost ten million times, so I imagine many of my readers will already be familiar with it. But I just discovered it this morning, and it seemed worthy of passing on.I am reminded of the passage from the prophet Joel that we used to quote to each other all the time back when I was immersed in charismatic spirituality: Then afterward I will pour out my spirit upon all mankind. Your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, … [Read more...]

Pandora, Ken Wilber, and William Blake

Ali at Meadowsweet & Myrrh has written a thoughtful and perceptive post in response to my review of Avatar that unfolds out into her own nuanced review of the movie. I would commend this to anyone who reads my blog. Here are my admittedly rambling and random thoughts in response to her articulate writing. Hopefully these thoughts, disjointed as they might be, can stimulate even further reflection and conversation for those who choose to read them. … [Read more...]

Stay Tuned…

Ali at Meadowsweet & Myrrh has written a thoughtful and perceptive response/critique to my review of Avatar that unfolds out into her own nuanced review of the movie. I would commend this to anyone who reads my blog. I don't have time this morning to write a response to her thoughts (my car is in the shop and I need to pick it up before I go to work), but I'll do so either tonight or tomorrow, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, here are three quotations that might give you a hint as to where my … [Read more...]

Actual Event or Metaphorical Story?

In response to my review of Avatar, here's what a reader named Michael asked me: Hi Carl, I read your article on the movie "Avatar."  You wrote that grace is one of the best elements of Christianity.  That statement led me to wonder whether you view the life and death of Jesus as an actual historical event or if you see it more as metaphor for love, sacrifice, etc?  I grew up in a very conservative, evangelical denomination, who would I think say that Jesus is the best element of Ch … [Read more...]

Grace and the Goddess: AVATAR as a Christian/Pagan Parable

James Cameron's new film, Avatar, tells a story we've all heard before; as I commented on Twitter last night, it is Dances with Wolves meets Star Trek: Insurrection, with elements of The Matrix and Whale Rider thrown in. But Avatar is grander and more epic than any of these films, and of course, it's a stunning achievement of CGI artistry. For its sheer beauty, go see it. But critics are whining that the story is "weak" or "boring" and I think they're rather justified in their gripes. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

If we live by faith we shall judge things very differently from the way people do who rely only on the evidence of their senses and so remain unaware of the priceless treasure hidden under appearances. If we know that someone in disguise is really our king we shall behave very differently toward him than will someone who sees only an ordinary man. He will treat him as such. Now, if we see the will of God in the most trifling affairs, in every misfortune, and in every disaster, we shall accept … [Read more...]

The Road Goes Ever On and On

"The Road Goes Ever On and On," or so sings Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings.Merry Christmas, everyone. Advent is over. And as is typical for someone working in retail — even monastic retail (!) — for me it was a blur. It was a time of stolen moments of rest and reflection, rather than a truly immersed season of waiting. I leave Advent 2009 behind, still waiting, still waiting for the day, most likely after I retire, when the demands of my work will not compete with the call of the lit … [Read more...]


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