December 18, 2017

Infinite Grace

Yet again, I enjoyed watching the film Babette’s Feast (1986) over the weekend. This delightful movie tells the story of a small sect of Christians in Denmark who live austere lives and shun pretension and ambition. A woman from France arrives in their village and becomes their cook, freeing the two daughters of the sect’s […]

Lent with Bergman 1 – Wild Strawberries

All along the line, there’s nothing but cold and death and loneliness. It must end somewhere. – from Wild Strawberries * * * It seems to me the movies of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman would provide fruitful material for us as a source of contemplation during Lent. As part of this year’s IM Lenten emphasis, […]

All Is Lost

The other night, I watched the film, “All Is Lost,”  which is the story of a lone sailor adrift in the Indian Ocean who struggles to survive. I found it to be a film that lends itself to contemplation, with a couple of good lessons to think about during this Lenten season. All Is Lost […]

Veterans Day Thoughts 2013

So many dead men. You just wouldn’t believe it. – Donald Sutherland as Christ Johnny Got His Gun (1971) * * * For Veterans Day this year, I watched an anti-war movie. I figured this was a fitting tribute to those who have fought and died in wars. For what they and all of us […]

Talk Like a Human Being, Please

Oh my, this is funny. Being “post-evangelical” means moving away from a culture, and cultures have their languages, cliches, and insider ways of communicating. Conforming to these verbal standards marks one as an insider and makes others feel reassured that we’re all on the same team. But after awhile, it can sound so lame. And […]

IM: The Oscars Open Mic Edition

Sad to say, I have not even seen one of the motion pictures that are up for Best Picture at tonight’s Academy Awards. Here is the list: Amour Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Django Unchained Les Misérables Life of Pi Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Honestly, “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” and “Amour” […]

Vicarage Available!

The parishioners of St. Mary’s and St. Andrew’s in the Chelmsford Diocese of the Church of England have been having a hard time filling their pastoral vacancy. So they put together this short video describing the charms of their setting. Charming indeed!

Not Just Believing in God, but Believing in the Humanity of People

My reading this week could not be more bipolar. Not only am I reading about Steve Jobs and corporate leadership in America, I am also reading Becoming Human by Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, which has communities around the world where people live with and among the developmentally disabled. In preparation for more discussion in days to […]

Daniel Jepsen on “Promethean Faith”

Promethean Faith by Daniel Jepsen * * * I saw the SF movie Prometheus last week.  I won’t review it or summarize it here except to note that it featured a creature far rarer than aliens in Hollywood’s universe: a practicing Christian.  She is even portrayed in a positive light, and is, in fact, something […]

Blessed Are the Aging

As a hospice chaplain, I work with a lot of older people. Lord willing, I will one day become “elderly” myself, as will most of us. Growing older, of course, has its own unique challenges, as does every season of life. If we face those challenges with God’s grace, we will be able to see […]